A walk in the fashion lane

By Kara Bertoncini

As we transition into the cooler temperatures it can feel like a bit of a jab to the soul and start to be a real mood killer.

While Melbourne is known for its four seasons in one day, it does seem that we are getting a little more sunshine than we bargained for at this time of year.

So to celebrate this brighter change into the beauty of autumn, why not hit the pavement and take a walk in the fashion lane – quite literally.

Walking Tours of Melbourne is a great way to immerse yourself into the cultural footprint of Melbourne’s rich and illustrious history, not only in reference to our fine city’s architecture, but also to the fashion.

Even though it may still be up for debate, I think we can all agree that Melbourne really has become the fashion capital of Australia, thanks to independent designers, fashion festivals and bloggers.

Melbourne laneways house some of the most incredible boutiques and vintage stores filled with local and international designers and have become the first point of shopping for Melburnians and tourists alike.

What we know today as Flinders Lane, was for 100 years called The Lane, and also known as the centre of Australia’s textile manufacturing and tailoring industries.
The Lanes Tour is a perfect way to unravel the story behind some of Melbourne’s most iconic laneways and arcades, including Campbell Arcade, Cathedral Arcade, Royal Arcade, Centreway Arcade and Howie Place. Not only is the tour a great lesson in history, but also a great way to do a spot of retail therapy.

No matter what walk of life you come from, a walk in the fashion lane will never go astray. Do something outside of your comfort zone, be hungry to learn something new and feel good about the fact that you are supporting local designers in the process.

To sign up to a fashion walk around Melbourne’s laneways, head to www.melbournewalks.com.au/boutique-fashion-shops-in-the-lanes.

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