There is a reason why Melbourne is often regarded as the fashion capital of Australia. In addition to an eccentric food and lifestyle scene, the city which boasts four seasons in one day also houses some of the biggest Australian and International brands in menswear.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, experiencing Melbourne’s vibrant fashion scene is an absolute must. Where does one even begin? Simple. Check out our top picks for the best menswear shops Melbourne right here.
230 Elizabeth Street, The Strand – $$
If your wardrobe preference is Swedish minimalism then Cos is your second home. The name of the game at this H&M owned label is premium fabrics at accessible prices. And given their Scandinavian design, Cos pieces will often look pricier than what they actually are. On the racks you’ll find tees, button-up shirts, tailored coats, knitwear, trousers and much more.
9/24 Crossley St – $$$
Consider yourself a Japanophile? Then this is the denim store for you. The store stocks some of the most popular Japanese denim labels that you can only find in Japan so it’s a sure bet you’ll be ahead of the trend. Think brands like Radiall, Iron Heart and Buaisou as just the start. They also stock denim jackets and shirts alongside Redwing boots for good measure. Godspeed also have a pretty intensive repairs and alterations service which utilises yarn from Buaisou – a label which grows its own indigo plants to be used for dyeing their yarn. Godspeed have yarn specifically dyed for them so that the new cotton pairs perfectly with the existing denim. The result is a reinvigorated pair of jeans that will age like it’s supposed to.
101 Collins Street – $$$$
For all of the distinguished gentlemen out there with a love for high fashion, Harrolds is your secret little helper. The retail space showcases the finest in international sartorial fare from Tom Ford, Givenchy and Valentino. Its extravagant quality from start to finish, and I guarantee that whatever you buy in this store will forever remain a staple in your wardrobe. Many of their items are quite pricey, so expect your bank account to take a significant hit as you walk out looking like a million bucks.
Brands: Acne Studios Man, Alexander Mcqueen Man, Balenciaga Man, Balmain Man, Brioni, Caruso, Comme Des Garcons Homme Plus, Dries Van Noten Man, Givenchy, Gran Sasso, Harrolds, Lanvin Man, Lardini, Maison Margiela Man, Moncler, Moncler Saint Laurent Paris Man, Stefano Ricci, Strateas.Carlucci, Thom Browne Man, Tom Ford Man, Valentino
167 Flinders Lane – $$$$
Delivering an amalgam of the very best and most current menswear collections with an elevated level of service and know-how that has never been experienced in Melbourne. Renowned for their individuality and stylistically curated layout, the store stocks collections from the likes of Maison Kitsuné, to more obscure designers. Here you’ll have a variety of garments at your disposal – think streetwear, leather jackets, denim and accessories. Some of their items do exceed the $1,000 mark however so be mindful of that if you’re on a budget.
1 Crossley Street – $$$
If you’re going to have one piece of tailored clothing, I recommend getting it done at P. Johnson tailors. Run by Patrick Johnson and his head tailor Tom Riley, this power duo really know their stuff when it comes to tailoring. On top of the great service customers will also have a huge selection of European fabrics to choose from. And because it’s tailored, you know the outfit will fit you like a glove in all the right places.
Brands – P.Johnson
320 Collins Street – $$$
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Henry Bucks is the prime destination for brands like Boglioli, Canali and Richard James. This place has everything you could ever want in a store – formal and casual shirts, suits, jackets, coats, knitwear, and even tailored trousers. You name it and Henry Bucks probably have it. Keep in mind they are expensive, but we suppose you can’t put a price on leaving the house looking like a million bucks.
Brands – Henry Bucks
79/87-91 Bourke Street – $$$
Marais is aptly named, as it stocks a good chuck of labels found in that little corner of Paris and its surrounds. It’s kind of a designer Narnia: hard to find at first, but once you’re there it can be very hard to leave.
Brands: Kenzo, Balmain, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Y-3, Lanvin
405 Chapel St, South Yarra – $$
Another purveyor of premium streetwear is the oddly named but well sorted Nana Judy. Born from the streets of Melbourne, the faithful designs are made to reflect the carefree attitude of the young and free. The brand’s evolution is also continuing with more pieces being made from exclusive fabrics and manufacturing methods. As such. customers can expect limited-run denim, bombers, longline tees and beautifully crafted tops.
Brands: Nana Judy
274 Flinders Lane – $$
Established in 2002 by twin brothers Brian and Vincent Wu, Incu is the perfect destination if you’re looking to strike a balance in your wardrobe between local and international designers. Housing brands including Adidas, Acne Studios and Paul Smith, the store even has its own in-house brand called Weathered. They are also open late on Friday nights, meaning that the store will be a saving grace for those last minute wardrobe updates before a night out on the town.
Brands – A.P.C, Acne Studios, Adidas, Apartamento Magazine, Baxier of California, Bellroy, Braun, Clarks, COMME des GARCONS, Common Projects, Equipment, Filippa K, Garrett Leight, Henry Wilson, In Bed, Jason Markk, Kenzo, Kinfolk, Libertine Libertine, Maison Balzac, Maison Kitsune,
Lvl 2, Royal Arcade 314 Little Collins Street – $$
For those after something of the more Nordic persuasion, Somewhere has the threads you need. The heavily curated space has cemented itself as a pioneering retailer of both local and international labels since 2005. Those with a keen eye for emerging designers will also find Somewhere the place to be.
Brands: Cheap Monday, ATP, Dr Denim, Moscot
Up There Store
Level 1, 15 McKillop Street – $$
If fashion-forward streetwear and first dibs on exclusive sneaker drops is your thing then pop in and see Mitchell and Brendan at Up There Store. The contemporary menswear store stocks a serious amount of garments from denim to jackets to knitwear better than your nonna’s.
Brands: Converse, New Balance, 3Sixteen, Noir
Lower Ground 26A, 287 Lonsdale Street – $
Autonomy is a minimalist fiend’s best friend in the fashion world. Featuring their own brand of contemporary fashion ranging from T-shirts to outerwear, denim, chinos, joggers and accessories, the brand continues to thrive today with a loyal following of men.
Shop 15, The Strand, Driver Lane, Melbourne – $$
When it comes to denim few Australian brands compare to Neuw. They’ve consistently improved their product and now can be found in some of the world’s best boutiques. Head in for their killer range for ripped and skinny denim for men and women.
Shop G36 / Chadstone Shopping Centre 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone – $$$$
One of our favourite winter brands is Moncler. Born in the depths of France, the brand is now a global luxury powerhouse worn by all the celebrities. Their outerwear is some of the very best. Expect to pay above $2,000 for a jacket but also expect to be the man about town in it.
243 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – $$
Assembly Label continues to grow its footprint across Melbourne with their latest store landing in the city’s inner-north of artsy Fitzroy. Inside you’ll find a collection of the finest fabrics and timeless designs for men who need a restock of their basics – think premium tees, knits, sweats, hoodies, shorts and trousers. Most importantly though a lot of their pieces are affordable and won’t break your bank.