The Rooms

Published on 06 August 2018

The Arcade is playing host to an exciting new retail experience that places Victoria’s emerging designers, makers and creators at its heart. If you like to stay ahead of the pack in your choice of handmade gifts, sustainable fashion, organic foods and design-led homewares, this is the place for you.

Inspired by the shoppable apartment concept first launched in New York, The Rooms is like a film set of an ultra-stylish home in which everything you see is for sale. You can shop the luxury soaps in the Bath zone and take some locally made preserves from the Taste zone or try on a handmade garment hanging in the wardrobe of the Wear zone.

Wear

The three interactive and ever-changing rooms contain the wares of around 40 artisans who you might otherwise have to trawl community markets around the country to find. As nothing on sale is mass produced, and some of these independent retailers are only in residence for a couple of months, we recommend you take a walk through The Rooms on a regular basis.

This month, we are pleased to bring you handmade jewellery from Melbourne’s own Simply Alfie and Nilsara Designs and the unique jewellery designs of Her Banana featuring ethically mined gemstones.

We also have an array of body washes and bath bombs courtesy of Cossé, Boma-licious and Tilley Soaps.

 

Bath

At the other end of the spectrum, AllDock is here to aid your decluttering efforts with charging stations that won’t look out of place next to your latest art acquisition.

Aspiring gourmets absolutely need to try the Lavasalt Artisan Infused Salts range crafted by Croydon-based chef Sebastian Simon, in particular the eye-catching Smoked Shiraz Salt, and tea lovers should sample some of the best from the Literary Tea Co.

Health-conscious shoppers also need to investigate the envy-inducing activewear of Gym Secrets and Jagger, and stock up on the delicious caffeine-free latte blends created by Jomeis Fine Foods.

Art

For home fragrance and aromatherapy supplies, check out Hutwoods and as we dream of summer’s return it’s good to know that locally based outfitter Leo The Label can make you a slip dress to order.

Taste

Visit The Rooms to check out all of these and more small-batch products with a story behind them, and don't forget to stroll through The Arcade to discover more hidden gems.