The Second Instalment: Marais

With no expense spared, Marais has expanded further afield to its own building on one of Melbourne’s most frequently visited shopping strips, sparing no expense in showcasing how luxurious a lifestyle and expensive a taste it strives to push onto the Melburnian market.

Marais has for years ruled the roost when it comes to accessible international high-end fashion for men and women at its base camp above the Royal Arcade in Melbourne’s city.

It is arguably synonymous with European and Asian design houses in Australia and attracts crowds in the hundreds every year from these exact places, lured by tales of its flare and panache for fashion and retail of the finest quality.

Their new and second instalment that has seen the introduction of more pieces of its favoured designers, plus some, can be found on Bourke Street, where its founder Yvone threw a lavish party to celebrate its unavoidable inauguration.

The store itself is simply stunning, centre stage being glaringly taken by a dramatic and impressively custom made dripping quartz and steel chandelier around which the stairwell to the store’s second storey spirals.

With both level of the mecca adorned in some stunning pieces by the most desirable of designers’ pieces such as Celine, McQueen, Rick Owens and countless others, Marais offers more than enough opportunity to wish you had a higher paying job.

Photos by Meagan Harding Photography exclusively for The F.  

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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