Shopping secrets

Shopping secrets


Ms Hortense Bonneau, 43

Founder and designer of Hortense Jewelry

The Frenchwoman has lived in Los Angeles for close to 10 years.

General Store

1801 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice

Local artisans and craftsmen have contributed to the eclectic mix of clothing, jewellery, furniture, plants and books.

Looking for handcrafted deodorant cream, delicate geometric rings, or classic leather totes? You'll find them here.


1282 West Sunset Boulevard

Not only are there designer collectibles to be found at this vintage clothing store, you can also get good deals on them.

Mohawk General Store

4011 West Sunset Boulevard

It is hard to leave this much-loved store without buying anything.

Expect to find comfy hand-dyed separates from New York City-based brand Ace & Jig, handmade leather flats from LA-based brand Martiniano, and timeless garments from the store's in-house label, Smock.

Clare V. (picked by Urban)

619 North Croft Avenue, West Hollywood

Pick up simple, logo-less bags and clutches in a homey atmosphere at Los Angeles-based brand Clare V.

Nasty Gal (picked by Urban)

8115 Melrose Avenue

The popular online fashion store, Nasty Gal, has some of its best wares on display at its only brick-and-mortar store.

Go to the back of the store to snap an Instagram-worthy photo of the shoe display, and then try on shoes from brands such as Shoe Cult and Jeffrey Campbell.


Ms Alli Sim, 31

Founder of bath and skincare brand Mmerci Encore

Originally from Melbourne, Ms Sim has lived in Singapore for eight years.

Mecca Cosmetica

79 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Mecca is still, for me, the one-stop shop to stock up on my Kai perfume and Frederic Malle candles. It's the friendly service and well-curated mix of iconic, and often hard-to-find, brands that makes this multi-label boutique an old favourite.


Shop ACL 12, QV Albert Coates Lane

A multi-label boutique that best celebrates Melbourne style - understated luxe and a little bit European.

It has a mix of local brands, such as accessories label Lucy Folk, and international brands, including A.P.C and Rag & Bone.

Le Louvre

2 Daly Street, South Yarra

A high-fashion institution since its inception in 1923. Located in Melbourne's trendy South Yarra district, this is where the well-heeled get their fashion fix from luxury labels, such as Balmain, Lanvin and Valentino.


73-77 Bourke St

Where edgy high fashion meets street.

Hit Marais for Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant, Carven, Erickson Beamon and Mawi, just to name a few.

Direct Factory Outlets

Various locations

Those looking to save a pretty penny can pop over to DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) located throughout Melbourne.

There are more than 120 local and international brands under one roof, including Australia favourites Country Road and Witchery. These one-stop discount malls sell everything from 1,000 thread-count Sheridan sheets to end-of-season Calvin Klein lingerie.


Ms Ann Kositchotitana, 39

Co-founder of fashion label HLS (Headline Seoul) and owner of multi-label boutique Front Row at Raffles Hotel

She travels to Seoul about four times a year.

10 Corso Como Seoul

79 Cheongdam-Dong, Gangnam-Gu

10 Corso Como was founded in Milan in 1990 by Carla Sozzani, a former fashion editor.

The branch in Seoul offers an eclectic mix of fashion, accessories and lifestyle products from designer and cult labels. There aren't many tourists and you can walk around without sales people bugging you.

MIK 24/7

Second floor Shinwoo Building, 664-19 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu

Fashion stylist Raymond Chae, who started the store, selects some of the best Korean designers to be stocked here.

SangsangMadang 65,

Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu

Located in the young and hip area of Hongdae, this shop sells lifestyle products, such as candles, bookmarks and lamps, from quirky young Korean designers. Items are creative and very affordable.


1F, 20 Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu

A natural skincare brand that has something for the entire family. The prices are extremely affordable, such as $30 for a big bottle of moisturiser.

Aland (picked by Urban)

30 Myeongdong 6-gil, Jung-gu

From easy-to-wear shirtdresses to bold flared skirts, there's likely to be something to suit every style at the trendy Aland. The chain of multi-label stores sells clothes, accessories, shoes and lifestyle products from local labels for men and women. It also carries a selection of vintage clothing. There are several locations throughout Seoul.

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