Melbourne’s best stores for handmade luxury

Choose handmade products for unique gifts this Christmas. With personal and distinctive selections, the following stores have exactly what you need to spoil a special someone this festive season.

A-Esque

A-Esque is the latest venture from Mimco founder Amanda Briskin-Rettig. Amanda creates beautifully handcrafted leather pieces in small quantities for men and women, using reclaimed sewing machines from the 1960s and 1970s. Her bag and wallet designs are crisp, sophisticated and a little quirky. Visit the boutique to find a luxurious, stylish gift for yourself or someone special.

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A-Esque’s range (photo: a-esque.com)

Belmore

Belmore is known for its locally designed, handcrafted boots and shoes. Most of the collection is manufactured at a hundred-year-old Australian factory using full grain, high-quality kangaroo leather, simple methods and straightforward design. The brand focuses on quality materials, function and longevity, which means these classic styles will last long after other trends disappear.

Ewan Tremellen

Ewan Tremellen specialises in creating unique jewellery pieces, designed and handcrafted in his Collins Street studio. With 25 years’ experience, Ewan provides a truly personalised service. The gallery space displays a selection of his bold and enduring works featuring all that sparkles, with diamonds, gemstones and fine metals on show. A perfect gift for your Mr or Mrs.

Habbot

Designed by Melburnian Annie Habbot, this luxury leather footwear brand combines the best design and craftsmanship to produce stunning ladies shoes at an affordable price. With a French-inspired design approach and made by hand in Italy, Habbot shoes will have you feeling confident in their sleek, feminine and timeless styles.

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Habbot shoes

Roberts & Hassett

James S. Roberts and Theo Hassett create bespoke footwear for men, from loafers to riding boots. Shoes are made onsite by hand, to your exact measurements, using traditional techniques. Favoured materials include kangaroo leather uppers and wattle- or oak-tanned leather soles. You can also find a range of accessories including kangaroo leather wallets, notebooks, bags and belts.