Housing over 10,000 original vintage pieces, RetroStar will capture the attention of fashion lovers from all over the globe
Melbourne has long been recognised as the fashion capital of Australia. With its iconic fashion scene, many Melbournians enjoy paying tribute to each fashion era. Wandering the back streets of the inner city suburbs you could expect to see people showcasing the different trends of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Where do they all shop? Where do they all find their fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces that give them the ultimate style and sophistication? In the hub of the CBD, in the heritage Nicholas building on Swanston Street Melbourne, you fill find RetroStar – Australia’s biggest and most favourite vintage store.
The boutique store is tucked away in a Melbournian alleyway, but fear not, it is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. Housing over 10,000 original vintage pieces, RetroStar will capture the attention of fashion lovers from all over the globe. RetroStar is divided into sections paying tribute to each iconic fashion era, from the 1940’s through to the 1980’s. Upon entry the store attacks your visual sensory system, with racks bursting with vintage dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets and coats with unique prints and designs. Everywhere you look there is something new to discover; no walls, racks, shelves or even roof space is left blank. Tucked away in every corner you will discover everything from vintage afternoon tea dresses to beaded jackets, play suits to power suits and kitten heels to 80’s ankle boots.
Whether you are a vintage lover, an adamant advocator for the 80’s or simply someone who appreciates a good leather skirt, be prepared not to leave empty handed. Like a kid in a candy store you will rummage through original vintage dresses, psychedelic prints, 70’s flares, western boots, vintage t-shirts, jeans and jackets collected from all over the world. At reasonable prices for vintage favourites, you are bound to fall in love with a quintessential piece that you simply have to call your own.
One room is dedicated to band t-shirts and streetwear – think leather jackets, biker boots and Led Zeppelin shirts. Stocking over 5000 rock and band t-shirts inspired by all genres of music, rock fashion has never been this plentiful. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Guns-n-Roses…or perhaps for you it was the Red Hot Chili Peppers that you listened to on repeat on your Walkman. You owe it to your teenage self to walk away with a t-shirt, after taking a trip down memory lane.
Stocking jewellery, brooches, shoes, hats, bags, belts, ties, scarves and more, new pieces arrive every week. The world is your oyster at RetroStar – expect to find anything from floral cotton frocks with full skirts from the 1950’s, fur-trimmed hippy jackets from the 1970’s, through to plastic fluoro bangles to studded double belts from the 1980’s. The men’s range is as equally extensive as the women’s. Take a journey through the ages and relive some of history’s best fashion eras by bringing the clothes to life.
The vibrant atmosphere and extensive stock of RetroStar Vintage make it one of the most amazing and individual stores in Melbourne. Tucked amongst the lane ways in the Flinders Lane quarter it is one of Melbourne’s hidden secrets.
So go on, take home that 1960’s party dress that has been sitting in a box for decades, longing for another night out. It will make you look and feel special!