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Melbourne Shopping: The Most Eclectic Boutiques Of All

Melbourne Shopping: The Most Eclectic Boutiques Of All

Melbourne shopping is some of the best there is in Australia, especially for fashion. But while most visitors make a beeline for Bourke Street Mall and the posh GPO – the former General Post Office remodeled into an elegant home for luxury labels – far more...
A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

That we needed to provide you with a local guide to vintage shopping in Melbourne quickly became apparent after spotting some Melbourne locals in beehives, cats eye glasses and bobby socks. After meeting vintage princess Danielle Pumo on our Hidden Secrets tour, it was obvious...
The Best Melbourne Markets

The Best Melbourne Markets

Melbourne is blessed with brilliant fresh produce markets and we toured three of the best Melbourne markets, the Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market, and Prahran Market, on our recent trip. Why do a tour of a market? Isn’t it enough just to shop the...
Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style

Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style

We first met Madagascar-born fashion designer Eric Raisina at his atelier when researching shopping in Siem Reap on our first trip to the city. The Paris-trained designer, who worked for Christian Lacroix and Yves Saint Laurent, makes enchanting clothes. He’s also something of a celebrity in Siem Reap, a...
Shopping the Gorgeous Stores of Siem Reap – An Itinerary

Shopping the Gorgeous Stores of Siem Reap – An Itinerary

For most travellers, Siem Reap has been little more than a departure point for exploring Angkor Wat and the other Angkor temples. Yet it hasn’t always been that way. Until the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975, Siem Reap had been something of a celebrity...
Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

We had flown to Phnom Penh from Bangkok to do a story for Asian travel magazine Lifestyle+Travel for a section called The Buzz, which meant we had to cover places that hummed – the best, busiest, most talked-about spots in the city, whether they be...
The Best Phnom Penh Markets

The Best Phnom Penh Markets

Like all South East Asian cities, the Cambodian capital has a few standout markets that are worth a wander to soak up the atmosphere, snack at the food stalls, and, naturally, shop for souvenirs. Here’s our mini-guide to the best Phnom Penh markets for visitors...
Bangkok Shopping Malls: Monsoon Havens & Modern Town Squares

Bangkok Shopping Malls: Monsoon Havens & Modern Town Squares

 The much-maligned shopping mall makes sense in steamy Bangkok, especially during monsoon season* — just as it does in the oppressive heat of Dubai. Whereas the gritty streets of both cities offer few opportunities to escape the elements, air-conditioned shopping centres provide a respite from the...
Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Interestingly, the subject that seems to most inspire Saigon’s contemporary designers is the past – the tumultuous historic events of the 1960s and 1970s, along with Vietnam’s traditional culture, heritage, arts, and crafts. The story of Vietnamese-Australian designer, artist and entrepreneur Mai Lam is similar...
Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

When it comes to shopping for souvenirs, Bangkok has some terrific shops where you can buy Thai made gifts. Most guidebooks will head you to budget shopping mall MBK or Jim Thompson for Thai Silk (which is stunning), but I also like to go to...
Bangkok’s Best Boutiques

Bangkok’s Best Boutiques

I love shopping Bangkok’s boutiques because I love Thai fashion. Take homegrown brands such as FLYNOW, Theatre, Wonder Anatomie, Tipayaphongpoosanaphong, and Palette – they’re fresh, quirky, colourful, and fun. And even when Thai fashion is more grown-up and serious, like the elegant evening wear of...