Made in Melbourne

We ask the Melburnians lovingly crafting local wares what it takes to make it in a tough industry

Ox the Baker Ox Noonan working
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Melbourne is a city that likes to keep things local. Its designers, entrepreneurs and makers take pride in creating anything from furniture to top-shelf whiskies within city limits. So what is it that makes the city an incubator for all things locally made? We ask the people who have successfully made the most of everything Melbourne's offered to them.

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Keeping it local

Pop and Scott
Shopping

Pop and Scott

The homewares business owners on crafting the Melbourne look

Starward Whisky
Bars

Starward Whisky

David Vitale on what it takes to create a successful craft whisky label

Dress Up
Shopping

Dress Up

Designer Stephanie Downey on why manufacturing locally is a labour of love

A day in the life of Ox the Baker
Restaurants

A day in the life of Ox the Baker

This South Melbourne baker follows age-old methods

A day in the life of an inner-city milkman
Shopping

A day in the life of an inner-city milkman

Meet Ben Evans, the dairy operator of Fitzroy’s St David Dairy

The best places to buy Melbourne designs
Shopping

The best places to buy Melbourne designs

Next time you’re looking for something special, visit one of these boutiques or markets