The modern man’s accessory and grooming arsenal can take many forms. Some keep it simple with a bit of pomade and a decent pair of sneakers, while others may have a whole cupboard full of lotions and tonics as well as belts, shoes and bags in matching leathers at the ready. The quantity and combination of grooming and sartorial accessories is up to you; here are some of the best places to buy them.
Smart Alec is Melbourne’s dedicated hat and hat repairs destination. Their bespoke headwear covers all manner of styles, including buckets, berets, flat caps, fedoras, bowlers, and trilby hats... Everything that is, except for baseball caps. Smart Alec’s owner and designer Michael Albert has over ten years experience in the industry, and firmly believes that a man’s ensemble is not complete without the perfect piece of headwear. Fitzroy
Retro Star Vintage is the best place to pick up one-of-a-kind vintage pieces in Melbourne. Trawling through their enormous range of well, basically everything from every era, one can find hundreds of different ties, leather belts and belt buckles, hats and caps, patches, badges, glasses and even stacks of cowboy boots. Every now and then one can find a men’s bag or briefcase in the mix, depending on the day, if they’re lucky.
Alongside well-known modern eyewear brands like Carter Bond, Zeffer, and John O’Hennesy, Fitzroy’s Che Eyewear sets itself apart from other respectable spectacle stores with a large offering of vintage, never-before-worn frames. These frames have been left in their boxes from years ago, just waiting for men and women looking for something that nobody else owns to pick them up in 2016. In stock currently are Michael Kent, Martins Wells, Playboy, OutLaw and Safilo frames from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Fitzroy
Assin is by no means a dedicated accessories store, but the accessories it does stock are amongst the most fashion-forward and rare pieces available for sale in Australia. Right now, for example, they have an extraordinary collection of Henson, Ann Demeulemeester, Pearls Before Swine and Tobias Wistisen men’s and unisex jewellery, not to mention 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi backpacks and caps, a luxurious Ann Demeulemeester black velvet broach, and pieces by nude:mm. But if any of those pieces do take your fancy, don’t wait to head into store. Given the rare and peculiar nature of the pieces they stock, their range can change quickly from one day to the next.
One Point Seven Four is dedicated to modern eyewear from a unique mixture of high-end and local brands like Chronicles of Never, Thom Browne, Super, Cutler and Gross, Eyevan and Dita. The diverse range of frames caters to both bespectacled men and those looking for shades for the summer. If you fall into the former category, there’s an optician on site to fit you out with new specs. Prahran
Incu has long been the go-to destination for men’s (and women’s) wear and accessories, stocking a wide variety of wearable garments from local and international brands. For a taste of what’s in store, think A.P.C. belts and wallets, Saturdays NYC leather wallets, Bellroy iPhone pockets, Comme des Garcons wallets, Norse Projects caps, and accessories from menswear designer Felix Chan’s new label The New Albion.