Sensory overload: Lanvin jewellery @ Christine boutique

Do you ever have one of those days when everything just falls into place?  For some reason, you venture to a store that you haven't been to for a while and they have the one item you've been lusting after, searching the globe for, for what feels like an eternity.  This best describes one of my recent days.  My visit (and uncontrollable excitement), leads me to share with you one of my favourite boutiques.




I thought I would get out of the office and do a little detour down to a boutique in Melbourne called 'Christine'. I don't believe anything can prepare a woman for the sensory overload that awaits inside this boutique which is brimming with the most exclusive international finds.  Somewhat of a fashion treasure trove in a way. 

You could be forgiven for missing the store's entrance and walking on by, oblivious to it's very existence if you didn't know where to find it. Christine is in no way ostentatious in appearance. A simple red door marks it's entry in Flinders Lane. The only signage is a small red box to the left of the door in a glass encasing with just a handful of items.  I walked past it many times when I first started looking for the boutique some years back.  A girlfriend finally saved me from myself and escorted me personally to the front door (I hang my head in shame).  Everything they say about woman having no directional skills certainly applies to me.





Down the stairs there is a long tartan carpeted hall way with decorated drapes. Once inside, you are met with a decor reminiscent of a secret boudoir.  It's interesting in so many ways and a refreshing change to the normally stark, clean and minimalist boutiques that showcase high-end items. It's definitely a boutique with character.  Christine is one of  those boutiques that I believe any of the world's most discerning stylists could walk into and be suitably impressed.

I have to acknowledge (in addition to noting the credibility of the designers/items carried, and of equal importance), the quality of service and the integrity and disposition of the staff in Christine.  Normally high-end stores are rather 'stuffy' and only a certain type of clientele are served.  This is definitely not the case with Christine. I've entered the store on several occasions not dressed in my finest and have always been greeted with a friendly smile, a polite and genuine conversation, and offered assistance. Service of that calibre always makes visiting the boutique that much nicer.




Now to the actual items... One of the most appealing things about Christine is that the owner chooses such a wide range of pieces, including the safe and high demand pieces, to the editorial fitting, runway and exclusive, limited edition pieces you are flat out finding anywhere.  The owner/buyer definitely covers all the bases and covers them well.  At times it looks like a collection is purchased close to it's entirety leaving customers with such a broad choice, it's overwhelming (ultimately a great and rare position for the customer to be in).  

So after much oohing over various exquisite selections that would rival any boutique found in New York, Paris or London, I made a beeline for the Lanvin jewellery and the Celine bags (both my weaknesses).  For this post, I'll solely cover a handful of images taken of the Lanvin jewellery resembling the prominent pieces that would look right at home on Blake Lively or at any red carpet event.






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Later in the week stay tuned for the feature on Christine's selection of Celine bags.  The reason for the delay in the Celine bags post is that Christine had literally just received their latest and super large shipment, so naturally they need the opportunity to do the store's own updates online and with customers first. 

I must say a huge thank you to the lovely ladies at Christine who were utterly gracious in allowing me to take photo's to share with you. Especially considering the fact they were all so busy unpacking the Celine and serving the customers who were eagerly there right on cue ready to snap them up.

Just for reference, here are the boutique's details (especially for all of the Australian and Melbourne based women):

Christine
181 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Telephone (03) 9654 2011

16 comments:

  1. Hey Mandi,
    Ooh, nice post! I've never actually been into Christine...prob for the same reason you always missed it;) Looks fab!
    I finally started my blog, check it out if you get the chance.
    P.S. My Willows fit perfectly, thanks for the advice on sizing.
    Rose xx
    yesvincent.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Hi Rose, Yay!!!! You've started. I just dropped by. Great first post by the way. Can you let me know about your membership button so I can follow you? I went back to Christine today. Oh! So many things that are too gorgeous there. xx

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  2. Wooow Mandi, I'm speechless, what a gorgeous store!!! First necklace is unbelievable!!! Thanks a lot for your lovely comment, you deserve a lot of success too!!! xoxo

    www.rockandfrock.com

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    1. Your too sweet. I have never laid eyes on Lanvin items like these. Absolute kid in the candy store moment :)

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  3. Love how you narrate your trip to Christine. I was mesmerized by your detailed description. hahaha...I have no sense of direction either.

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    1. Ha ha.. I think you really get my level of excitement don't you? I've never seen so many beautiful items in one place and the staff are so lovely and particularly patient (with me).

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  4. Wow, that jewelry is amazing, love the first picture :)

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  5. I love Christine - a girlfriend took me there when I went on a Melbourne shopping trip - so much eye candy!


    awayfromtheblue.blogspot.com.au

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    1. It's a dangerous store for the wallet. They have just received so much new stock it's beautiful! xx

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  6. Amazing shop! I loooove Lanvin's jewellery, I'm in love with a necklace.....maybe it will be mine ;-))) can't wait 4 the celine post!!

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  7. Hello thanks for the lovely comment! Your blog is beautiful, these pieces are stunning <3 Your newest follower Sarah

    Follow back? :] http://somelikeitsimple.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sarah. I've been on your blog perusing last night. You live in such a gorgeous part of the world xx

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  8. wow i never imagined this little boutique to be that luxurious and beautiful inside, its so simple outside that i don't think that anyone would ever think that she sells high-end pieces and luxurious jewels. thank you for introducing us to this fab store and for some of the most beautiful pictures of jewels i've seen lately, i am mesmerized by each and every statement necklace and earrings u show us.
    oh by the way since u've asked, i uploaded a picture of my new haircolor for you to see.
    tell me what you think?

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    1. I think that's the best thing about Christine. Just the surprise as you enter. I love that. Aren't the Lanvin pieces devine! Going on your blog to check the colour now :) xx

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  9. Beautiful store! I think I missed it too about the first 4 times I went searching in Melbourne for it :) looking forward to the Celine post - it would have been so hard to choose between looking at theLanvin or all the new bags, I drove my partner nuts in Rome last year cooing over them all.

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    1. Hi Kendall, I was the same. So much 'purusing' time. It would be nice to have quite a few of the Celine and Lanvin pieces :) Isn't that such a greedy thought.

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