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.
© Find Me A Muse
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):
181 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Telephone (03) 9654 2011