Nell Dodge, our first Guest Hunter! Nell’s called New York City home since 2002 and has worked in the design industry for a number of years. Most recently as Director of International Sales for a modern home design company based in New York. She decided to take a little break from the city and left last October to spend the earlier part of 2011 exploring Southeast Asia and is now temporarily based in Sydney, Australia.. taking a further peek into what’s out there in the world. At home, and on the road, she enjoys exploring local wonders, delights and libations (by foot or bicycle when possible). Her Francophile tendencies mean you can usually spot her in stripes.
Nell went to Melbourne (proper pronunciation: “Mel-bun”) for a long weekend and was so crazy about the city, she booked another couple days back in Sydney’s rival a few weeks later. The two cities give off totally different vibes and with any luck she’ll be back in Melbourne again.
Here are some of her favourites from the very hip but strangely unpretentious Fitzroy district.
Mud Australia is a Sydney based porcelain company honouring the quality of using Limoges porcelain in a modern, unique handmade process that is perfectly in keeping with the strong foodie/lifestyle culture that Australia does so well. For espresso cups to large serving pieces all handmade in Sydney, Mud’s second shop in Fitzroy is a pleasure to shop. The staff are so knowledgeable and helpful and the design of the shop (by Universal Design Studio Melbourne using Vitsoe shelving) a clean and inviting space.
181 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Fashion not being my forte, but an affinity for a classic sneaker being something I can speak to, today I’d like to call attention to the Aussie equivalent to a classic Converse, Spring Court, Vans, Keds, Superga or Feiyue: The Dunlop Volley.
While having coffee one morning at Birdman Eating on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, I was impressed by the line waiting to have a cut at local barber, Dr. Follicles. Not only that, they have a photo of our very own Donald Trump on their Facebook page – touché..
240 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Shop Sui carries a fun mix of small Aussie brands with a cute kids range of clothes and accessories.
My favourite: a t-shirt that reads “YOUR JEDI MIND TRICKS WONT WORK ON ME”.
227 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Narrowing down to one food pick for Melbourne is VERY hard..
Enoteca on Gertrude Street it is for this time. A mellow neighbourhood establishment with authentic Italian snacks and bits, killer wine selection plus a nightly dinner – one offer – take it or leave it. I’d suggest taking it!
229 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Tea Towels @ Third Drawer Down: a trading museum of art souvenirs. Their “eccentric and witty taste of products by artists/designers and niche brands include” a range of tea towels I’d like to receive as a gift any day..
93 George Street, Fitzroy
Photos (top to bottom): Nell Dodge (1 & 2), Volley, Shop Sui, Broadsheet, Third Drawer Down