As the couture capital of the world, Paris is the place to find wares from all the classic fashion houses, as well as perfumes. The Champs-Élysées is a must visit, as is Maison Kurkdijan, a perfume house that lets you create your own fragrance combination, the recipe for which is recorded and kept for you when you return for a refill.
Perfumier Mason Fancis Kurkdjian
Undoubtedly the shopping capital of Australia, Melbourne is a great place for unique accessories and high-end fashion. While Chapel Street and Bourke St Mall are ideal for most brands, veer off into Melbourne’s laneways and you’ll discover many Victorian-era arcades that are just brimming with luxurious wares, most notably Royal Arcade and Melbourne’s GPO.
Melbourne's Royal Arcade
This iconic landmark is a complex of several interconnecting malls and gives visitors the opportunity to experience top-class shopping and luxury dining in one hit. All the big name brands are spread out across the complex, which is also home to Michelin-starred restaurant, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana.
8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana
As a classic destination for both seasoned brands and up-and-coming designers, New York is the go-to city for fashionistas worldwide.
Style Room New York is a must visit. The shopping experience provider offers VIP tours of the city’s various fashion districts, where you can actually visit designer studios and meet the creators of your favourite brands. Some visitors even get the opportunity to buy samples direct before stock even hits retailers.
The big department stores also offer VIP shopping experiences. Both Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman have VIP spaces where you can sip champagne, nibble on canapés and shop privately.
New York City skyline
Dubai offers the discerning traveller a wide range of exclusive designer brands, and a shopping experience to match. In the shadow of Burj Khalifa sits the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall, and close by you will find the Mall of the Emirates and Wafi Mall. These buzzing hubs of retail activity offer access to everything from Van Kleef & Arpels jewellery to Bottega Venetta handbags and Armani menswear. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself sipping cocktails in The Address Downtown, with shopping bags in tow.
The Dubai Mall's Souk