Macaroni art and a pair of socks can only get you through so many Father’s Day. If dad deserves more than a last minute stress shop, we’ve got a few options for what to buy, and where.
A present for the Gent – Roberts & Hassett Bespoke Shoes and Leather Goods
If you’re cursed with a father who actually has incredible taste, take a sharp left on Little Bourke street into Somerset Place, and discover Captains of Industry. Here you’ll find the studio of Roberts & Hassett, a shoemaker dedicated to truly bespoke footwear crafted for the man who really has everything. If pulling papa in for a tailored shoe isn’t on the cards, peruse R&H’s other fine leather goods, from handmade bags to wallets made exclusively from Australia Kangaroo leather. Peruse is the key word here – Captain’s of Industry is also a café/bar and barber, so you’ll have plenty of time to pick the perfect gift while you sip a long black, or sit back for a shave and gentlemanly haircut.
Where: 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne
I’m genuinely lost – Pigeonhole homewares etc.
When I asked manager Lisa what category Pigeonhole falls under for retail, she shrugged and grinned “We have seven categories. It’s everything. If people say ‘Do you have…?’ I just say Yes and we go from there”. Pigeonholes ethos is to “champion the beautiful things that bring joy to your life” and they do this brilliantly. There’s clearly method to madness here, as stunning layouts encompass homewares beside toys, novelties next to skincare, all embraced by the cuddle of men and womens wear that lines the walls. Catching our eye this Father-focused season was a range of stylish decanters, The Mason Shaker cocktail kit, and a salt glaze stoneware beer stein with a pretzel motif (stoneware keeps your cold drinks cold – important beer information).
Where: Level 3, Emporium Melbourne
Make it fun and weird – Monster Threads
Monster threads is so much more than quirky t shirts – it’s now quirky everything. This Sydney brand graces us with boutiques full of gorgeous giftware, as Monster Threads brings together a bevvy of like minded brands in their candy-store like interiors. We love the Secrid brand wallets which protect cards from skimmers (and allow for a very cool-dad pop up card moment when you activate the lever on the bottom), and the buff n shine shoe polish set. If you’ve followed our guide by order and now have an armful of stuff, make Monster Threads at the very least your go-to for the perfect card – Then buy yourself something cool for all your hard work, like these rabbit mugs.
Where: QV, Londsdale Street
Words by Lee Douglas. Imagery by Ting Chen.