Consumed by couture – Christine Barro the empress of laneway style in Melbourne


It is the boutique described as iconic – representing classic Melbournian style – the epitome of elegance and chic.  And there’s more on her Facebook page!

Christine Barro is the owner – her eponymous boutique behind the door, down the stairs, hidden away in Melbourne’s stylish Flinders Lane.  It is where she mixes the flamboyant with the affordable in her den of exquisiteness – and she opened up about it to me today in my Enterprising Women column in the AFR.

Barro, a former art student, started working at David Jones in Sydney in the 1970s in accessories and ended up at the quintessentially Melbourne store Georges. Its closure in 1995 was her trigger to launch her eponymous boutique.


She is the curator – it is a work of art, a treasure trove – of a collection of wonderful designers from all over the world. They include exquisite Philip Treacy millinery to Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Maison Michelle and Celine.  Not to mention Martin Grant, the former Melbournian who designed the latest Qantas uniforms.

But don’t be afraid to go behind her signature red door at 181 Flinders Lane – Christine wants everyone to have a lovely experience in the shop – “I do no want to alienate people, It’s nice to leave with something ou can afford”

And if you’re concerned about how to wear some of the items, or even if you’re not quite sure what they are…. Christine runs workshops occasionally to share her passion and show us new ways of exploring our own style.

When next in Melbourne – with time to spare, because you need it – pop on down to Christine and be consumed by couture!