This iconic building, completed in 1926, is home to a number of small artist studios, designers, makers and businesses. The lifts remain some of the last in Melbourne to be operated by a person, and are charmingly decorated with personal momentos such as photos, postcards and silk flowers. There is such a special feel to the Nicholas Building, with its history and beauty and, quite possibly, its hidden secrets.
My mission was to visit the second floor and to seek out three particular businesses, Buttonmania, Kimono House and, top of my list, l'uccello, which stocks vintage haberdashery and fancy goods, as the business card states. I knew I was in for a treat when I spotted the entry to l'uccello.
I think if I was still working in Melbourne this would definitely be a regular haunt.
Buttons, threads, vintage French linen, fabric ... treasures, everywhere you look!!
And how could I possibly leave without making an ever-so-small purchase? A "crafty fat quarter", a metre of a divine pink and blue-bowed ribbon and a packet of Sajou thread cards featuring vintage cyclists!! Even the packaging was gorgeous!