Kanga Kanga Japanese Magazines

Kanga Kanga Japanese magazine shop

Level 9, Studio 8 has just moved into the Nicholas and will be taking part in this years open studio event!

opening hours
 monday to friday 12-7pm,
saturday 12-6
 sunday closed

Turn a different page on fashion, start from the back of a cool Japanese magazine.
 Fashion-focused Melburnians don’t need to read Japanese to be inspired by magazines popular in Harajuku, Shibuya and Tokyo. The only thing to know is that Japanese magazines start where English magazines end – you read them from right to left (or back to front).

From oh-my-gosh street fashions to unusual architecture and design, Kanga Kanga has over 200 titles to turn your idea of cool on its head.

The secret’s out
 For the past eight years, Kanga Kanga Japanese magazine shop has been an almost ‘secret’ destination for in-the-know overseas students and savvy locals. That hasn’t changed. Only now, the shop’s joined the eclectic cache of creators and retailers at the Nicholas Building.

Most customers can’t read a word of Japanese. They simply crave a distinctly hip-Nippon take on fashion and design that isn't easily found in New York, London or Paris – or Melbourne.

One of the distinctive fashion trends to emanate from Japan is known as Lolita. Some fabulous individuals who prefer this style get fashion inspiration – as well as their unique outfits – from Kanga Kanga.

Kanga Kanga imports a select range of Japanese-made fashion by designers, Innocent World and Elements, H.

Free magazine search service

The ‘Find-it-san’ of Japanese magazines in Melbourne is Mr Tanaka. If there’s a publication you’ve seen in Japan, or you’ve heard about, he is your man for sourcing hard-to-find Japanese magazines, books and ‘mooks’ (which is a Japanese term for half-magazine, half-book).

Customers have enlisted Taka Tanaka’s help to find all kinds of magazines, for various purposes and interests. For example, he tracked down auto-tuning magazines for specific types of 1970s Japanese cars for local enthusiasts who were looking to modify their old Datsuns.

Taka-san is happy to help you search for any publication available for sale in Japan. This is a complimentary customer service.


Visit 'The Bureau'

The Bureau on level 8 will be opening for this years
OPEN STUDIO Nicholas Building event

The Bureau Editions


Poster Prints and Marquettes

Nicholas Building
Level 8, Suite 13
37 Swanston Street
(Cnr. Flinders Lane & Swanston Streets) 

Hours: Saturday 1.00pm-5.00 pm
By Appointment: 0415292287

Andrew Delaney Exhibition - The Vivisector

The Vivisector Anatomy Exhibition opens this Tuesday the 26th of August and runs untill the 31st.
It will also be open during this years open studios event.
Level 2
The Nicholas Building


OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building 2014 10th anniversary event!

This year OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building
is celebeating 10 years!

28th & 29th August 2014
4pm - 9pm both nights

The Nicholas Building
37 Swanston St 

click on the image to enlarge


Welcome to the Building Limedrop!

It is always exciting to experience the organic changes in The Nicholas Building. The latest addition to The Cathedral Arcade shops is Limedrop. They have created a beautiful space and in the process uncovered some original features like the Deco metal balustrade on the mezzanine.  Scroll down past the images for a bit of a question and answer about the Limedrop label and their new flagship store.

Thanks Clea for the beautiful images!

1. Tell us a bit about
Limedrop, the history and the product that you stock.

Limedrop is a contemporary womenswear brand that is inspired by the idea that anything is possible! The positive brand ideals can be seen in our use of colour, unique materials, sustainable woods, luxurious fabrics and attention to detail. We design all our own textile prints, develop the garment silhouettes, make a range of soft lingerie and have three ranges of accessories: cherrywood jewellery, rosewood/ resin jewellery and rainbow funglasses.

Limedrop was launched in 2006 and has stocked some of the world's best boutiques around Australia, Japan and Dubai, set up 5 pop-up shops in Melbourne and one in Sydney, been on International showcases around the globe, as well as numerous runways and projects! What a journey... And now we are so excited to have our first Limedrop flagship store in the Nicholas Building in the heart of Melbourne's boutique laneway shopping district!

In the shop we are stocking our current season Limedrop fashions, lingerie and jewellery. We also have Melbourne designed, Radical Yes shoe and OK OK tights.

2. What is your inspiration for the shop?

The shop is inspired by mixing modern elements with the original mid-1920s architecture. The Limedrop boutique is a welcoming oasis in the CBD housed in the creative, iconic Nicholas Building- home to Melbourne's best creatives from jewellers, artists, milners and fashion designer.  We have worked with Moth Design to retain it's beauty such as the 6m high ceilings, deco balustrade, curved concrete beams and original brass door hinges. Our modern elements are the geometric racks and vertical garden that span the full height of the space.

Limedrop Shop
Shop 5 Cathedral Arcade
37 Swanston Street
(Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Lane)
Melbourne 3000
(03) 9663 0435

Monday- Saturday 11-6pm (Late Friday til 7pm)
Sunday 1-5pm


Studio Space Available September 2014

Studio spaces change with artists and creatives comming and going!
Here is a litttle ad for a space available soon in the building.
Just click on the image to see the details. 


Instagram and the Nicholas Building

Open Studios Nicholas Building
is now on Instagram

 Join us there for images of our beloved Nicholas Building, info on the up comming 10th Anniversary Open Studios event and artist studio updates.


Blog Widget by LinkWithin