Davies and Son is about handmade, unique, gorgeously quirky Australian made gifts.
Passionately supporting local and Australian products is the ethos that drives the Davies & Son business ethic. Owner Michelle Davies has over twenty years background in retailing giftware and lifestyle products, Davies & Son is the realisation of close relationships built up over the years with local artisans and crafts people. Michelle buys direct form the artist wherever possible and is a staunch advocate of local and Australian made. And, in case you were wondering, the name is not just an idle reference, Michelle and her son (Jetson), are proud business partners! Jetson’s currently below legal working age, but we’re sure with time he’ll grow into the boss role!
Formerly at it’s previous location near Hampton Primary, Davies & Son is now located at it’s sparkling new address at 401 Hampton Street (close to cnr Willis Street, near Toy Soldier). Disappointingly, Michelle couldn’t take the hand painted wall mural of the Australia map with her, but the new digs are pretty cool all the same and allow a lot more room to fit all the products in. Michelle lives locally and loves the local community and getting to know her local customers.
Davies is staffed by Michelle and the lovely Courtney, both equally smiley and ready to help with any tricky purchase to match the right gift for the right person. One of the cool things about Davies & Son is that it’s not one of those stores where you’re pounced on the second you walk in; you’re left to enjoy the browse and check out the products, and if you need help, it’s there.
Inside Davies & Son you’ll find a range of gifts and home wares. 1950’s local Area Maps are a huge favourite (poster printouts of 1950’s street maps) featuring Bayside areas in particular. These can even be made to order… want your street on you wall? No probs, Michelle can do it in glorious 6ft x 6ft detail for pride of place in your lounge room, printed and mounted on 100% cotton acid free canvases.
Also check out the hand appliqued quotes and messages using bright fabrics and callico’s, beautiful hand screen printed ‘Bonnie & Neale’ linen, or even the range of ‘House Brick Books’ printed with cool classic book covers directly onto the brick (perfect for doorstops, book ends or just decoration). And, it’s not all girly girl stuff either, blokes will have no trouble finding a gift for that someone special… in fact you will struggle to not find a gift at Davies & Sons, if you have good taste this the store for you.
The Davies & Son mantra is to stock product that’s not easily found elsewhere – this may explain why so many are hunting down the store. Increasingly more and more international travellers are finding there way into Davies & Son. The word must be spreading that it’s not just Toy Kanagaroo’s that you can take back in your suitcase, that Davies & Son is the ideal spot to find a ‘non tacky’ keepsake or souvenir for a friend or relative to take home a fond memory of Melbourne.
Pop into Davies & Son and say hello at 401 Hampton Street, or call 9533 1118