The Boroughs is an internationally recognised design store in East Brunswick.
Our store occupies an integral roll in the community supporting and projecting the products, ideas and careers of local creatives. Our shelves are stocked with functional, enduring and beautiful products, the majority of which come from the surrounding area. We’ve been proudly representing Melbourne’s designers since 2007.
The Boroughs is also recognised for its role in telling the story of Brunswick East, its’ transformation from humble working-class suburb and hub of the textile industry, to a community focused on art, design and sustainability. These stories are shared through a range of products shaped through collaboration with local makers.
Behind The Boroughs is designer and marketer, Alasdair MacKinnon - Otto & Spike. After experiencing the 'design-led revolution' in Melbourne's inner North, he quit his day job as a consultant to practice what he preaches.
During 2013, Alasdair began creating a range of products in collaboration with local designers and artists. These include skin care products, eyewear, chocolate, homewares, and stationary.
The Boroughs is featured in the Monocle, and Suitcase city-guides and is a contributor to the Berlin based ‘Green Me’ tours.
Our store is the retail expression of neighbourhood and community.