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In 1969 Diane and Neville opened Paint ‘n Powder,
a boutique French perfumery in Royal Arcade, which was unique to Australia. Ten years later they opened their second Paint ‘n Powder store at the Jam Factory, South Yarra, which included the Christian Dior beauty salon.
Shortly after this, because of their expertise in the perfume industry, Diane and Neville were approached by the International Cultural Corporation and were involved in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of both Melbourne and NSW called ‘Fabulous Fashions’. Fabulous fashions was brought here from The Metropolitan Museum in New York featuring Haute Couture designers such as Balenciaga and Chanel.
With the changing of the Jam Factory precinct from boutique stores, including Georges, to an entertainment complex, Paint ‘n Powder is now exclusively located in the Royal Arcade where they first begun.
The guiding light of Paint ‘n Powder Diane together with her husband Neville, founded Paint ‘n Powder nearly 50 years ago.
Both qualified pharmacists, they recognized beauty and perfume as being a natural extension to their already established business. It was out of this passion for perfume and accessories that Paint ‘n Powder was born.
Anyone fortunate enough to be served by Diane will certainly be entertained by her unrivaled knowledge and her ability to draw on her incomparable resources to help them enjoy a genuinely helpful shopping experience.
Their daughter, Abbie was born into the business. After completing her training as a beauty therapist with Guerlain in Paris, Abbie returned to Melbourne where she set about running the very popular Beauty Salon upstairs.
Twenty five years of experience working in the salon and shop have seen Abbie slide effortlessly into her role as the fresh face of Paint ‘n Powder today.
The Lord Mayor’s Commendations acknowledge and celebrate the long-term commitment of independent small business proprietors in the City of Melbourne.
In 2019 Abbie & Neville were recipients of the award recognising small businesses that have operated continuously within the City of Melbourne for 25 years and 50 years respectively.