A Day in Prague 2

Words: Madeline Chestnut

Filled with expats and young professionals, Prague 2 is worthy of a stop on your Czech adventures. As the yuppie epicentre, you will find worldly people, most of whom speak English.

Shop til’ you drop

If you are in Prague it is an absolute must to shop. Treat yourself, you deserve it! Browse through a short selection of my favorite shops.

overviewNILA– A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

NILA is an eclectic boutique that sells a little bit of everything. The store is located in a charming area lined with boutiques, cafes, and restaurants and is away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. As you walk in the door, you are greeted by an infectious boho vibe with walls full of earth-toned clothes, handmade wooden shoes, home goods, and beauty products. This store is all things BOHO, eclectic and trendy. Shop women’s, men’s, and children’s clothes.

Address:  Korunní 806/91, 130 00 Praha 2

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 19:30, Saturday: 9:00 – 15:00

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Photo credit: Jane Bond Facebook page

Jane Bond Special Get Ready for the Sock Hop

Looking for 50’s inspired dresses, full skirts, and A-line cuts? Jane Bond is your place! Have fun thumbing through racks of dresses, both made by Jane Bond and other labels. This small store is a breath of fresh air and a fun, historical exploration in fashion history.

Address: Slezska 48, Prague 2

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 am – 19:00 pm, Sat: 12:00 pm – 18:00 pm

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Photo Credit: Papelote Facebook page

Papelote– Not your everyday paper store. 

This paper store is tucked away on a quiet street, right on the edge on Prague 1, but no where near the crazy tourists areas. Papelote is a local Czech paper store stocking only Czech artists. Choose between post cards, hand-bound journals, pencil bags, little works of printed art, and all other kinds of paper goods. This store may be  small, but one could get lost for hours in there perusing through delicate goods.

Address: Vojtěšská 9, Prague 1, 110 00

Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00–19:00, Saturday 12:00–18:00

Lunch time!

Once you have worn your wallets out a bit,  meander your way to Americká street for some good eats.

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Photo Credit: Zazibar Bistro Facebook page

Zanzibar Bistro is the perfect place to sit down and have a nice lunch. Every day they have a unique lunch menu with two options ranging around 120Kč. Located in a quaint square with a central fountain and children playing, sit out on their lovely patio and enjoy a grilled veggie plate with a crisp white wine or beer. Walk around after lunch for another glass of wine at one of the surrounding wine bars. 

Address: Americká 15 Prague 2

Hours: Mon-Thu: 8:00 – 23:00, Fri: 8:00 – 00:00, Sat: 10:00- 00:00, Sun: 10:00 – 23:00

Get a much needed mid-day sugar boost

Every one has their guilty pleasures, whether it be pastries, caramel lattes, or ice cream; we all have them, so why ignore them? Here are a few places to fulfil you sugar addiction.

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Photo Credit: Marthy’s Kitchen Facebook page

Marthy’s Kitchen

Inspired by the French countryside, Marthy’s Kitchen is a charming, homey little cafe and one that has won rave reviews on TripAdvisor as well. Indulge with a slice of cheese cake or a pastry and get a much needed afternoon espresso or look through their lunch menu; you know, in case you are still hungry after Zanzibar. If you find yourself that way during dinner time, stop in for a full dinner menu.

Address: Vinohrady, 120 00 Prague 2

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00- 22:00, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00- 22:00 

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Photo Credits: Vanille Facebook page

Vanille

For your one stop ice cream shop, make sure to hit up Vanille. Vanille is the key to all of your sweet tooth needs. With indoor and outdoor seating, enjoy a hefty 20Kč ice cream either there or walk and sit in the nearby park in front of the Namesti Miru cathedral.

Address: Náměstí Míru 13, Prague 2

Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:00 – 20:00, Sat: 9:00 – 20:00, Sun: 10:00 – 20:00

Dinner is served

While on the topic of food, here are our dinner suggestions.

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Photo Credit: Becca Leite 

Pizzeria Grosseto

When your afternoon is done and you are ready to sit down for dinner, try Grosseto. The pizza menu is unreal and cooked to crispy perfection, but if pizza isn’t your thing there is plenty more to choose from. Make sure to sit on the patio to the side of the restaurant. There is an outside bar, and two layers of seating.

Address: Francouzská 79/2, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady

Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30 – 23:00

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Photo Credit: Sapori Facebook page

Sapori

For a taste of Italy in Prague, Sapori is your stop. With a fine menu of meats, fish, salad, and savoury pastas, enjoy dinner inside atop white table cloths or on the patio. Of course, the white table cloths can only mean one thing- expensive. If you are budget dining, this might not be the place for you.

Address:  Americká 875/20, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00

How to Wear SS16 By Czech Designers

WORDS: Madeline Chesnut

More often than not, the looks coming down the runway, strapped onto size zero little nothings, can be extremely daunting. I often find myself thinking, “who the hell would actually wear that,” or “how would this look transition from the runway to real-life?” Designer’s experimentation can be out there and hard to imagine, but you have to think of these looks as art and self expression- though most of them probably wouldn’t sell in a store. After weeding out the “interesting” designs, I have pulled a handful of my favourite looks from the SS16 Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week shows in the determination to show you that some looks are a lot more achievable than one may think. With a few accessories, one’s imagination can start to rationalise Czech designers and gain the confidence to add a runway look to their wardrobe. Set aside your plain white T and jeans and try something new!

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The first look that grabbed my attention was this rose coloured Odivi maxi dress. I was inspired by the ease that this look has- the “I’m not trying too hard” look, which in reality, took a few hours of readjusting and getting the hair and the makeup just right. Beside that fact, this look could be easily accomplished and would be perfect for a day running around the city, shopping or grabbing coffee. An Olivia Burton watch (one of my personal favourites) would be perfect paired with a slouchy Chloé bag and stylish Adidas trainers.

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Another casual city look that could transition well into every day life is this long cardigan by Monika Drapalova. Perfect for throwing over a basic outfit on a day where you want to hide a bit. Wear with Ancient Greek Sandals, Mui Mui shades, and a Saint Laurent bucket bag to run errands in a comfortable, yet fashionable manner.

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Jakub Polanka helps you pull off the market perusing weekender look with a funky wrap jacket full of colour,  and a striped pattern; an essence of exploration. Pair with Carvel trainers, and an Aspinal of London cuff to add colour and personality. Don’t forget a Tory Burch back pack to tote around a fresh loaf of bread from the farmer’s market or handmade jewellery from an art festival.

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How adorable is this classic, 50’s housewife dress? Finish off the look with a blush Rebecca Minkoff bag, tan brogues by Dune London and an Olivia Burton watch- I told you she is my favourite.

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Did someone say GNO? For those nights when you want to leave your worries behind and get lost in cocktails, good conversation, and bae-watching, make sure to doll yourself up in something short, something black, and something with sass. This ensemble by Michal Kovacik, along with Aquazzura stilettos,  Kendra Scott earrings, and a Valentino clutch is the recipe for a good night.

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Whether you have a hot date or a date with yourself to some extravagant event, this dress by Zuzana Kubickova is sure to be a jaw dropper. This beautifully detailed tea length dress, paired with classic Mary Jane Jimmy Choo’s, a Brunello Cucinelli statement necklace, and an Alexander McQueen clutch is an achievable run way look.

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It’s summer time in the city, so when you are ready to chill out and relax, make sure to slip into a Jakub Polanka tunic, Miu Miu shades, Funky Espadrilles by Steve Madden, and a fedora by Heidi Klein- because no one likes a burnt hair part.

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And when you are dreaming of pool days and sun tans, Katerina Geislerova gives us the look. Be playful as you lounge by the pool in a a fedora by Sara Designs, bright Linda Farrow sunnies, and a Hawaii inspired tote by Kate Spade New York- too cute to take in.

 

5 New Ways to Shop in Prague

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This article first appeared on Expats.cz

There’s a retail revolution afoot; from cocktail parties and non-boutique boutiques, to modern ‘trunk shows’ and festivals, a new set of retailers and e-tailers are here to challenge the notion that there’s no good shopping in Prague.

The Modern Trunk Show

Trunk shows; they’ve been around for as long as women have cat-walked Fifth Avenue on their way to Bergdorf. Originating as a way for designers to show their product to store personnel and their best customers, a trunk show was always an intimate setting for the well-to-do set, but Czech designers have made this idea more modern and democratic with four stores taking the lead.

Two to three times a month La Gallery Novesta hosts a Fashion Shake, where designers from around the Czech Republic and Slovakia are invited to the store to share their inspiration for their latest collection (think of it like a press conference that is open to the public.) Check out the latest fit and flair dresses from Czech-born, Parisian based designer Katerina Geislerova or jewellery designer Hanus Lamr’s veritable works of art using gold, silver and accents from Czech nature. All of their upcoming events can be found on their frequently updated Facebook page.

Kurator,
a small space located off busy Karoliny Světlé, was one of the first stores to bring the trunk show concept to Prague. This newly opened space uses such precision in their merchandising that moving from the rack, to the fitting room, to the register is a little too easy. The concept behind Kurator is simple enough to follow. Owner Martina Mala, part of the design duo behind the Belka label, is the acting docent of the store, which mixes new Czech labels like Petra Ptáčková  with more established ones like Zuzana Vesela and Zorya and adds flare with designers from abroad like Anne Willi or Maison Charoussas. The “exhibitions” are hung in the store from anywhere between a month to two months before being changed out with each one being launched with an “opening”.

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Kurator

Czech Labels & Friends has taken over the old Bella Brutta boutique off of Železná, one of the main thoroughfares leading into Old Town Square. The store is built and merchandised with a faster, urban, and more experimental assortment. PBL Prague who showed their Fall/Winter line at this year’s Designblok, blends nicely with a contemporary mix of other up-and-coming designers all of whom you can meet during the presentations of their new collections.

Of course when it comes to trunk shows one doesn’t immediately think of second-hand shopping but Jane Bond Special, of the fascinator fame, has opened a store in Vinohrady that finally does second-hand shopping right by combining the best of vintage and second-hand clothing and mixing it with new trend-driven pieces and accessories. Not only can you see the latest in store, with a personal explanation from the designer herself, but you can also check her Facebook page daily to view the latest in-store inspiration, new arrivals, sales, and events.

Czech Labels & Friends
Czech Labels & Friends

Festivals & Fashion Nights

Code:Mode was clearly the catalyst that started it all and thanks to this one festival Prague has been washed over with more than its fair share of shopping brouhaha. Besides the staple favourites like Dyzajn Márket and Holešovice Market, there is Grace’n’Glamour  which holds two festivals per year with the next one taking place on November 30. Grace’n’Glamour caters more to the woman who is drawn to A-line dresses, wide-brimmed hats, and button downs with ruffled collars than the street wear attire that seems to be prevalent throughout other Czech design festivals. You will have to wait til this spring (March 27) for the next night shopping with Prague Fashion Night Out which will be teaming up with Harper’s Bazaar for an evening of fashion fun. Can’t wait to get your fashion fix? Check out the 8th annual Harper’s Bazaar charity event, on Thursday, November 21 from 16-18:00 at DSC Projekt Space on Wenceslas Square. The event benefits local charities Enticelle, Dobreho Andela and Kapku Nadeje and features bags, clothes and accessories at sample-sale prices.

The Non-Boutique Boutique

The one idea that has truly taken hold by both old and new retailers is that of the pop-up. The idea really sprung onto the scene in 2010/2011 thanks to the Minty Concept Store which blended Czech labels, Los Angeles jewellers, bloggers, fashion journalists, and international magazines like cult favourite Purple with coolness and panache. Minty has since come and gone replaced by a bevvy of shopping choices which fluctuate between pop-up’s and the non-boutique boutique.

Once a pop-up, Boho has since become a permanent store in Vršovice with events and themes parties occurring weekly and additional pop-ups like a restaurant, bicycle event, as well as dj sets and champagne. Think of it as a massive block party in one of the coolest up-and-coming districts in Prague.

 

DreamHouse Living Concept Store is a new boutique where fashion, art, design, and home furnishings intersect. Elevating window dressing to a fine art form, hosting book launches and other interesting gatherings, it’ll make you forget that you’re in a boutique and not a fabulous friend’s flat. Shop their inventory of fashion, jewelry, and array of gorgeous accesories at their Christmas market November 29-December 1 which includes a wine tasting and nibbles.

Natalie Steklova’s Shop & Café with her mean espresso, sun-drenched terrace, home-made cakes and Friday morning yoga classes, is one of the first to mix fashion, culture and a boutique. It’s such a cool place that one shouldn’t be surprised to see an ecclectic mix of fashion editors, financial types or musicians browsing or just hanging out.

 

 

Natalie Steklova Shop & Café
Natalie Steklova Shop & Café

E-tailing it

Bohemic.com, an online clothing store which offers downtown cool and uptown chic in a one-stop retail shop. Expect to find boots from Balenciaga, shirts and leggings from American Apparel, or an envelope clutch by Zac Posen. Big brands aren’t the only thing Bohemic sells, check out scarves by young Czech designer Adam Ptáček who has moved away from minimalism and futurism (a Czech designer’s favourite) to outlandish prints more in line with Versace and Southern Italy.

Molo7 a newly launched e-tailer with big dreams of introducing the mass public to something other than mass produced clothing, focuses on original and progressive fashion labels. While the website is only in Czech, it is pretty user friendly based more on pictures making navigation easy. Zoot.cz even offers designs from Happy Socks, Juicy Couture, Desigual, and Melissa plus an array of other trend brands offers free pick-up (and try on) from Hlavni Nadrazi, plus they always have solid sales for those shoppers looking for a good deal.

Since most of the stores list their events on their Facebook page if you are interested in attending them it’s best to become a fan. You can also check out Prague Fashion Scene which also has an events section that tells you where to show up, drink bubbly, and shop as does the newly launched site Fashion Map (Czech only).

Mongolia is closer than you think

Monika Přikrylova’s exclusive collection, MONGOL, brings Mongolian fashion to the Czech Republic

Ever wonder what it might be like to trek down forgotten mountain paths, ride horses on breathtaking plateaus, and explore the diverse and majestic scenery of Mongolia?

For Shooting Fashion Star’s Monika Přikrylová, bringing Mongolian culture – its simplistic lifestyle, shamanism, and the love for the Mongolian horse-was an essential element to executing her debut line titled MONGOL. Both men and women’s clothing were shown during the recent event at Masarykovo Train Station with themes like: horse’s hair, fez-style caps, red and cobalt blues running intertwining throughout the show.

Mongol- Shooting Fashion Stars 2013 Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Mongol- Shooting Fashion Stars 2013
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A silk skirt and horse hair go a long way in bringing Mongolian culture to life. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A silk skirt and horse hair go a long way in bringing Mongolian culture to life.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Wrap skirt combined with fez-style cap and a white shirt make a daring ensemble for the Mongol man. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Wrap skirt combined with fez-style cap and a white shirt make a daring ensemble for the Mongol man.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Jersey done right. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Jersey done right.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Spring Cleaning- Shopping at Leeda- Original Czech Designer

“Sample sale” and “Spring Sales” are a much loved and covetted phrase thrown around the fashionista coffee houses and cocktail bars in some of the bigger fashion cities, but it seems that those two phrases have only recently found a place on the Czech market.  Zuzana Vesela had one about three weeks ago- which, for those who missed it, missed a great opportunity to buy dresses for next to nothing- and it seems Leeda will have one this week (April 23rd-April 28th). 

Leeda has been on the Czech design scene for some time and has quite a cult following. The label has been invited to shows abroad and most recently was one of just a handful of designers that took part during Shooting Fashion Stars showroom concept which happened at the end of March.

The Leeda “spring cleaning” is a true sale that shoppers will be more than happy to see! Clothing items will be set into three categories: 400CZK, 600CZK, and 900CZK with purchases over 2,000CZK receiving a 10% discount card to Toni & Guy hairdressers!

Store Information:

LEEDA
Bartolomějská 304/1  , Prague 1
Time: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm (11:00-19:00)
April 23rd-April 28th

Code:Mode 2012- Art Nouveau Splendor in Karlín

Code:Mode’s 7th edition gets intimate in an Art Nouveau building- April 19th-22nd

Six years ago the idea of a free, independent festival started in Prague providing the likes of artists and emerging designers to hold court, sell their wares, and get to know their customers. Many designers got their break at the Code:Mode festival, which ultimately, gave them room to move onto the bigger circuits of fashion- mainly magazines here and abroad, TV spotlights, and their own brick and mortar stores.

Code:Mode Spring 2012- Warehouse shopping is difficult. Open space in a new building hopes to rid this

But, it seems that something got lost along the way – a daunting amount of designers, too many programs, and an impersonal warehouse space, which made the event feel more like a market than its original festival feel.  An Art Nouveau building, next to Kaizlovy Sady, will hopefully return some of the pizzazz to the Code:Mode splendor by creating, “an intimate and personal meeting place- not as much as a market but a temporary showroom,” says Jolana Teuberová, the project manager of Code:Mode.  

The football-pitch-sized warehouse is now gone, which I hope will be less overwhelming, but with a smaller space it means that designers need to be trimmed down. “At this year’s Code:Mode there were 205 registered applicants, but we could only choose 68 of them,” explained Ms. Teuberová.  So, to assist with their ‘more quality less quantity’ theme they enlisted the help of bloggers from 11 koček, a Czech language blog that looks at fashion in the Czech Republic. I had asked Jolana why 11 koček , why not another blog or person? “We wanted someone who would have a broad, but deep enough knowledge of things, someone who will know the local artistic and creative scene, but they will not be part of it… We appreciate their taste, insight, overview, perspective, and distance.” added Ms. Teuberová. I’ve had the pleasure to meet one of the writers behind 11 koček and could not agree more with Ms. Teuberová’s sentiments- they are fair, have a great perspecitve for fashion and understand the creative scene here in Prague.

Of course there will still be our Code:Mode staples like a bar/coffee area to sip and think about all of your purchases, performance art- blending fashion and culture in a way that Code:Mode has always exceeded at doing, a much anticipated fashion show on Friday night from 8:30pm-9:30pm, polaroid love on scene to snap photos of you and your friends and plenty of other ideas to keep you busy from 10am well into mid-day or evening.

Code:Mode Spring 2011

Besides the new space, and the newer emphasis on smaller designers, there is also the change in price. This for many is a part on the controversey, but at just 70CZK for the four day festival, we hope that it doesn’t over shadow the joy that comes with such an event.

 

Thursday, April 19th- Sunday, April 22nd

Thursday 10am-9pm (10:00-21:00)

Friday 10am-8pm (10:00-20:00)

Saturday 10am-9pm (10:00-21:00)

Sunday- 10am- 6pm (10:00-18:00)

Admission: 70CZK for FOUR DAYS/ Children under 12 FREE

Address: Kaizlovy Sady 13, Prague 8

Program:  (in Czech language only)

The Written word Rocks

Now that the month of March has come and gone I just wanted to say a very heartfelt thank you for those who have subscribed to this blog, who check it regularly, or those who are friends and fans on facebook- this has been, by far, the best month that Prague Fashion Scene has ever had.

Zuzana Vesela

What started as a love for fashion and curiosity about whom and what lurked in the dark design corners, filled with bolts of fabric and trim, has turned into a way of communicating to those who may not know what true talent lives in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The idea of the blog was always to write about these designers- the ones with tape wrapped around their shoulders, those who are multi-tasking- sewing feathers on garments, cutting out samples- these are the people I always wanted to know more about and share with you.

Trudi for Dolls Jewels

Of course many designers have opened their showrooms to me- to try on clothes, pick their brains about up-coming collections, and dealt with my incessant questions- all no doubt annoying at times. I am always awe-struck every time I meet a new designer who still has that “younger designer” twinkle in their eye- they still think that any stitch is possible on any type of material, but perhaps they just haven’t discovered it yet? To the designers who surprise me season after season- you really do give me butterflies every time the music starts pumping through the overhead soundsystem, the lights dim to the front of the stage, and the first model walks out.

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With the high fashion likes of Shooting Fashion Stars, Prague Fashion Weekend, Bratislava Fashion Week, Designblok Dreft Fashion Week, designSUPERMARKET– along with the more street fashion oriented Code:Mode, Holešovice Fashion Market, Boho Pop-Up shop- the designers who have usually been overlooked are finally getting the attention and publicity that they deserve.

Zdenka Imreczeova

Thank you again from the very bottom of my heart- here’s looking forward to the months ahead and the great strides we will all make for Czech and Slovak fashion.