How to shop like a Fashion Editor: Istanbul
Edited by Xaviera Aubri
Yes there are carpet shops and every other charming thing that may adorn your mother’s mantlepiece can be found in the ever fascinating Grand Bazaar. But then there are the conceptstores and vintage haunts that delight the stylish shopper in everyone. Because honestly, you need a dress to go with that new rug, right?
V2K designers (https://shop.vakko.com/tr/v2k-designers-kadin-elbise ) is Istanbuls answer to Paris’ Colette, lined with designer clothing from Haider Ackerman, Margiela and Erdem. Experimental art from local artists line the walls, creating a one of a kind shopping athmosphere.
Yastik (www.yastikbyrifatozbek.com) is a problem for everyone who likes interior decorating. The colorful embroidered homewear consisting mainly of cushions by 80’s iconic fashion designer Rifat Özbek with refreshed Ottoman prinst demand to be picked up as a souvenir. Ozbeks designs graced the cover of Vogue and his homewear is just as refined.
Abdulla (www.abdulla.com) harem necessities to bring back home are best purchased at the adorable boutique. Lodged in the middel of the Grand Bazaar, this contemporary shop also stocks scrubtools and wonderful cinnamon/rose soap.
If one would buy a bridal gift Haremlique (www.haremlique-boutique.com) would be the place to stop. The charming boutique in Akaretler sells stylish versions of the ‘peshtamal’ towels with nazar (evil eye) prints and mediteranian olive soap.
Üterque (www.uterque.es) is a highstreet store that sells leather bags, shoes and trendy accessories. And hold-alls just in case the shopping exceeds your current luggage.