In 2023, you can’t miss the 150th anniversary of Kastner & Öhler in Graz, especially if you were born in this beautiful city and have spent much of your life there. The “Kastner,” as it is often called, has been where people go for fashion inspiration and spend time with family and friends for generations. But K&Ö is also a guarantor of carefully selected goods from the fashion capitals in high quality.
If you want to give yourself a present as a brand for your 20th anniversary, it has to be something special. This was the approach of the founder of Rituals, Raymond Cloosterman, who gave himself his own house – the House of Rituals, in Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s most prominent shopping street.
Anyone strolling through Stuttgart cannot avoid Tritschler, a fundamental institution in the city’s specialist retail landscape. The company offers an almost unrivaled selection of tableware and lifestyle products across 3000 sq m on four floors in the middle of the market square.
The first shop in the reshuffling of stores in the center of Vienna has now opened its doors: Louis Vuitton has moved into the former headquarters of Julius Meinl (since 1999; next door, at Am Graben 19, the delicatessen has been open since 1950).
Over the past few decades, the fashion industry has been characterized by its rapid pace and constant repetition. It was clear to everyone that such a situation would prove unsustainable in the long term. Now, fortunately, awareness has changed in the sense that we are more questions and are more conscious of the things that we buy. Our goal is to live as sustainably as possible in order to achieve balance.
In the future, cities will have more green spaces than parking spaces for cars. New models of use such as subscription models or special leasing options are already being offered by some providers, the call for more efficient use of vehicles is becoming louder and louder.
During my stroll through Düsseldorf’s streets, a store immediately caught my eye, both delightful and manageable, but as I said, impossible to miss: the Chicken Crime Department at Ackerstrasse 142 in the creative district of Flingern.
In probably the most famous district of Venice, San Marco, a company has managed to expand in recent months and now operates five stores just minutes from each other: Giobagnara. Two of these stores are right next to St. Mark’s Church, another is located on St. Mark’s Square, not far from Caffè Florian (there is a meeting room on the second floor with a wonderful view of St. Mark’s Square); the fourth store can be found beside Harry’s Bar.
Vienna’s Neubaugasse in the seventh district has developed well in recent years. It has once again become a shopping street with many specialty stores and places to sit and linger. Strolling around here is fun again.
The search for regional products for small, innovative businesses is often time-consuming. How can local producers, start-ups, and small manufacturers bring their goods to customers as authentically as possible without taking on a lot of risk? Quite simple: They rent a “Fachl” for a limited period of time – a fruit crate measuring 50 cm × 40 cm × 30 cm.
In the Italian lagoon city, a stone’s throw from the Rialto Bridge and right on the Grand Canal, DFS – a pioneer in luxury travel retail (founded in Hong Kong in 1960) and now part of the LVMH Group – has set up shop. The curated selection of around 750 brands includes fashion, accessories, beauty, and jewelry, as well as food, wine, and gift items. Most of the products are made by local artists. The assortment of “La Corte al Fondaco”, a kind of high-end marketplace, changes regularly and is a great opportunity to pick up small gifts before leaving the building.
I recently discovered the social concept store “SCHÖN&GUT” at Preßgasse 28 in Vienna-Wieden. As I drove by, the displays communicating with the viewer aroused my curiosity. Inside, I was not disappointed–unique products made sustainably and with social responsibility are lovingly presented. Customers are greeted warmly, you already feel welcome when entering!
In the city that is returning to vibrant life and where anything is possible, you’ll also find one of my absolute favorite stores, right on West Broadway, in the middle of SoHo: Flying Solo. Elizabeth Solomeina, a Russian-born jewelry designer and sculptor, teamed up with about 30 other creatives in 2016 to start this marketplace for unique fashion pieces.
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