A head-to-hand guide to this year’s World Design Capital.
Smell: Lilies and lilacs mingling with the aroma of freshly brewed espresso at the cozy café and flower shop Fleuriste. 13 Uudenmaankatu; 358-40/051-9745.
See: Cutting-edge furniture and light installations at Design Gallery 12 inside the downtown Design Museum, which showcases work from creative up-and-comers. 23 Korkeavuorenkatu; 358-9/622-0540.
Hear: Symphony No. 2 by renowned Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the recently opened Helsinki Music Center. April 25–26; 13 Mannerheimintie; 358-20/707-0400.
Touch: Silk sundresses and feather-print tunics from local fashion house Ivana Helsinki at its flagship store. 15 Uudenmaankatu; 358-50/505-1624.
Taste: Foraged meadow herbs with elderflower vinaigrette and cloudberry-glazed wild boar at A21 Dining, the city’s latest hot spot, or a basil-and-rhubarb martini at its chic neighboring cocktail bar. 17 Kalevankatu; 358-40/171-1117; dinner for two $105.
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Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: In a world of mass produced goods, Barbara Feinman's hats, handmade to order in her tiny shop in the heart of New York's East Village, are truly special. Made with limited editions fabrics and vintage details, Barbara and her small team of designers treat hat making like sculpture, using techniques that have barely changed since the 19th century.
Just a handful of these artisans are left in New York, and Barbara's hats are in high demand by New Yorkers in the know, including celebrities like Beyonce, Chloe Sevigny and Blake Lively.
In this new GloboMaestro video, a downtown insider from The Bowery Hotel explores this East Village storefront where one of fashion's niche arts is still thriving.
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This Dutch designer has become a cult favorite thanks to her brightly colored leather bags, wallets, and shoes. Here, the plugged-in local shares her top hometown picks.
Q: Favorite restaurant?
A: Proef (12 Gosschalklaan; 31-20/682-2656; dinner for two $120), a small, no-nonsense restaurant that’s organic and fresh, both in its menu and its urban-farmhouse-style décor. Try the beet ravioli. Book ahead.
Q: Must-visit jewelry store?
A: BLGK Goldsmiths (28 Hartenstraat; 31-20/624-8154) carries metal jewelry that honors the natural shape of gemstones; I’m inspired by the window display alone.
Q: Top cultural spot?
A: The Museum of Bags & Purses (573 Herengracht; 31-20/524-6452) has a collection of 4,000-plus pieces that offers a fascinating historical overview of my favorite accessory.
Q: Best mode of transportation?
A: My husband and I bike everywhere. I love the bicycles from Vanmoof; they’re lightweight and rust-resistant, and have a built-in lock. You can rent them at Cyclelution (258 Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal; 31-65/363-1973; $10 for two hours).
What started as a tiny shop in Rome is now a top Italian export, with hotels and jewels that continue to dazzle.
The Jewelry: Authentic antique Greek and Roman coins have been a hallmark since heir Nicola Bulgari first started mounting his collection on gold in the 1960’s. Price upon request.
The Hotels: The company’s third property, Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London (rates not available at press time), opens in May.
The Amenities: Bulgari hotels stock their own delicately scented green-tea bath products.
The Idol: Elizabeth Taylor said Bulgari’s shop was a highlight of filming Cleopatra in Rome—so much so that Richard Burton remarked: “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.”
The Backstory: Though the brand was originally launched in 1884, Sotirio Bulgari opened this shop on Rome’s Via dei Condotti in 1905; it still stands today.
The Bag: Snakeskin leather purse embellished with gold chains and replica coins. $3,200.
The Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Bulgari sapphires and diamonds at the International Rome Film Festival.
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David Einsiedler, shop owner, and his dog Laban
“I own a vintage furniture store called Ply, so I’m a bit design-obsessed. Tide is a small, beautiful café lined with driftwood from the North Sea; I also go to the modern Klippkroog for regional food like Rollbraten (rolled roast).”
Nadira Nasser, costume designer
“Speicherstadt, the old warehouse district, is filled with museums now. At Miniatur Wunderland, the ‘chocolate factory’ exhibit actually produces a tiny piece of Swiss chocolate for you while you wait.”
Andrea Schneider (pictured), book cover designer
“HafenCity is the next great neighborhood, with many new buildings, including the concert hall Elbphilharmonie, scheduled to open in 2014. It’s right on the river Elbe; I like to watch the container ships coming in and out.”
Kevin Reschka, operations manager of an automotive company
“Sometimes after basketball we go to 3 Freunde for their inventive cocktails. My favorite is the Filmriss Deluxe, with vodka, vanilla liqueur, sparkling wine, passion fruit, and lime.”
Photo by Christian Kerber
Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: Downtown New York's got a thing for taxidermy these days. From Freemans, the hipster restaurant tucked at the end of a Lower East Side alleyway, to Bedlam, the Alphabet City bar done up like a Victorian-style mental hospital, it's hard to escape a moose head.
But the "urban jungle" look has also crossed over to private homes. Stars like Anderson Cooper and Amy Sedaris turn to artist and collector Sean Scherer—and evidently you can, too. Sean and his business partner Rick Gilbert just celebrated the first birthday of Kabinett & Kammer, a one-of-a-kind shop that's set up like a small museum full of mint-condition taxidermy (everything from zebras to flamingos) to vintage medical equipment and zoological diagrams.
In this new GloboMaestro video, a downtown insider from The Bowery Hotel takes us inside this unique East Village treasure trove.
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Heading to the City of Light? T+L reveals three boutiques not to miss.
Having earned her stripes at Balenciaga and Christian Lacroix, Bouchra Jarrar—known for her suits and dresses with bold, graphic lines—has struck out on her own with a namesake atelier (19 Rue de Cléry, Second Arr.; 33-9/51-59-37-68).
Designer Guillaume Henry has revived the all-but-forgotten French fashion house of Carven (36 Rue St.-Sulpice, Sixth Arr.; 33-1/43-54-78-72), recasting it as “urban, accessible couture for everyday.” Think structured dresses and bowed slingbacks. His latest addition: a dapper men’s collection.
In a world of “it” bags, you’ll be pleased to stumble across La Petite Mendigote, which recently added two Right Bank shops (1 Rue des Abbesses, 18th Arr., and 3 Rue Guichard, 16th Arr.). Everything—from destination-themed travel pouches to printed scarves—is stylish and affordable.
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Nadia Lim, chef
“Britomart, the area around the city’s transportation hub, is an easy place to meet up, with lots of restaurants, galleries, even beanbag chairs by the water! I do my socializing at Smith (20 Customs St. E.; 64-9/309-5529), a Victorian-style lounge.”
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Ryan Henderson, graphic designer
“I love that I can browse the new Comme des Garçons collection at Wunderkammer (76A Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/360-4090), then grab a curry laksa down the street at the International Food Court (106 Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/361-5398).”
Tam West, stylist (pictured)
“My favorite bar is the Golden Dawn (134 Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/376-9929), in an old corner store. You enter an unmarked door and find yourself in a courtyard with a bonfire and Hallertau on tap.”
Jonny Calder, sales manager
“There are heaps of hidden gems in the Ponsonby neighborhood, so it’s worth asking a local where to get, say, a cup of coffee. I’m drinking one from the brew bar at Coffee Supreme (42 Douglas St.; 64-9/360-5040), where I work.”
Photo by Kieran Scott
With its classic totes, iPad cases, and wallets named after airports around the world, Canadian leather-goods label Want Les Essentiels de la Vie is becoming a go-to for those on the go. Now designers (and identical twins) Byron and Dexter Peart have opened the Want Apothecary (4960 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest; 514/484-3555), which carries their line, plus grooming products by Australian brand Asop and clothing from Paris-based Kitsuné—items you may not need, but will definitely want.
Photo courtesy of WANT Apothecary
I've long been a fan of Amrita Singh's glittering jewelry, and I'm hardly the only one—Jennifer Lopez, Katie Homes, and Anne Hathaway are devotees of her ornate necklaces and gem-studded bangles. So when I heard Singh was launching a new home collection with an exclusive party at a penthouse suite at the Trump Plaza, I was intrigued. Would Singh's aesthetic translate into blinged-out interior décor?