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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See a More Fashionable Side of Prague


3. What to Do

Botas 66 caters to fashionable locals with colorful shoes and accessories.  

Get acquainted with Prague’s boutique scene at Gallery by Minty Concept Club, a progressive shop in the heart of Old Town that doubles as a pop-up gallery that hosts rotating installations from emerging local artists and international brands. London-born owner Yasmin Keshmiri Hejduk also carries housewares, clothing, and accessories from up-and-coming designers not available anywhere else in the city—notably French brand ibride and Britain’s current “It” designer, Emma Cook.

Stop into Qubus Design Studio, a decade-old design firm run by leading designers Maxim Velčovský and Jakub Berdych, to discover contemporary takes on traditional Czech glass—think a ceramic boot vase ($385) or gold-plated soup cans ($125)—and other one-of-a-kind home accessories. While you’re there, check out the fashion-focused half of this space called Denim Heads, which stocks clothing and accessories from heritage-inspired labels like Red Wing, Barbour, and Qwstion.

Witness the rebirth of a classic Czech shoe at Botas 66, a designer sneaker shop that turned a tired old brand into a street-style phenomenon. Jan Kloss and Jakub Korouš began updating Botas’s 1966 shoe with new colors and materials as art students, which led to a collaboration with the company and now a standalone store (sneakers from $40) that also draws a cult following of design enthusiasts with its selection of t-shirts, sunglasses, notebooks, and other accessories. Available only in Prague, these shoes are a testament to the city’s new creative pulse.

Published on Nov 16, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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