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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See a More Fashionable Side of Prague

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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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