As chain stores expand around the globe, cities can start to feel like retail clones. Enter Shopikon, a web and mobile-based guide that celebrates independent retailers around the world and tells the stories about what make their shops worth visiting. With sections dedicated to Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Vienna, and San Francisco, Shopikon makes finding that special something – be it fashion, food, art, antiques or more – personal and fun. Read on for a few tempting Shopikon picks that will inspire you to pack your bags.
The German capital has a rich history and culture with a thriving art scene that trickles down into its vibrant retailscape. Case in point: London-born craftsman Michael Ferguson’s showroom and store Not a Wooden Spoon, which features furniture pieces the designer has fashioned from reclaimed building materials. Also in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood sits Laura Huppert’s Ting, an eclectic east-meets-north establishment that showcases clothing, household items and accessories found on the owner’s many travels to Asia and Scandinavia.
The home of haute couture and prêt-à-porter has a longstanding reputation as the fashion capital of the world, but there are many up and coming designers still looking to make their mark. SoWeAre is a quirky bespoke clothing and accessories boutique located on Rue de Charonne in the trendy Bastille neighborhood. Nearby jeweler Cailles de Luxe, the brainchild of a pair of art and design school graduates, offers unique statement necklaces, rings, pendants and accessories created by the owners as well as other local artists.
Across the channel, the dynamic, metropolitan hub of London beckons. In the East End enclave of Shoreditch, Labour and Wait takes a back-to-basics approach offering a wide range of household goods that emphasize quality and authenticity, from Breton tees from Brittany to original British Army Knives. Further north in Kentish Town is home accessories shop Future & Found, which embodies a similar philosophy but with a more international vibe, featuring ceramics from South Africa and glassware from India.
Just for fun, we’ve rounded up items from Etsy sellers in each of these three cities so even if travel isn’t in the immediate future, you can still shop independent all over the globe.
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