Hello Kaptain Kenny readers and welcome to a new instalment of the fabric variety.
Quite recently I went on a solo trip through Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. As you’ll know from my many posts regarding the food & sights, I had a great time but what you may not know is that I had some pretty amazing shopping experiences too.
When I’m in a brand new city, I usually like to keep my eyes open for one unique piece of clothing or shoes which I can take back home with me. Why? Well in Frankfurt, (where I’m based) there are many shops but most are sadly chain stores – big companies like H&M, Zara and Mango where the shelves are replenished at the speed of light, products are expensive but don’t reflect good quality and most sadly of all, potentially produced under terrible circumstances.
That’s why when I go travelling, I love to come across small, locally owned boutiques where the person working inside is often the owner and can recite the tale of the brand to you. This trip and the photos below were no exception. These 3 labels deserve to be featured because when I was inside their stores, the assistants were very kind, gave me loads of information about their concept and were really excited for me to take photos.
So if you happen to be in Vienna or Budapest, consider visiting these stores!
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***P.S I have already written a post about the lovely small boutiques I found in Prague***
Alternative Places in Prague’s Letna Area/ District 7
Rumbach Sebestyén u. 10.
tel: +36 30 292 0329
Not only is Printa on an amazing street with some of Budapest’s coolest bars and cafes but the store itself is simply wow. From the moment you walk in, you’ll be interested in touching everything. They print designs on everything you could imagine. Bags, clothing, pictures, material…. the prices are really fair and you’ll be supporting workers locally. As far as I know, everything is done in Hungary.
The staff members were very friendly and accommodating and even gave me a local map so that I could visit some of their other favourite locations. Thanks girls! FYI: this space also doubles as a cafe so you can order a flat white and walk around looking at their things for sale at the same time.
NUDE by Nubu
In Budapest, available at:
NUBU Flagship Store (1061 Budapest, Andrassy ut 13.)
Sat 10:00-20:00 / Sun 11:00-18:00
(NUBU, NUBU MAN)
NUDE by NUBU store (1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 31.)
Sat 10:00-20:00 / Sun 11:00-18:00
(NUDE by NUBU)
I absolutely love young designer boutiques and found this store to be no exception. I walked away with 3 pieces but could have bought 6. (I had to stop myself!)
Because I earn euros, the exchange rate to the Hungarian currency meant that I got bang for my buck. I’m sure this label isn’t cheap for Hungarians but it was quite reasonable for me. The textures, fabrics and designs were of very good quality and overall it’s a very minimalistic brand with key colours such as white, black, navy and grey. (My favourites!)
You cannot visit Budapest without stopping by at their flagship stores on Budapest’s famous Andrassy Street.
FYI: NUDE by Nubu is their less expensive brand. Nubu is their premium line.
Anukoo Fair Fashion – Vienna
Gumpendorferstrasse 28, 1060 Vienna – Austria
Tel: 01 58 11 343
Mon – Fri: 11:00-18:30
Not only is Anukoo on one of Vienna’s most interesting streets, (see below photo) they also happen to have really lovely fair & sustainable clothing which isn’t anywhere near as expensive as you might expect. While here, I found a beautiful orange cotton wraparound skirt (see photo) and a cotton t-shirt (see photo). The lady helping me was really sweet and told me their entire story.
I really don’t think that in this modern age there’s an excuse for buying a 10 dollar piece of clothing. Either you buy it and accept that it wasn’t made sustainably or you choose to support businesses with morals. Anukoo is therefore a reliable decision.