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Originality in Gift Giving

Originality in Gift Giving

Insead of pitying the (wo)man who has everything, give them something unique and original. At Christmas time it’s more than  family, it’s also the house presents for countless Christmas and New Year’s parties. A box of cookies or bottle of wine will surely disappear in no time. So where to find the perfect individualised gift? […]

Scent of a City – Exploring Local Colognes

Scent of a City – Exploring Local Colognes

What are the scents that define Vienna? I don’t mean Kaiserschmarrn with warm plums or Christmas market punch or the acrid smell of the carriage horses by Stephansdom. I mean the bottled fragrances – perfumes, colognes, waters, oils – that cannot be purchased around the world in duty-free carts. Seven generations of the Filz family […]

A One-of-a-Kind Home

A One-of-a-Kind Home

Henry James’ late great novel The Golden Bowl centres on a gilded crystal goblet, made long ago by a forgotten artisanal process. Exquisite, yet almost imperceptibly cracked, the bowl symbolises the irreplaceability and impermanence of original human creations. And where do the novel’s characters find this magnificent bowl? (Hint: not IKEA.) They find it at […]

Mad for the Hatters

Mad for the Hatters

As the Duchess of Cambridge has shown the world, modern royalty crowns itself with finely crafted hats. Fine hats and millinery have a reputation for requiring an exceptional wearer – or a special occasion. But before you rule them out, be warned: Vienna’s hat ateliers might change your mind.   Modern vintage Hatmaker Marion Weiss […]

Our Sneakers, Ourselves – Stalking the Shoe for You

Our Sneakers, Ourselves – Stalking the Shoe for You

“Supergas or Converse?” Runway models du jour state their allegiance in a questionnaire regularly published in a blog of The New York Times Magazine. This is not a new question. The two classic sneaker brands are far older than most realize: Superga debuted in 1911 Italy as state-of-the-art tennis shoes. Converse, the classic American brand, […]

Minimalist Modern Jewelry

Minimalist Modern Jewelry

“We let the goldsmith work – and you’re allowed to see it,” said Alexander Skrein. We stood in the May drizzle before the window of his intimate first-district atelier skrein*. He was responding to my question about a ring that, from a distance, looked like brushed gold. The texture, it turned out, came from fine […]

Sweet Seduction

Sweet Seduction

I’m not much of a sweet tooth. When I call my husband to pick up a must for tonight’s dinner, it is more likely a request for lamb’s lettuce or pumpkinseed oil or pecorino than for the stuff of other people’s cravings – chocolates, Sachertorte, candies. But Vienna is changing me for the sweeter. Edible and innovative art To spread the […]

Beyond Kebab – Vienna’s Turkish Destinations

Beyond Kebab – Vienna’s Turkish Destinations

I needed a vacation – and now! Not in six weeks when I took my spring holiday. So in search of some spice to ward off Vienna’s chill, I plunged into the city’s Turkish and Arab offerings. Though I’ve travelled to large swathes of the Arab world, I wanted to experience it in an Austrian […]

Haute Nostalgia: Finding Vintage in Vienna

Haute Nostalgia: Finding Vintage in Vienna

Ingrid Raab adjusts her red-framed glasses and schools me in “vintage”. If anyone is an authority in this city, it is Raab. She has curated (there is no better word) her internationally renowned shop Vintage Flo for 35 years, bringing her into contact with Hollywood celebrities, major designers, performing arts companies, look-book creators, and even […]

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