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Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

In early 20th-century Vienna, Secession artists met in the coffeehouses like Sperl or Café Museum near Karlsplatz; in the early 21st century, Vienna’s artistic set can be found in the coffeehouses of the Siebensternviertel. The neighbourhood had me seriously (for about five minutes) considering chopping my long hair to a face-framing bob like the ones […]

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 […]

The Back-Yard Sale: A second-hand stuff party

The Back-Yard Sale: A second-hand stuff party

This time last year, fashion’s entourage of young and old could be found at Pratersauna, gathered around the barbeque and lounging by the pool. One would see vintage polka dot dresses, designer shoes and clunky jewellery scattered around the club-turned-yard-sale for a full day of sun, sangria and a little off-beat shopping. When Stéphanie Cech’s […]

New EU Product Labeling

A law requiring EU clothing companies to clearly label products by manufacturing sites, passed by the EU Parliament Oct. 21 is expected to come into effect this year. Although some liability existed in the past, the “Made in …” statement on the labels did not always reflect a product’s true origin, consumer advocates say. The […]

Vienna Made to Measure

Vienna’s retail landscape is changing rapidly, especially around Graben, Kohlmarkt, and Kärntnerstrasse. Venerable old stores, such as the clothier Braun & Co. and photographer Siegfried Wachtl, have recently been ousted by global brands. Perhaps in a decade or so the city centre will be no different to that of any other other European capital? But […]

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