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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 Cup of Tea: Treasure Hunt, Sep. 2012

Our Cup of Tea: Treasure Hunt, Sep. 2012

In a city known for its coffee houses, Vienna residents now gladly sip the once mysterious “herb that the Chinese call tea,” as Imperial Captain Christoph Carl Fernberger von Eggenberg referred to it in 1624. As proof of its success, today, numerous teahouses speckle Vienna’s 1st District. Let’s begin at Schönbichler on the Wollzeile (www.schönbichler.at). […]

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 […]

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