Author: Egle Cekanaviciute
The promising Lithuanian fashion designer Eglė Čekanavičiūtė studied at the Academy of Arts in Vilnius and graduated from Central Saint Martin's College in London, while her professional experience has been tied to such fashion houses as Burberry, Christian Dior and Maison Martin Margiela.
"Designers can travel for research, enrich and refresh their minds, get inspired and bring good emotions and ideas to their work", says young designer about globalisation's impact on fashion design and gives the most exciting addresses in London, Paris, Antwerp and Vilnius for Anothertravelguide.com readers.
Comptoir de l'Image (44 rue de Sévigné, 3e) - a small bookstore, specializing in art and fashion design publications, offering also rare books and hard to find fashion magazines.
L'Eclaireur (www.leclaireur.com) - one of the strongest players on the Paris concept shop stage. Most shops are located a bit off the traditional shopping paths and they are unified by a a slightly industrial feel and excellent choice from well-known and new brands.
Merci (111 Boulevard Beaumarchais) - the most original concept shop promotes socially responsible shopping: all profit after expenses is given to charity, to benefit children in Madagascar. A downstairs' cocktail bar and restaurant, named Grazie, offers great ambience.
Design et Nature
Design et Nature (4, rue d'Aboukir, www.designetnature.fr) - an impressive taxidermy store, featuring an artistic and well-thought-out exposition. Its impressive collection includes rhinoceroses, hippopotami, elephants, tigers and many other wilderness inhabitants. Interestingly, many fashion designers, including Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston, have featured Design et Nature animals in their fashion shows.
Weber Metals (www.weber-france.com) shops are an intriguing destination for artists and metal designers. Ever since the end of the 19th century, Weber Metals supplies its customers with a wide range of materials coming in all imaginable shapes and sizes, both pure materials and various alloys - non-ferrous metals, nickel alloys, brass, aluminum and much more to select from.
Chine Machine (100 Rue des Martyrs, www.chinemachinevintage.com) - a colorful vintage shop in the very heart of Montmartre. A dreamlike destination for fashion retroholics!
Marcé Paul Bert - shelterd by the world's largest flea market, Porte de Clignancourt, is a charming destination for antiquity aficionados.
Puces de Vanves brings together in one place a huge mixture of odds and ends - from antiquarian second-hand furniture to garments and accessories. True finds can be stumbled upon on Saturday mornings, soon after sunrise, when all the genuine flea-market freaks are flocking there.
Rosa Bonheur (2 allée de la Cascade) - a popular snack bar located in Buttes Chaumont, which is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. It boasts a 20-meter high artificial waterfall built in a former stone-quarry grotto. In summertime, one can enjoy a particularly pleasant coffee pause on a lovely Rosa Bonheur open air terrace.
Liberty (Regent Street, www.liberty.co.uk) is one of the oldest department stores in London, opened in 1875 and selling art and design objects from the East at that time. As time passed, it has developed into London's most prestigious addresses, offering textiles, fashion and design goods of all kinds. In its early years, the company became closely associated with new style in the result of its successful cooperation with famous Art Nouveau designers of that time. Even Art Nouveau style itself was dubbed as the Stile Liberty then. In 1920', a Tudor-style extension was added to the store, using timber of two British naval ships for its construction.
Dover Street Market (17-18, Dover Street, W 1, www.doverstreetmarket.com) - the unique brainchild of the Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons). It is the essence of contemporary fashion and sensations and mixes up the craziest ideas by the craziest designers.
Being in the core of all this creative madness, is worth to visit The Rose Bakery, a terrific place for breakfast, tea or a light lunch in creative and fashionable company. The best cakes and organic coffee in London!
Cloth House (47; 98 Berwick Street, www.clothhouse.com) - a rich and refined textile store in Soho district of London.
Serpentine Gallery (Kensington Gardens, www.serpentinegallery.org) - one of the most beautiful galleries in London. The gallery's speciality is modern and contemporary art exhibitions, and yet an integral part of it efforts is the educational programme, exclusive projects, various conferences etc.
Tate Modern (Bankside, www.tate.org.uk/modern) offers an outstanding collection of international contemporary art (post-1900) and hosts also an excellent exhibition of modern British art. The exhibition of modern and contemporary art covers all of the main movements, starting with Fauvism and including classic works by Matisse and Picasso, also one of the best surrealist collections, outstanding works by American expressionists. Tate Modern also owns a huge collection of Pop Art as well as a significant number of minimalist and conceptual art exhibits.
Saatchi Gallery (King's Road, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk) - the gallery of one of the most influential figures in British art, Charles Saatchi. Saatchi states his gallery's objective as introducing hitherto unknown young artists to the British public and bringing to London internationally acclaimed artists whose work hasn't been exhibited in the UK.
V2 Concept Store
CAC (Vokiečių g. 2, www.cac.lt) - Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, the largest contemporary art space in the Baltic countries and one of the most significant institutions of contemporary art in the territory of the former Soviet Union.
Located in the same address is also V2 Concept Store (www.v2-online.com), serving as a fashion platform, too. It represents a colorful Dutch shoe brand United Nude, a Danish avant-garde designer and a cult figure on the fashion scene, Henrik Vibskov, a defectively effective mixture of grunge and glamour in the interpretation of Lithuanian D.Efect fashion brand, which are just few examples from the store's colorful repertoire.
Photo: L'Eclaireur, Paris
An interview with Lithuanian fashion designer Eglė Čekanavičiūtė you can read here.
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