Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Guide: Shopping - Christmas Flowers Poland

North Bucharest is home to the first greenfield mall development in Bucharest, with special attention paid to the architecture and the landscape. Baneasa Shopping City offers a unique blend of shopping through more than 200 stores and refreshments units, with areas devoted to entertainment and leisure. The Grand Cinema Digiplex – the largest in Romania, with 13 large screens suitable for 3D projection, perfect angles of vision and an ultra-comfortable 2,600 seats – is one of the city’s newest attractions, offering a wide range of cinematic experiences under one roof. The mall’s Seasonal Offer Extravaganza is coming up this weekend, Dec 16-18, and will run until midnight. Get your gift voucher from the information desk. Holders of a Baneasa Bonus Card will get two more months’ grace period for shopping bought before Jan 8.
Off DN1. www.baneasashoppingcity.ro.

For those in love with the avant-garde style of Belstaff leather jackets or highly innovative waterproof materials, or perhaps the brand’s association with the Hollywood celebrities who have transformed some of its pieces into universal icons, both men and women can find the latest collections of Belstaff apparel and accessories in this downtown Bucharest mono-brand store.
Calea Victoriei 136. 10.00-20.00.

Cocor Store
The store is unique for the Romanian fashion designers’ gallery on its second floor, which currently brings together more than 30 local designers offering a variety of clothes and accessories at affordable prices and the possibility of bespoke products. Brands include: Doina Levintza, Liza Panait, Catalin Botezatu, Mihai Albu, Anca & Silvia Negulescu, Elena Perseil, Adelina Ivan, Agnes Toma, Cristian Samfira and Cristina Nichita, B-dul I.C. Bratianu 29-33. www.cocor.ro.

The epitome of a concept store. While enjoying a lunch of fusion food in the unmistakable Dada style, you can peruse or buy a Dada dress or bag at production prices. Why? Because the building’s upper floor hosts the Dada factory itself. Downtown, Dada products and other fancy labels like the local Edita Lupea and Ioana Covalcic can be found in the little shop at Piata Amzei.
Matei Voievod 94bis (restaurant/showroom), Tache Ionescu 1 (shop). www.dada.ro.

Elysee Maison Des Parfums
Located in an elegant, Ludovic style villa in Piata Lahovari, the store displays a collection of perfumes and cosmetics in three distinctive salons. A complex experience, from  Menard , the most exclusive Japanese cosmetics house to surprising new fragrances you can also access aesthetic consultancy and tailored fragrance creation services.
Strada Tache Ionescu 29. www.elyseeconcept.ro.

On a Piata Romana corner, a Workshop of Ideas coordinated and inspired by the designer Silvia Serban occupies the ground floor of an interwar building. Before continuing to the rooms of the concept store, why not linger in the new cafĂ©-bar, recline at one of the “must-see” chairs and tables over trendy cocktails or recreate the Manhattan vibe with morning coffee. Besides clothes, shoes and bags, which run from vintage to avant-garde style, the place is also popular for the young and fancy yet traditional jewelry designers such as Maria Filipescu, Roxana Davidescu and Mihaela Tarhuna.Lascar Catargiu 1. www.idelier.com.

Iqonique Class Studio
With a focus on classic, high-quality design, airy and minimal, but unselfconsciously warm and friendly, this discreet, elegant villa in the Aviatorilor area is a space where the passion for aesthetics and rules of style prevail. Choose from unique objects of interior design, gifts for the home, fashion and beauty, wine and gourmet foods and, last but not least, a selection of books and magazines dedicated to relaxation and lounge moments. The showroom presents some brands for the first time in Romania, such as Fornassetti, Ingo Maurer, Palucco, Edra, Jars Ceramics, Lara Bohinc, Uncommon Matters and Hermes Vintage.
Aleea Alexandru 7. Mon-Sat, 10.00-20.00. www.iqonique-cs.ro.

Kristina Dragomir Hats
Artistic hats are executed on frames made by the renowned UK Royal House specialists, with the finest and most exotic materials purchased in London, where the designer actually learned her craft: this is a fantasy world where women have no limits. A meeting for a unique hat made by Kristina Dragomir and a chance to hear her styling advice is available by appointment only from 18.30-21.00, Monday to Friday.
Mihail Kogalniceanu 51, 2nd floor, access code 11.

Madame Briolette
A window full of heads wearing hats, berets and caps on Magheru Boulevard heralds a store with modest interior design, but this means little given the shelves of hats waiting to be tested. Besides fur hats made in Poland or Ukraine, the multitude of felt options and classical models in many colors are created in Romania. Hand-knitted hats and shawls from Hunedoara villages and plenty of colorful leather gloves are among the many other accessories. And all at very affordable prices.
Briolette du Cinema, Magheru 29, corner with Biserica Amzei; Briolette Boutique, Ion Campineanu 12.

A classic feminine look and comfort, designed by an Italian team, is what characterizes the Romanian-based footwear brand Musette. Bags, clutches and belts, defined by color and style, are also produced under the same name. Cristhelen B is Musette’s premium brand for woman, an exclusive line produced in limited editions. For men, the Giannini line of shoes and accessories are made to the same high standards of quality and affordable prices.
Calea Victoriei 114, Baneasa Shopping City, Bucuresti-Ploiesti 26, Bucuresti Mall, Calea Vitan 55-59, Unirea Shopping Center, Piata Unirii 1, Cotroceni Park, Bd. Vasile Milea 4. office@musettegroup.ro.

A one hundred percent Romanian apparel brand for women with a modern-classical style in keeping with the latest international trends, but a very good price/quality ratio. There is a network of shops, most of them in malls, but also a flagship store close to Piata Romana (B-dul Dacia 39, Mon-Sat 9.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-18.00).
Unirea Shopping Center, AFI Palace Cotroceni, Cora Pantelimon, Centrul Comercial Feeria-Baneasa, Centrul Comercial Orhideea.

Interior and garden decorations, gift ideas and christmas flowers poland decorations all under one roof. This store stocks beautiful objects, carefully put together and inspired by various traditions. They bear the names of famous interior design companies from Italy and Germany such as Wald, Shan, Hoff Interieur and Drescher, found exclusively at Pierrot. The product range is wide, from items such as porcelain from the exclusive Villar collection, inspired by the Italian baroque, to affordable products, both contemporary and traditional. The store is a rich source of gift ideas from scented candles and Swarovski crystals, to traditional christmas flowers poland blogs decorations.
Intr. Biserica Alba 1.

The footwear brand Sepala, Mihaela Glavan’s high-end line, embraces minimalism. Shoes are simple, with well-defined cuts and cutouts. The must-have of the A/W collection are the over-the-knee boots and high platform shoes going for a sexy look in parallel with the low biker-inspired boots. Sepala Kids and RSM for men make the shopping experience one for the
Benjamin Franklin 9, (Atheneum area). Mon-Fri 10.00-22.00, Sat 10.00-17.00.

The Place Concept Store
The first fashion concept store in Romania is a versatile space mixing luxury and avant-garde fashion collections with the hottest music labels, modern art exhibitions, high-tech gadgets and chic events. The on-trend labels found here include Azzedine Alaia, Oscar de la Renta, Rick Owns, Gareth Pugh, Jil Sanders, Alexander Wang and Sonia Rykiel.
Calea Dorobantilor 102-110. Mon-Fri 10.00-20.00, Sat 10.00-18.00.

Trend’s by Adina Buzatu
A touch of refinement and an interwar atmosphere grace the first boutique covering mainly men’s apparel. Shoes from Ortigni, Magnanni and Bensimon, Albert Thurston braces, Borsalino hats, an impressive collection of cufflinks and ties are all on offer. From the classic casual and elegant designs of Messagerie to the progressive Babette Wasserman, the pieces are versatile and easy to match. But if you are not sure, do not hesitate to ask the owner, who is always pleased to help style you.
Calea Victoriei 83-85 (Downtown boutique), Baneasa Shopping City, ground floor.

Venera Arapu
A mono-brand store with a distinctive signature on the interior design, fashion designer Venera Arapu brings a range of clothing from evening gowns to shirts and coats, all dedicated to strong and non-conformist women, yet endowed with refinement and elegance. A special surprise comes from the Vitrina pieces created and manufactured under the designer’s direct supervision by students of the Bucharest Fashion Design Faculty. 
Banu Antonache 59.

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