It’s rare that I devote an edition of Take-Homes to one shop. In the eleven months of our grand tour, I’ve done it just three times before, in Ceret (La Boheme, a shop keeping traditional Catalan fabric alive), Bali (Threads of Life, a fair-trade textiles and crafts co-op), and San Miguel de Allende (Ave Maria, a chic store that commissions pieces from young designers).
Normally I suggest souvenirs to buy from a handful of shops or markets (see my full Take-Homes series to see what I mean), but I visited cool fashion and accessories boutique Eclectick on my ‘Retro Budapest’ tour with Bálint Horváth from Unique Budapest and I quickly became smitten with this store.
Eclectick stocks funky retro-inspired fashion – clothes, accessories, bags, purses, and jewellery – that isn’t just stylish, but is also homegrown and/or eco-friendly.
The fun things that caught my eye (and also ended up in my bag!) were, pictured above, Eclectick’s own cute retro ‘Buda & Pest’ plastic earrings (which come in a range of colours); Balkan Tango’s recycled tyre-tube purses; and Instant Hungary’s canvas shopping bags – my favourite was the ‘Great Hungary Mustaches’ bag.
More shops, shopping, fashion, and style tips coming up in Dora Henger’s Guide to Budapest Style.