Tag Archive: Take-Homes

Aug 28

Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Interestingly, the subject that seems to most inspire Saigon’s contemporary designers is the past – the tumultuous historic events of the 1960s and 1970s, along with Vietnam’s traditional culture, heritage, arts, and crafts. The story of Vietnamese-Australian designer, artist and entrepreneur Mai Lam is similar to others we met in Saigon: after losing a brother …

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Aug 12

Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

When it comes to shopping for souvenirs, Bangkok has some terrific shops where you can buy Thai made gifts. Most guidebooks will head you to budget shopping mall MBK or Jim Thompson for Thai Silk (which is stunning), but I also like to go to Chatuchak Markets and a handful of other shops where I know …

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Jan 29

Berlin Take-Homes: Designer Souvenirs

Yes, there is more to shopping in Prenzlauer Berg than vintage. Not everything is retro. There are plenty of contemporary new products too. The neighbourhood boasts brilliant concept stores specialising in cool ‘made in Berlin’ products from local graphic and product designers, visual artists, illustrators, and self-publishers. Here are a few of my favourite stores …

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Jan 20

Kraków Take-Homes: Traditional Treats with a Twist

Sipping gluhwein at Kraków’s Christmas markets, taking in midnight mass on Christmas Eve, watching folk music in Zakopane… we’ve kept things fairly traditional during our time here in Poland. We’ve also focused a bit on food and drink, from learning how to make pierogi to learning all about the local homemade liqueurs. so I thought …

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Jan 16

Zakopane Take-Homes: Folkloric Keepsakes

There are two markets in Zakopane, a small market of wooden shops in the main pedestrianised street in the heart of the old centre, and another larger market that sprawls along the route to the funicular that goes up to Gubałówka hill. Most of the stalls are manned by little old ladies in kerchiefs and …

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