Favoured by its residents and tourists as well – we were curious to find out which shops in Košice offer what you cannot get elsewhere. Read about interesting stories behind their gaining popularity and reach out for new design pieces or ‘80s feels look. When on a shop hunt, don’t miss out on these spots:
1. Slavianka / Alžbetina 12
Recently still known as Ručné Robené (Hand-made), this shop is devoted solely to providing physical space for trying out Slovak design clothes. You’ll find it in the historical heart of the city – Alžbetina Street, right next to the ultimate St Elisabeth Gothic Cathedral. Slavianka’s owner Katarína explained to us the need for a real place where to touch and put on Slovak folklore clothing since the online web mediators couldn’t meet such expectancies through the e-shop option. She and her husband decided to open a shop for designers and people who create these pieces and could physically put them in the store. A short time ago, however, Slavianka has changed its character into a coffee shop, too. Now, you can admire Slavic embroidery while sipping on a good cup of coffee. Even the café itself is designed according to the cross stitch theme. Katarína defines the customers coming to the shop as ‘Slavic women’ unafraid to bring a little of folklore into their everyday apparel choices. One of the most desired items has definitely become a wedding dress with rural and traditional features. If you’re not planning on to getting married soon, Slavianka offers a wide variety of other stuff: hand-painted bags, floral hair bands, mugs, backpacks, bows and a lot more. Or just stop by for a chocolate mousse. Everything few metres from the largest church in Slovakia.
2. Pískacie / Alžbetina 22
Silvia Németh thought of a long-gone and forgotten design with a button-sound shirt: the one which after push squeezes back at you. She wanted to buy the same for her daughters but couldn’t find anything nearly similar on the Slovak market. As a result, Silvia decided to create one by herself which led to a great interest of many friends and family members. That’s how the whole business around Pískacie brand started six years ago – Silvia and her husband opened the first shop in Bratislava and then moved on to Trnava and Košice. Their expansion also soon aims towards neighbouring countries such as the Czech Republic or Poland. Pískacie ecologically processes handmade shirts and dresses from 100% cotton. It could be defined as a family oriented shop where parents can put on the same style as their children for fun or family photo shoot. Yet not only families come here many colleagues opt for identical outfits during team building activities as well.
3. KERE / Kukučínova 11
Local patriotism of Košice local scene – KERE (Košice Represent) stands proudly amongst other brands as an authentic and unique experience of clothing choice. The whole catch is mastered through the images embedded inside the minds of the locals and tourists visiting Košice. Guys from KERE made sure their position would remain stable as the most original one with the coat-of-arms motif for their clothing offer – the city of Košice received it as the first town in the WHOLE Europe in 1369. Apart from their basic collection, you can get phosphoric premium class clothes or sport polyester pieces. Everything from yarn manufacture to sewing and impress is Slovak made. An exceptional alternative that might attract your wallet is undeniably the artist collection – anyone’s graphics or photography can become KERE’s next design if it captures the soul and vibe of the city. Buy a St Elisabeth Church shirt or choose playful illustrations by Tina Minor. One coat-of-arms item is for free with us.
4. Vintage Second Hand Shop / Hlavná 76/95
The era of second-hand goods has drowned Košice with a pleasant recycle feel – second hands emphasize the importance of originality, unending eagerness to find that red silk cloak, daring heeled Gucci shoes for few bucks, Austrian traditional clothes or casually applied kimono. If you can’t wait to update your boring closet of the 21st century, advance for fashion ideas typical for previous decades in this shop on Hlavná Street. There is plenty to choose from and special deals are affordable for anyone ready to step out from the crowd.
Come to enjoy Košice and its fashion shopping spots. A fantastic combination of free tickets, craft lemonades and a lot more is waiting Inside a design room by The Invisible Hotel. Check it out while you’re in the city.
photo: Dávid Hanko, Viktória Janov