Every so often we like to highlight a few stores that are suggested to us that we wouldn't have been able to add to the guide without helpful folks such as yourselves.
Prostor could be one of several creative retail spaces in New York or LA that combine cool clothing, music, books and art. Except it's not in LA. It's in Zagreb, Croatia and focuses on Croatian design talent.
We've heard on several occasions that the vintage clothing stores in Paris are in a different league than other cities and if Chic Office is any indication we've heard right. YSL, Dior, Galliano, Chanel--the Parisian shop collects French designer clothing like nobody's business.
We missed seeing The Archive on our last visit to San Francisco but it's definitely on the list for next time, what with its selection of dark, brooding men's clothing and accessories from Japanese and European designers (many impossible to find elsewhere in SF if not the country).
If you know or for that matter own a great store that belongs in our guide, please don't hesitate to suggest it to us.
In our minds anyway, Christian Louboutin and Pierre Hardy form the dynamic duo of French shoe designers. And while Louboutin shoes are now available around The States in many high-end boutiques and department stores, Pierre Hardy has not quite reached the same level of exposure.
If Louboutin is known for his candy red shoe bottoms, Hardy is known for his stripes. Every season's collection will have one if not several shoes covered in thick stripes.
Of course there are other equally interesting styles as well. His shoes usually come in two varieties: high-heeled and super-high-heeled, but they're known to be comfortable for what they are.
He also designs a men's collection but these are even harder to find than the women's!
As to where you can find Hardy's shoes, Aloha Rag carries a few styles of Pierre Hardy shoes in their shop.
Otherwise, you'll have to head to the Old Country to visit Hardy's shop in Paris or his outpost inside Dover Street Market. To see more of Hardy's collection, see a full stocklist and to get addresses of either of the stores, visit their website.
Selima Optique is today's addition to the shopping guide. While carrying a lot of great European eyewear lines, the New York institution is best known for its own line fun, funky frames.
First on our shopping list frames named after Greek shipping magnate, and entrepenuerial idol of Jargol.com, Aristote Onassis. When we become shipping magnates (part 13 of the 28 part Jargol.com business plan), we will certainly buy ourselves a few pairs of these frames.
For a less imposing pair, there's the easy breezy Patric.
Or you could try one of Selima's most popular frames, the Harley
For fun frames with a distinctively European feel, Selima Optique is second to none.
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