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Artel Design Gallery
29 Celetna (entrance on Rybna)
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 224 815 085
www.artelglass.com

Tapping into the centuries-old tradition of Bohemian glass artisans, Artel seeks out the best designers and glassworkers to create classic-yet-whimsical lines. Standouts include spherical vases covered with hand-painted blackbirds and cut-glass tumblers designed by David Wiseman to look like glaciers. In addition to the cool vessels, the store also stocks one-of-a-kind works of art (a suitcase on wheels shaped like a stuffed mastiff), antiques (traditional Bohemian and Moravian folk costumes), and objets trouvés (old books and Communist-era pennants and posters) you won't find anywhere else.

Beltissimo
22 Na Prikope
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 222 211 646
www.beltissimo.cz

This local, high-end leather shop sells its own line of handmade knee-high boots in the Barbarella mode, as well as made-for-walking models from Fiorentini Baker and Kowalski. Gentlemen can try to keep pace with Nannini's retro Chelsea boots and suede wingtips from Ducals. Though this mall shop's selection is refined, there's plenty of great gear to try on: belts, purses, bags, and footwear from the store's own to makers such as the Rowland Brothers. Pavarotti arias play softly in the background, making this leather-fetishist's frenzy a decidedly tranquil affair.

Boheme
8 Dusni
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 224 813 840
www.boheme.cz

A giant photo of actress Anna Geislerová at the entrance sets the tone for this cool boutique: both Czech and international; classic beauty with contemporary appeal. Since 1991, Czech designer Hana Stocklassa has put out two collections per year based primarily on well-made knitwear—graceful sweaters in muted stripes, turtlenecks, and warming cardigans. Contrasting fabric layers—fitted suede jackets, hand-sewn woolen trousers, and loose skirts—complete the look. Among the handful of designers in Old Town's fashion district, centered around the intersection of Dlouha and Dusni streets to the northeast of Old Town Square, this should be your first stop.

Closed Sundays.

Futurista Universum
5a Betlémské Náměstí
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 725 128 660
www.futurista.cz

Just across from the ancient Betlem Chapel, the Futurista Universum design boutique provides an ultramodern counterpoint to the 600-year-old neighborhood church. Look for jewelry, bags, and T-shirts from new Czech designers and upscale gifts and gewgaws like Maxim Velcovsky's porcelain galoshes, decorated with Moravian folk motifs. To put your finger on the pulse of modern Czech design, browse the bilingual books and magazines, or ask the friendly multilingual staff about upcoming events like the annual autumn Designblok.—Evan Rail

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 6:30 pm.

Klara Nademlynska
3 Dlouha
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 224 818 769
www.klaranademlynska.cz

Admired by Czech supermodel Tereza Maxová, among others, Klara Nademlynská's line of dressy daywear stands out with lots of detail in unexpected places: decorative front stitching, intentionally frayed lace fringes at the cuff, and fabrics interwoven with ribbons. Though some items are fancy enough for work, most feel as relaxed as a beaded t-shirt. The line starts out with appliquéd jeans, loose sweaters, and miniskirts, then branches out into banker-style fitted shirts and narrow suit jackets. Limited production means that if you don't see it on the racks of this tiny showroom on Dlouha street, it doesn't exist.

Closed Sundays.

Modernista
12 Celetna
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 224 241 300
www.modernista.cz

"Modern" with a capital M, this store in the heart of Old Town sells furniture and tableware from the first half of the 20th century, including Cubist, Bauhaus, Industrial, and Functionalist designs, many of which were produced locally in Bohemian and Moravian ateliers. Though the originals can be affordable, the shop also produces cheaper reproductions based on original designs, including Pavel Janak's zigzag Cubist coffee service from 1911.

Closed Sundays.

Represent
6 Saska
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 257 535 321
www.represent.cz

At the base of Charles Bridge in Mala Strana, the city's native streetwear line pumps out double-lined hoodies, deconstructed jeans, and long-sleeved silk-screened t-shirts that are as much Park Slope as they are Prague. A favorite of musicians, artists, and the BMX and skateboard crowd, Represent was responsible for the ubiquitous (though now discontinued) "Praha City" logo of a couple years back. It moved on to a surprisingly mature line of classic men's boxer shorts (with pockets) and preppy plaid button-ups. For ladies, miniskirts and bikinis are the order of the day, though the line expanded to include winter accessories for both sexes in fall 2006.

Timoure et Group
6 V Kolkovne
Prague
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 222 327 358
www.timoure.com

Ivana Safranková and Alexandra Pavalová's tiny Timoure shop updates classic A-lines and other '50s and '60s staples with deep-dyed colors like mauve and indigo, crisp lines, and an emphasis on texture. Even newer styles have a for-the-ages sensibility: A modern, pin-striped business suit manages to evoke Jean Seberg in Breathless. Cheaper than many of the higher-profile addresses in the Prague design ghetto, yet one of the best.

Closed Sundays.

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