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Published on May 28th, 2015 in Entertainment

  • Dyzajn Market (photo courtesy of Dyzajn Market facebook page)

  • Dyzajn Market (photo courtesy of Dyzajn Market facebook page)

  • Dyzajn Market (photo courtesy of Dyzajn Market facebook page)

  • Dyzajn Market (photo courtesy of Dyzajn Market facebook page)

  • Prague Fashion Market (photo courtesy of Prague Fashion Market facebook page)

  • Prague Fashion Market (photo courtesy of Prague Fashion Market facebook page)

  • Prague Fashion Market (photo courtesy of Prague Fashion Market facebook page)

  • Performance at Prague Fashion Market (photo courtesy of Prague Fashion Market facebook page)

  • Prague Fashion Market (photo courtesy of Prague Fashion Market facebook page)

I’ve written about high-end Czech fashion but would be remiss to ignore the appeal of the independent labels.

 

Admittedly these are not everyone’s cup of tea, with many designers favoring urban street-chic with lots of geometric details and funky prints and patterns. But one thing I have discovered is that when these pieces are scaled down a few sizes and some animal-shaped patches and pockets are added, voila, you’ve got some really cute clothes for kids.

 

A number of Czech designers have done just that, either adding a children’s line to their existing collection—I’m thinking of the sweet bloomers and hooded dresses by La Femme MiMi—or starting labels that cater exclusively to mini fashionistas.

 

The downside is that many of these brands don’t have brick-and-mortar shops or regular stockists (the trick is to like individual Facebook pages and wait for pop-up shop alerts), although many are available on the Czech answer to Etsy, Fler.cz.

 

However, if you happen to be in town and want to shop for a summer statement t-shirt for your little one or yourself, Prague’s fashion markets are just the thing. Taking place seasonally and held in some very interesting venues, these markets offer one-stop shopping for design buffs, usually with areas devoted exclusively to children’s apparel and activities.

 

Nadoma a Naven Childrens Clothing (photo courtesy of Nadoma a Naven facebook page)

 

There are two major Prague fashion markets, both of them put on by different organizers: Prague Fashion Market and Dyzajn Market—no, that’s not a typo it’s the Czech phonetic spelling of the word “design”!

  

Festival is probably a better word for these events because in addition to clothes, jewelry, toys, and design objects galore, they also promise lots of food, drink, and entertainment.

 

I recently attended the spring Prague Fashion Market which was held in a former industrial complex on the grounds of the Holešovice marketplace. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with a kid’s play area, children’s theater performance, hula hoop workshop, and some very serious grilled cheese sandwiches compliments of Raclette U Sýráku (another great thing about these markets is that the local food trucks are out in full force)! And I spent entirely too much time browsing hand-stitched pettiskirts.

 

The summer Prague Fashion Market will be held outdoors for the first time on the Smíchov river embankment from June 27-28.

 

  

Some Toys available at Dyzajn Market (photo courtesy of Dyzajn Market facebook page)

 

Dyzajn Market takes place in the open-air piazzetta between the National Theatre and its Nová scéna building. It’s a weekend-long market with many of the same designers and food stalls on hand. This summer's edition of the market falls on May 30-31, just on the cusp of International Children’s Day (June 1),  and a special children’s style section is planned, with everything from clothes and toys—including a stand by one of my personal favorite local toy stores Hugo chodí bos—to cloth diaper covers and accessories for kid’s rooms.

 

A paper cutting workshop by Pepe Toys and animated films and film-themed activities by legendary Prague cinema Kino Ponrepo are also on the program.

 

These events are simply a wonderful way to spend an afternoon for all ages, not to mention a great opportunity to survey the local design scene while picking up original Czech-made gifts and souvenirs.

 

 

 

 

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