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Prague’s Tiniest Boutique

Published on October 02nd, 2014 in Shopping

  • Kurator (photo courtesy of kurator facebook page)

  • Kurator (photo courtesy of kurator facebook page)

  • Kurator entrance (photo courtesy of kurator facebook page)

  • Zorya bracelet on display

  • Coohem knitwear (photo courtesy of kurator.cz)

  • Andres Gallardo Necklace (photo courtesy of kurator.cz)

  • Durch Duo bag (photo courtesy of kurator facebook page)

  • Barbora Diduchová porcelain (photo courtesy of kurator facebook page)

  • Sismeek watch (photo courtesy of kurator.cz)

 

If good things do indeed come in small packages, then Kurator is a shining example. Located off the bustling Národní on the type of quiet side street that’s only appropriate for shops of a certain level of sophistication, this just year-old boutique/gallery measures approximately 14.6 meters (157 square feet) and has brought a level of quality and service that’s unique, if not unprecedented, in Prague. Run by artist and fashion designer Martina Malá, along with her partner, graphic designer Jan Košátko who is behind the shop’s visual identity, Kurator offers a changing display of thoughtfully selected fashion, jewelry and accessories of an exceptional quality from both Czech and international designers. Personally selecting each piece, Malá is more than happy to share her thorough knowledge of each item and the designers behind them. Displaying each with care, Malá not only invites you to touch, but encourages it in order to fully appreciate the quality of the materials and workmanship.

 

On the day of my visit, the current “installation” (each curated selection is displayed for approximately six weeks) included pieces by Japanese label Coohem–named for the special technique they use to create knit textiles, jewelry by award-winning Czech label Zorya, limited edition watches by Sismeek, and pieces from the summer 2014 collection of French designer Anne Willi. What caught my eye in particular was a pastel-colored porcelain collection from Czech designer Barbora Diduchová (very affordable at 250 – 450 CZK), a necklace and ring featuring porcelain bunnies from Spanish designer Andres Gallardo (5,000 CZK, 2,250 CZK), some nicely shaped wool bags from Czech label Durch Duo (1,500 CZK) and a well-cut, cotton summer dress in pink by Malá’s own label, Belka (4,000 CZK).

 

Like a personal shopper inside your own walk in closet, Kurator will help you find the perfect piece no matter what the occasion. If you don’t, they can special order and also offer custom made services. Malá even brings in items from particular designers for clients who she thinks will appreciate it. In other words, Kurator has brought shopping to a whole new level of customer service in Prague, which is why I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

 

Kurator

Karoliny Světlé 17, Prague 1, Staré Město
www.kurator.cz
tel 737 144 667
hours Mon – Fri 11:00-19:00, Sat 12:00-16:00
metro Národní třída
tram 6, 9, 17, 18, 22 to Národní
Credit card payments accepted (excluding American Express)


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