Indagare’s favorite boutiques change with the seasons, but there are also some staples in each of the cities we love that never go out of style. Istanbul is truly one of the most exciting cities in the world for shopping because it offers a mix of up-and-coming brands, international luxury labels and authentic artisan crafts. Here is our shopping guide for the city, including some of the most noteworthy shops.
Shopping in Erkal Aksoy’s showroom feels like foraging through the home of an incredibly stylish Turkish woman who has collected treasures, particularly carpets and textiles.
Fy-shan Glass Studio: Founded by the glass artist Felekşan Onar, this glass studio produces gorgeous decorative objects, functional art and lighting.
Haremlique: This textile store offers beautiful linens for a modern harem moment in the bath or bedroom, including personalized cotton sheets and terry towels, as well as signature cashmere throws.
Serenk: Head to Serenk for elegant, bespoke linens and tableware featuring nature-inspired motifs.
With outposts in the Grand Bazaar and in the chic shopping neighborhood of Nişantaşi, Koç has long been a favorite for leather, suede and lavish furs.
Mehry Mu: The beautiful handbags at Mehry Mu—all of which are handmade in Istanbul—are inspired by the vibrant fabrics found in the city.
Sevan Bicakci: A cult jeweler, Sevan Bicakci is known for his outrageously ornate rings, all of which are distinctive and marked by intricate craftsmanship.
Tohum Design: Make an appointment at the Tohum showroom for unique and custom-made jewelry inspired by nature and the brand founder’s extensive travels.
Misela: This luxury handbag brand produces chic clutches, totes and purses adorned with beautiful Eastern motifs that are carried by fashion icons around the world.
Gilan: This family-owned luxury jewelry house crafts exquisite pieces inspired by Ottoman art and the history of Istanbul.
Fey: Founded by a veteran editor of Turkish fashion magazines, Fey offers timeless and elegant clothing from its own brand in addition to vintage attire, accessories and home décor.
Some of the best local treasures include Turkish delights from Lokum and Çikita at the Spice Bazaar, as well as beautiful Neo-Ottoman pillows from Yastik by Rifat Ozbek. Be sure to spend time wandering the Grand Bazaar, a 400-year-old indoor shopping complex that houses more than 4,000 shops selling everything from carpets to crockery to leather goods.
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