Word of Mouth: 7th District, Budapest

Vintage shops, creative hangouts and delectable ice cream in our guide to navigating Hungary’s diverse capital

by Anya Lawrence In the midst of a cultural upheaval, Budapest is rapidly becoming the vibrant creative mecca of Central Europe. Its plentiful offering of baroque thermal baths and classically beautiful architecture alongside a bevy of superb yet affordable eateries has long made the Hungarian capital high on the list of European cities worth a visit. However a growing cycling scene on the rise (akin …

Darn and Dusted Bespoke Denim Repairs

A one-man mending company in Shoreditch making patches desirable again

Few clothes have as much emotional value to their wearer as the perfect pair of jeans, or that denim jacket that fits just right. The fact that denim often has to be broken in means people get really attached to their favorite piece—whether that’s a ’50s workwear shirt or classic Calvin Klein jeans from the ’90s. So what do you do when the tear that …

Studio Visit: Lorraine Kirke of Geminola

The former interior designer dyes and upcycles vintage dresses for her boutique, all from her West Village home

Throughout the first floor of Lorraine Kirke’s West Village apartment, dresses are squeezed into every imaginable nook and cranny—hung on antique cabinets and the stair railing, filling up multiple rooms—which are complemented by paintings (mostly portraits of women) that fill up nearly any remaining space. It’s as if a costume designer’s wardrobe exploded on set. “We’ve heard ‘brothel’ as well,” laughs Kirke. This is where …