Atelier 55 Located at the end of Serdar-ı Ekrem, Atelier 55 is a multi-label store offering local and international brands. The store has an extensive range of clothing, accessories, shoes and jewellery to homwears, furniture and art pieces. Out the back is a small espresso bar – perfect for a quick coffee break. Arzu Kaprol Since the early 1990s Arzu Kaprol has been designing striking womens couture and prêt-à-porter. With a solid fashion education behind her, Arzu Kaprol has received several prestigious awards, worked with some of the biggest names in retail, been on some of the most famed runways and has dressed some of the most high profile people around the world. She is famed for her fashion-forward designs, which use texture and pleating to create highly sculptural pieces. Bahar Korcan Bahar Korçan is passionate about nature and the cycle of life and that inspires her collections. Her vision is to design garments that interpret the changes the world goes through and highlight the impact of humans. Bahars collections have many colours. The sheer breadth of variety strikes you from collection to collection. All very distinct and wearable. Cigdem Akin Cigdem Akin has been a fashion designer for more than 20 years, although only established the self-titled label in 2004. Classic in style, Cigdem Akin uses natural fibers with mystical colors of nature, while remaining chic and comfortable. Cigdem Akins creations have unexpected details adding to the luxury and uniqueness of the designs. Gizia GIZIA is a creative and luxurious brand in Istanbul. Carrying the characteristics of being feminine and sophisticated, GIZIAs collections are made of rich Italian fabrics, decorated with Swarovski crystals and hand made embroidery. The unique combination of fabrics follows the latest fashion trends and provides the authentic beauty of the apparel, bringing the sexuality to every piece. Renée Lodens is Founder & Managing Director at Travelshopa. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.Galata is home to a number of super cool local boutiques and concept stores. This local precinct is filled with little hole-in-the-wall stores and more elaborate boutiques. One little street, Serdar-ı Ekrem, is quite possibly the most popular street in the area, and a must-see for any budding traveler in search of a truly the local vibe. If you are after local Turkish designers, look no further. You have found your local shopping destination! Serdar-ı Ekrem will fill your day with shopping for unique local fashion, gifts and something for your home. While most shops open from 11am to 8pm (Monday to Saturday) and 11am to 6pm (Sunday), each shop may vary a little.
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