3. PMS. “If it’s raining, we don’t work,” bluntly declares a handwritten sign taped the door of a small store on Tkalčićeva street: Prostor Manufakturne Slobode, The Space for Freedom of Manufacturing, or PMS, for short. With arguably the quirkiest slogan of any store in Zagreb, “I cure my PMS by shopping in PMS,” the merchandise collected by owner Marta Grbešić follows suit. Everything in the store is handcrafted by eighty different Croatian artisans and designers. Stark white walls provide the canvas splattered with the wildly vibrant and eclectic concoctions of the craftspeople who ask Grbešić to display and sell it in the prime location where she rooted herself four and a half years ago. The artwork, jewelry and clothing tell an unsung story of naive Croatian artists. On one rack hangs an array of graphic tees, on another, metallic floor length skirts and slashed denim cut-offs with handsewn patchwork. Grbešić makes an effort to rotate designers every month.“There are more artists than stores in Croatia,” she claims; she is determined to perpetuate the passions of those who aren’t afraid to create something that does not guarantee an income.
4. Hippy Garden.
There is a fresh feeling inside Hippy Garden, a store that has housed the designs of Durdica Vorkapić for fifteen years on Masarykova Street in Zagreb. With all-white decor including imitation birch trees with wild, tangled branches above the island in the middle of the room, a lantern sitting on the white tiled floor, and a contemporary fence separating the main room from the back, it is a fairy-garden tea party meets city-sleek modernity. Vorkapić’s designs fuse these contrasting vibes effortlessly. On the other side of the fence is the bridal collection, where the name of the store truly comes into play through the non-traditional selection of gowns: short dresses covered in beaded flower embroidery over a layer of tulle, plunging necklines and sheer flutter sleeves, this is a store for romantics and dreamers. (http://www.hippygarden.net/hr/
The selection of bridal gowns at Hippy Garden.