As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Best Kept Secrets of the year.
By Irene Kim
Conceived in Ubud, Bali, Vitaly Design is a Toronto-based jewellery brand that has accumulated a cult following in just over a year. Founder and designer, Shane Vitaly Foran, and his business partner, Jason Readman, tell The Genteel about their journey thus far and where they see Vitaly in the future.
By Justine Iaboni
An innovative boutique-café in downtown Dublin, Tamp & Stitch seamlessly unites coffee and fashion. Since opening last May, the owners have worked to create a new destination for Dubliners by offering quality coffee and unique, affordable fashion brands in a neighbourhood that typically attracts tourists.
By Briana Palma
Rammed with flagship stores and designer studios, Istanbul continues to grow into a top destination for fashion-minded travelers. But while the city's Nisantasi district has traditionally been the fashionable place to be, Galata is emerging as a mecca of eclectic shops with one particular retailer leading the way.
By Anna Lee Boschetto
Lark stands at the heart of Vancouver's fashion retail scene. Infused with their passion, owners Veronika and Dane Baspaly have created the ideal environment for their diverse and culturally savvy clientele. David Walmsley discovers what is behind the brand's impressive experience.
By David Walmsley
From the garlicky Gallic to Pepé Le Pew, Anglo culture has imposed a myriad of stinky stereotypes on the French for centuries - despite perfume being of utmost importance to the French since the 17th century. Today, wearing perfume is perceived as sexy and seductive, stamping the wearer with a personal signature. In the wake of celebrity fragrances and market domination by large fashion houses, is it still possible to sport a scent that truly is one's own? Chere di Boscio makes the rounds at Paris' bespoke perfumeries.
By Chere Di Boscio