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Twisted Lily, a new fragrance boutique in Brooklyn is quickly making a name for itself as the go-to spot for indie scents and hard-to-find apothecary products. While speaking with co-owners, Eric Weiser and Stamatis Birsimijoglou, Semmi W. uncovered a treasure trove of cult perfumes. 

By Semmi W.

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Haydee Kobe

Tokyo, Japan

Haydee contributes to The Genteel from Tokyo. She is a freelance fashion designer from the U.S.

David Walmsley

Vancouver, Canada

David is an East to West coast Canadian currently skulking through the streets of Vancouver.

Sarah Plummer

Toronto, Canada

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Claudia Costa

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Claudia Costa contributes to The Genteel from Maastricht, Netherlands.

Chere Di Boscio

Paris, France

Chere contributes lifestyle editorial to The Genteel from Paris.

Irene Kim

Toronto, Canada

Irene Kim is a member of the board of Geeky Chic, Inc.

Briana Palma

Dublin, Ireland

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Diana Bocco

Bangkok, Thailand

Lara Wiedeking

Hamburg, Germany

Lara contributes to The Genteel from Hamburg.

Karina Abramova

Toronto, Canada

Karin reports from Toronto but travels extensively throughout the year.

Erin Ridley

Madrid, Spain

Erin hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, but has called Madrid home for the last four years.

Justine Iaboni

Toronto, Canada

Justine Iaboni is known around Toronto as Eurotrash.

Semmi W.

Toronto, New York,

Semhar Woldeyesus is writer whose primary reporting interests include design, music and culture.

Cristina Fei

Rome, Italy

Cristina reports for The Genteel from Rome. She is a professional freelance journalist with ten years of experience.

Flo Mills Lyle

London, UK

In her final year of her English degree at Loughborough University, Flo is eager to get out and see the world.

Best Kept Secrets

Bow has become one of Dublin's go-to destinations for fashion, both new and vintage, over the last four years. This unique boutique is run by two friends, Wendy Crawford and Margaret O'Rourke, who have successfully united their two separate businesses under one roof.

By Briana Palma
Best Kept Secrets

At the heart of Amsterdam remains an area sheltered from the hustle of the city's thriving tourist industry. A stone's throw from Dam Square, 'De Negen Straatjes', or 'The Nine Streets', can be found connecting the 17th century canals together. Flo Mills Lyle visits some of the unique shops and restaurants that embody this cultural hub's charm.

By Flo Mills Lyle
Best Kept Secrets

Organic clothes, fair-trade products and vegan shoes - all for sale in a German shopping gem: DearGoods. Surprisingly, its roots aren't in Berlin, but in Munich, often considered Germany's southern capital of roast, luxury fashion and conservative lifestyle. 

By Lara Wiedeking
Best Kept Secrets

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
Best Kept Secrets

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
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