Do You Know These Istanbul Shopping Secrets?

Midnight Express Store in Istanbul

by Tuncel Toprak

in Shopping

Are you one of those who are sick of visiting the same international brand stores in every city? I am sure  finding a local designer store hidden somewhere in the city would charm right away. Well, you cannot imagine how many requests we get from our guests at Witt Istanbul such as “Where do you shop?” or “Can you please name a few local designers?” So I came up with this post to share some of Istanbul’s secrets with you. I must admit I got lots of help from my friends in creating this list. So, ready, set … go!

Özlem Tuna Design Zone

This is the only store I can name in the old city.

Here is her short story:
Özlem Tuna received her BA degree in Ceramics from Marmara University- Fine Arts Faculty in 1993. Continuing her art studies at the same university, she earned a MAF degree in the Department of Graphic Design- Authentic Printing Workshop.

In 1996, her focus was drawn to jewellery design and manufacturing, and her career in the field began when she first started working for Urart Company.

She established Özlem Tuna Design Studio and Workshop in April, 2003.

Under the same brand name, she designed and manufactured jewellery and home accessories. She is currently providing consultancy services in modelling and design for several companies in the jewellery sector.

In May, 2007, she opened a jewellery and objects gallery called “Design Zone” near Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. In addition to Özlem Tuna jewelleries and home accessories, the works of other Turkish designers are also shown at the gallery.”

Nuruosmaniye Caddesi, Alibaba Türbe Sokak 21/4, Nuruosmaniye
open 09:00-18:00 except Sunday
www.ozlemtuna.com

Atölye Mariposa

Mariposa, a heaven of vintage clothes and home accessories in Istanbul.

Mariposa, a heaven of vintage clothes & home accessories

A heaven of vintage clothes and home accessories. They have two stores, one in Cihangir and one in Nişantaşı, both owned by Banu Öneş and Didem Arayıcı. Banu’s designs are prepared at the back of the shop. Let’s say you went there and liked a dress, but you thought if it could be remade with another fabric or color. Well your wish is their demand. Just pick the fabric and they will prepare the same dress for you. Isn’t it amazing?

Teşvikiye Caddesı, Goksu Apt.  No: 21\1, Nişantaşı
open 10:30-20:00 weekdays, 11:00-21:00 weekends

Şimşirci Sokak 11A, Cihangir
open 10:30-20:00 weekdays, 11:00-21:00 weekends

NR.39

What if I told you one of the most kept shoe secret in Istanbul? The owner İpek Yılmaz produces only a small number of each model, each made from the best leather. You can thank me later, just hurry up!

Süleyman Nazif Sokak, no:39 Nişantaşı
open 09:00-20:00 except Sundays
nr39.com

Midnight Express

Midnight Express Store in Istanbul

Midnight Express Store in Istanbul

“Midnight Express is a concept store that has developed out of an architect and fashion designer’s desire to create a boutique that reflects their common interests,” say the owners Banu Bora and Tayfun Mumcu. Their collection consists of fashion, lifestyle, accessories and jewelry.

address: Küçük Bebek Caddesi, 7A Bebek
open 10:00-19:30 except Sunday
midnightexpress.com.tr

Zeynep Tosun

One of the most successful of the new breed of young designers. Zeynep studied at Marangoni — one of the most prestigious fashion school in Italy. She got her first experience at Alberta Ferretti. I am sure you will find something you like at her store. Her special collection can also be found the Akmerkez Shopping Mall.

Yeşerti Sokak 17/10 Akatlar
open weekdays 09:00-19:00
zeyneptosun.com

Oye Swimwear made in Istanbul, Turkey.

Oye Swimwear

OYE

OYE stands for ‘Open Your Eyes’. If you’re in the market for elegant handmade beachwear of the highest quality, look no further. OYE’s Ayca and Zeynep produce sexy lines that will satisfy even the most demanding and uncompromising clientele. Customer satisfaction is their top priority, hence their focus on delivering superb quality products. You can find one of their swimwear showroom in Taksim.

Inonu Caddesi 27/2, Taksim
Tel.: +90 532 236 25 44
oyeswimwear.com

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Iradj April 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Hello,

I’m going to Istanbul next month and would like to buy some jewelry from “Ozlem Tuna”. I went on to the” Ozlem Tuna” website, but they don’t write down the prices of the jelewry. I really like them and would like to know the price range in Euro.

Thank you very much for your answer.

Iradj

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Erlend Geerts May 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Iradj,

It’s very uncommon for such shops to mention prices on their websites, they don’t even put them in the shop display. So I’m afraid you’ll have to drop by when you’re here.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iradj May 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Hi Erlend,

And can we bargain in those kind of shops?

Thank you

Iradj

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Erlend Geerts May 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Every shop has different policies, but yes, bargaining is part of the Turkish way of doing business.

Erlend

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Beshoy Fekry November 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Hey Erlend,
Nice work, I’ve checked the above it’s almost accessories & women’s wears. What about Men’s Wear ?

Tks

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Erlend Geerts November 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

Hi Beshoy,

That’s a very valid point you make here. I put it on the to-do list.

Thanks,
Erlend

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Claudia August 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Hi There,

I am quite interested in the shoe shop mentioned above but they don’t really mention how much on average their shoes cost (on their website). N39.

Do you have any idea?

Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts August 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Hi Claudia,

In Turkey they never put prices. It all depends on how much you buy and his good you are at bargaining.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anthony Vallve September 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

Good afternoon I am a single Australian male age 76 and have just found your site I will be visiting Turkey in December /January(yes I know it will be cold) do you have a book or something of the like all your info I find very interesting but like all 0f us hate being done and I seem to fall foul of smooth talkers everwhere hope you can help kind Regards Anthony Vallve

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Erlend Geerts September 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Hi Anthony,

Thanks a lot for the compliments.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a book (yet).

Just keep what I wrote here in mind, make the taxi driver name your note before you release it, and when in doubt or trouble, just call for or mention police. You’ll notice that 99% of the locals are very nice and helpful people. But as everywhere, there are hustlers and traders trying to make as much money as possible. Do read my post on Grand Bazaar bargaining if you plan to go there. 50% or less is what you should aim for, in a nutshell.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Mehrsa December 15, 2014 at 1:06 am

Merhaba efendim,
I am going to Istanbul in a few days and I was wondering if it’s possible to find some unique cocktail dresses similar to those in Turkish TV series for ex. Laleh devri or Ishq memnu in Istanbul shops? I know for sure that these beautiful costumes are designed by local designers. I guess that you can’t give an exact answer but what I looking for is a good shopping district full of local designer shops that I can spend time to find my desired wearables.
Thank you for this interesting, informing site.
Cheers,
Mehrsa

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Erlend Geerts December 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Hi Mehrsa,

I you want up-scale dresses, you should try the Nişantası district, if it has to be a bit less, then you can try Fatih or Bakırköy.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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