If your Instagram was suddenly dotted with chic snaps hailing from Tbilisi, Georgia, this past week, it’s not a complete coincidence.
Catherine Baba and Natalie Joos were among the international fashion flock who headed to the Georgian capital for. And when they weren’t sitting by the runway, well, there was plenty of shopping to be done. Just ask Ketevan Gvaramadze, the Georgia-native, New York City–based stylist who makes the ten-hour-plus trek back to her homeland every summer to unwind—as well as to stock up on cool local goods. After all, in Tbilisi you’ll find both a flourishing trove of concept stores with top motherland designers on offer as well as open marketplaces that sell Soviet-era antiques. Here, see Gvaramadze’s guide to help you brush up on your Georgian shopping list for whenever you should make the trek to Tbilisi yourself.
Pierrot Le Fou
It’s a super-nice shop with amazing interior design and they sell a beautifully curated selection of designer clothes and accessories.
This is a new, just-opened concept shop that stocks Georgian fashion and art, ranging from clothes to paintings and furniture. At the moment they also carry two sculptures by Tamara Kvesitadze, one of my favorite Georgian artists.
Tamuna Ingorokva Atelier
She’s one of my favorite designers. You can buy anything ready-to-wear, and you can have your wedding dress designed by Tamuna [Ingorovka]—it’s every girl’s dream.
At this outdoor flea market, people sell things from their homes. Here you’ll find anything from Soviet-era passports to beautiful antiques.
If it’s traditional Georgian clothing you’re looking for, head to Samoseli Pirveli. This is a great place to buy cultural pieces like a chokhra or embroidered shoes.