We could say that Boho is actually a luxury second hand, selection of the best of vintage housewares, clothing and jewelry. Which part prevails and which you enjoy the most?
Please, let's not call it a "second hand". It is very misleading, even though one could say, in narrow words, that in my shop you can find precise selection of very original old goods. Second hand refers to absolutely any used goods which are no longer in the original condition - therefore, not brand new. Vintage is a term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era, produced from 1920’s to about 20 years back from present day. In a short description, vintage means authentic, original and very good quality goods which are at least 20 years old and in a good condition. That counts for clothing as well as for interior and decor. It's got to be a recognisable, authentic piece, honest and good craftmanship. That is what I like about it. These things were made to last and serve for a long time, and usually they have a certain history or a story to come along with. Unlike today's trends of commercial mass production. Saying this, if you like vintage then it doesn't mean you have to dress like your grandmother or have your apartment stocked-up with old furniture and other useless stuff which your neighbors threw out, or you just could. Entirely up to you. I like to use vintage to spice things up, to add that original touch to the obvious and predictable.

Your second shop is located next to Krymská - the street which is a community of young creative people and it is such a "Bohemian  neighborhood". You think old Vršovice somehow changed?
Not just this location in Prague is changing. I feel that people here are generally changing and finally waking up to the world trends, may I say without any offence. When I moved over here from London, I felt like Alice in a sleepy town, which can be nice, for a while. Then you realize that there is something missing, the genuine inspiration on the streets (in meaning of fashion), natural freedom and openness (in meaning of lifestyle). Thanks to a young generation, who has absorbed all this mainly by experiencing the other worlds and cultures, things are getting better now. They want it here, they are hungry for it and I am very happy that it is no longer staying hidden only in artists and other creative people communities, but it’s blending in with the rest of the residents.

Do you also go out  in Krymská?  Whether it should be for lunch or famous concerts in Cafe v lese?
It is our neighborhood and I do go to all places on Krymská and surrounding streets for good food, coffee, music, art and great people’s company. All that and plenty more to come, I hope.

Your customers are also foreigners and tourists. Where do they know about your shop from?
Tourists find my shop by a chance. What has helped a little was opening the shop next to a hostel. Foreigners and expats also know about Boho by a word of mouth, which still has, thankfully, a great power.

Do people in Prague have weakness for vintage goods?
For now, there are only a small number of those who have "the thing for vintage" over here. So I hope, there will be more people who realize that we should learn how to treasure certain things, be kind to the environment and to be true to ourselves, because it is about life, not just style.

What does the name Boho means?
Boho is an abbreviation of word Bohemian, which refers to a lifestyle. As for me, real Bohemian is someone who has the ability to appreciate beauty on a deep level, is a profound romantic, doesn't know any limits, whose world is their own creation, rather than living in a box. A Bohemian also means a resident of the former Kingdom of Bohemia.

(Patricia Madarová, Boho Vintage Concept Store owner)

 


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Do you remember the first product that you made under the Papelote brand? What did it look like?
It wasn’t just one product; it was more of an introductory collection. It was inspired by my dissertation from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague that we later presented at Designblok. One of my first products was, for example, my favourite notebook Envelopa, made from a folded envelope. Up to now there have also been notebooks Simple, whose envelopes are created by the same lineatura, which is inside.

How many designers work for Papelote today?
I often encounter the idea that Papelote is only a brand that takes designs from different designers. However, it is not the case. We are the designers and everything we make is designed by us. From our beginnings when my husband Filip orologi replica svizzeri and I were the only designers we have grown and now there are five of us. Besides developing our brand and new collections we also work on tailored orders.

Who stands behind your interior on the Vojtěšská Street? Do you plan to open other branches in the future?
The interior was designed by our friends – architects from A1architects. It has worked great for us, even though there is a lot more stuff inside then there used to be. From time to time it also changes for a workshop or a small exhibition. We don’t plan on opening a new space yet, but who knows.

How big is the demand for custom made products that you offer? Do you come across any interesting ideas from your customers?
The demand has been growing every year and we are very happy about it and we enjoy working on it. Customers usually expect ideas from us, but they have theirs from time to time, too. Anyway, every product is a result of a shared dialog and effort. Personal approach and a mutual trust are important for us. Without them we wouldn’t be able to do our job the best we can.

You organise illustration workshops for children several times a year. How do these workshops go? Do the children’s parents also get involved?
The workshops are only for children, even though the parents sometimes don’t want to leave. Every workshop has a theme, made up by an illustrator who runs the workshop. Some of them are more focused on drawing, others more on action. It depends on the person who runs it.

Do you have any favourite stationery shops abroad that you would get inspiration from?
I like one shop in London – Present and Correct. They combine the selling of contemporary stationary brands with vintage items that they gather from all around the world. It makes the shop atmosphere unique.
 
(Kateřina Šachová, co-owner of Papelote)

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