MINT: Prague Fashion Market comes to Kotva

The showcase for Czech designers will be on two seldom used floors

The 21st edition of the independent fashion, jewelry and design market MINT: Prague Fashion Market will take place April 21–22 at a new venue. It will market occupies the fifth and sixth floor of Kotva at náměstí Republiky. Shoppers do not normally go to these floors, which have a beautiful view.

Hours on Saturday are from 11 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Every MINT: Prague Fashion Market sees around 10,000 visitors. Admission for shoppers is free.

There will be 150 designers who will present their products. Applications for designers are open until March 11.

MINT markets always have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. They are not just a point of sale but also a place for friendly encounters with local designers and other shoppers. Visitors will also enjoy music, theater performances, workshops, children’s activities and a great selection of food, desserts and coffee. Families with children are welcome, there will be two elevators for wheelchair access. Dogs must stay at home this time, though.

MINT: Prague Fashion Market is a platform for Czech designers to help them with the promotion and the sale of products that are very difficult to get into the regular business network in the Czech market.

MINT Markets offer responsible shopping, where visitors buy locally produced products that do not have to travel over halfway around the world and do not need excessive plastic packaging. Money spent goes to local retailers, not global chains. The vast majority of products are produced in small quantities in the Czech Republic and feature unique designs.

The first MINT: Prague Fashion Market was held under the name of Holešovice Fashion Market in Pražská tržnice, a former slaughterhouse area that has been dominated by Vietnamese market stalls with imported goods.

The market has moved then to other venues in offbeat spaces such as Pragovka, Nákladové nádraží Žižkov, DUP 39 and Hybernská 4.

The space in Kotva is often overlooked, but the building was radical for its time. It is built on a hexagonal pattern to suggest busy bees and was designed by architects Věra Machoninová and Vladimir Machonin. The construction, between 1970 and ’75, was done by a Swedish firm, which was unusual during the communist era. The largest store in Czechoslovakia was intended to show the success of socialism, but it was often nearly empty of goods. Since 2007, the building has been a cultural landmark.

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