Sweaters for the adventurous
Brusnika is a brand-boutique for daring fashionistas. Designers use natural materials, including fur, wool, and even feathers to gives off a confident cool. These sweaters are are costly – the embellished knit sweater runs for 11,800 rubles ($210) and a cropped lambswool cardigan for 7,300 rubles ($130) – but the collection frequently goes on sale.
Russian brands for local teens
Click-Boutique stocks clothing and accessories for every budget. The Kolesnikov collection of light-hearted metal cat rings is only 350 rubles ($6). For a more substantial gift, go for funky silver earrings in animal shapes by Snifferson for 2,990 ($53) rubles or the Lokus line of leather backpack-purses for 9,990 rubles ($178), perfect for a chic teenage look.
Coffee table books for higher minds
One of the city’s largest bookstores, Moskva
features a wide array of coffee table books,
many of which are in English. Themes include
architecture, ballet, painting and design
from all over the world. Prices are reasonable
for high quality photographic printing. Check
out “Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence”
for 3123 rubles ($55), and “Russian Elegance.
Country and City Fashion” for 774 rubles ($14).
Contemporary pottery from medieval Suzdal
Pottery is the millennials’ version of your
grandmother’s porcelain collection. DymovKeramika
creates contemporary place settings
for Moscow’s trendy restaurants, such
as the spider collection tea cup for 1,080
rubles ($19), a black-baked salad bowl for
1,940 rubles ($34). Dymov-Keramika holds
workshops for those who want to make their
own, and they have a café on site.
Tea-Coffee Shop on Myasnitskaya
Sweet treats for afternoon tea
Nestled in the building where tea importers Perlov and Sons hawked their wares in 1893, the Tea Shop on Myasnitskaya offers the widest selection of cookies, Russian soufflé, gingerbreads and chocolate-coated waffles, all packed in beautiful boxes for around 500 rubles ($8). Alternatively, choose a simple black tea and pair it with a jar of honey or fruit preserves for 800 rubles ($14).
Wearable works of art
Radical Chic offers inimitable silk print scarves. Designs include whimsical foxes and wolves, romantic cityscapes, and luscious floral palettes. Pocket-handkerchiefs run for 2,680 rubles ($47), medium square scarves go for 9,360 ($166) rubles, and large shawls cost 14,380 ($256) rubles.
Imperial Porcelain No. 15
Treasures from Russian history
The Imperial Porcelain Factory opened in
1744 and, to this day, Russians rich and poor
collect replicas of their historic teacup and
saucer sets. The gold-plated Cobalt Tulip set
(two cups, two saucers, a teapot, and a sugar
pot) will set you back around 28,000 rubles
($500), but you can also purchase a single
teacup for 3,325 rubles ($59). The factory also
produces “agitation porcelain” designed by
early Soviet artists, including a teacup and
saucer by the potter S. V. Chekhonin for 931
rubles ($16), and a three-piece geometric tea
set by Kazimir Malevich for 237,500 rubles