Prague's Only Guide With Style...

 

Welcome to the Archives of Velvet Magazine! For those of you who might not know, Velvet was Prague's first city magazine and sadly published just a few issues. I, Jeffree from Think Magazine, designed the very last issue of Velvet, which was killed the day it was to go to press... and thus, I turned my attention to making Think. A lot of the contact, adresses and business information here is too old to be useful, but why not take a walk down memory lane and enjoy yourself?


By Michele Legge

pretty Asian boy in a rabbit skin vest was still prancing around the racks of retro clothes after spending 3700 Kc on a leather vest, varsity jacket, and enough fly-away-collared, psychedelic-print shirts to dress the cast of "Hair." "Tell me darling," he cooed, "is there anywhere else like this in Prague?"

There isn't.

Jilska 22 is a funkster's supermarket with seven of the most unique alternative shops in the Czech Republic under the same roof. The collection of stores is the brainchild of Dalibor Kubik, a man most comfortable on the banks of the mainstream. Past ventures include roles in publishing two Czech cultural magazines, Vokno and Zivel.

Tunel Shoes, at ground level, was the first Czech store to import Doc Martens and continues the lead with those chunky, round-toed, entirely solid shoes-not easy to find in the metallic colors offered here.

The retro clothes of Tricks and Stuff are the centerpieces of the first floor. Most items are gleaned from flea markets outside the Czech Republic and the wide selection justifies the prices. Look for folk dresses and lacy bodices in bright colors. The leather and vinyl collection includes Sixties-era jackets (with their trademark wide collars), vests, skirts, and shorts, in black, brown, orange, blue, and red.

Maximum Underground, the most popular alternative record shop in town, also made the move to Jilska from its old home across from The Roxy. These guys are alternative purists, so it you're looking for Cop Shoot Cop's latest, this is the place.

Nothing says "I'm cool" like a tattoo. So if you're in the market for another-and you really should have as many as you can afford-head on down to P.E.S. Tattoo and Piercing. Tattoo masters Pushbar and Dada are fully licensed and specialize in South Pacific tribal and Celtic designs. Take advantage of the more affordable Eastern rates and stock up before heading west. "It's like a postcard from Prague," Dada says. And remember, tattoos and body piercing are the best way to say "I hate you mom and dad."

Finally there is Pons, with its glass cabinet displays of Nepalese, Thai, and Indonesian silver jewellery.

The only problem with Jilska 22 is that it's too well hidden for its own good. But they are planning to install speakers to pump Fugazi and Bomb the Bass tunes outside, which is sure to attract the right sort of people.

Jilska 22, First floor, Jilska 22, Prague 1. Open everyday, 10Oam-7pm

 

 

Cover credits

  Pg. 07 Editor's Letter
  Pg. 09 FIRST: Ghost Busker
  Pg. 10 The King is Dead
  Pg. 10 Kik's Kaka
  Pg. 11 Trick of the Trade
  Pg. 11 Telephone Obsessive
  Pg. 12 The H.O.G.s are here
  Pg. 12 Fugazers
  Pg. 13 Windex
  Pg. 14-15 POLAROID: Laurie Anderson
  Pg. 17 Letter From L.A.
  Pg. 18-19 6 Kc and Peace of Mind
  Pg. 20-23 Velvet Devolution
  Pg. 24-27 FASHION: Cafe Couture
  Pg. 31 REVIEW: Jiri David's "Hidden Image"
  Pg. 32 Czech Cubism 1911-1919
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Klub Lavka
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Subway Club
  Pg. 34 MUSIC: The Ecstacy of St. Theresa
  Pg. 36 RESTAURANTS: Here's the Boeuf
  Pg. 37 RESTAURANTS: Comedy Cafe Akropolis
  Pg. 42 COFFEE: Meduza Kavarna
  Pg. 43 ALTERNAMALL: Jilska 22
  Pg. 44 SHOPS: Ligne Roset
  Pg. 45 Above & Beyond
  Pg. 47-48 BOOKS: Expat Mixed Bag
  Pg. 50-51 MUSIC REVIEWS
  Pg. 54-55 MOVIES: Karlovy? Very.
  Pg. 52 Scene
  Pg. 53 LAST: Intro to Cool.
   
 

Volume 1, Number 1
August 1995

Editor and Publisher MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

Executive Editor CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

Senior Editors
WALTER R. DEVINE, JOYCE-ANN GATSOULIS

Associate Editor
SUSANNAH ROSENSTOCK

Editorial Assistants
HELENA SIPKOVA
MAURA GEDID

Contributing Editors NICHOLE ACHS
OMRI BEN-AMOS
MATT WELCH

Contributing Writers RADHA BURGESS, LOU CHARBONNEAU, DAVID FREELING, JOHN HECK, MARKETA JIRASKOVA, ANNE RENAHAN, JENNIFER TORPIE, LAURA ZAM


Creative Director GERMAIN E. DESEVE

Senior Designer
CLARE MANIAS

Production Associates STEVE ROWLAND
D.A. STRUBLE

Staff Photographer ZUZANA OPLATKOVA

Contributing Photographers
SEAN GALLUP,
AHMED RAHIM

Publicity
MICHELLE LEGGE


Advertising Director CHRISTOPHER LOVERING


The Prague Review s.r.o.

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COO: MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

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