Istanbul is well on its way to become a fashion capital with all the designer brands rushing in to get spots in the newly built high-end shopping malls. Istinye Park, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex 15 minutes away from the city center, takes this trend in luxury shopping to a new league.
The new ‘Brands Street’ at Istinye Park is designed to enhance your outdoor shopping experience in every way possible. You will feel the glamour of Fifth Avenue as you stroll through the stores of Armani, BCBG Max Azria, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Coach, Burberry, Dior, Chloé, Fendi, De Beers, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Etro, Gianfranco Ferré, Rolex & Cartier and Polo Ralph Lauren, specially designed to create a genuine high-street atmosphere.
Beymen, a pioneer in fashion marketing and design responsible for introducing Chloé, Bottega Veneta, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Jimmy Choo, Moschino and Miu Miu to the Turkish market, has its own glamorous building designed by Tayfun Mumcu on the street. The three-storey building houses a Beymen Cafe, Erdem KÄ±ramer Hair Salon and Memo’s wine and cigar boutique as well as collections of 350 leading brands from all over the world.
Start the day early at Istinye Park to see the summer hues the new collections have to offer. Shop till you drop in one of the many cafes around Brands Street: Armani Caffe if you are up for some great Italian cooking, Masa if you want to take another look at the window shops while you are eating and Borsa Restaurant if you can’t get enough of gourmet Turkish delicacies.
The best part is, after all that shopping and packing, you don’t have to wait in line at the airport to get your tax refund anymore. The Global Refund service at Istinye Park will take care of that for you.
Harvey Nichols at Kanyon Shopping Center