If Mokotowska represents the heartbeat of the Polish fashion scene, then Pl. Trzech Krzyży is more Warsaw’s wider, global conscience. From the offset, though, there’s something different about Plac Trzech Krzyży 3/4, something that separates it from the other world class boutiques that line the ‘square’. Found in a pre-war tenement that towers awkwardly over its neighbors, this feels more than a boutique – it’s an immersion experience.
Palm fronds in China pots, vases filled with bouquets of clattery polo sticks, piles of rugged cases and gleaming trophies create an ambiance unknown to Warsaw’s more mundane boutiques. The first level is given over to the gents, and it’s here one finds a rainbow spectrum of colors, with pride of place given over to the Ralph Lauren ‘corner’: from prim polo shirts to smart charcoal jackets (zł. 3,565) from the black label portfolio.
It is, however, the variety of the offer that impresses. Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo there’s man bags, wash bags, laptop cases and travel bags; Moncler are present by way of jumpers, jackets and not to mention the timely arrival of winter headgear: from caps (zł. 690), to fox fur-trim ‘pilots hats’ (zł. 1,275). Stepping round the corner, one is met by the footwear – all three of the aforementioned brands are featured, though it’s Tod’s that are the dominant entity: from classic moccasins to showy boots to their limited ‘Ferrari’ line.
And that’s just the men’s section. Up an elegant winding staircase lies the ladies department, and that’s where it all really revs up. There’s an incredible collection of cashmeres, tweeds, silks and leatherwear to peruse, and while the collection’s main anchor is Ralph Lauren, there’s also ample choice provided by the same suspects as downstairs: Ferragamo, Tod’s, Moncler. And then there’s Tory Burch: from leopard print ballet pumps to shimmery silver bags. The bad part? You want to buy it all. (AW)