Shopping, Istanbul style

The latest issue of SHOP Istanbul's Style Edition features two pieces I wrote, a cover story about Turkish and international brands making inroads into the city's venerable Grand Bazaar, and a news piece about Hiç Crafts, an appealingly eclectic design store in the up-and-coming Tophane neighborhood.

While the quarterly magazine, published by tourism company Global Blue, focuses on new shopping opportunities for visitors to the city, I took the chance while working on the bazaar story to poke into some of the famous covered market's hidden corners and learn how shopkeepers really feel about their new neighbors -- and about other changes in store for this historic location. That story will (inşallah!) appear in a major travel magazine this coming fall.

Read my articles for SHOP Istanbul in the digital edition of the Spring/Summer 2012 issue: "Market Leader" begins on page 42 and "Eclectic Design Oasis" appears on page 40.