Nicosia, as any culture enthusiast will attest to, is a beguiling mixture of old and new. The centre of the city, enclosed within a mighty Venetian wall, is a hub of ancient history, with mosques and palm trees adding a sumptuous Mediterranean flavour to the area. At the other end of the spectrum, the glossy elegance of Stasikratous street is where modern and fashion-forward Cypriots come to shop, see and indulge. Cyprus’s own version of Fifth Avenue, this tree-lined street is packed with high-end boutiques from small independent retailers to the grand flagship stores of international luxury brands.
Don’t let the street’s size fool you; although just 500 metres in length, it packs a host of brands and variety into it, and is devoted in part to bringing forward-thinking international fashion to Cyprus, with a heavy dose of Italian elegance. Max Mara, the go-to label for timeless, pared-back quality and classic coats and suiting, is in pride of place (16B Stasikratous street), with spring offering gauzy, light summer dresses and sleek, crisp pencil skirts. The label’s adherence to a neutral colour palette and neat silhouettes ensures a devout following among the country’s discreetly well heeled.
The brand’s more casual line of clothing can be found at its store Max & Co, on the same stretch of road at number 22. Here, rails swing with girlish, printed smock dresses and swimsuits, making it an ideal summer style destination. Marina Rinaldi, another Italian brand that has established itself in the midst of these grande dames, also has a store on Stasikratous street (14B) and for this season has turned its eye towards jewel prints and a sense of hippy luxe 70s ease for spring.
Dolce & Gabbana (36C-D) caters for the Cypriot girl who dons her finest after dark, with 50s-style gowns, easy lace pieces and the last word in beautifully crafted accessories. There’s more Italian flair at Fendi (26A), which brings Karl Lagerfeld’s brand of crisp, sharp fashion to the district; this season that means stark monochrome suiting for powerful-looking women. The accessories are as desirable as ever, and a Fendi leather bag is a staple.
Stasikratous street isn’t just for well-dressed women; men will also find everything they need for their wardrobe on this stretch of street, with Ermenegildo Zegna at number 28 an essential stop. The store is a temple of discreet luxury, housing both the Ermenegildo Zegna main line as well as the more casual Zegna Sport brand. Summer sees a Great Gatsby raft of tailoring, with linen suits in subtle pastel colours and pin-sharp shirts in softest, breathable cotton, which will work brilliantly as the mercury rises.
A touch of Paris sophistication has always found a home on Stasikratous street thanks to the high-octane glamour that Louis Vuitton (29) supplies. The revered French house brings its much coveted bags to a Cypriot market, along with its iconic luggage and pretty-as-a-princess spring fashion, which sees dresses in clotted cream and dotted broderie anglaise detailing; perfect for a balmy evening.
Whether it’s investing in a leather handbag that stand the test of time or indulging in high fashion, it’s almost impossible to walk from one end of Stasikratous street to the other without acquiring an armful of full-to-bursting shopping bags.