Living in a huge city makes you want to stand out from the crowd. A trendy and fancy outfit and way-out accessories can help with that, and the small store Friend Function is the place to find it all.
International brands are mixed up with the local ones, a variety of city backpacks share the room with shiny Moscow pins and interior decoration stuff like a concrete flower pot that resembles the iconic PO-2 fence (my favorite one). This place is definitely a find for those who seeking out-of-the-box gifts or urban stuff for themselves.
And here are some personal tips: If you travel in autumn or winter take a look at the Kusto caps – the guys from Cheboksary (a city in Chuvashia region of Russia) get their inspiration from Jacques-Yves Cousteau. And another uncommon piece of design is the Panelki project by local designer Nikita Anokhin. Inspired by Russian residential blocks, he created really cool stuff such as the Brezhnevka night light of the Khrushchevka jewelry box. To see the origins of these objects, get a metro and ride it a couple of stations away from the brown line.