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Baltic bounty

House of Blackheads in Riga, Latvia paired with Narciss Lupine Jacket.

House of Blackheads in Riga, Latvia paired with Narciss Lupine Jacket.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riga ranks high on my to-travel list. And I shan’t wait: the European Union has dubbed the largest Baltic city the European Capital of Culture for 2014, a designation that finds the capital flush with cultural events. With euros in hand (Latvia just adopted them), my itinerary would include the Riga Bourse Art Museum – currently hosting an exhibition of the phenomena-focused art of Latvia-born Vija Celmins – and strolling around Old Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site awash in standout architecture like the House of Blackheads, a Gothic-style landmark originally built in the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants, only to be razed during World War II and resurrected in 1999. A sign on the gate once proclaimed: “Should I ever crumble to dust, rebuild my walls you must.” Riga is on the rise, keenly expressed in its sartorial bounty (I swoon this blazer).

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