Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite Shops

Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite Shops (Photos courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff)

Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite Shops Rebecca Minkoff in Italy
StyleBistro guest editor Rebecca Minkoff designs some of the hottest handbags around. Her designs are favored by the most stylish celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung and Blake Lively.

Rebecca let us in on where she derives the inspiration for her collections and where she, as a designer, loves to shop. The NYC-based designer loves to travel and constantly takes pictures of her surroundings where the different colors and cultures inspire her designs. Here are a few of her fave international haunts:

Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite Shops Colorful spices and teas at a  market in Turkey
Rebecca loves Turkey, with its bright colors and unique culture. She said, "I took a vacation to Turkey and just the amoung of color you're exposed to, and different cultures...Just like going to a spice market and you see all these great colors; or you go to the grand bazaar or the blue mosque...just being exposed to it, I think, is constantly keeping your senses going."

Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite ShopsBrooklyn flea market in Fort Greene Even though Rebecca wears a lot of her own clothing, she still loves to shop—what fashion-minded gal doesn't? In the US, she primarily sticks to vintage with her faves being the Rosebowl flea market in Pasadena and the Brooklyn flea in Fort Green.

Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite Shops Shopping amidst Rome's classic architecture
Rebecca's ultimate favorite shopping location is Italy and why not? It's one of the shopping capitals of the world! She loves exploring and finding unknown designers and boutiques even when she's working. Twice a year she heads to a leather show in Italy and always squeezes in some time for shopping.

Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite Shops Garosugil "Tree-Lined Street" in Seoul's Sinsa disctrict
Rebecca doesn't limit her shopping to Europe either, she goes to places like Korea to get her fill as well. Her fave place there is Garosugil, also known as the Tree-Lined Street, in Seoul's Sinsa district. It's filled with independent stores with great designers who are relatively unheard of in the US, but who make amazing and unique clothes. Rebecca says it reminds her of a "small, not commercialized West Village."

Like Rebecca, we love to get inspiration and fashion from abroad, but local haunts like the Alameda flea in San Francisco are also great sources for goodies. Where are your fave shopping spots and travel destinations?

See which celebrities love Rebecca Minkoff:
Retail Detail: Rebecca Minkoff's Favorite Shops Hollywood Hearts Rebecca Minkoff Bags
This handbag designer has quickly become a celeb fave. Her luxurious handbags are every stylish girl's wardrobe staple.
The Associate Fashion Editor at StyleBistro Follow me: Twitter