We Support Czech Tradition
Manufaktura is famous mainly for its cosmetic brand sold in its own Manufaktura Your Home Spa shop network, which you can find mostly in shopping malls throughout the whole Czech Republic and Slovakia. However, Manufaktura takes pride in another concept of shops: Manufaktura Original Czech Tradition shop network spreading in the historic centre of Prague and in Václav Havel Airport. The shops situated in splendid lanes of Prague´s Old Town, i. e. the Royal Route area, and sales premises located in unique houses, where the history still lives, invite you to pleasant visit. Besides true cosmetics you can buy primarily Czech traditional and exceptional handicraft products and toys in Manufaktura Original Czech Tradition shops.
Premises with Soul
Omnipresent pleasant fragrance and environment evoking the feeling of well-being and peace will cover you after entering nice historic premises. Our shops will surprise and impress you with its atmosphere and maybe they will get you back in time. They will remind you of your childhood, close family members, nostalgic places and objects.
Original vintage decorative objects, which we “recycle” from old things and thus breathe life into them, dominate resourceful interiors. In our shops you find ancient restored wooden tables, workbenches, washboards, washing machines, boilers and other beautiful authentic historical artifacts that do not have to fade into the abyss of history. On the contrary, they can serve as exceptional elements of interior providing it with originality, distinctiveness, cosiness and soul. Ing. Arch. Karel Němeček himself, the owner, is the author of architectural solutions of our shops since establishment of Manufaktura in 1991. He designs every shop and he personally and actively takes part in creation of new sales premises.
How it all started
It was 1991. Prague was newly open to foreigners from the whole world but there were barely any shops where they could buy typical Czech souvenirs. The idea therefore emerged of using beautiful premises in the historic centre of Prague and offering tourists the best of our country´s toy and craft tradition, which was facing extinction at that time. So, we set off to Czech and Moravian countryside and bought all kinds of things from local craftsmen, i.e. products ranging from traditional corn husk dolls, hand painted Easter eggs to wooden toys. We discovered an amazing place in the premises of a former laundry of the Dominican Monastery in Jilská street, we embellished it with original historicizing decorations from antique vintage shops and our first shop saw the light of day. Only several days later we were pleased to see that tourists found traditional Czech products representing our culture exceptionally attractive. It was not too long before we opened other shops in the heart of old Prague.
Czechness, Tradition, Quality
We gradually managed to bring together more than 250 small-scale craftspeople, former folklore masters, tradition bearers and small Czech companies whose products we have been selling to this day. By means of finding a ready market and coopering in development, design and protection of their products we help maintain unique crafting techniques, which otherwise would face extinction nowadays. Our shops have become a unique platform for presentation of our traditional handicrafts on a pan-European scale. We have been collaborating with the Ministry of Culture so far and we are respected by important expert authorities.
Shopping with Stories
Thanks to the idea of Czechness and quality, which we have not left for a single day, thanks to unique design of our shops evoking the atmosphere of good old days and thanks to the exceptional level of customer service we have managed to build a successful network of MANUFAKTURA Original Czech Tradition shops where true Czechness, tradition and exceptional quality meet. The assortment of the shops provides foreign tourists with the opportunity to get a purely Czech souvenir linked with pleasant and authentic experience in the form of visit of our beautiful shops.