Are you living in Bulgaria and wondering how to combine the obligatory masculine look with elegance? It is not that difficult, in fact
Issue 55-56, April-May 2011
by Maria Petrova
Heavy boots, a leather jacket and a T-shirt
emblazoned with skulls might have been a great
choice when you were 16 – just like getting
drunk in the park and having to walk home
because you had spent all your money on plonk.
Later on, however, these things, if you keep
doing them, make you look like an absurdly overgrown Peter Pan,
unable to cope with reality.
You probably already know this, especially if you adhere to
the famous Oscar Wilde quotation: "I have the simplest tastes.
I am always satisfied with the best." Or, as Coco Chanel used
to say, "Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just
escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken
possession of their future."
Even the inexperienced eye can tell if a man belongs to the above
kind, just by looking at his shoes, but not just by that. Fashion
and style are now to be found in each element of a successful and
self-confident man's apparel and manner. Detail is what really
It certainly makes a difference if you are driving a new Chevrolet
instead of an old banger that was produced somewhere in
the Soviet bloc once upon a time. Drinking home-made wine
with your girlfriend's grandparents in the village is probably
an emotional experience, but it would be a pity if you couldn't
tell the difference between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot
Noir and have never attended a wine tasting. If the double
cheeseburger is still your favourite food, you probably haven't
heard yet of the gourmet kitchen – a mistake that needs to be
If you happen to be of one of those men who know what quality
means, you can take a look around and see for yourself that
Bulgaria offers a wide range of exquisite shopping options. You
can enjoy the pleasure of buying a new shirt at a stylish boutique
or go to a fashion atelier and order a suit, tailored exactly for you and incorporating the latest international
trends. You can complete your look by
buying a new watch, which isn't just
an accessory but an object of style, an
expression of your individuality.
70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers