Situated straight by the Stone Gate, fashion salon Dora is aN artisan tailor with 30 years of experience. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of your salon?

Salon Dora this year celebrates its 30th birthday. It was opened by my mother, Mirjana Rubić, while she was pregnant with me. The salon is named after Dora Krupić (fictional character from the book

The Goldsmith’s Treasure), whose sculpture is located opposite, and then I was named after the salon. It seems that already then it was clear what would be my path later in life! From the very beginning attention was paid to every detail; timeless design and tailoring, exquisite craftsmanship, the finest materials, interior decoration, pleasant atmosphere …and so it been till today. A few years ago I took over the complete administration of the salon from my mother, but we still work together. Her experience and my ideas, makes for a perfect business combination.

What does being an artisan means to you?

In traditional crafts it is very important to progress, follow the needs of the market, be up to date with new technologies and always retain your own distinctive signature. As an artisan, the sense lays in the approach, the quality, and the pride of the craftsmen itself that really stand behind their work. Therefore, we personally guarantee the quality of each and every of our products.

What do you consider your specialty?

Although we also create all kind of female fashion, with time our coats have become a speciality. From winter coats, made from super warm alpaca, to airy summer trench coats made from pure silk. From elegant, gala and shining ones, which can make your dress and jewellery, become irrelevant, to classic, simple, yet beautiful cuts. Most of our coats are actually unique in its nature. Materials, which we commonly use, are natural: wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, angora and silk.

How long does it take to make one coat? Do you as well create tailor-made ones?

Yes, of course. If someone, likes a model, but wants the same in a different color or size, we have the possibility to custom make one. It takes 3 to 14 days, depending on the model that is ordered, and we ship it worldwide. Since most of our coats are unique, we “cannot“ make an identical coat. So if you see one that you really like, better do not think too long! 😉