Destination: Germany: Berlin
The high-end boutique of concept store impresario Andreas Murkudis used to occupy a choice courtyard near the Hackesche Höfe. In 2011, Murkudis moved the entire production into an underdeveloped area miles off the well-trodden path. Now located in a former newspaper printing press, Murkudis’ emporium is as cool and cutting-edge as ever, with a well-edited assortment of fashion, accessories, design and beauty products. It’s all extremely high-end and both design- and fashion-conscious men and women will be very happy here (though you best take a taxi from your hotel).
Anuschka Hoevener creates modern pieces with feminine touches; each is handmade and features unique details like ruffles on the shoulder of a fitted top and a brightly colored lining peeking out from under a tailored skirt. If you’re looking for something that no one else back in the States will have, this is an ideal place to discover it.
Duck into the hidden Apartment to check out their well-edited collection of avant-garde up-and-comers. The storefront of Apartment looks like an empty building under construction, But ring the bell and walk to the small staircase toward the back. The actual boutique is in the space’s basement. The boutique is across the street from Lux 11.
LIke a mini Colette in Berlin, this shop on Mitte’s great shopping street sells both local and international designers, including Stine Goya and Vanessa Baroni.
BFN Concept Store
The concept store of fashion agency Berlin Fashion Network, this multi-level shop in Hackesche Hofe features the lines of many up-and-coming designers. There are clothes for men and women as well as accessories.
The racy, lacy Blush Dessous carries lingerie from both funky and more traditional brands such as Princesse Tam Tam and La Perla.
C'est Tout Berlin
Founded by a Berlin couple, Katja and Michael Will, who once worked at MTV, C’est Tout Berlin claims to bring Parisian chic to Berlin fashion. Their style is sexy and chic and focuses on dresses. The name comes from French for ‘That’s It’ and the idea that a good dress is all you need to look great. But over the past five years they have added blouses, jackets, sweaters, skirts and accessories to the line. There are a number of outlets in Berlin.
An icon of Berlin fashion, Claudia Skoda can claim to be part of the original Berlin underground scene and channels her inner ‘60s child even today. Among her claims to fame are having partied with Iggy Pop and David Bowie. She is best known for her knitwear, which may conjure an edgier Missoni meets Norma Kamali. She was the first to create knitted jeans, so prepare to be surprised and find unusual only-in-Berlin fashions.
A hat gallery of one-of-a-kind hats that owner Cornelia Plotzki considers art to wear. If you don’t see what you want, consult with the designer on premises.
Mira Becker, the designer behind Cruba, studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and has brought a sophisticated sensibility to the avant-garde Berlin fashion scene. Working with cashmere and silk, she creates architectural pieces that have the palette and texture of Malo but the modern lines of Armani.
Fiona Bennett is a fashion icon in Berlin. Her equally famous shop showcases the designer’s extravagant hats. Bennett was the official milliner for Christina Aguilera’s world tour. The store, which is open by appointment only, is located in the midst of the Mitte district’s boutiuqe-lined streets. Take a break at The Barn or Clärchens Ballhaus after a shopping spree.
Fashioned out of a building that resembles a shipping container, this shop is as cool as the funky fashions it stocks. Clothes racks hang from the ceiling and the green, neon shop sign glows throughout the day and night.
This fabulous belt store in the Hackesche Hofe courtyard complex will inspire cravings that you didn’t know you had for leather belts. Skins of all kinds and colors hang along the walls and you can choose from an amazing assortment of buckles. Customers can watch the master leather worker fashioning custom pieces right in the shop.
Christine Berkle fell in love with felt and from her inspired creations a fashion label emerged. Her spare and airy boutique just behind Augustrasse sells her one-of-a-kind pieces and collections. She has home and baby collections as well, including adorable felt booties and toys, but her clothes and accessories are the most interesting.
This is one of the top spots to find vintage clothing mixed in with new German designs and contemporary art. Among the labels carried are Isabel Marant, Dries van Noten and Missoni.
Part bridal-wear salon, part haute-fashion boutique, Kaviar Gauche carries its own label of designs—all of which are feminine and wearable. Don’t miss the feminine and chic handbags and accessories in the back.
This boutique just off of Augustrasse sells men’s and women’s clothing from cool Berlin designers like C. Neoon and Kaviar Gauche. The space feels like an art gallery and clothes manage to merge edgy and flirty. It is very Berlin.
Stocked with cashmere and hand-combed Egyptian-cotton sweaters, T-shirts and scarves, Lala Berlin offers urban, feminine styles. Owned by Leyla Piedayesh, a former MTV editor, this charming boutique on Mulackstrasse features exposed brick walls and chandeliers. The cozy atmosphere inspires browsing and trying on the lovely clothes. Lala comes from Leyla’s nickname and her cozy wares have become staples for stars like Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum as well as many well-dressed Berliners. Take a break at The Barn or Clärchens Ballhaus after a shopping spree.
The city’s top department store is Quartier 206, on Friedrichstrasse. It sells everything from Chloe and Jil Sander to Japanese jeans and T-shirts. The men’s department is equally well edited with lots of Dior Homme and European designers such as Martin Margiela and Dries Van Noten.
The super chic but cozy fashion boutique offers local and international labels for the supremely sophisticated trendster. The owner mixes luxe bohemian finds from cult brands like Isabel Marant and Cacherel with lesser known ones like Sabrina Dehoff and Isumuri Chisato.
Ulf Haines stocks luxury minimalist attire from designers like Ann Demeulemeester and Stephan Schneider.
A well-known leather goods designer from Hamburg, Volker Lang has his Berlin shop on Mulackstrasse. You’ll find women’s clutches, handbags, laptop cases and wallets in tons of colors with a lifetime repair policy on all products.
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