It is Fashion Week in Berlin, including Bread & Butter at the former Tempelhof Airport, and we’ve been bitten by the shopping bug. What could be better than spending a day exploring the neighbourhood around the Circus, visiting some of the small stores here in Berlin Mitte to find your new favourite piece. Within walking distance of Rosenthaler Platz there are loads of places where you can spend your hard-earned cash, and so we have picked some of our favourites that can be reached on foot in just a couple of minutes:
This is a paradise for vintage addicts, and Maria has gathered together a beautiful collection of collector’s items at XVII, from Valentino via Ralph Lauren and MCM – everything a women’s heart logs for. The icing on the cake? Fantastic fashion advice… well worth a visit!
Cool femininity meets high quality materials – cashmere, silk and light cotton emphasise the styles and cuts created by Leyla Piedayesh, a German-Iranian designers. The light and airy store has been selling Urban Chic since 2006, and word has spread to the stars: lala Berlin and its attention-grabbed patterns and prints have become synonymous with the red carpet. Everyone who wants to take a closer look will be welcomed warmly by the staff.
Maria Thomas and Thoas Lindner not only took part in the creating of costumes for the ‘Red Bull Flying Illusion’ but they also design elegant, simple and refined pieces with a touch of extravagance for both women and men. Art lovers might also be interested to know that Thoas’ collection of 150 ‘Hungry Ghosts’ sculptures, inspired by East Asian Mythology, are also available at the store.
The Shit Shop
Whether you love the name or hate it, it certainly attracts attention, as do the owners Bonnie Strange and Lena Nußbaum. Here you will find not only Bonnie’s own collection – ‘The Shit’ – but also bigger brands and well-selected designer labels that you won’t find anywhere else in Berlin. And for those who want to show some colour: get your nails done – and how about a ‘My Little Pony’ on your ring finger?
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Graphic design, art, fashion – and sustainability! Silvia Salvador and Nando Cornejo show us that you can combine all these elements and look fantastic. The clothing and accessories meet every budget, and I myself have an eye on the espadrilles, which are part of the new collection and made in Spain.
Rosenthaler Straße 66
Nadia Barcella has owned this store for forteen years and brings together Italian, Swiss, Scandinavian and German designers, who all produce their sustainable fashion in Europe. Under the slogan “shopping goes awareness” you can discover a lot of colour and cuddly materials, and get the chance to discover some new young talents: once a year Nadia invites two students the chance to produce their own pieces at her store in Berlin
Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers… and streetwear! At Novacane you will be blown away not only by the interior design but also the wonderment of which shoe will find its way into the store. Facebook will keep you up to date. At the same time, Bastian Braun’s concept is not only defined by fashion: the owner’s taste in music and streetart are what makes it a perfect store all round.
This is where they will take the measure of you… and the elegant and timeless leather trousers (for men and women) that are tailored individually by designer Martina Rau. The focus is on the person who wears the product, and not the piece itself. Fashion does not function as a costume, but instead dresses and caresses. That’s why the unique shapes flatter every figure, and because the production is entirely Berlin-based, you get fashion that is not only exceptional, but fairly-produced as well.