Before the Christmas shopping madness begins, I decided to head to BIKINI BERLIN to escape the grey, wet autumn weather and to surround myself with all the finer things in life! Here are my top five finds from five of the concept shopping mall’s coolest stores.
If you’re looking for avant-gardist fashion, you’re guaranteed to find it at Adddress. As well as the label’s own collections, they also stock pieces by other exciting designers. I’m a huge fan of Danish designer Henrik Vibskov so my first find (and absolute highlight!) is his ‘Soap’ sweater.
Streetwear and footwear that’s both high quality AND sustainable? Does that even exist? Absolutely. If you want to see for yourself, I recommend you drop by the Market Lifestore, which is where I discovered my second find of the day: a pair of really cool sneakers by Veja.
Veja comes from Paris. Although the shoes are designed there, they are produced in Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil. One of the places you can get your hands (or feet?!) on them is the Market Lifestore at BIKINI BERLIN.
Berlin’s VOO Store is a must for every fashion fanatic. And in summer they also opened a branch in the City West – Voo West. I love browsing the magazines and books there, which is why my third top find is the store’s unique magazine selection. You’ll find a publication to suit every taste and interest, from Kinfolk and apartamento to Monocle. And not forgetting a fantastic selection of indoor plants.
SUPER Concept Space
I’ve been going to the SUPER Concept Space ever since it opened, even when I was still coming to Berlin as a tourist before moving here. SUPER was always my favourite port of call in the west of the city for lunch or dinner. As well as serving up seasonal cuisine, they also have a small curated concept store and wonderful views of Berlin Zoo. So my fourth find is actually two items: a voucher to test out the culinary delights at SUPER and a fragrance by Frau Tonis Parfum called No 18 Bogota Berlin, a tribute to Berlin’s legendary Hotel Bogota. I love the juxtaposition of fruity and spicy, fresh and soft – and the combination of fruity figs and bergamot paired with pink pepper and spicy vetiver.
I really appreciate premium materials, meticulous handcraftsmanship, timeless aesthetics, comfort and design, especially when it comes to furniture. But my fifth top find of the day will have to remain a wish for the time being: the “Liberty” leather sofa by Ikono. The Liberty collection consists of more than 46 individual modules that differ in size and shape. Still not convinced? Check it out in their store on the second floor of BIKINI BERLIN. And even though I haven’t invested in it yet, I’ve never learnt so much about premium leather in such a short time as I did here!