Patricia: Last year something happened that could certainly be described as a life-changing experience. We had a baby. Marlena hasn’t only changed our lives, but admittedly also our interests. Suddenly we find ourselves chatting to other parents about topics that we’d never even heard of before. Within the shortest time, it feels like we have learnt more than we did during our entire time at university.
And although I know Bikini Berlin like the back of my hand, there’s one aspect that I haven’t really paid a lot of attention to until now: what the concept shopping mall has to offer for children. But now all that has changed: Stefan, Marlena and I set off on a shopping trip of Bikini Berlin on the lookout for children’s items. Today we’re presenting you with our findings.
Patricia: Since September, Bikini Berlin has been home to the ultimate store for kids. Okay, for parents a visit here might turn out to be more expensive than they planned as what I observed when I was there did indeed confirm my suspicions – children want everything in sight at the Goldfish Kinderkaufhaus. Whether the adorable kidswear or the toys – it’s plain to see that all their products have been chosen with love. Goldfish is a store with a heart, where it’s such a pleasure to shop and where you’ll even find yourself wanting to revert to childhood yourself, simply because it’s so cosy and appealing there.
If Marlena had fit into any of their sizes, we would have definitely bought her one of the gorgeous tulle skirts (which she also loved!) and the circus toys are also at the top of our shopping list. If you’re planning a children’s birthday party, it’s also worth dropping by Goldfish as they sell cute party decorations.
Stefan: We then went to Promobo right around the corner, where you’ll find unique gift ideas for young and old alike. Most of them are made by manufactories here in Germany and then stocked by Promobo. We came across some fun crocodile toothbrush holders that little ones would love, or nano-sized Lego bricks in different levels of difficulty for all ages.
And we also happened to find the perfect Christmas gift for Marlena here. We thought long and hard about whether we should buy her anything for her first Christmas. She is, after all, still too young to really know what Christmas is all about. Then we said: “Why not?”, but decided that the gift should have a personal reference to her parents. We chose a small wooden underground carriage from the Berlin underground’s U1 line to give her from Father Christmas. Patricia took the U1 to work every day during her first internship and I did the same for two and a half years. We think it’s a great keepsake and a lovely memory for us all!
Stefan: We then went up to the rooftop terrace where we found the perfect finishing touch for a stylish kid’s outfit. Premiata offers high-quality sneakers for children that are made directly in Italy and available in lots of different designs.
And then once you’ve bought all this great children’s stuff, you might find yourself asking how you are supposed to carry it all home. No problem. In its circus and Cats & Dogs collections, Reisenthel offers rucksacks and bags for your little ones. And to match, they also have a cute rain cape. I’m pretty sure we will be buying it on our next family trip to Bikini Berlin – in preparation for all those winter showers!
Patricia: From Reisenthel we headed up to the next floor for a browse of AM+, where we found cool T-shirts for kids by Wood Wood. Perfect for a mum/dad/kid partner look.
Just a few metres away, we also visited Mabba, one of my favourite stores at Bikini Berlin, where I’ve been buying my iPhone cases for a few years now. But they also have great products for Marlena, who is thankfully still a long way off owning her first smartphone! Under the label MY LITTLE MIRACLE, the wife of Mabba founder Matthias Balle, Janna, creates gorgeous dummy attachments and teething rings. We couldn’t resist! Marlena is now the proud owner of one of their lovely dummy chains, complete with golden and mint-coloured beads.
And last but not least, we also dropped by the Artek concept store, which is home to a charming shelf full of wonderful gift ideas for kids. Speaking of gifts – we were given the elephant mobile by Flensted from this store as a gift when Marlena was born. But I also got my eye on the Fingerprints colouring book and the little wooden robot. Fortunately, we know plenty of children we can give these wonderful kid’s items from Bikini Berlin to as gifts, otherwise Marlena’s room would be packed to the rafters!
It’s still relatively early on a Wednesday morning. I have arranged to meet Viktoria, who probably everyone who has ever been to Bikini Berlin will know. Well, not personally, but in the form of her beautifully illustrated lettering around the mall: or to be precise, on the many lovingly handwritten lollipop-shaped blackboards. This is an effective way of countering the rapid advancement of digitalisation making itself felt in every other part of our lives.
Viktoria tells me that she studied communication design and illustration at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology Georg Simon Ohm. She has always been interested in typography as designing letters offers so many possibilities. She enjoys the decorative and informative aspects of illustration, which is different to art, where the focus is usually on the self-referential.
We stop in front of one of the round blackboards. Viktoria pulls out a wide, white chalk marker from her see-through folder and slowly and intently starts drawing her first lines and dashes on the board. The typical lettering that defines the overall appearance of the Bikini Berlin mall starts to gradually emerge. She has creatively written the words “Funk You”, the name of a bistro in the mall.
When I ask her if she would describe her typographic work as art, Viktoria just shakes her head and turns the board over to start working on the back. Here a line, there a dash. What might look simple to anyone passing by, actually requires the utmost concentration, according to Viktoria.
She sometimes spends up to six hours at once in the mall, working her magic on the blackboards, but also store windows and escalators, or correcting and touching up work that has been smudged or wiped off by someone’s hand.
What she loves most about her job is the freedom, as well as the opportunity to work on commercial jobs in addition to her own individual creations. As I admire Viktoria gliding her white marker over another blank board, although she might not describe it as art, I decide that hand-lettering is an art form all of its own.
The store inside the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is offering an exclusive new edition of the traditional writing utensils.
For over a century (from 1841 to 1952), Berlin company S. Roeder OHG was synonymous with excellently made nib pens. They received requests for these new steel nib pens – which replaced quills – from all over the world. Business was booming, and the brand became a Berlin icon. But then came the Third Reich. Imposing a boycott, the National Socialists seized the Roeder family’s life’s work and handed the company over to a follower of the regime in 1939. Production of the writing instruments soon stopped, and the business started manufacturing military goods instead. The factory – which was moved to Silesia – became Polish territory and was subsequently pulled down. The family members who had stayed in Germany perished in concentration camps, while those who were living in exile abroad failed to return the business to its former success after the war ended. In 1952, S. Roeder OHG was shut down.
Moved by the family’s story and the demise of this traditional Berlin company, and at the same time impressed by the quality of their pens and writing culture, a communications expert from Munich purchased the brand rights to Roeder and initiated the revival of Roeder pens. The exclusive special edition of fountain and roller-ball pen has been given the name “Ellen”, in honour of the great-granddaughter of the Roeder founding family who died during the Holocaust.
The pens are produced by the Waldmann company in Germany, an attribute that has been acknowledged with the words “Made in Germany” engraved on the middle ring. The shaft is made of highly polished, black lacquered brass and the twist-off cap is made of solid 25 sterling silver, also smoothly polished, which can be kept shiny with the silver cloth inside the provided case.
Bikini Berlin has always merged history and modernity – the building complex from the 1950s was carefully revived with due consideration to the preservation of listed buildings. With the greatest focus on the mid-century modern design of the 50s era, an icon has been brought back to life. And on a smaller scale this process has now been repeated for Roeder pens as the Bikini Berlin owner and developer, Bayerische Hausbau, made the production of the relaunched writing implements possible in the first place. Bikini Berlin is selling these sophisticated writing utensils exclusively at the store inside the 25hours Hotel (fountain pen: €179, rollerball pen: €169) and we are delighted that this Berlin legend is now returning home to Berlin.
Especially in our digital age, holding a Roeder pen in my hands reminds me just how precious and creative the art of writing is. And also how much precision is needed to write something by hand, an art that we are neglecting far too much lately, preferring instead to type on keyboards or our mobile phone displays. The art of handwriting reveals our true selves, not only in what we write, but, above all, how we write it. Personal and on paper.
In China there is an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t ever throw away paper with writing on it because it’s bad luck – and an ancient Chinese proverb says that even the most faded ink is better than the sharpest memory. I agree: writing something down by hand is much more effective than reading it over ten times. I for one definitely plan to start writing more again – and to embrace the originality of my handwriting. I hope I’ve inspired you to do the same! Happy writing!
While the flâneur pensively strolls around the grey city, stopping every now and again to press his cold nose up against brightly lit shop windows, it gradually dawns on him that Christmas is just around the corner.
It’s not as if it has come as a surprise. Yet flânerie, the act of strolling, is the freedom of allowing yourself to drift along. Having a fixed date by which all gifts have to be bought and wrapped suddenly takes away some of this freedom.
So it’s high time to get wrapped up and set off on the annual search for gifts. Fortunately, BIKINI BERLIN has everything prepared. Here you won’t only find the city’s best gifts, but also the best gift-wrapping station. Which is back by popular demand – but with new visuals, this time designed by Zebu.
Zebu? Isn’t that a type of cow? Possibly, who knows? The Zebu we’re talking about is an artist duo who has designed wrapping paper featuring animal visuals in reference to the neighbouring zoo. You can either have your gifts wrapped for you, or try it yourself. Or you could always leave it to your little ones: we have set up a wrapping table especially for kids, where they can channel their inner creative.
With all his Christmas shopping wrapped up, the flâneur can now sit back and enjoy a tranquil few days of relaxation. A moment of enjoyment that deserves to be captured on camera. So why not grab a few animal magnets and round off the shopping experience with a selfie in front of the festive BIKINI BERLIN photo wall?
Christmas always seems to come around so quickly, don’t you agree? The hunt for gifts has already begun and to make sure we don’t find ourselves dashing round the shops at the last minute again, this year we’ve started our Christmas shopping early – at BIKINI BERLIN! And the best thing about it: we’re also giving away our chosen gifts in an Advent competition! In fact, we love our picks so much, we want to win them ourselves! We hope you like our round-up of gift ideas as much as we do!
It’s all in the wrapping and decorations!
For the decorations in the entrance area and the specially designed Christmas wrapping paper, this time BIKINI BERLIN is cooperating with ZEBU, an illustrator and artist duo from Berlin.
And as a nod to the neighbouring zoo, you can admire the charming, huge animal figures hanging from the ceiling in the area in front of the panoramic monkey window. Here you’ll also find a gift-wrapping station, where all your purchases can be gift-wrapped free of charge in the specially designed paper by ZEBU.
Unique gifts from Japan
We were immediately drawn to the window of Japan store Chaya. Here we picked out two little wooden figures wearing kimonos. And to round off the set, we also chose a wonderful tea caddy, green tea (of course!) and a traditional Japanese tea spoon.
You can enter our giveaway of the “Japan set” from 3 December until 9 December 2017.
Tropical and hygge vibes for your home
There’s a reason why our own studio is called Maison Palmė: we love anything tropical and green! At the Schwesterherz pop-up box, we discovered a palm print including picture frame, as well as velvet baubles and a fragrant candle for cosy winter nights.
You can enter our giveaway of the “Tropical set” from 10 until 16 December 2017.
Elegance for your office
If we had our way, we would only ever use the Roeder fountain pen to sign our names! Nothing beats the elegance of traditional writing instruments. Visit the shop at BIKINI BERLIN’s 25hours Hotel to discover the exclusive pens by Roeder.
You can enter our giveaway of the “Roeder fountain pen” from 17 until 23 December 2017.
Desk lamp for design lovers
We can’t visit BIKINI BERLIN without paying a visit to the . We love everything they sell here! But the limited Vitra RAW Edition Lampe de Bureau by Jean Prouvé was a real find. What an amazing desk lamp! We love it so much we even bought it for ourselves!
You can enter our giveaway of the “Prouvé desk lamp” from 24 until 30 December 2017.
On our big Bikini Berlin image shoot with photographer Charlie Engman from New York, stylist and fashion expert Andreas Peter Krings let us in on the latest fashion trends, explained the looks for our summer and autumn campaigns and also revealed why he enjoys shopping at Bikini Berlin so much.
Bikini Berlin: How do you come up with the looks? Can you explain it based on a specific example, like the striped layering look?
My starting point for the striped layering was the idea of a graphic look. The layering technique, stripes on stripes, simply resulted during the process: the different stripes also create different volumes and an exciting style.
Bikini Berlin: You opted for a Dries van Noten trouser suit. What is it that makes Dries von Noten’s designs so unique?
Dries van Noten’s ‘Ugly Wallflower Look’ is a nod to classic labels like Prada. Dries is all about strong prints, vibrant colours, and in particular colours that you think would never go together – a combination of orange and mustard-yellow, and here and there a print. Dries has the knack of making that look great.
Bikini Berlin: The look seems very unusual at first glance. What was your inspiration for this style?
This outfit experiments with the whole flamenco look: the dots on the scarf and also the frilled trousers can be seen as a modern interpretation of the flamenco. And the stool – with its reduced composition and linear object character – adds an effective contrast to the playful flamenco look.
Bikini Berlin: You also used colour blocking for this style. Can you explain the method in a few words?
Colour, colour, colour: pink with blue, red with pink, blue with red – but no prints. That’s the essence of the block look: it has to be plain colours without patterns!
Bikini Berlin: In another look, Rhys has been equipped with futuristic-looking gadgets. What was your idea behind that?
Our aim was to develop a ‘cyber cowboy’ look with a difference. We wanted to go beyond the usual technoid touch and create a really modern look with a mix of high-tech and retro.
Bikini Berlin: And finally, from your professional perspective, what’s the best thing about the Bikini Berlin shopping experience?
At Bikini Berlin, you can put together great styles by combining haute couture with streetwear looks – for example brands like Closed, Carhartt or Scotch & Soda with high-fashion and young designers. The perfect mix!
As you should never dine alone, I brought my friend Talisa along with me to sample our way around Bikini Berlin’s vegan cuisine for a whole afternoon. We had a lot of fun and felt like we were restaurant testers, assessing the preparation and presentation of the dishes with our trained palates and keen eye for detail!
Conclusion: I can happily reveal that Bikini Berlin is certainly not lacking in delicious vegan options! Let me present you with three of them in more detail here.
Snack attack: the perfect tofu sandwichWe started with a little snack at Spreegold, which has made a name for itself beyond Berlin’s borders with its unique breakfast creations. We went for the “Vegan Stack”, a slice of bread topped with avocado, smoked tofu, sesame seeds and rocket. But as a huge soy fan, I’m still always sceptical whenever I try tofu anywhere but at home. However, Spreegold managed to make it deliciously sweet and savoury at the same time! We also ordered a small portion of sweet potato fries that had the perfect crispy consistency, which isn’t always easy to achieve. A big thumbs up from both of us!
For all you guacamole lovers: TexMex at Chicano
After a little wander around my favourite stores like LNFA and Studio183, it was time for a proper lunch. We decided on the vegan bowl with lime rice, guacamole, kidney beans and sweetcorn from Chicano Real Burritos. It was prepared for us really quickly, but the extremely generous portion certainly didn’t feel like fast food to us. Quite the contrary in fact: the vegetables tasted extremely fresh and the guacamole was a real taste sensation! So if you’re looking for fast, but fresh TexMex food, you’ve come to the right place at Chicano.
Funk You: the superfood paradise
As Talisa and I both have a sweet tooth, we treated ourselves to a small dessert at Funk You. Well, it wasn’t actually that small in the end! We ordered two slices of vegan raw cake that are a lot richer than they look due to their high nut content. My Snickers-Bite was the perfect mix of delicious chocolate and sweet caramel filling. Talisa’s Bounty-Cake with coconut and chocolate tasted of summer and sunshine in the Caribbean! We also ordered two soy lattes for our coffee and cake break. So being vegan is definitely not a problem at Funk You. Our superfood also made us super full up so next time we’ll be sharing a dessert there!
I hope your mouth is watering with all this talk of delicious food. If not, I suggest you go and try out Bikini Berlin’s great selection of vegan dishes for yourself. As well as the eateries I’ve mentioned here, NENI, L’Osteria, and the Super Concept Space also offer a great choice of vegan and vegetarian options. So now you have the perfect excuse to work up an appetite with a spot of shopping! Enjoy!
It’s definitely here. And although everyone knows how cruel and depressing the Berlin winter can be, its harsh relentlessness catches us off guard every year. Gone are the days of carefree strolling down the city’s boulevards. Golden autumn and the last rays of sunshine soon become distant memories.
But why the constant lamenting? Don’t all seasons bring about a welcome change that keeps away monotony and boredom? And doesn’t winter especially give the flâneur the perfect excuse to take a step back and embrace cosiness?
When the icy cold wind is doing its worst outside, the best thing you can do is slip on a pair of Henrik Vibskov socks from the Adddress store and take a seat by the fireplace in this Mademoiselle rocking chair from Artek. This would also be the perfect time to delve into a good book; now where was that old, well-worn copy of Wuthering Heights?
As enjoyable as idleness is, the true flâneur will always be lured outside by the big wide world. This knitted sweater and lambskin jacket from Closed make every stroll cosy – even on the dreariest of days. Bikini Berlin is always worth a visit – and the perfect place for the enthusiastic flâneur to indulge in their passion during the winter months. But if you still believe staying in is the new going out and prefer to host gatherings in your own four walls, you should check out these Artek chairs.
After a brief excursion into the great outdoors, your hands will be freezing and your face half frozen. So what better way to warm up than with a hot mug of Kusmi Tea? See, winter isn’t so bad after all! And the best thing about it: as much as we love strolling our city’s streets, there’s nothing wrong with hibernating every now and again.
But if you can’t resist the draw of the fresh air, make sure you dress to keep out the cold. An undershirt from American Vintage and a cosy knitted jumper from Samsoe Samsoe will ensure you stay warm and elegant as you stroll your way through the Berlin winter.
It’s not only the fashion industry celebrating a 90s revival, but also Berlin’s more traditional stomping ground. Yes, the so-called “City West” has awoken from its hibernation! And it seems like the Pet Shop Boys’ number one hit is in everyone’s ears again: Go West!
A huge impulse for this change is BIKINI BERLIN. Its concept of being way more than just another shopping mall is inspiring and empowering for the City West’s transformation and future success. BIKINI BERLIN is an ever-changing oasis in the heart of western Berlin. With its regularly changing pop-up boxes, a variety of stores and labels can offer their goods inside the mall, including Japanese tea shop Chaya, Australian leather goods store Rust Sydney and Berlin interior design brand Fundamental Berlin.
If you need a break from shopping, you can easily pop out onto the terrace and soak in the fantastic views of the neighbouring zoo, or wander around the changing art exhibitions on the first floor. There are some big changes being made to the mall’s culinary concept: BIKINI BERLIN will be opening its new food market Kantini in January 2018. Visitors can look forward to a number of food concepts that will make BIKINI BERLIN even more of a unique destination for shopping, dining and culture.
And that’s not all. Even art cannot resist the inspiring atmosphere of the City West. The area around Berlin Zoo and the small streets surrounding it are really stepping up their game and many galleries have made the move from trendy Berlin-Mitte back to the west.
Want to immerse yourself in the world of photography? No problem! World-renowned photographers such as Sebastião Salgado, Will McBride and Danny Lyon are showing their work in a 2200 m² exhibition space just around the corner, at Charlottenburg’s “Amerika Haus”, which is also home to C/O Berlin. You can participate in numerous workshops, seminars and listen to artist talks.
Just a few minutes’ walk from Berlin's new art district, you will come across a truly breathtaking architectural gem. An art-nouveau-style mansion and a luxury hotel: the Hotel am Steinplatz. It was once a mansion, a grand hotel, a casino, a bar and a retirement home – and since 2013 it is once again a luxury hotel in a class of its own.
As well as exclusive rooms and suites, the hotel has a restaurant that is definitely worth a visit: the Restaurant am Steinplatz. Sneak a glimpse into the open kitchen while chef Nicholas Hahn and his team whip up a menu of mouthwatering dishes using only the finest, highest quality ingredients.
Time for a drink? You’ve come to the right place. The Bar am Steinplatz was recently awarded the “Best Hotel Bar of 2017” and they totally deserve it if you ask me! But a word of warning: don’t ask for a gin and tonic because the Bar am Steinplatz is Berlin’s first “gin-free bar”. But a double juniper or a variation of juniper spirits make pretty good alternatives. Prost!
You like what you just read? Then what are you waiting for? Let’s “Go West”!
Once summer has waved goodbye, when the leaves start to change colour and the first layer of fog settles over the city, the flâneur knows that autumn has arrived. But that doesn’t stop him from roaming the city’s streets. He elegantly drapes a scarf around his neck, facing the new season with a smile. Why not dress as colourful as autumn itself? Just because the nights are getting darker, it doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to…
If you get too caught up by summer’s warmth and sunshine, it’s easy to forget yourself and lose your eye for detail. The flâneur has made this skill his hallmark. With plenty of fine flair and good taste, he recognises greatness in small things, combining them to create whole new looks. Perfectly accessorised, for example, with this brightly coloured scarf from Chaya.
Autumn is the perfect time to take a stroll around Bikini Berlin’s architecture. To admire the spectacular show of fall foliage and the monkeys in the neighbouring zoo. To put on your best new outfit. To see and be seen. To stand out from the crowd. Just like this cool speaker from Cyberport – sleek and elegant, it not only looks good, but sounds it too.
The best thing about the chilly season is finally being able to layer up and wear lots of cosy clothes again. Like, for example, this trouser suit by Dries Van Noten, which you’ll find at our AM+ store. Or this coat from Samsøe Samsøe.
“Everything was better in the past.” A dreadful phase and stylistically speaking a poor intro to a text. But whether you believe it or not, there’s a lot of truth to this sentence..
But what used to be better in the past, you will no doubt be asking yourself? Well, just take the cinema, for example. While most people these days prefer to lounge on the sofa and stream the latest motion pictures illegally on their laptops or binge on Netflix, I still love going to the cinema.
Being swept up by the film, forgetting everything around me and immersing myself in a foreign world that is either fictitious or a reflection of reality. Just like Franz Kafka, who once wrote in his diary: “Went to the cinema. Cried.”
Yes, it’s true that the golden era of cinema, the 1950s, ended a long time ago. Flat screen TVs, DVD players, streaming providers, private TV channels and other technological innovations are regularly posing challenges for the dream factories and movie theatres of this world. But nevertheless, people are still queuing up in their droves at the box offices to watch sold-out film showings the good old-fashioned way.
Like at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema, for example, which also sprung up out of the ground during the heyday of motion pictures in the mid-1950s, and to this day (with a few interruptions and the reconstruction work after the Second World War) is the most well-known cinema in Germany and Berlin. In fact, the Zoo Palast, built as West-Berlin’s big cinema in 1957 by Gerhard Fritsche on the bombed Ufa-Palast at the Zoo, can actually look back on a long decline.
To begin with, the cinema was regarded as the hub of the Berlinale film festival. Countless high-profile actors and directors from all over the world such as Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have graced the red carpet here. But it gradually descended into a pseudo-multiplex and was almost demolished during cinema’s general demise in the City West. Fortunately, that never happened. Well, at least just in part.
But what are Hans-Joachim Flebbe and his team from the Zoo Palast doing differently to the gigantic multiplex cinemas that can meanwhile be found in every medium-sized city?
A few things spring to mind, such as the grand, elaborate light and music show, paired with what are probably the most comfortable cinema seats in the German capital. Or a dancer dancing under a wall of water to a song by Frank Sinatra, as well as live broadcasts from the best theatres in the world. All of which is enriched, of course, by the palpable history of the building and its glamour of bygone days.
At the reopening of the Zoo Palast in 2013, following three years of complex renovations, Dieter Kosslick, Director of the Berlin International Film Festival, said: “A lot has happened here at the Zoo Palast, and a lot will happen here in the future.” And he’s right. So, what better reason to start going to the cinema more often? And what better place to start than at Berlin’s Zoo Palast?
Life doesn’t always serve us everything on a silver platter, but at least we can count on Bikini Berlin to always serve up a fantastic array of delicious food.
When the streets are covered in brightly coloured leaves and the morning breeze feels fresh on our skin, we know that autumn has well and truly arrived. But before you allow the annual wave of melancholy to crash over you, don’t forget that autumn is also the best excuse to treat ourselves and do something for our wellbeing. And the best way to do that is from the inside, with good food! Look no further – Bikini Berlin has the perfect offer.
From an Indian summer to sudden storms and downpours, we need to be prepared for everything in autumn. Give your immune system the boost it needs at Funk You. Right in front of the panoramic window, you’ll find the healthy food specialist where only natural ingredients find their way onto the menu: instead of sugar, they use agave syrup as a sweetener, pasta dishes are wonderfully light thanks to zoodles (zucchini noodles) and the gluten-free cake is guaranteed to make you happy. And where better to sip a green smoothie than with views of greenery?
You’ll find the best breakfast at the Woodfire Bakery. Their hammocks and armchairs are the perfect spot to observe the giraffes as they awaken from their slumber. Sip a coffee from Five Elephant and lose yourself in the creamy consistency of the cheesecake. From the wood-fired oven, you can opt for a freshly baked croissant or crusty bread. Their extra-long opening times from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm give you the freedom to choose when you want to start the day.
The eating habits of Berlin’s inhabitants are just as changeable as the city’s weather in autumn. Whether paleo, vegan or vegetarian – Spreegold has the answer. Here the egg is celebrated in all its diversity: whether with truffle, poached, as an omelette or in the Oriental shakshuka bowl, all your culinary needs are covered here. Spreegold has made it its mission to combine variety with fresh ingredients, brightening up even the dreariest autumn day.
In honour of their Mexican roots, the founders of Chicano have set out to create the city’s best burrito. Here you can enjoy tried-and-tested family recipes, including their delicious salsa, as you daydream under Mexican palm trees. And when the autumn sunshine decides to make an appearance, you should head to Neni and make the most of Bikini Berlin’s huge rooftop terrace. The views over the City West with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the green treetops of the zoo simply never get old. Creamy hummus, whether with curry or beetroot, will leave you thinking you’re in the Orient for a moment. And next door, the Monkey Bar serves up refreshing drinks with mint. Let’s raise a toast to autumn!
We’re currently enjoying the beauty of a golden autumn and for many of us here in Germany it’s also the time of year to really let our hair down and party hard: yes, you guessed it, it’s Oktoberfest time! Which means it’s time to dig out those dirndls and lederhosen and head to the Bavarian capital because the Wiesn (the colloquial name given to the fairgrounds) is calling. For all of those following this call, here’s an exclusive nightlife tip exclusively for this season: BUSSI BUSSI BAVARIA.
On Munich’s Theresienhöhe street, right next to the festival grounds, Munich locals and beer festival fans are rounding off every evening at this year’s Oktoberfest by partying the night away at the lovingly refurbished pop-up club.
The wonderful premises of the former historical Pschorr beer cellar have been revamped for a one-off temporary period, offering Oktoberfest revellers fun-filled party nights with charming Bavarian flair. There are twelve bars on different floors and plenty of cosy seating corners where you can have a chat over a beer or two, or simply take the weight off your feet after all that dancing. And it goes without saying that the approx. 1500 m² large premises also offer enough space for a cosy beer garden.
“Munich locals visit the Theresienwiese site at least twice a year and when I parked here recently for the Munich Spring Festival, I thought to myself: Why is the building empty? That’s just not possible, we have to do something about it!” grins Franz Rauch, leaseholder of BUSSI BUSSI BAVARIA and a veteran of Munich’s gastro scene with cult locations like P1, Wirtshaus zur Brezn, Wirtshaus zum Straubinger and KNÖDLEREI on the Wiesn grounds.
“And since we’ve already been working with the Paulaner brewery for decades, it was obvious what we had to do.” No sooner said than done, BUSSI BUSSI BAVARIA was born – and it’s already legendary. The club will be open for dancing, partying and seeing and being seen until 1 April 2018. Once the Oktoberfest has drawn to a close, there will be numerous events including art and culture on the event schedule.
But the down-to-earth location can also be hired for private parties and company events – unforgettable experiences guaranteed! So what better destination than Munich for your next city trip? Either during Oktoberfest or afterwards…
“You said that you’ve lost me, I didn’t believe it, I’m expecting a new low for me, so I’m going home. Yeah maybe I could fight it, if only I had time to, but baby why, should I?”
These are lyrics sung by British duo Litany in their song “Flaws”, which plays out of the speakers as I wander around Bikini Berlin. And then a driving beat comes in that reverberates through the shopping mall. We’re all familiar with these magical moments: when we suddenly hear a melody that really touches our hearts. Even if we don’t fully understand the language of the lyrics that are being sung.
Music, after all, is very much a lingua universalis that brings people from all walks of life together. For example, a busker singing and strumming his guitar on a busy shopping street in a big city can instantly move complete strangers to tears with his own rendition of a classic song. And for that single moment in time, they all become connected by the power of music.
I take my smartphone out of my trouser pocket and try to recognise the next tune with help from the Shazam app. But I’m disappointed – no results. That’s when I realise that there must be a concept behind the Bikini Berlin shopping mall’s playlist and that it’s not just a random jumble of tracks.
A few days later I catch up with Tim from HearDis!, the agency responsible for the sound of the Bikini Berlin concept shopping mall. Tim is a DJ and music producer and he’s also responsible for marketing at HearDis! He tells me about the concept, how HearDis! started out and about the playlist I heard in the Bikini mall, which consists of hundreds of tracks. Tim explains how a good DJ mix works and how important music is for a successful retail concept that appeals to the customers in an all-round, multi-sensory way.
He also tells me that when putting together the individual music profiles, HearDis! takes a lot of factors into consideration including the times of day, days of the week and the seasons. And they try to appeal to the most diverse people and their pace of life and habits.
Suddenly we hear a faster, melodic beat. And a man’s vocals. Tim and I start nodding our heads, while I pull my smartphone out of my pocket. Once again, I try to find out the name of the track using my app: it’s “Haze” by NIHILS. A brilliant song. Just as brilliant as the playlist at Bikini Berlin. Listen out for it on your next shopping trip!
As a blogger, I surf the internet on a daily basis and the majority of my day is spent online with less and less time offline. Texts are written on our laptop keyboards, photos and videos are viewed on the screen and most people also read books and other texts digitally.
We are all so immersed in the online world that we’ve completely forgotten to live some of our lives offline too. When, for example, was the last time you had a proper book in your hand, observed the people or places around you with your own eyes and not through your phone, or even written something by hand?
It’s really important to me that I have a balance and come out of the digital world every now and again. I always write my to-do lists by hand, I own a small diary that I write all my appointments in and only ever read books of the printed variety.
I really enjoy writing things down, especially when I have a beautiful pen, notebook or diary – and Leuchtturm1917, which recently opened a box at Bikini Berlin, has the perfect offer. Here you’ll find a large selection of diaries, notebooks, sketchbooks and a lot more. Basically, all the things that make writing and drawing with our own hands so much more appealing.
And you can really get creative with the Leuchtturm1917 books: sketches can be drawn and notes can be made horizontally across the page or in an orderly fashion underneath one other. The dotted, squared notebook in particular is ideal for this as you can really let your creativity run wild.
A very special highlight in their pop-up box at Bikini Berlin is the fact that you can have your name engraved into your notebook. It’s up to you which product you opt for, whether vibrantly colourful or sleek in black. Whether A5, smaller or larger. The great thing about it is that the engraving is possible in different colours. And of course it’s also up to you what you want to have written on your personalised notebook.
As I want to use mine for my to-do lists, scribbling down ideas and as a diary, I had my blog name engraved in it – in silver. What would you choose?
We all love magical moments and out-of-the-ordinary surprises. Berlin’s nightlife offers all these things and more. But what if could bring these moments to BIKINI BERLIN? In cooperation with the iconic style magazine, for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out we are transforming our concept mall into a veritable wonderland and opening our doors until midnight for late-night shopping.
Stroll your way around contemporary fashion, spectacular lifestyle tech and unexpected culinary delights – and if you’re lucky, our fantasy wonderland might even make one of your wishes come true. Thanks to a whole bunch of tempting promotions in our stores and pop-up boxes, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
With her poetic lyrics and enigmatic sounds, virtuoso composer and singer Balbina will be providing the musical soundtrack for this special evening at BIKINI BERLIN. And we’ll be seeing her up close and personal: for the very first time, she will be performing with piano accompaniment and background vocals only. Balbina unplugged: a premiere at BIKINI BERLIN!
And as well as her music, we’re also huge fans of her inspiring, unique style. Prior to her performance, Balbina has put together a selection of her favourite pieces from BIKINI BERLIN, meaning you can recreate her individual Balbina look yourselves: with shades from Mykita, headphones from Teufel, ankle boots from Adddress, a brightly coloured handbag from Mabba and a glasses chain from Studio183, all brands that come directly from Berlin.
And if you can’t get enough of the exhilarating atmosphere in our Bikini Berlin wonderland, we recommend you these elegant headphones from our Teufel shop. Pop them over your ears and even your commute on the Berlin underground will become a magical, ethereal experience. Once you’re home, you can let the sounds float freely through the air with a Bluetooth speaker from the AM+ store.
Presenting itself offline for the first time, the online grocery store for artisanal food products GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER (which is German for “We always have to eat”) is currently selling its wares in a pop-box at Bikini Berlin. Under the motto “Summer time is BIKINI time”, the team from GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER is presenting their finest selection of culinary treats and drinks until 4 September. We caught up with the two founding members Philipp and Bea to chat about the background, idea and visions behind GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER. Find out more about the start-up and what you can buy from them in our short interview.
GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER – the name of your company couldn’t be more fitting! Who and what is behind your start-up? How did you come up with the idea of establishing an online grocery store selling a hand-picked selection of food items? And who thought up the name?
Bea: GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER has meanwhile been around since 2015, we recently celebrated our two-year anniversary. Actually, when I come to think of it, that’s an incredible achievement! Back then we were just in the starting blocks of fulfilling our dream of selling good quality, artisanal food items from small-scale producers online. And by we, I mean Philipp, Friederike and I.
Before founding the company, we gained our first e-food experience with deinBiogarten.de, which ended up laying the groundwork for the beginnings of GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER. Back then we were only starting to understand the significance of a curated artisanal grocery range that is delivered throughout Germany. And obviously the fact that we were close friends and all shared the same passion for good food paved the way for our own start-up.
But we’re no longer a small team: we’re a lovable bunch of passionate professionals who discover great new food products on a daily basis. And this is also where our name comes from: we all eat every single day, but often without really asking ourselves what it is that we’re eating and where it actually comes from. By guaranteeing product quality and passing on our background knowledge, GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER is all about making people value and appreciate the food we eat in our everyday lives in a more mindful way.
You sell very high-quality gourmet foods, both on your website and also here in your pop-up box. Did you grow up in the countryside or where else does your passion for homegrown and organic-certified food come from?
Philipp: I’ll answer this one! You guessed correctly: I do actually come from the countryside and my family has a long tradition in agriculture and forestry. For quite a few years I’ve been taking care of our pastures in the Dahlener Heide woodland in Saxony, together with my brother: we breed cows and it’s so much fun! So of course being this close to livestock farming and food production sharpens my awareness. But I believe that our passion for special, artisan products also has a lot to do with the fact that all three of us have always lived for good food – and sharing it with other people.
Your product palette ranges from spirits like beer liqueur from Bavaria down to fresh organic fruit and vegetables. We read on your website that you sample all your products yourselves. That sounds wonderful! Can you tell us how many products you currently stock in total? Do you have a bestselling product you’d like to tell us about? Do you know all of the producers personally? How do you find such excellent ones?
Bea: We meanwhile have around 600 products in our range. But we also differentiate between private and corporate customers: by individual agreement, we deliver organic fruit and vegetables to business customers in Berlin. Our private customers can buy dry products from the online shop, drinks included. Every customer has their own favourites and buys them in large quantities and regularly. Personally, I’m a huge fan of our range of spirits. It’s fantastic!
Philipp: We do actually aim to get to know the producers in person, and in the best-case scenario we like to visit them and taste their products. We find many of them ourselves, or they’re recommended to us by our business partners. This is the only way we can guarantee that only the very best food products find their way into our assortment. And only then can we build a bridge between the product, producer and end consumer and make food retailing less anonymous.
Your goods are available to buy offline for the first time this summer – at a pop-up shop at Bikini Berlin. Have you ever thought about opening your own bricks-and-mortar store? How is your BIKINI time, as you call it, going so far?
Bea: Of course it’s a topic that keeps cropping up. When it comes to food items especially, it’s always nice to hold them in your hand before you buy them. Or chat to the sales assistant to find out more. But primarily we’ll always still be an online retailer and want to sell food on the internet. That’s why we try to appeal to our customers online in the same way with our detailed texts and photos. And in spring we had a little warehouse sale. It was really great to get to know our customers and very interesting for us! So, in summary: the warehouse sale and also our BIKINI time have been brilliant experiences that we’ll no doubt be repeating.
Huge thanks to Bea and Philipp for chatting to us. We’re massive fans of their gourmet pop-up box here at Bikini Berlin. Visit GEGESSEN WIRD IMMER at their pop-up box here at Bikini Berlin until the beginning of September.
My first article for Bikini Berlin. How exciting! So, who am I, you’re probably wondering? My Instagram and blog name is “Marina the Moss” and I’m a Berlin fashion and lifestyle blogger, or influencer as we’re known these days. Which brings us to the subject I want to focus on today.
My job largely consists of presenting fashion. On more or less a daily basis, I showcase the latest trends and pieces by the most varied brands on my different social media channels. So, of course this means I have a constant stream of various clothing from the most diverse labels, styles, price categories and qualities, which I either buy myself, am lent, given as a gift as part of a cooperation or just get sent without even being asked. And when I’m unpacking all these parcels, sorting them or combining outfits, I do often contemplate my own consumer behaviour and society’s consumer behaviour in general.
In many cases, fashion has become a consumer good with a short half-life. The term “fast fashion” springs to mind here. Production costs that have been optimised down to the very last factor, knowledge about changing perceptions, fast-moving goods and exchangeable, easily replaceable clothing have all opened the door to unbridled consumerism for the mass market.
Which is actually a real shame. We’re not thinking enough about our purchases or making deliberated choices. Wouldn’t it make more sense to cherish and appreciate each individual piece of clothing, to pay more attention to the quality and ask ourselves whether we’ll still like and wear it in the long term? Of course that doesn’t by any means exclude cheaper pieces by the well-known big brands. Probably half of my favourite pieces fall into this category and are treasured and well looked after. However, you do often notie a difference in the durability and haptic if you’re looking at higher price categories or smaller labels.
But if you’re not in a position to produce such an immense volume and are making it easy for customers to consume quickly and without much thought thanks to your exchange guarantees, you need to ensure there aren’t any faults in the clothes you sell, regardless of whether they are low-margin or high-margin products. The result is longer-lasting fashion, both in terms of quality and style.
A good example of this is LNFA at Bikini Berlin. In her concept store, “Live Network Fashion & Art” Sevil Oguz offers over 60 different designers a platform on which to present and sell their fashion. This is the ideal place to find a long-time favourite, a unique garment that is mostly the result of lots of heart and soul and a well-thought-out concept. And the sales assistants here have time to really embrace their roles: advising me on this particular day was assistant store manager Leonardo. He was able to provide me with details about each and every designer and piece and therefore create an emotional attachment to each one. A real shopping experience as opposed to mass shopping sprees.
And it’s precisely this full package I want to advocate: making fashion an experience and therefore valuing it more. Of course this isn’t feasible for everyone, whether due to a reasons of time or money. Nonetheless, introducing the notion of conscious consumerism wouldn’t just be a huge success for the fashion industry, but also for the environment and our own well-being and conscience.
A rainy June and July are often followed by a sunny Indian summer. Bikini Berlin is at its best when the persistent rain showers finally stop and each floor is bathed in a warm light: the mid-century icon of the City West is embracing the return of the sunshine and our stores are showing off their latest collections as proudly as a sun-kissed Mediterranean tan. For the city flâneur, this is the perfect time to celebrate the warm temperatures in style with a drink on our rooftop terrace. After getting off to a slow start, the Berlin summer is by no means over here at Bikini Berlin.
Speaking of mid-century: Bikini Berlin dates back to the mid-50s, which is why our summer campaign is also referencing elements from this era. Collages in pop-art style are imbuing the shopping experience with fresh inspiration: sunglasses by Mykita? Belts by Bagatt? A cactus vase by Artek? You won’t find anything comparable on the bustling shopping street Ku’damm. The heart of Bikini Berlin prefers to beat to its own rhythm, somewhere between 1950s reminiscences and an endless summer.
But before we continue waxing lyrical about summer and Bikini Berlin, it’s time to focus on what we really wanted to say here: awaiting you on every floor of the concept shopping mall are the ultimate summer fashions. After all, we need to look our best if summer is pulling out all the stops for us. But how? Perhaps with the pink shirt dress by Samsøe Samsøe? A striped look by Closed? The fashion world is your oyster this summer...
So how apt that Artek recently invited us to a networking breakfast – basically like a little school reunion among interior enthusiasts – in their concept store at Bikini Berlin. At a little table in the middle of the store and over delicious coffee and tasty snacks we chatted about Scandinavian design in general, and of course Artek.
New technologies are increasingly changing the way we live. And thanks to digitalisation, the ways we dress and shop are also changing. Fashion and technology are gradually beginning to complement one another: smart fabrics, innovative ideas, new trends, 3D prints, wearables, LED lights, biotech, to name just a few examples.
A pioneer in this field is the entrepreneur Lisa Lang with her Berlin company ElektroCouture. We visited Lisa at her studio in Kreuzberg on Tempelhofer Ufer to find out about the future of fashiontech, her day-to-day challenges and the new collections that are currently being showcased at Bikini Berlin (from July 4th-8th).
Tell me a bit about yourself. What’s your background? How did ElektroCouture come about?
Well, the funny thing is that I don’t even come from the classic fashion sector. I went to fashion college for precisely one day. Then I studied media and arts and before that I trained to be a photographer. During my studies, I decided to get into programming. I studied at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart, which has a very interdisciplinary focus anyway and follows the philosophy that the artist is an artisan, and the artisan is an artist. That’s why we have a Bauhaus poster hanging here in the studio! So basically, as far as my career path is concerned, I’m more a jack-of-all-trades. But my goal has always been to understand the bigger picture.
And as for how ElektroCouture came about, the best way to describe it is an adventurous journey. I asked myself the question of why I, as a major technology nerd, couldn’t find anything to wear that looks good but is also smart from a technology point of view. Either you wear something that looks nice but isn’t smart, or you wear something smart and end up looking like a robot or a disco ball.
There simply weren’t that many cool fashiontech designs three or four years ago. So I took a leaf out of Pippi Longstocking’s book and decided to make a world according to my own needs! I had a full-time job here in Berlin, working for an American software manufacturer and in around 2014, I started looking for something that would evolve into today’s ElektroCouture and also be financially viable at the same time. And now we’re sitting here (laughing).
What challenges do you face in your everyday work?
We are working in the context of fashiontech and need fashion technologists who don’t even exist yet, i.e. they’re not coming from the universities, which is why we started training them ourselves with our Fashiontech Academy. That means we always have to first take a few steps back before we can move forward because we have to train the people first.
And then in terms of scaling and manufacturing, there is another key challenge in that many big companies are deterred by the fact that there aren’t any manufacturing standards for fashiontech. But I’m currently developing the first concepts with the German Institute for Standardisation and the European Union.
Is Berlin a suitable location for smart fashion and fashion tech?
Yes, of course. Everything goes here. The good thing is that the ivory towers aren’t as high as elsewhere. Generating an innovation in fashion and materials is quite a bit more difficult in Milan, New York or London because there is no access to it there. In Berlin everything is punk rock, basically everything is amazing to begin with and everyone is super creative for some reason. Berlin’s advantage is that it’s not “the” fashion or technology metropolis.
Let’s talk about the collection you’re exhibiting at Bikini Berlin during Fashion Week. What can we expect to see there?
We’ll be showing a varied selection of different designs from all over the world to present the complexity of fashiontech. After all, everyone has their own unique response to it. And that’s the wonderful thing about it, that everyone can tell their own story. On the one hand, we have the Marlene Dietrich dress, of course.
But I’m also very proud of our three guest designers from Bangkok. Together with the Goethe Institute Thailand we trained the first generation of fashiontech designers last year and the top three received a grant to exhibit their designs here in Berlin. Their handiwork in combination with technology is pretty incredible. And there are also natural textile innovations on show too of course, such as an interactive dress with 3D print. We just want to show the huge bandwidth and the different styles of fashiontech as best we can. And finally, once again anything goes in the world of fashion!
Reward your energetic morning run with a well-deserved sundowner on our rooftop terrace – here at Bikini Berlin, we believe that sport should always be combined with a bit of indulgence!
When nature starts to reconquer the city, we know that summer has finally arrived in Berlin. As the loud, early-morning rumble of the dustbin lorry fades away, it’s replaced by a cheerful twittering of birds. Blowing in the gentle breeze, the bedroom curtains seductively cast light and shade onto the wall. It’s warm, the sun’s rays are tempting you outside. Time to get out of bed and into your running shoes! Take motivation from the brightly coloured sportswear collections at Bikini Berlin! Or what about a sprint through the park with the weekly running group from THE NORTH FACE?
While the air is still fresh, but the sun is already quite powerful, it’s best to keep your head covered. Thanks to its sleek design, this black and white cap from THE NORTH FACE is not only adjustable, but the mesh also makes sure the sweltering heat doesn’t go to your head. And if your inner couch potato is protesting too loudly, you can simply block it out with headphones from TEUFEL.
Even if there were enough room for a smartphone in this sporty shoulder bag from CARHARTT, you could easily leave it behind in the office when you set off for your lunchtime jog around the park – provided you have this fitness tracker from SAMSUNG on your arm. The smartwatch with GPS, available to buy from CYBERPORT, reliably tracks your route, distance and speed, but doesn’t bother you with your e-mails.
Whether you’re planning on climbing Berlin’s Teufelsberg hill or the dizzying heights of the mighty Matterhorn, with a rope and carabiner from MAMMUT you’ll always be safely harnessed. And their range of rucksacks also offers plenty of room for storing those all-important provisions.
Why do we love the City West so much in summer? Because there’s no better place to sip a Negroni as you watch the sun go down than Bikini Berlin’s rooftop terrace. And now that the days are at their longest, it’s definitely the place to be. Inspired by the Californian lifestyle, you might even be tempted to skate off into the candy-coloured sunset. On this skateboard by GLOBE – also available from our VANS store – these slip-resistant sneakers by VANS will guarantee you’ll have a firm footing.
If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll know that I love discovering new, up-and-coming labels and sustainable brands and sharing them with my readers. Bikini Berlin’s Studio183 and LNFA stores are the perfect places to do my research. I took a look around these two concept boutiques for you, picking out my fashionable favourites and chatting to their founders to find out more.
Studio183 originally started out as a pop-up store, but has now become a firm fixture of Bikini Berlin. Unlike in other boutiques, here both young and established designers are given their own rail. And hanging above each one is sign showing the name of the label and a short information text. This gives the labels a fantastic opportunity to present their collections to a wide and varied audience in the best company alongside other aspiring creatives.
Katrina, the founder of Concept Gallery, explained the concept to me: “We rent out garment rails to a lot of partners on a long-term basis. But some designs are only presented at our showroom for a certain period of time. This makes Studio183 the perfect platform on which to test, for example, how first collections are received by customers. This is a one-off opportunity, particularly for international designers who are trying to establish themselves in Germany.”
Many labels meanwhile approach Katrina directly. But to find new faces she also does her own research at ateliers, design markets and small boutiques. She also uses Instagram to present a wide, exciting portfolio of fashion, jewellery and homeware to her customers.
Of course I jumped at the opportunity to try on a few outfits and discovered my new favourite look: a pair of wide trousers and a top by sustainable zero-waste label Farrah Floyd. The soft fabric and loose, yet extravagant tailoring make this a perfect outfit for my next Fashion Week!
And just a few steps away, I move on to my second stop: the creative design platform LNFA. Ever since Bikini Berlin opened, the store has been an integral part of the mall. Since relocating to new premises within the concept mall, it is now all shiny and new – in the truest sense of the word! At the light and bright premises, between rows and rows of clothing rails, I am welcomed by Sevil, the founder of LNFA, in a small, bright seating corner made up of old wooden pallets.
LNFA offers its customers a varied curated, international selection of exciting creations, also sorted by designer. “We’re always in close contact with our customers, which enables us to filter out the style directions that are currently on trend. We started out with a very avantgarde style but our store meanwhile has more of a Nordic vibe coming from Denmark, Estonia and Finland. And due to the high demand, we are focusing more on Scandinavian influences.”
Colourful eyecatchers are a must in any fashion store. While browsing, I come across some really out-there designs by Cool Shit from Spain (which, by the way, is otherwise only sold at Colette in Paris) and Breaking Rocks from Holland. As an advocate of fair fashion, I quickly find some great pieces, such as by the sustainable fashion company Luxaa from Leipzig. And August from Estonia, a label that I hadn’t heard of before, works with ecological materials such as bamboo silk.
The boutique now also has a second-hand area, also a response to the many requests from customers. Here you’ll find everything that your vintage heart desires and pieces that have what it takes to become real favourites, in keeping with LNFA’s motto – “We have a favourite item for everyone!”
You will find these two curated stores on the first floor of Bikini Berlin and, in addition to their offer of fashion, jewellery and interior items, they both also regularly organise public events and workshops.
Spreegold was one of the first cafés where I used to regularly meet my friends for brunch when I first moved to Berlin, which is why I’m so happy that they’ve now also moved into the concept shopping mall. The popular breakfast and brunch spot opened its doors at the beginning of April with a new, interesting concept over three floors and a stylish loft vibe!
Spreegold at Bikini Berlin is not only perfect for a short break from shopping, but also the place to come for a quick snack to-go, a long lunch, a cosy dinner, a spot of work in the spacious workspace or an after-hour drink on the terrace!
The focus is on freshness and originality at Spreegold, which is why the restaurant not only serves up fresh drinks such as their popular power smoothies, but even has its own bakery where they make delicious baked goods and homemade pasta every day. But if you think you’ll have to wait ages for a freshly cooked meal, you’re mistaken because they’re not only speedy in the to-go area on the ground floor – within less than ten minutes we had our food and drinks on the table and everything was excellent as always!
If you’re already familiar with Spreegold’s dishes, then you’ll know that everything is made and presented with love and that’s also the case here. As well as their well-known dishes, there are also a few new creations in the to-go area. But my highlight is the all-day breakfast. Which means, for example, that I can also enjoy my beloved poached eggs with creamy truffle sauce in the evening – on the rooftop terrace with views of the sun setting over Berlin. Delicious!
The aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air of the Artek concept store. “The speciality of Concierge Coffee is our espresso,” their barista Ronald tells me, while he happily conjures up a heart in the frothed milk of my cappuccino, after letting the espresso flow through the stainless-steel coffee machine for 25 seconds. But perhaps conjuring is the wrong word to describe what Ronald does. To be honest, it’s actually more akin to art and impeccable craftmanship. Concierge Coffee serves up the perfect coffee, far from the jumbo cups full of foamy milk you usually find elsewhere.
Artek, which stands for art and technology, was founded in 1935 by Aino and Alvar Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The founders were inspired by the idea of establishing a modern way of living. They represented new aesthetic ideals for everyday life and championed the synthesis of different arts in architecture, design and urban planning.
And the brains behind Concierge Coffee follow a similar ideal: to make Berlin’s best espresso. If you don’t believe me, you should come and try it for yourself. I’m sure it won’t be your last visit!
New jewellery label Pukka Berlin set up shop at Bikini Berlin at the beginning of May. The young Berlin label was established by three friends who come from three different corners of the world, a factor they incorporate into the creation of their jewellery. Pukka Berlin is all about experiencing the everyday magic of each small moment and striving for a better, more beautiful way of living.
The word “pukka” itself comes from Hinduism and means “genuine” or “authentic”. But it can also simply mean “very good”. And the jewellery by Pukka Berlin is exactly that. Here the focus is on quality but, at the same time, their prices are also very fair. The look isn’t overpowering, but understated, adding subtle finishing touches to every outfit. There are currently three different collections, each inspired by a different country.
At the pop-up box opening at Bikini Berlin last week, I had the opportunity to take a closer look. And I definitely recommend you come and see the fantastic pieces for yourself. You have until 31st July 2017 to shop the label here.
The opening itself was wonderful. Over delicious drinks from Bombay Sapphire and food from L’Osteria delivered by Foodora, we had the chance to browse the jewellery at our leisure and find out more about the label from its three founders. Incidentally, all three of whom are men, which you might not expect from a jewellery label for ladies. In my opinion, they’re doing a great job and definitely appealing to women’s tastes.
After all, less is simply sometimes more. So, with that in mind, Pukka Berlin certainly has what it takes to become a favourite.
Whether sneakers, sandals or stilettos: let’s be honest, we all love good shoes and especially when words like ‘handmade’ and ‘Made in Italy’ are involved. Italian shoe label Premiata is the perfect example of a label that offers both! And the good news is that their shoes, jackets and accessories are available not only from their flagship in Milan, but also here at Bikini Berlin from their only store in Germany. We spoke to the store’s manager Thomas Wendt to find out more.
Who or what is Premiata?
The Premiata label is owned by the Mazza family who has been committed to the handcrafting of leather shoes, clothing and accessories ever since 1885. Premiata has been consistently further developed over the years and collaborates with different brands as well and running two of its own vineyards.
What makes Premiata so special?
Premiata is synonymous with the highest quality and a unique design – the fine art of handcraftsmanship and creativity. And all pieces are strictly limited, only one of each leather jacket is available in each size in Berlin and Milan. And the shoes are only available in small quantities too.
What kind of materials does Premiata use?
Mainly leather – but when it comes to sneakers, we also like to try new materials all the time, e.g. denim or rubber, always in the best quality and innovative. The soles are Vibram and the new trekking line contains Goretex elements. All the leather shoes are sewn rather than glued together.
How does spring/summer 2017 look for Premiata?
Brilliant, as always! We’re drawing inspiration from different elements such as glam, rock and ethno for our collection, which we’re sure everyone will love.
What do Bikini Berlin and Premiata have in common?
We are both creative, high end, unique and not afraid to take risks. That’s why we chose Bikini Berlin as a partner. And of course we love your beautiful rooftop terrace!
Can you describe Premiata in just three words?
Heart, quality and passion.
What’s your personal favourite item of the current collection?
I have several but I think the leather jackets are my current favourite: they fit perfectly, developing a beautiful patina the more you wear them. As soon as the jacket comes into contact with the heat of your body, it adapts to your shape. Attention to detail like a sewn-in shoulder strap in case you get too hot and need to carry the jacket around with you are a matter of course at Premiata, a label that really thinks of everything.
Have we inspired you to invest in a new pair of shoes? Come on over to Premiata at Bikini Berlin and snap up one of their strictly limited, one-off pairs or treat yourself to a new jacket or accessories for the new season.
You have until 30th April 2017 to come and admire the amazing origami installation by Mademoiselle Maurice here at Bikini Berlin. We met up with the French artist in her hometown of Marseille to have a chat about her work and see her impressive origami skills in action.
Marie, how would you describe your work in one sentence?
If I had to describe my work in just one sentence, I would say I create installations amidst the greyness of big cities using hundreds, or even thousands of folded origamis in rainbow colours to give a piece of nature back to the city.
Where does your passion for origami come from?
Japan! I was there for a year, in 2011, and it was during the time of the severe earthquake, which triggered the devastating tsunami. I experienced all of the grief, fears and worries of the people at first hand. Once I returned to France I wanted to send out a message and began folding origami figures, just like the people in Japan, and presenting them in an artistic way. I wanted to provide answers to all of the questions asked during these difficult times and give the people hope and encouragement for the future.
What’s the significance of the colours you use?
I only use rainbow colours, it’s like they have become my trademark. In the big wide world out there, so much is gloomy and grey. In the big cities you hardly see any flowers, no brightly coloured tropical birds, there’s not very much light. My rainbow colours are the colours of nature, yellow is the sun, blue the sky – and they have always symbolised harmony and peace. Just picture the flag of the PACE movement, for example. That’s very important to me. Nelson Mandela spoke about the “Rainbow Nation” and by this he meant that we are all the same, even if we might look different, have different skin colours or come from different cultures. But we should all live together in peace and harmony.
As well as your street art consisting of origami on the most diverse of buildings, you’ve also worked for Louis Vuitton and Issey Miyake – and now for Bikini Berlin…
…yes, and I’m so happy I’ve been given this opportunity. Bikini Berlin is a unique concept and a public space, which fits in very well with my street art concept because I want to create installations for everyone, for the public. It’s really exciting to be able to work with so many origamis for Bikini Berlin! Every piece of paper I have folded is unique and all of them together result in one big picture, because only together can we achieve a goal. I also love the fact that every visitor to the mall can make their own contribution and make the whole thing even bigger.
Yes, our visitors can fold their own origamis and add to the artwork themselves. Can you briefly explain the concept of your installation for us?
The installation is entitled “When the sky meets the earth” and consists of two components, a ceiling and a floor installation. To the observer, it looks like these components have been turned on their heads. The elements of the installation are flying cubes and a flock of origami birds which are connected by the choice of colours. Visitors will see a big colour gradient in my rainbow colours. My aim is to break up the monotony of winter and herald the start of spring.
Wonderful! And in keeping with that we are starting our “Adieu Tristesse” campaign. Spring is here, the grey and gloomy season is finally over. But I have one more question for you Marie, do you have a personal life motto?
Yes, and it is: understand – love – protect. It’s important to understand things because only then can you love them. If we understand each other, we can love each other and be there for each other. That applies to people just as much as the relationship between people and nature. But a peaceful coexistence in all aspects should be everyone’s aim in life.
Thank you very much for talking to us, Marie.
Spring has finally sprung in Berlin and it’s time to pack away our winter clothes and make room in our wardrobes for new spring outfits. If you’re looking for some new-season style inspiration, I have two cool looks for you that work just as well during the day as they do in the evening.
For these two springtime outfits, I’ve focused on two cult pieces: the classic Vans and the overall from Carhartt. We usually associate Vans with skateboarding and a sportier streetstyle. And the first thing that springs to mind whenever Carhartt is mentioned is workwear. But there’s so much more to these two brands.
A pair of Vans, for example, can be worn with jeans for skateboarding but also work really well with a glam dress. This makes the look more playful and girly and it not only looks the part as everyday wear, but also in the evening when you’re out meeting friends.
And the classic Carhartt overall, on the other hand, can be combined with a chic pair of high heels, which automatically ups the elegant factor. Wear a simple white T-shirt over it and, in addition to the high heels, you can also pair the denim overall with a white blouse for an extra touch of sophistication.
The merriment of Christmas and the euphoria of New Year are followed year after year by a real test of endurance, also known as the Berlin winter. An unwelcome season that is known for being very cold, very grey and very long. But doesn’t that make the very first rays of sunshine and warm days of the year all the more enjoyable for us Berliners? Does our springtime joy not grow exponentially with our winter frustration? We definitely think so, and this is what gave us the idea of expressing the joys of spring in an especially uplifting springtime campaign.
Under the motto “Okay winter, we’re done with you”, Bikini Berlin is bidding farewell to the cold season and welcoming the installation artist Mademoiselle Maurice who lives in Marseille. Maurice’s art turns grey cities into a sea of colourful origami that wonderfully represents the arrival of spring. An invigorating effect that can be experienced at Bikini Berlin until 30th April. “WHEN THE SKY MEETS THE EARTH” is the title of her installation, which is immersing the ceiling and floor of Bikini Berlin into a spring-like blaze of colour consisting of thousands of origami cubes and birds. And like a lot of things in spring, the brightly coloured artwork will also thrive and grow. Following the instructions, visitors can fold their own origami birds and therefore become part of the work.
And for the more ambitious origami fans among you: according to an ancient Japanese legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes (千羽鶴, Sembazuru) will be granted a wish by the gods. If we go by Mademoiselle Maurice’s illustrious collaborations, which in addition to Bikini Berlin, also include Louis Vuitton and Issey Miyake, we’re sure she’s entitled to quite a few wishes by now!
We have Haute Couture from France, Alta Moda from Italy, and if you think that’s already it, then you’re entirely wrong.
Amsterdam Couture is the new thing, and behind this synonym is no brand less, than dutch top brand Scotch&Soda.
Since 2011, our favorite durch label is conquering Berlin in the center, but now west Berlin as well. For a few weeks now, Scotch&Soda is ready to present it’s casual chic mens– and womenswear in our most loved Berlin mall, the Bikini Berlin.
Conquering our hearts with beautiful and highclass fabrics and cuts, Scotch&Soda definitely knows how to charm and satisfy us. With classic elements and urban trends, the collections are speaking up for themselves as they shine through a bit of retro chic and original unique prints.
No matter stripes, dots or floral patterns, the dutch label offers multiple choices and tastes of clothing for everyone, and the ability to combine several pieces to an all perfectly styled look for our days.Touching our look up with some signature „Barfly“ scent, our day is ready to take off through an adventurous day.
Go and have a look into our new favorite Store while you stroll around the city. You shouldn’t miss taking a look through the great windows from the store.
It’s spring time! Is there any better occasion than updating our wardrobe? We doubt it, and we know exactly where to go!
We already found our it-pieces. Did you yet?
If you’ve been to Bikini Berlin, you’ll know all about their cool pop-up boxes! In my opinion, they are one of the core elements of the concept shopping mall because this is where Bikini Berlin provides its visitors with an abundance of inspiration, as well as giving young designers a platform to present themselves on. The pop-up boxes change every few weeks, meaning that you always get the chance to discover new labels! Since the beginning of February there have been a few new additions, which I decided to take a closer look at for you.
I’ll start with the artist Nina Nolte whose pop-up box instantly catches my eye as soon as I walk into Bikini Berlin. The reason for this is her colourful, pop-art-style paintings! Inside the box itself you’ll also find more minimalist paintings, but always with a particular themed focus: women! The female of the species is at the foreground here and portrayed in the most diverse of situations. The Art Lounge will be here until the end of April – and it’s definitely worth a visit!
Another new addition to the boxes is the Cashmere Sisters. Their mission is to reinterpret classic cashmere and create modern pieces of a high quality. The first-rate workmanship and little details instantly caught my eye – I couldn’t help running my fingers over the garments, the material just feels so amazingly soft. The accessories, including scarves and hats, also look really cosy! I’ll definitely be paying them another visit and investing in a few of their items, what about you?
I’d actually already heard of Merci Handy before I visited their pop-up box! The Parisian brand creates practical cosmetics such as hand sanitiser gel and moisturising hand creams, packaged in brightly coloured little bottles – a real must-have for beauty fans! By the way, the handy sanitiser gels aren’t only available in different colours, but also a wide range of feel-good scents. My firm favourite is Black Vanilla. Hand disinfectant has never smelled so good!
From tight-fitting and voluminous to flared and twirly – at the Bikini Berlin store of Milan label Labo.Art I not only discovered the ultimate everyday basics, but also brand new shapes to flatter my own body type. I took a look around the store on your behalf and tried on a few of their designs.
The first piece I chose to try on was a midi-dress with shirt collar and button placket on the neckline. What makes it so special is that the style of this dress isn’t influenced by individual body shapes: whether it’s being worn or still on the hanger, the firm fabric retains its feminine tulip shape and swirls around the body in a unique, flattering way.
I soon realised that shapes are key here: Labo.Art is constantly experimenting with new silhouettes. And also with colours. Ludovica Diligu, the label’s designer, likes to draw her inspiration from architecture. The result is uniquely tailored pieces that aren’t only available in the basic colours black, brown and white, but also in warm red or vibrant yellow.
After teaming the midi-dress with a long coat, the second outfit I put together was a pair of straight-cut culottes and a cosy woollen jumper with stand-up collar. Both in the colour “Atlantic” – a very dark blue. Thanks to its clear design and high-quality fabrics (Labo.Art uses cotton from the renowned Italian weaving mill Zegna), this look was incredibly modern and minimalistic!
Whether you’re a jersey fan or a minimalist, or you’re looking for clothing that is both comfortable and unique, I recommend you come and browse the huge selection of colours and silhouettes hanging on the rails at Labo.Art. You’re sure to find the perfect outfit!
Covering an area of 171 m², the flagship store impresses with its timeless, smart-casual men’s and womenswear, shoes and accessories. Its design and architecture concept reflects the minimalist, yet nostalgic Scandinavian mentality and stands out with clear lines, sophistication and cool style elements.
The small atelier deep in the west of Berlin looks very unremarkable from the outside: a cream-coloured building with two glazed doors. But as soon as you enter the premises of leather goods maker mabba, the relaxed family atmosphere is instantly obvious. The label has been growing slowly but surely ever since it was established in 2008. Matthias Balle, whose mother and future sister-in-law both work at the atelier, is here to meet me, along with his pug Bobby who plods his way across the wooden floorboards before taking a nap in between the scraps of leather.
In his atelier, which he describes as being quite messy, but in my opinion actually has a charming, creative feel to it, Matthias Balle tells me how he came up with the idea for his label: when he couldn’t find a decent case for his first Macbook in 2008, he promptly decided to make his own. “Back then you could only get those neoprene cases but I thought my expensive laptop deserved something of a higher quality.” So he headed to his local leather dealer and bought himself a grained specimen in black, from which he made the very first mabba laptop case with the help of his mother. “But of course the motor of our household sewing machine immediately packed up because the leather was too thick. I had to turn the wheel by hand while my mother sewed, stitch by stitch,” he tells me.
But the hard efforts paid off: Matthias Balle’s friends were so impressed by the first prototype that they began placing their own orders with him. After investing in their first professional Singer/Pfaff sewing machine, the Balle family continued producing from home.
Mobile phone cases and covers are wonderfully displayed inside the store, and in the window the perfectly crafted and well-designed leather handbags, which mabba have meanwhile added to their assortment. Despite the high quality of the products, which are all made by hand in Berlin, mabba’s prices are surprisingly reasonable: you can buy a shopper from 199 euros, Macbook cases start at 70 euros and iPhone covers from 30 euros.
The cute key rings by mabba also make the perfect gift: in the shape of cats, hearts or teddy bears, they are cut out of the leather sheets using metal forms that are reminiscent of cookie cutters.
We spoke to designer Itamar Zechoval, this year’s curator of Bikini Berlin’s “Look of Fashion Week” about his career, the German capital and what he loves about Fashion Week.
How did you get into fashion and design?
Here in Berlin I started out as a fashion designer creating collections and customised orders, mainly for singers and performance artists such as Bela B., Marius Müller Westernhagen and Marilyn Manson in L.A. Over the years, my work became more and more individual with a focus on creations ordered on request. In addition to pure fashion outfits, I began creating more costumes, for theatres or musicians – outfits for the entire stage crews. I create mini customised collections, not just single shirts or jackets. I am also working more for the film and music industry. I create film costumes, am responsible for entire shows, advise film projects and design sets for video clips.
What makes Berlin, as the location of your atelier, so special for you?
Berlin is pretty versatile. There are so many things you can do here, from artistic work to fashion business projects. There’s a lot of freedom and it’s okay to do things in a certain rhythm, a different rhythm to the one I know from my years in Milan or Shanghai. The city is very comfortable so there is no constant pressure. The only thing is: you need to be very disciplined and self-motivated. In Milan or Paris, the first thing people ask is what you do for a living, but people here aren’t really bothered. But you need to be progressive to name your brand and achieve success. You need to set your own goals. But that’s an advantage in this disadvantage here: it’s all in your own hands. At the end of the day, fashion is a business (with a lot of processes like the construction of a collection and its promotion and you need to work hard on this).
So let’s talk about your “Look of Fashion Week”: what made you choose these pieces in particular? What was your inspiration behind these items?
It’s all in the mix! I really like structured clothes so I took this very structured vest. It felt very studied but also very extravagant, it’s like a combination of a corset and a vest, I love the cut. And then, taking inspiration from Berlin, I found a pair of leggings with paint splashes on them and super heavy boots to add another contrast. It’s a reflection of my personal taste, which is very constructed, and the weather in Berlin – when I had to choose the shoes I wanted something furry and warm. And, as a small accessory, a clutch which, in contrast to these heavy boots, is very feminine. So it’s a bit of a crazy mix I have chosen.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
In the past it was always either fashion design or creative works for films and music. Now it is both – I do not want to decide between the two, I want to do both. For me 2017 will be really exciting because I will be able to see my projects for the film and music industry growing and I hope the mixture between all genres will be great and versatile.
And for Fashion Week? What is your personal highlight?
What I love during Fashion Week are the exciting people who flock to Berlin and can be spotted on the streets and in restaurants, especially in Berlin-Mitte where I live. Everyone really dresses up to the nines – it’s like a big playground and a whole lot of fun. Berlin is not that serious in many aspects, which is very charming. They all come here for the same reason, to get inspiration, to be part of this special fashion hub here in Berlin. It’s a kind of get-together of different but like-minded people who share the same interests. There is a very creative and special atmosphere in the city. I really love it.
Itamar, many thanks for the lovely chat. And for your styling of the “Look of Fashion Week”, which our readers can come and see until Saturday. Great work!
Playful postcards, pastel-coloured home accessories and detailed calendars – the pop-up box of odernichtoderdoch is a stationery lover’s dream come true! What started out as a passion for beautiful things and a blog has meanwhile become a company that Joana Heinen runs together with her husband Niklas from their headquarters in Münster. Their growing Instagram fan community is proving the couple right and almost 20,000 photos with the hashtag #odernichtoderdoch show how the many odernichtoderdoch products are beautifying people’s lives.
We caught up with Joana Heinen, the founder of odernichtoderdoch, to chat about taking the plunge into the offline world, her personal favourite products and her plans for 2017.
Bikini Berlin: Where does the name odernichtoderdoch come from?
Joana Heinen: Odernichtoderdoch is a song by MIA. – who used to be my favourite band back then. In English, “Oder nicht, oder doch” means something along the lines of “Should I, or shouldn’t I?” It’s perfectly reflects this chronic indecisiveness we all have in a life full of opportunities and choices.Bikini Berlin: First your blog and then the online shop – what made you decide to sell your products offline too?
Joana Heinen: Our focus is very clearly on the online world, but our customers regularly expressed the wish to hold our products in their hands or browse them properly in real life. That makes sense because they are made to a very high quality and offer a lot of adorable little design details that are hard to bring across on photos. So we made it our task to also create this online world and the feeling we want to transport in an offline setting.
Bikini Berlin: You and your team are based in Münster, why did you choose to set up shop in Berlin?
Joana Heinen: Although Münster is a student city, the stores here are still very conservative. There aren’t any concepts for young companies who want to briefly try out the whole “offline” concept. Berlin offers companies like us precisely the environment that we need to further develop and try out new ideas and approaches.
Bikini Berlin: Who came up with the interior design concept for your shop at Bikini Berlin?
Joana Heinen: The interior concept wasn’t as easy as we first thought it would be. We wanted it to be light and friendly and reminiscent of a beautifully decorated teenager’s bedroom – without looking too overdone or chaotic. Professional, but not boring. Decorated, but not cluttered. Armed with our mood boards and ideas, we then sought professional assistance from a team who contributed experience and expertise to give our ideas the finishing touches and turn them into a reality.
Bikini Berlin: Which shop – after your own, of course – is your favourite at Bikini Berlin?
Bikini Berlin: Your products aim to make people happy – which of them makes you particularly happy?
Joana Heinen: Our adventure planner – which is currently in its second edition. There’s so much love invested into it and it’s quite significant because it was our first big product and we had to overcome a few obstacles took until we reached that point. But all the positive feedback we’re getting on it makes me really happy.
Bikini Berlin: Which products are being particularly well received by your customers? What are your bestsellers?
Joana Heinen: Our calendars are doing really well – in all forms. We try to design our products to be playful and pretty but still practical so people can while away the time, but also work with them.
Bikini Berlin: As well as a large selection of stationery products, you meanwhile also offer cushions, cookie cutters and towels – what new products do you have planned for 2017?
Joana Heinen: In 2017 we want to take more of a cosy textile direction: more towels, more cushions, perhaps blankets or bed linen. A lot is planned – but nothing has been confirmed as yet. You’ll just have to wait and see!
Bikini Berlin: What is your wish for 2017?
Joana Heinen: For 2017 I hope to continue to have such a great and creative community to support us on our way and inspire us to come up with new ideas. If that remains the case, then I couldn’t ask for anything more!
Bikini Berlin: Thanks so much for the interview, Joana!
When icy winds, rain and perhaps even the first snow are making themselves felt outside, it’s time to hide away in our own four walls. But we don’t have to feel like we’re missing out because there are plenty of ways to make things lovely and cosy inside! With cosy cushions, a blanket and the obligatory hot cup of tea, we can admire our new interior accessories from the comfort of the sofa. But what are they this season? And where will you find the most beautiful décor items at Bikini Berlin? That’s what I’d like to show you today…
Whether Moroccan fig or Madagascan vanilla, this winter we’re setting the mood with fragrant diffusers for a cosy atmosphere. Depending on how intense you like it, you can simply add or remove reeds from the glass. The elegant diffusers from the “Czarina Collection” by Charisma, as well as a selection of soaps and candles, are on sale at Bam Berlin.
The must-haves for cold winter evenings: colourful cushions and blankets from Odeeh. To bring a splash of colour to plain-coloured sofas during the grey season, the designers are focusing on eye-catching combinations like orange and green. But there are also designs for the black-and-white fans among you.
And if sleek and modern is your preferred style, you’ll love the porcelain cups by Berlin designer Anna Badur. Her white and cobalt-coloured “Blue Sunday” series is perfect at all times of the day – whether for your morning coffee or tea time in the afternoon. Also modern and an important interior trend in 2016 are the space-saving macramé plant hangers by California Dreaming. Originally known as hanging baskets, the designs are perfect for small apartments and hanging plants. You’ll find both items at Studio 183 on the first floor.
My top discovery of the season? The label Fundamental Berlin, which has temporarily set up shop in one of the pop-up boxes at Bikini Berlin. They not only stock filigree holders for trendy hanging plants, but also the most beautiful DIY decorations that you’ll find anywhere this season. The geometric “Fragments” can be folded as you wish and give, according to the designers, “a touch of timeless mathematics”.
But that’s not all: you’ll find decorative wooden birds to perch on your shelf at the Artek concept store, cosy, Moroccan-style rugs at Yellow Curated and copper-coloured liquorice bonbons at Lakrids.
When it’s this cosy, we don’t mind if winter stays around for a little while longer!
Melanie, Stefan, how would you describe your work in a few sentences?
How long have you been working together as Stills & Strokes?
What are the typical sources of inspiration for your works and installations?
You developed three designs for Bikini Berlin’s very own wrapping paper. Can you tell us a bit about each design?
What exactly goes into the creation of these designs?
To what extent do these three designs reflect Bikini Berlin?
Is the type of installation that we’re currently seeing here at Bikini Berlin new terrain for you?
What makes Bikini Berlin stand out for you – what do you personally like about it?
The focus at Bikini Berlin is currently on gifts and perfect gift-wrapping. How do you wrap your own gifts at home?
A pop-up store by Adidas has opened at Bikini Berlin – but it’s not just your regular kind of store. Under the motto “Knit For You”, you can design your own customised sports sweater made of merino wool and then have it made right before your eyes. I took a closer look for you and can already reveal that I’m really impressed by the whole experience...
Before you can begin with the design, you have to register. You get a little booklet with a QR code, under which all details of the design process are saved, to ensure that the finished product can be assigned to you at the end. Once you’ve completed that part, it’s time for the creative fun to begin: the designing. In this case, designing doesn’t just mean choosing a visual to be printed on your sweater. It’s a whole lot more interesting than that! Inside the store there’s a small, dark “virtual reality” room with a square marked on the floor in the middle, which you have to stand in. Once you’re standing in the marked area, you’ll have a template projected onto your body. Depending on where you’re standing in the square, this template will change. You can also slowly move your right arm over your upper body to change it yourself. And moving your other arm over your upper body allows you to delete part of the design. You have a total of 60 seconds in which you can move freely around the marked-out square. During this time, one design every second will be saved, meaning that you will have a total of 300 to choose from at the end. The more you move, the more diverse these designs will be.
This is just the first step, now you have to browse the 300 options on the computer to find your favourite design and the one that you will choose for your sweater. Using a control dial you can go through all the designs and print out your favourites as photos to help you make your decision. I printed out the three prototypes that I liked best and placed them next to one another on the table. This helped me to make a decision relatively quickly. And you can also have the number of the minute in which you made your decision integrated into the design. There’s also a countdown of the minutes that have passed since the store opened. I decided to do this, which is why my sweater features the number 20901. And this will also be different for everybody.
But creating the design isn’t the only highlight at the Adidas “Knit For You” store. What I personally found really impressive was the body scanner. You can also have your sweater knitted in “Body Fit”, i.e. to fit your exact measurements. Of course you can also simply opt for the sizes S, M or L, but if they don’t fit you perfectly, you should take advantage of the “Body Fit” offer. And that’s what I did, as I wasn’t too happy with the S or the M.
So I entered the body scanner, in which you have to stand very still for five seconds, dressed only in your underwear. During these five seconds, the body scanner takes your measurements. For example, the length of your arms and your upper body, the length between your shoulders and of course also your waist. Based on these measurements, the sweater is then tailored precisely to your figure. For me, this meant my sweater was slightly longer, as were the sleeves, because my measurements were somewhere between S and M. As soon as I picked up my sweater I tried it on and I really love how it fits me.
So once you have your design and know which size you want to have your sweater in, all the details will be saved in the QR code of your little booklet. These details are then passed on to the knitting machines and your individual sweater is created. All of this happens at the pop-up box itself. Within just a few hours your sweater will be ready and can be collected from the store – or you can have it sent to you by post. The knitting machines carry out the rough work, and in-store seamstresses are on hand for the precision finishing, such as turning up the hem and sewing it down.
Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you which colours the sweater is available in: the current choice is between black, grey and coral red. But the colour palette will be changing approx. every three weeks so there’ll be plenty of new variations to choose from.
Overall it was a great experience. I think it’s a brilliant idea because you end up with a totally unique, bespoke sweater that you were involved in making. At 250 euros, it doesn’t come cheap, but the whole experience, the uniqueness and the high quality of the sweater definitely justify the price in my eyes. It’s not a mass-produced product, after all, but one that is ‘Made in Germany’ – or made in Berlin to be precise.
So why not visit Bikini Berlin and check out the Adidas pop-up store? You’ll be able to see the sweaters and the creation process for yourself and also watch the knitting machines at work!
I’m definitely a tea girl. While others can’t survive a single day without coffee, I’m all about the tea! I love the flavours, beautiful tins and aromatic taste. So, this explains why one of my favourite stores in Bikini Berlin is Kusmi Tea. And not just because they have such wonderful varieties, but because I also have a very personal connection to it.
Kusmi Tea has Russian roots, just like me. My father is half-Ukrainian/half-Russian and I grew up with the Russian language and traditions. Whenever I visit my father, we finish off our meal with a cosy tea-drinking session.
One of my favourite Kusmi Tea blends is “Prince Vladimir”, which I gave my father for his birthday a few years ago. He thought it was great that there was a tea named after him! But I’m currently loving Kusmi Tea’s latest tea creation, the limited-edition Christmas blend for 2016. Please allow me to introduce: Tsarevna.
For its 150-year anniversary, Kusmi Tea has brought out a blend that is, well, exactly my cup of tea! Not only is it their first black tea so far, which tastes so good with its festive spices and orange flavour, but the word Tsarevna means “daughter of the Czar”. And I have another connection to the Russian Empire: I’ve written a children’s fairytale about the childhood of the Czarina of Russia, Catherine the Great, incidentally a German princess, who moved to Russia after spending her childhood in the town I was born in, Zerbst.
So, as you can see – Kusmi Tea and The Kaisers are the perfect match. This is why my favourite place in the run-up to Christmas is on my sofa with my Russian doll cup (also from Kusmi Tea), drinking Tsarevna or one of their many other lovely blends. Who says Christmas has to be stressful?!
And because there’s so much to discover inside Studio183, the store’s interior design is left understated: a few simple clothing rails on which the fashions can speak for themselves, white display blocks for the jewellery, a shelf for the interior items. The walls are adorned with art posters, which can be purchased, and there are a few minimal-looking plants positioned around the space. Otherwise the store is open and bright and gives customers plenty of room to look around at their leisure.
The labels you’ll find at Studio 183 include first collections by young designers, as well as established names: Steinrohner, Marcell von Berlin, Temper Berlin, Studio Gampe and Assembled Half, whose creations always fly off the shelves.
Basically, it’s always worth your while paying a visit to Katrina and Mark. But you should make sure you bring a little time and plenty of openness to new ideas – because what you’ll find here goes beyond the realm of ‘off-the-peg’ fashion.
It begins in October with a slight feeling of exasperation. The flaneur is suddenly seeing the same in every shop window he passes. Something that seems out of place so early in the year: Christmas.
Outside, the colourful leaves are still falling from the trees, while red, green and gold are already making an appearance inside the stores. And the flaneur starts to ponder. Questions pop into his head like: Isn’t it a bit early? Do we always have to have these kinds of decorations? Why can’t Christmas be different, isn’t there another way of looking at it?
Perhaps this is possible if we explore the nature of giving gifts. What the dictionary very matter-of-factly defines as “a voluntary transfer of property from one individual to another, made gratuitously to the recipient”, actually means a whole lot more to us as individuals. It’s about making the people you love happy. After all, you’re not just giving them any old thing, but something that you have chosen to suit them and their personality. Something special. But the art of giving gifts isn’t just a way of expressing affection; it’s about making an effort for the recipient. Which is why it goes beyond the actual gift itself: a good gift is also perfectly wrapped and presented.
This idea became a starting point for Bikini Berlin’s festive brainstorming: the gift-givers have already shopped their gifts – what they need now is the perfect wrapping paper to wrap them up in. And so the idea of presenting our customers with a new wrapping paper design every Christmas was born.
For this year’s debut, we asked Berlin artist duo Stills & Strokes to design three spectacularly eye-catching wrapping papers. But you’ll be looking for traditional designs in vain. There are no Santa suits, white beards, sleighs or reindeers in sight here. Inspired by American pop-art icons like Anselm Reyle and Jeff Koons, the glossy surface is another of the paper’s highlights.
The poppy designs take on somewhat of a poster function and enter into a dialogue with the shoppers and passers-by. By the time they come to wrap their purchases at the latest. At the central gift-wrapping station, visitors can give their gifts a personal touch by wrapping them themselves – or have them professionally wrapped for them. Children have their own area to get creative in: their very own wrapping table.
And the flaneur? With a sense of satisfaction, he smiles to himself. At Bikini Berlin, the festive decorations aren’t just decorative. There are still people out there who think outside the box and go beyond the norm. And so, yes, it is possible to rethink Christmas after all.
We’re currently in the full throes of autumn, my second favourite season, because I love the transition after the hot summer months: when the leaves gradually start changing colour, that icy crispness in the air, putting the heating on for the first time, getting cosy and snug and having the perfect excuse to sort out my wardrobe! Time for new favourite pieces and cool autumnal trends. And because I can’t get enough, I set off on a search around Bikini Berlin for more fantastic favourite pieces and fashions – this time in the jewellery category…
As soon as it’s time to dig out my thick knitted jumpers from the back of the wardrobe, I prefer to opt for dainty items of jewellery like filigree necklaces and thin rings with small motifs – for me, less is definitely more! At Studio183, for example, I discovered a few great rings with playful details and gorgeous earrings by Thonyn Zack.
And that’s precisely what I love so much about autumn: styling accessories in new ways and putting together out-of-the-ordinary combinations! I also found the body chains by Ariane Truisi at the Studio183 Concept Gallery.
Pantone 18-1340. This colour code, which might sound rather dry and clinical, is actually quite the opposite: it represents one of this season’s warmest trend colours. Whether at Tibi, Trussardi or 3.1 Philipp Lim, the brown with a rusty red undertone is appearing on coats, bodywarmers and silk dresses.The vibrant earthy tone – known in expert circles as ‘Potter’s Clay’ – is perfect for combining with all other colours of the autumn and winter palette, but also goes well with black. And it looks great in a head-to-toe look.
It goes without saying that the stores at Bikini Berlin have incorporated this trend colour into their collections so I’d like to present this season’s must-have items to you! Let’s start with accessories: two pairs of sunglasses from Mykita and comfy sneakers from Bensimon.
Ideal for those who want to cautiously experiment with the colour before dressing in it head to toe. And they also happen to be the perfect companions for a sunny autumn stroll!
And for cosy autumn days, you can opt for the snuggly knitted jumper I spotted at Groove and just had to try on right away. I teamed it with a white petticoat and tights, but a pair of skinny black trousers would also look the part.
The leaves are turning yellow, brown and red and we’re desperately clinging to those last warm rays of sunshine during the golden hour. Yes, autumn has arrived in Berlin.
For me personally, it’s always hard to say goodbye to the summer, even though autumn is a time we should really look forward to and embrace, especially from a fashion perspective! After all, it’s finally time for parkas, jumpers, boots and scarves!
And to ensure your transition into autumn isn’t only warm and cosy but also fashionable, I’ve picked out my ultimate five must-have items, which will hopefully be of some consolation to those who are missing the long, hot months of summer!
At CLOSED I found this wonderful khaki parka, which not only protects from the elements, but is also very much on trend. With its great cut, fashionable design and comfortable fit, it keeps me warm and cosy, whatever the weather.
Under the parka I like to wear my favourite sweater from GANT. The pattern of the grey knit is a true classic and it keeps me nice and warm when the temperatures start to drop. Pair this soft, cosy jumper with a lightweight scarf and you’ll be ready for whatever the day brings!
In combination with a pair of the new cognac suede VANS, this outfit is perfect for an all-round autumnal look that experiments with the colours of nature, which are very much in fashion this season.
Autumn is here so the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. I haven’t quite begun embracing this new season yet, but fortunately there’s plenty to look forward to – such as cosy hours snuggling at home on the sofa with neverending mugs of hot chocolate and tea. And the fashion world is also ensuring that we welcome the arrival of autumn with open arms.
Once again there are a lot of new trends waiting to be discovered this season. Thanks to the huge variety, everyone will find the ideal look to suit them and is guaranteed to look anything but boring. I recently took a look around Bikini Berlin to browse the hottest new shoe trends and have picked out my absolute favourites for you. Of course there are lots of recurring fashions that are more classics than new trends so I have chosen three completely different shoe models, which I’d like to present to you below.
I spotted my first favourite shoe trend at Manila Grace. These shoes instantly caught my eye as I walked past the store so I had to go straight in and take a closer look. The black shoe with glittery rhinestones is bound to turn heads and has what it takes to jazz up even the simplest of outfits. Shoes with striking details are ideal if you usually only ever wear minimal, plain outfits. They don’t have to be combined with other flamboyant items – just pair with your trusty wardrobe basics for a cool look.
Chelsea boots are not so much a trend, but more an absolute classic. And I came across a particularly good-looking model at the Closed Store at Bikini Berlin. I especially like the colour because wine red is a great alternative to the black boots you see everywhere. They really go well with everything, which makes them the perfect everyday must-have for the autumn months.
I’m a huge sneakers fan and I wear them almost every day. So for that reason I have to include a pair of sneakers in my rundown of the top new shoe trends. But classic white sneakers can’t really be classed as an autumn trend, which is why I set off on the search for a unique model. I found what I was looking for at Bagatt, where I discovered this cool pair with fur. They’re definitely different and quite daring. Thanks to their fur trim, they look incredibly cosy, which in my opinion makes them ideal for autumn.
In a time when the world seems to be spinning faster on its axis and the majority of people are rushing from A to B in the hustle and bustle of modern life, the art of strolling, dawdling and sauntering offers a welcome counterpole.The flâneur has something that many people covet: control over their own time. They take the time and use it to soak up their surroundings. This is also how they get to where they’re going. Mostly long before those who allow themselves to be rushed.
It was Walter Benjamin who significantly shaped the idea of the flâneur. In his collection of notes entitled Passagen-Werk (Arcades Project), Benjamin developed the concept of “flanerie” as a special form of urban perception and elevated the flâneur beyond idle dallier status, giving weight to the idea of the dandified thinker and flamboyant character.
And so it’s very apt that, according to Benjamin, it was apparently good form for flâneurs in the mid-19th century to stroll around with a tortoise on a lead – whether to set the pace for a particularly leisurely walk, or to clearly demonstrate that one wasn’t in the slightest rush.
We’re also going to be travelling to some colder areas, places where it will be winter when we’re there, such as Nepal and Japan. A warm coat that doesn’t take up too much room is therefore essential. I opted for the Thermoball™ jacket from The North Face because it offers a synthetic alternative to down insulation but keeps you really warm, and can also be stowed away in the built-in pocket, meaning that it’s ultra-light and really small. Another plus: it even keeps you warm when it’s wet.
Something I hadn’t even thought about is a secure wallet with RFID protection. This prevents unauthorised access to your credit and bank card data (which is meanwhile possible without anyone even touching or looking at your cards), all thanks to a little innovative aluminium case. This small helper by Secrid protects my credit cards from data theft and fraudulent use. Spotted at the Promobo pop-up box.
Perhaps it’s a blogger thing but, but I’m sure all you camera enthusiasts out there are exactly the same: we always take far too many photos when we’re travelling! To make sure they don’t slow down (or, heaven forbid, crash!) our laptop and before we save them in the cloud, we invested in a high-performance, portable hard drive from Cyberport. Two terabytes might seem a lot, but we want to make sure we have enough space for videos and RAW format files too. And to ensure our gadgets don’t run out of battery while we’re enthusiastically snapping away, we’re also packing a power bank that can charge up to three mobile devices at the same time via a USB port.
I’ve also got my eye on a foldable rucksack from The North Face, as well as a GoPro, which I spotted at Cyberport.
We are so excited to be here with you, and you can’t imagine what an honor it is to have you here! You’re such an incredible artist and definitely an icon for the fashion industry.
How did you come up with the idea of using paper as a fabric?
I’m educated as a cheramist and sculpture, and after a while I thought „maybe fashion could be fun“. So, I started to have my own brand for like 5 years and after that, or during that period, I was experimenting with different fabrics, for example: salad, you know the one you’re eating.
After that I started to try doing it with paper, and I thought that me and paper are going along very, very, very well. So that’s how it all started. I finally found my material sixteen years ago.
Is there a method to the madness when it comes to work with paper? I guess there’s a big yes, so could you name us a few?
„Oh yes!“ she giggles and smiles.
„Paper is very fragile, and if it’s touched by people who are not aware of the usage with paperclothing, the logistics can be very, very difficult. My Team and I are very common with the way of how to lift them, transport them etc.
Of course there’s the aging of paper. You can’t keep a clean white forever. You can’t do anything about it. White will get yellow, red will get pink, so this is one of the more difficult things about it.
Stitching paper is way different than stitching normal fabrics. I had to kind of invent new techniques of how to combine the fabric to one another and how to make them hold just like normal textiles.“
We did a little research about you, and we found out that you had a 8 month internship at Stella McCartney. What did you learn there and do you think it shaped you as a human?
At Stella, Well, I really learned from her that it doesn’t matter how rich you are, what a big star you are: you can always be polite.
She was saying hello to each and everyone of her workers in the studio. She’s such a kind person, who wanted to buy us breakfast if we wanted to, and she is very much funny! She is so nice and just an amazing human being.
What’s interesting about her is that she has so much power in the things she’s doing, but still stands her ground. She has strong morals and ethics which mirrors in her collections, in her way of work, and in the way she wants to spread a message. Not only to her employees, but also to her customers.
Could you identify yourself with some of Gaga’s viewpoints? Because you are both strong, independent women who definitely have something in common when it comes to art and fashion.
Absolutely. To be brave and take risks. To be strong and confident, not just with the things you do, but also with yourself and your body.
You should not certainly go with the flow just because everybody does. Listen to your heart and stand for your opinions.
I worked with Björk as well, and she is just like Gaga, a truly powerful girl, with a huge kind of sexual power, but in a different way.
And I think when it comes to my fashion, the garments need a powerful person in them to really live.
Do you have some advice for younger people who are struggling with some kinds of personal issues, insecurities in order to improve their way of being themselves.
Breathe. You have time. There’s no rushing to learn in any handcraft.
No matter what you do: it doesn’t come over night. You need time, and you need time to be patient with you.
You should not stress yourself. Invest your time and energy and projects and work hard because there will always be people who’re going to question you. And that’s good – because you learn about yourself!
Thank you so much Bea. It was so nice to have you here and be inspired by you! We wish you all the best.
… this headline might sound like the beginning of a fairytale, but it’s actually a summary of the first Friday in October at Bikini Berlin. And it was indeed a very magical day so the fairytale comparison isn’t actually as absurd as it first sounds!
“Haute Papier” – this wonderful play on words perfectly describes the creations by Swedish artist Bea Szenfeld, a collection consisting of whimsically beautiful paper gowns made using a pair of scissors, tape, string and thousands of sheets of regular A4 paper. The handmade costumes have been worn by performers including Lady Gaga and Björk, as well as dancers, singers and musicians from the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. 15 artworks from this collection are now exclusively being presented at Bikini Berlin until 29th October. The exhibition includes the wonderfully striking photos by photographer Karolina Henke, showing, for example, a ballerina swinging on an ostentatious chandelier, musicians from the Royal Opera posing between hundreds of suitcases, and the ensemble’s singers, musicians and dancers wearing Bea Szenfeld’s paper designs…
The exhibition was opened exclusively by Queen Silvia of Sweden as part of her state visit to Berlin. But before that she was taken on a tour of Bikini Berlin, which included stopping off at the Swedish pop-up box “Borås Stad”, a box concept that has brought a conglomerate of different Swedish designers to Bikini Berlin. You can visit them here until the end of February 2017.
A seminar entitled “Facing the Fashion Paradigm Shift – The Relevance of Sustainability” accompanied the opening, presented by the Swedish embassy, Bikini Berlin and the Swedish Institute to a number of invited guests from the fashion industry. The event was hosted by a very charming Rolf Heimann, the founding director of the hessnatur Foundation. Speakers included Professor Rebecca Earley from the University of the Arts London and the Chelsea College of Arts, the Sustainability Director of Filippa K, Elin Larsson, Sustainability Manager of H&M, Hendrik Heuermann, and Professor Valentin Rothmaler, the President of Esmod Berlin International.
Without pointing their finger in an accusatory way, all of the speakers sensitively drew the audience’s attention to the topic of sustainability in fashion. It was reported, for example, that there still aren’t enough customers taking advantage of the H&M Group’s offer – of dropping off unwanted items of clothing at their stores when making a new purchase – despite the discount this entitles them to. And the sustainability concepts being offered by Scandinavian label Filippa K are also impressive: in selected cities the label is running its own Filippa K second-hand stores with unwanted Filippa K items that customers have brought in before buying new pieces by the label. And under the title “Curated Wardrobe”, Filippa K is also compiling a selection of key pieces that environmentally aware customers should have in their wardrobes as basics – for a wardrobe that is simple rather than excessive. To ensure that these items are properly looked after, the label is offering its own line of textile care products like the Organic Fine Wash and Fabric Care Detergent.
And of course a lot of other inspiring labels that produce sustainable fashion were also showcased – whether rain jacket, jeans or trend items. From the conversations I overhead during the breaks, it quickly became clear that the event encouraged a lot of people to rethink the topic of sustainability…
All in all, it was a wonderful day full of art, fashion and royal glamour – captured on film for you below.
On 8th September the eighth Vogue Fashion’s Night Out took place in the German capital and of course Bikini Berlin participated, opening its stores until midnight.For the event, Bikini Berlin was transformed into a glamorous Night Circus from 7:00 pm and offered its visitors a one-off shopping experience. Not only did the stores stay open until midnight, but lots of great offers and promotions also kept the crowds of shoppers happy. There was plenty to discover in the stores and the concept mall itself, but a real highlight was the photo shoot with star photographer Joachim Baldauf.
Yellow hasn’t exactly been one of the most popular or sought-after colours in the past, but it’s currently developing into this season’s fashion trend statement! From dazzling to mustard-coloured, from the catwalk to the street styles of the fashionistas, we are seeing yellow tones in all shades and styles. Up until recently I personally didn’t have a single yellow item hanging in my wardrobe. But since I discovered Nisi’s Lisbon photos of her in an adorable yellow summer skirt, I can’t get this sunshine colour out of my head! So to provide you with some inspiration and summer vibes to take you into autumn, I took a look around Bikini Berlin for you and picked out my favourite accessories and items of clothing in the on-trend hue of 2016:
And I also found some cool sunshine-coloured must-haves for the men amongst you! As well as yellow accessories like wallets and its classic hats, Carhartt is also offering jumpers and tops in the trend tone. Vans is concentrating more on the understated variation: mustard-coloured, almost beige sneakers made of suede.
But if you can’t really see yourself making such a bold fashion statement, I’ve also found a few happy yellow accessories to brighten up your day:
The world’s leading technology trade fair is starting this week here in Berlin and it’s a real paradise for electronics enthusiasts. In my experience it’s more often the male of the species who can be found gaping in awe at the latest smartphone or the fastest laptop, with their wife or girlfriend trying to drag them away from the store window and hinder a purchase. And as I’ve also been known to break out in euphoria at the promise of newer, faster and bigger gadgets, I set off on a search for the latest electronic must-haves on behalf of us men at Cyberport in Bikini Berlin.
For almost two years I’ve only worked with 2-in-1 laptops. I love the fact that they allow me to simply switch between a laptop and a tablet as the mood takes me. At my desk I sit in front of my laptop, writing texts and replying to e-mails. And on my way to my next appointment I use it as a tablet to read my new e-book on the underground. The new Acer Switch Alpha 12 has a battery life of up to eight hours and with 128 GB of storage you’ll be able to save enough films and books to keep you occupied en route.
I’m a big fan of smartphones. As well as numerous fitness apps and endless music, I use my smartphone for so many things and can’t imagine my day without it. With its new S Pen, the new Samsung Galaxy Note7 really brings out your creative side, which means you can write down a new idea or draw a sketch just as quickly on your smartphone as on a sheet of paper. The new graphics and improved video function provide a more true-to-life picture quality, details that are sure to be appreciated by any gadget enthusiast with an eye for detail!
Like so many men I’m a big fan of video games and staying up all night to play them was never a problem for me. And what does a man do when they’re wife or girlfriend is out for the night? That’s right: settle down in front of their PC for a gaming session! With the MSI Nightblade Gaming PC, the avid gamers among you will be in your element. A headset, keyboard and mouse are also available in the matching design.
Products with statements, sayings and slogans are one of this season’s major trends. Until now the focus was mainly on T-shirts and sweaters with printed messages, but the hype is meanwhile also extending to décor items for the home. These so-called statement products are not only in fashion right now, but also allow us to communicate a certain opinion or attitude.
I recently had a look around Bikini Berlin to put together my pick of the best statement products for you. Below you will find my small selection, which includes both T-shirts as well as décor items:
At Bikini Berlin you’ll find all kinds of statement shirts from various stores and pop-up boxes. My favourites include this cool “I’m not a blogger” top by Twisted Talents, which I discovered at the LNFA concept store. It looks great paired with jeans or denim shorts, making it the perfect key piece for a casual summer look.
At Groove Fashion Denim I came across this motivating statement-shirt featuring Muhammad Ali and the words “Impossible is nothing”. As well as this model they also stock additional styles with different statements by the boxer: the perfect motivation not only for yourself, but also the people around you.
Whether you like to express your opinions within your own four walls or you’re simply a fan of sayings and slogans as décor, you’ll be in your element at Sygns. Here you’ll find products including cool lightboxes, which you can add your own personal message to. And you can even buy the letters separately, meaning you can regularly change your saying, slogan or statement to suit your mood.
But of course Bikini Berlin has a lot more to offer than just these three statement products. Why don’t you come and see for yourself and discover the perfect statement item for you?
For us, hitting the sales is a bit like going to a fairground. The tingling sensation you have before getting swept up in the excitement of it all; the anticipation that you’ll be going home with a top prize and the endorphins released when you finally get your hands on the ultimate swag.
We’re not extreme bargain hunters by any means, and definitely don’t only buy things that are reduced. But a sale can sometimes be a real treasure trove of fashion finds. After all, when there’s less choice, you suddenly see things that you had simply overlooked before. And if you manage to save some money on top of that, then it feels twice as good! So it’s not surprising that we’ve found some of our most favourite pieces on sale rails.
This week we had a browse around Bikini Berlin, taking a closer look at their sale in particular. The majority of the stock is reduced in many of the stores so it wasn’t difficult for us to find a few top SALE pieces to present to you here.
Stefan: “This T-shirt from Mammut is a real all-rounder. Because of its colour (I’m a huge fan of green!) and its design, I can wear it for sports or simply when I’m out and about during the day. Normally you can spot a sports outfit a hundred miles away. But even if you wear this tee to your next meeting, nobody will notice that it was actually designed for outdoor pursuits.”
Patricia: “Mabba is one of my favourite shops at Bikini Berlin. I already have two of their mobile phone cases that I alternate regularly. My iPhone is currently sporting the ice cream model! So I can still enjoy some summer vibes at least, despite the washout of a summer we’re having in Germany this year.”
Patricia: “I instantly fell in love with the pattern of this dress! Unfortunately it’s a bit too wide for me, otherwise I would have definitely snapped it up. I’m still pining after it!”
Stefan: “It’s all about the patterns! I’m a huge fan of unusual ones. So this shirt is perfect for me! Now all I need are the perfect trousers to match it – preferably also patterned. ;-)”
Patricia: “I love watermelons so this dress at American Vintage instantly caught my eye.”
The Nordic Fashion Hub got off to a successful start on 28th June. At the opening event visitors had the opportunity to meet all of the Nordic designers in person.
Labels from the Nordic countries were out in force on the event space in front of the large panoramic window. Together with the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, Bikini Berlin selected 15 Nordic designers to showcase and sell their latest collections here during Berlin Fashion Week.
Bikini Berlin’s managing director Antje Leinemann opened the evening alongside Markku Lampinen, the ambassador from the Finnish embassy. The designers presented their collections to the large number of visitors, each adding their own individual personalities.
Even if the Nordic style runs through all of the collections like a common thread, all of them are very different. For example, you can discover the deep blue of the Icelandic Arctic Ocean at Dimmblá, Norwegian romance in the floral prints at byTiMo, Finnish playfulness in the prints by Liisa Riski, traditional handcraftsmanship from Denmark by Ecco and Swedish country life by Ewa i Walla.
The following designers and labels were participating in the Nordic Fashion Hub:
Ewa i Walla
On the last weekend in June the Tollwasblumenmachen.de blog turned Bikini Berlin into a floral paradise with the Flower Market Berlin.
On our rooftop terrace and during numerous creative workshops inside the Bikini building, everything revolved around flowers. Even the food and drinks on offer!
Flower arrangers and expert florists shared their knowledge and created stunning bouquets, floral wreaths and bracelets together with enthusiastic flower fans. And silkscreen printing experts from the Berlin Kreativ Kollektiv, a group of Berlin-based designers, helped visitors to print beautiful floral prints on tote bags. A photographer also provided insights into the topic of flower photography, offering valuable tips which were gratefully received by the many bloggers and avid Instagrammers in attendance.
All of these brilliant activities, our charming visitors and the wonderful weather made the Flower Market a fantastic experience. Huge thanks and a virtual bouquet to Tollwasblumenmachen.de – it was a pleasure to have you here!
On 20th May 2016 the 2016 GERMAN ACTORS’ AWARDS were presented at our Zoo Palast cinema. The after-show party was held in Bikini Berlin’s concept shopping mall event space.
THE GERMAN ACTORS’ AWARDS are a set of very special awards by actors for actors and people who have significantly inspired and supported the art of acting through their work. The prize is awarded to personalities who, as a result of their creative achievements, have helped promote a multifaceted image of German film and also inspired others in the process.
It reflects the actors’ unique viewpoint of acting achievements and acknowledges personalities who have significantly inspired others through their work in the long term, creating space for creativity and expanding people’s horizons.
The GERMAN ACTORS’ AWARDS were established by the German association of actors, the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V., (or BFFS for short) and were presented for the first time during the 2012 Berlinale. The awards ceremony is a non-profit event, which is only made possible by the generous voluntary commitment of the actors and actresses, numerous friends and supporters and patrons and sponsors.
At the 2016 awards, Armin Mueller-Stahl received the “Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award” from the BFFS for his internationally acclaimed acting achievements. This means he joins the ranks of previous winners Rolf Hoppe (Honorary Award Winner in 2015), Senta Berger (2014), Katharina Thalbach (2013) and Götz George (2012).
Isabel Coixet, Catalan director, scriptwriter and president of EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, received the “Honorary Inspiration Award”, which the BFFS’ board of directors awards every year to a personality or institution whose achievements have significantly fostered and promoted the art of acting.
After the successful award ceremony, the lavish celebrations went on into the early hours – we would like to thank the GERMAN ACTORS’ AWARDS, the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. and all of the guests for this wonderfully inspiring evening.
Our Bikini Berlin Garden, the rooftop terrace of our concept shopping mall, is mainly renowned for its brilliant views – from here you can observe the monkeys in the nearby zoo and simply sit back and forget the time. But that’s not all our rooftop terrace has to offer: up here fashion also plays a very important role. Today we’d like to introduce you to two of our Shopping Garden’s stores in more detail.
As soon as you set foot in our P.A.R.O.S.H. store, you’ll have the feeling that you’ve landed in Milan. Here you’ll find Italian designer fashions, feminine clothing and striking accessories that will make any fashionista weak at the knees.
Incidentally, the letters in its name stand for Paolo Rossello Second Hand. P.A.R.O.S.H. started out with second-hand clothing: in the 1980s Paolo Rossello bought vintage fashion which he then customised and breathed new life into.
Mixing a vintage look with the latest trends is still the signature P.A.R.O.S.H. style to this day and even though the one-man company has meanwhile become an internationally successful label, Mr Rossello is still very hands-on.
The P.A.R.O.S.H. store at Bikini Berlin is the first in Germany.
Premiata is mainly renowned for its sneakers. Which is highly deserved, there’s no doubt about that, but the label has even more to offer. Premium-quality leather goods, for example. The Italian family-run company can look back on more than 130 years of tradition and this experience is palpable in everything they do.
The premium brand focuses on the cornerstones of quality and design. Premiata only uses leather of the highest quality and plant-based dyes and its designs combine tradition with modernity.
Premiata’s typical rock ’n’ roll vibe is combined with classic styles. And this is exactly what makes it an exciting, innovative label that is still down to earth. So it’s hardly surprising that Premiata’s regular customers include a large number of renowned artists and creatives from the most diverse sectors...
Bikini Berlin has a new hotspot: Pop Up Fashion Berlin. The trend-oriented concept shopping gallery can be found on our gallery and is home to items by young fashion, jewellery and interior décor designers.
And it’s more than just a store: regular art installations and film projections mean that it’s always worth dropping by at regular intervals.
There is also an atelier area for fashion designers. Cast a glance over the shoulders of designers at work at the “Meet the Designer” events. Other exciting happenings include the Fashion Tech workshop on the topics of Future of Fashion and 3D-Printing, fundraising events for refugees, fashion art demonstrations and DIY workshops. Follow Go Fashion Berlin on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out on any of their events!
Music fans will love the DJ area where DJs can be found spinning their tunes – and you can also play a set yourself. Bring along your records or choose from the stash provided by the resident DJ colleagues.
So come and join us as we listen to music whilst relaxing in the lounge area and reading indie fashion magazines over coffee and vegan snacks….
We caught up with London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law to chat about her work and the flower installation she created here at Bikini Berlin. It was very interesting to delve deeper into the subject and to find out, for example, why the drying process of the flowers is part of her art. Read what else Rebecca had to say here – or click on the film to watch it for yourself.
The significance of the space is really important to me so walking into Bikini Berlin, the architecture, the history of the place, the post-war kind of feeling.What makes Bikini Berlin the perfect place for one of your installations?
Walking through, I looked at multiple spaces within the Bikini Berlin building. The one that kind of really stood out for me was the space that I have done the installation in, next to the monkeys.
And I think that it’s bringing the outside in and that whole feeling of nature indoors really is a true reflection on my work, also the people who shop here and use this space and the viewers, you know, the public and all of those influences, the German culture, the cultivation of flowers here, everything is considered when I choose a space and where I’m going to make my work.
For me, preservation and understanding the materials and keeping the flower alive is the most important thing. All of my installations have an intention to be lasting forever and I work with flowers like I would work with oil paints. And it is a respect for time and nature. Like the oil paint dries over time, and you have to respect it, it’s the same with flowers: they dry over time and you have to respect that. And given the right environment, these sculptures can last forever.What’s especially the idea behind „GARTEN“, the name of the installation here at Bikini Berlin?
So I’m quite simple in my titles and I generally want to say what it is. And for me, the simplicity of “Garten”, garden in English, is what it is. You know, these are the flowers that are available to us in Europe and in Germany and these are the collection of cultivated flowers that you have here today.
What’s important is that these flowers will fade and bleach with the sun and colour changes and slowly with the really, really old pieces, colour’s not important anymore. It’s about the form and the sculpture. And the artwork changes into a much more sculptural piece rather than a painting as well. So it’s quite interesting but I have lots of stages to the artwork.Where is your passion for flowers coming from?
Looking at my family history, my mother’s side is all painters and they always painted flowers. And then on my father’s side it’s all gardeners and there are over six generations of gardeners. So it must be in my blood!What is the concept behind your installations?
My art is about the human interaction with nature. It’s about people experiencing flowers in a controlled environment. It’s about flowers not being what you could imagine them to be and re-evaluating their worth.
So what you would normally throw into the bin at the end of a week, I can use as a material…for ever!
Thank you very much for talking to us, Rebecca.
There’s no doubt about it – we all love fast food. However, we also know that the options out there usually aren’t quite as healthy as we’d like them to be. But that’s all changing! For a few weeks now there’s been a new port of call for healthy fast food here at Bikini Berlin – and it goes by the name of BagYard!
Our new restaurant definitely has a bit of a bag obsession. Witty wordplays like “Bag for good!”, “Bag to the roots” and “Bags don´t cry” adorn the walls of BagYard. But instead of being made of fabric or leather, the bags on offer here are edible! And they aren’t displayed in the store window or on shelves, but waiting to be ordered on the menu!
The bags in question are bread pouches made with sourdough or spelt bread, baked in BagYard’s in-house bakery, and filled, for example, with the classic Berlin-style Buletten_meatballs_ or with falafel. A large selection of creative ‘Bags’ awaits the hungry customers, not to mention divine sides like sweet potato fries, a variety of sauces, quinoa, salads and delicious shakes and smoothies. All of which are very healthy, but also incredibly tasty. Our Bikini Berlin team is already addicted! May the Bag be with you!
Many roads lead to Rome and also to a passion for design. Darius Suski studied management, but his job and his life meanwhile revolve around design. And it all came about because he was desperately looking for somewhere to live. On his search for a new home he met successful designer Susanne Philippson by chance and fell in love with the interior design of her apartment. They spontaneously decided to become flatmates and began working together. Susanne introduced him to the design industry and this sparked his career change.
Finding is his passion. Darius Suski finds what others desperately search for. That’s why his friends affectionately call him the truffle pig. For
This new career direction resulted in Yellow Lemon, a distribution and strategy agency, which represents countless international design brands for the German and Austrian market. Including Pa Design from France and innovative Japanese brands like Plus d, Soil-Isurugi, Tidy, HO.H., Corga, Hmny and more. The focus is on small products, which are sold both in museum shops as well as concept stores and stand out with their functionality and charm.
But Yellow Lemon, which Darius Suski runs together with his wife Kinga, has not only specialised in current designs, but also expresses its love for design by offering vintage-designer pieces: timeless classics from design history or unique handpicked items.
In their pop-up store here at Bikini Berlin, Yellow Lemon are showing and selling a selection of their best pieces until the end of January. So make sure you drop by soon and see for yourself!