Travelling, exploring, far-off places, new destinations. How often have we chatted about all the other places we still need to explore, all the countries we want to visit and the wonderful anticipation before our next trip?
But with all this talk of travel, we often forget how great it can be at home too. And just how wonderful Berlin is – especially during the summer months. If we were to leave now, we would miss the best the city has to offer. ‘Support your city – and your local heroes’ is the motto – and not just during the summer either. So, with that in mind, we set off on search of the best local products on offer at BIKINI BERLIN.
As fashion fans, we were instantly drawn to the brightly coloured fabrics, vintage styles and eye-catching interior of this store: the creations by the Blutsgeschwister label, which is located in Kreuzberg, are presented against a backdrop of colourful wallpaper, plants and lots of pink.
The label, which, by the way, is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, stands out with its 1950s flair mixed with modern elements and bold prints. Their store is definitely worth a visit, and not only for those who love to wallow in nostalgia!
Next on our list is a real family-run company: the Mabba leather manufactory produces gorgeous leather accessories right in the middle of Charlottenburg – so their products don’t have very far to go to their store at BIKINI BERLIN. They offer everything from high-quality leather bags to tablet and smartphone cases down to playful gimmicks for all those who want to give their technology a personal touch.
Just looking at its stores in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen tells us that the eyewear label is no longer a small, local insider tip. The self-developed store concept, the visionary way they use materials and the “Made in Germany” design make Mykita one of the most sought-after labels in the eyewear sector. And their store at the concept shopping mall isn’t only worth a visit because of its unique design: Mykita optometrists carry out certified eye tests on site and are on hand to create individual vision profiles and adapt frames exactly to your face.
This concept store is one of our favourites. Its fantastic mix of fashion, jewellery and interior as well as alternating designers, including both newcomers and established names, makes Studio183 an absolute must on our BIKINI BERLIN checklist. One of the labels you should definitely take a closer look at is Temper: produced by designer Stephanie Gorzynska in Berlin, the Bauhaus-inspired creations are perfect for individualists. No buttons, no extras. Just pure design and lots of Berlin flair.
And Berlin flair is something you can experience in lots of other variations, in the form of brands, shops and concepts throughout the entire concept shopping mall. After all, the German capital offers a lot more than just well-known hotspots and classic souvenirs. If you’re looking for something special, work your way through our list of cool German labels – whether you’re a Berliner or just visiting and want to support the city’s local heroes. With all this summer wanderlust and holiday daydreaming, we shouldn’t forget that Berlin is also one of the most popular travel destinations. Perhaps our list will inspire you to come and explore for yourself...