With more retail real estate deals in 2007 than any other German city, Berlin's shopping areas are certainly on the move — and nowhere more so than the blocks around Hackescher Markt, now a magnet for progressive labels and streetwear.
According to the "Retail Report Berlin," published in June by real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis, the neighborhood has become a breeding ground for the latest trends and new retail concepts.
Streets around Hackescher Markt now have a concentration of trend-focused labels unparalleled in Germany. This factor, combined with high foot traffic, is increasingly attracting a host of big names from all over the world, the latest being Japanese design giant Muji, which opened its two-floor 3,400-square-foot store at 1 Hackescher Markt in May. But according to CBRE, this is just the beginning, with more top international brands expected by the end of the year.
Although rising rents are pushing out labels lower in the food chain, creativity and individuality remain the keys to succeeding in the trendy zone. Hometown designer Michael Michalsky's first store at 4 Monbijouplatz was designed by Michalsky himself. The poppy red and black interiors reflect his sophisticated but playful collections, with quirky objects, Berlin history books and portraits of men in uniform juxtaposed with the space's essentially sleek lines.
Also with a strong red- and-black theme is Marlies Dekkers' first store in Berlin and ninth worldwide, at 1 Oranienburgerstrasse. It features the Dutch intimate apparel designer's signature buttoned, white leatherette wall display units and neo-Baroque tables. But always site-specific, she designed oriental black and terra-cotta wallpaper dotted with owls for Berlin, hung the chandeliers with dark amber crystals and painted the furniture red or black. Looking like a cross between chic club and racy boudoir, the downstairs salon juxtaposes good girl and bad, naughty and nice — much like Dekkers' strap-happy designs.
Opening just in time for fashion week, Bread & Butter's denim and accessories store, 14 oz., is taking over a 5,400-square-foot space that was a cafe, complete with garden, at 13 Neue Schönhauser Strasse. The brainchild of Bread & Butter founder Karl-Heinz Müller, this is a follow-up to the cult Nineties 14 oz. denim store in Cologne. The focus is on long-term style rather than short-lived throwaway fashion, according to Müller.The shop will host weekly special events, such as an exhibition about Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary, complete with the original clothes of the Himalaya expedition and replicas from Nigel Cabourn's Aim High collection.
The last time Wolfgang Joop decided to clean house (and assorted warehouse facilities), the result was a record-breaking Art Deco sale at Sotheby's New York. This time, the Potsdam-based designer and passionate collector is staying closer to home. The 1,600-square-foot Wunderkind Vintage store will open July 17 at 76 Tucholskystrasse. For sale are "special finds" from creators including Vionet, Poiret, Ossie Clark, Jean Muir and others, as well as show pieces, couture pieces and prototypes that are more than one year old from Joop's own Wunderkind collection.
For labels still on the way up, avant-garde boutique Konk, at 15 Kleine Hamburger Strasse, will set up a temporary showroom, Beck's Fashion Experience Store, to profile young designers from July 17 to Aug. 16.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion