By  on December 20, 2011

BERLIN — Comme des Garçons is doubling up in Berlin, with plans to open both a Comme des Garçons Black Shop and Pocket Shop here on Jan. 15.

The two shops will be located next door to each other on Linienstrasse in the Hackescher Markt area of Mitte. Though tweaked to help integrate the brand into its new Berlin surroundings, the store design will largely reflect existing Black and Pocket shops around the globe.

There are shops for Black, the brand’s youngest line featuring iconic Comme des Garçons pieces for men and women, in Paris, London, New York, Japan and Singapore. Launched in Paris in 2008, the Pocket format featuring the brand’s expanding range of perfumes and wallets. The Berlin shops will be 800 square feet and 270 square feet, respectively.

This is not Comme des Garçon’s first foray into Berlin. The German capital was the site of the first Comme des Garçons guerrilla shop in 2004. Two more followed in other Berlin venues, plus another in Glasgow. The guerrilla concept has since been ended.

There was a bit of serendipity involved in this latest Berlin move, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Adrian Joffe. “We have always liked the energy of Berlin Mitte, we have slowly evolving plans in place to expand our Black and Pocket stores worldwide, and we have kept in touch with [architect] Christian Weinecke since we first opened the very first guerrilla store together in Mitte in 2004” he told WWD.

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