July 10, 2011

NOVELTY | Berlin Shopping

left: Acne Store,
right: Comme des Garcon wallet, garments at the Wood Wood store

The tiny Acne sign on the window of their Berlin shop

Muji, adorable mini notebook I got

Weekday, one of their fantastic pieces that I purchased; an assymetric dress

Where the neighbor shop windows were styled exactly according to season and the streets in Mitte were flooded by Levis cut off shorts and black wayfarers, the Acne store stood out with its clean minimalist aesthetic. The personnel was dressed in white button up shirts, the inside was impeccably white while the outside wall was left raw, unpainted and covered with stickers and graffiti tags. Only a small discreet ACNE on the window indicated that this was the Berlin home of this Swedish brand. Münzstasse 21

Another shop worth visiting in the utterly hip neighborhood Mitte (Hipster central?)is the concept store by Scandinavian brand WoodWood. Besides selling their own brand they also offer a collection of magazines and books, sneakers and other brands like Opening Ceremony, Sonia Rykiel and Comme des Garcons. Rochstrasse 4

Looking back, the funnest shop in the Mitte area, the one that left the thought in my mind of 'I wish I had bought this and this and that' was Muji. A Japanese chain with the message 'back to our origins into the future' that sell all kinds of things in their simplest form, no prints, no brand names, no fuss; typically Japanese. From notebooks to clothing to furniture. And almost everything is either cardboard-brown, transparent or white. The products they offer are unpretentious, basic yet smart. A well designed raincoat of the type that you can fold so small that it fits in your back pocket, note- and sketchbooks in the cutest formats and transparent make up containers that are so chic that you can already envision them filled with Chanel products. Hackescher Markt 1

I had been stalking the Weekday website for months already and coincidentally, Weekday happened to be right across the street from the hotel that I was staying at. For those like me who don't have a Weekday in their country; don't expect the best quality though if you look carefully there is some good stuff to be found, like their footwear, the garments designed by Stine Goya, their huge Cheap Monday collection. Friedrichstrasse 140

-Appartment: Memhardstraße 8
What they sell? Mens and womenswear; Rick Owens, Cheap Monday, Gareth Pugh
-Cash: Memhardstraße 8
What they sell? Second hand and last season's designer items
-Lomography Gallery store: Friedrichstraße 133
What they sell? All kinds of cameras and camera accessories
-COS: Friedrichstrasse 83, Neue Schönhauser Strasse 20
What they sell? the usual COS.
-Made in Berlin: Neue Schönhauser Strasse 19
What they sell? Vintage men's and women's clothes and accessories
-Doctor Martens: Dircksenstraße 49
What they sell? Mens, Womens, Kiddie Docs


Amalie S. D. said...

Sounds like a great shoppingtrip!
I know the brands, they're amazing!
Wood Wood is danish, as me :-)


Ellena said...

Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to my visit even more now. I wish we did have a WEEKDAY in the UK!


Maggie said...

Even though the quality was not good at weekdag. You have scord a beautiful asymmetrical dress.

Bec said...

Great selection of shops. I'm really intrigued by Acne's aesthetic.

anne said...

my next travel HAS to be berlin!

The Fancy Teacup said...

I'm in total love with your new Weekday dress. And the Acne store in Berlin is like a breath of fresh air.

♥, Jamie

Briana Le & Merissa Ren said...

the dress is beautiful. the length and the placement of the pleats are perfect.

Claire M. said...

Nice black dress ;)

le pearl said...

That assymetrical dress is going to look fabulous on you. I miss your blog, I used to visit heaps but now I am back and hopefully more active. x

Nomadic D. said...

Sounds like so much fun! I absolutely love Muji and could spend hours and hours in there without getting bored! I get most of my notebooks there, but have also gotten my slippers and travel bags and a brush for my face there! See some of it here:


JillePille said...

Love the asymmetric dress you bought. it is really beautiful. Hope you enjoyed your time in germany

fashion suicides said...

I really want to go! Thanks for the tips :).


Maja Vonava said...

I love weekday so much! I am from Czech Republic and I thing that I'll visit Berlin soon:)

Kirsten said...

Ahh I want to go!! Thanks for the shopping tips.

Tsepepe said...

Muji is amazing! If you're ever going to find yourself in Paris searching for a Muji-store: it's just above Jardin du Luxembourg, at Rue Saint-Sulpice. x

Anastassia said...

This black dress is amazing!


jul said...

love Muji.
that's the place where you spend so much time wanting every unnecessary thing)

a l m a | a l m a said...

the photos of the acne-store are wonderful!
have a nice time in berlin!

Kelsey said...

Awesome dress!

L said...

Thanks for all of the tips! I can't wait to visit at some point!


Suz said...

wat heb je een mooie jurk aangeschaft inderdaad!

Roshelle said...

Perfecte foto's en plaatsen!

jul said...

if you are still in berlin visit JuliaAndBen store on Gormannstrasse 23. think you will love the brand)

Mia Maguire said...

Your hair color is stunning. im so jealous.

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Pernille said...

I love that you mentioned the Muji transparent boxes and Chanel. That's exactly how I keep my Chanel nail polishes in the fridge - I've heard that it's good for them to be cooled down?!?

Thank you for a wonderful blog. I love every single post you make. I think that says a lot these days :-)

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Justin Hadley said...

That assymetrical dress is going to look fabulous on you. I miss your blog, I used to visit heaps but now I am back and hopefully more active. x