A building in Friedrichshain, Berlin; photo c/o Velvetscape
A building in Friedrichshain, Berlin; photo c/o Velvetscape

Known For:

Having more creativity than most cities can create in their sleep. Berlin also has a thriving sustainable fashion scene as well as a budding fashion-tech scene.

KaDeWe Department Store; photo c/o KaDeWe
KaDeWe Department Store; photo c/o KaDeWe

Shopping Districts:

  • Friedrichshain: Friedrichshain is an artistic stronghold of Berlin with an anarchic past. It is famous today for its nightclubs and its creative spaces – along with its independent fashion boutiques.
  • Mitte: Mitte, which translates out to middle, is (unsurprisingly) located in the center of Berlin. Also unsurprisingly, it is frequented by the tourist population because of its convenient location. Full of art galleries and museums, Mitte has a variety of shopping options for those so inclined to partake: department stores, chains, concept shops, and independent boutiques abound.
  • Neukölln: Neukölln, like many of our recommended shopping districts, is a center for creatives in the city. Historically a working-class place, it is attracting many artists and immigrants. With regards to shopping, the neighborhood offers a good selection of vintage clothing to peruse.
  • Kreuzberg: Kreuzberg – a former center of Berlin’s punk scene – is arguably one of Berlin’s hippest neighborhoods, and is well-known for being a multicultural center of the city. It’s a great shopping stop to make to find great concept stores and independent boutiques.
  • Charlottenberg: Charlottenberg is a quieter and more polished version of Berlin, and it’s close to Kurfürstendamm – one of the most famous avenues in the city. If you’re looking for a more refined shopping experience (it is close to KaDeWe, which is one of the largest department stores in Berlin), this neighborhood is your place.
  • Prenzlauer Berg: In Prenzlauer Berg, you’ll find a mixture of people: hipsters, families, and tourists all peacefully coexist here. You’ll find nice independent boutiques and concept stores in the area along with cafes and great restaurants.
Bikini Berlin; photo c/o Berlin Unwrapped
Bikini Berlin; photo c/o Berlin Unwrapped

Specific Places To Shop: 

  • Voo Store
  • Galeries Lafayette
  • Andreas Murkudis
  • Bikini Berlin
  • Baerck
  • KADEWE
  • Konk
  • Temporary Showroom
  • LOVECO
  • The Store X
  • Supermarché
  • Studio 183
  • Humana Kaufhaus
Lala Berlin Fall 2020; photo c/o Vogue
Lala Berlin Fall 2020; photo c/o Vogue

Brands:

  • Soji Solarin
  • Marina Hoermanseder
  • Michael Michalsky
  • GMBH
  • William Fan
  • Lala Berlin
  • Malaika Raiss
  • Steinrohner
  • Julia Leifert
  • Buki Akomolafe
  • Sepideh Ahadi
Berlin Fashion Week (BFW); photo c/o BFW
Berlin Fashion Week (BFW); photo c/o BFW

Events:

  • Berlin Fashion Week: Berlin Fashion Week is held twice a year in January and July. Fashion-lovers, buyers, trade visitors and members of the media meet for designer shows and awards ceremonies. Its timing usually coincides with Paris’s couture shows, so the two events frequently have to compete for attention. We’ll see if this continues to be an issue moving forward, because Berlin has excellent design talent that deserve to be seen by as many people as possible.
  • Fashion Tech Berlin: Fashion Tech Berlin is the leading tech conference for the fashion industry, discussing topics around digital transformation and disruptive technologies. Featuring keynote presentations from international experts, interactive masterclasses, and an exhibition area that introduces visitors to the latest developments, products, and innovations on the market, Fashion Tech Berlin has evolved to become a leading European content hub for technology, digitalization, sustainability, and innovation.
Fashion Council Germany logo
Fashion Council Germany logo

Fashion Organizations:

  • Fashion Council Germany: Fashion Council Germany (FCG) was founded in Berlin in 2015 as an advocacy group for German fashion. Their aim is to promote and establish German fashion design as a cultural and economic asset to Germany. FCG does this through targeted support for the country’s next generation of designers, the joint management of national activities and the strengthening of the perception of German design in national and international media.
ΠMagazine Issue 9
ΠMagazine Issue 9

Fashion Publications:

  • Œ Magazine
  • Vogue Germany
  • o32c
  • Elle Germany
  • Harper’s Bazaar Germany
  • Flair Magazine
  • Grazia Germany
  • INDIE Magazine
  • ICON Magazine
Berlin University of the Arts; photo c/o Wikimapia
Berlin University of the Arts; photo c/o Wikimapia

Universities & Colleges:

  • Berlin University of the Arts
  • Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin
  • AMD Akademie Mode & Design Berlin
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