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So schick


Andreas Murkudis (right) got into fashion retail in 2003 with the opening of his eponymous store in Berlin’s Mitte. Over time, the growing range of products – from clothing and cosmetics to home accessories – outgrew the space and in July 2011 the multibrand shop moved to its current location in Tiergarten. Nestled in a quiet courtyard, the former printing facility was redesigned by architect duo Gonzalez Haase AAS. The shop stocks Céline, Aspesi, Mykita, Maison Martin Margiela and smaller labels such as Susanne Kaufmann’s skincare, Consumed’s silk scarves and Hohgant’s babywear.

Best buys:

  1. Nymphenburg Porcelain’s tableware
  2. Kostas Murkudis’s silk trousers
  3. Felisi’s canvas trolley suitcase handmade in Italy

Sunny days

Brussels — SOFIE D'HOORE

The dresses in Sofie D’Hoore’s second collection are inspired by simple, geometric forms. This Belgian designer carefully works out the details in the necklines, waistlines and shoulders. The heavy fabric of this cotton poplin dress gives the design stronger lines and structure for a new take on the sundress.

Short service


Swedish creative collective Uniforms for the Dedicated launched in 2007 as a platform for designers, musicians and visual artists. The project has grown into a successful business and its clothing, such as these striped shorts, is sold in 150 shops around the globe.

Silk road


Italian designer Nadia Mari makes a statement with her colourful dresses and tops. Each of Mari’s handmade silk pieces come with unique patterns and are available in selected boutiques worldwide, such as Marina Lari in Rome, Victoire in Paris, Vieri in Istanbul and Papilloner in Tokyo.


Strasbourg — HESCHUNG

After mastering the art of ski boot manufacturing, the 78-year-old brand Heschung has introduced its premium footwear line: Ateliers Heschung. All items are handmade around Strasbourg using French and Italian leather. Revisiting the classics of the past century, this collection pairs functionality with a modern sensibility.

It’s in the jeans

Cardigan — HIUT

When the Dewhirst jean factory shut down in 2001, 400 people in the town of Cardigan, West Wales lost their jobs. A decade later, David and Clare Hieatt have started Hiut, a new denim company they hope will breathe new life into the town and use the denim skills lying latent in the town. Hiut jeans are made from organic and selvedge denim.

Fresh look


Fratelli Rossetti’s boutique, freshly renovated by French architect François Muracciole is now open in via Montenapoleone. Besides the brand’s established range, the space also offers Fratelli Rossetti’s new “tailor made” service.

Saddle up


Created by Azzedine Berkouk, Just Campagne draws on the traditions of French saddlery for its bull-grained leather bags. Lined in damask fabric, the handmade models make timeless companions. With shops in Paris and St Tropez, Just Campagne also offers the option to personalise.

Personal trainers


Our favourites for spring:

  1. Common Projects
    New York
    Made with leather and suede, Manhattan duo Peter Poopat and Flavio Girolami’s trainers are a comfy solution to all alfresco adventures.

  2. Gram Shoes
    Gram has its roots in the Scandinavian design aesthetic, with clean lines and careful attention to detail. This shoe is made in a collaboration with fabric weaver Insjöns Väveri, supplier to the Swedish Royal Court.

  3. Veja
    Veja’s Méditerranée line is a crossover between a boat shoe and a trainer made from canvas and suede for a soft, minimal summery style.

Favourite freebie


Designed by Shiseido in collaboration with design studio Jubilee, these limited-edition mirrors are a clever marketing move by Shiseido’s PR team. Exclusively available at the Ginza branch, they come as a free gift to customers who spend over ¥10,000. The cotton case comes in 16 different patterns.

Good neighbour

Copenhagen — LUBAROL

Christiane Branner Wilton and Louise Marie Christensen opened Lubarol in 2005 with the idea of creating an “inspiring, intimate room, where everything is carefully selected and not available elsewhere in Denmark”. Seven years later and they’ve kept their promise, selling a selection of pieces by Tsumori Chisato, Stine Goya and Sophie Bille Brahe among others.

All tied up


Floral designer Marta Passaggio and journalist Gianni Cerutti dropped their day jobs last year to become sartorialists and launch their bespoke neckwear label, Passaggio Cravatte. The Italian pair source silk, linen, cashmere and wool from Biella and England, digging up vintage weaves to make ties by hand in their Neapolitan atelier.

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