It’s In The Bag

Any­one who starts to pack over a week be­fore de­par­ture sim­ply de­serves great lug­gage. Annabelle Mal­lia (who fits this pro­file) seeks out the best stores in Ber­lin for her next get­away.

Where Berlin - - SHOPPING -

Some peo­ple spend days care­fully pick­ing out the things they will take on their trip. Oth­ers would ar­gue it doesn’t mat­ter what’s in­side the bag, as long as the bag it­self looks good. If the lat­ter rings true for you, then a visit to one of th­ese Ber­lin stores shouldn’t be missed. Ri­mowa (KaDeWe, Tauentzien­str. 21-24, www.ri­mowa.com) is one of Europe’s lead­ing lug­gage man­u­fac­tur­ers. The long- es­tab­lished, fam­ily-run Ger­man com­pany car­ries out most of the 200 steps required to pro­duce a suit­case by hand. Their metal suit­cases have a char­ac­ter­is­tic groove and struc­ture, mak­ing them rec­og­niz­able at first glance, par­tic­u­larly in the hands of celebs on their way to L. A. for their next movie shoot. An­other must for the luxury trav­eler is Tumi (Kur­fürs­ten­damm 45, www.tumi.de). Renowned for their tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion, in­clud­ing an abra­sion-proof ny­lon fab­ric, Tumi is per­fect for the travel- ob­sessed. Tumi also stocks hand­bags, brief­cases, elec­tron­ics, and other ex­ec­u­tive ac­ces­sories in a range of bold colors to suit your par­tic­u­lar style. Lo­cated a lit­tle fur­ther down West Ber­lin’s lux­u­ri­ous shop­ping mile is Porsche De­sign (Kur­fürs­ten­damm 190, www.porsche- de­sign. com), spe­cial­iz­ing in ac­ces­sories for men. They carry a range of lug­gage for your next Mi­lan busi­ness trip, as well as sun­glasses, watches, elec­tronic de­vices, and per­fume. While Porsche be­came in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous for the sporty look and high speeds of their cars, the de­sign la­bel is hon­ored for its tech­ni­cally-in­spired look and purist de­sign, like their all-black watch, still their most pop­u­lar item. Liebeskind Ber­lin (Alexa Cen­ter, Gruner­str. 20, www.liebe­skind­ber­lin.com), on the other hand, is geared pre­dom­i­nantly to­ward women. Whether for busi­ness, shop­ping, or club­bing on Mal­lorca, this un­con­ven­tional, young de­signer bag la­bel from the cap­i­tal has some­thing for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. A range of looks is avail­able, with fa­vorites be­ing me­tal­lic suede, 3D, and vin­tage. So next time you pack, do it in style.

Right: Ri­mowa’s Clas­sic Flight suit­case

Travel in style with a red Tumi suit­case

Left: A green Bossa Nova suit­case by

Ri­mowa

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