SHOP­PING

In­spired by Valen­tine’s Day, Annabelle Mallia set off in search of sexy lin­gerie to add some spice to the bed­room.

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Don't let the cold stop you from strip­ping down to re­veal th­ese lux­ury un­der­gar­ments.

It’s zero de­grees out­side and ev­ery­one is lay­ered up with stock­ings, plus pants, plus win­ter coats thrown over the top of ther­mal skivvies and thick woolen sweaters. But even un­der all those lay­ers, you shouldn’t put to sleep your love for lin­gerie. Luck­ily for you and your spe­cial some­one, Berlin of­fers some great spots for lux­ury un­der­gar­ments.

One of Berlin’s sig­na­ture brands, Clau­dia Klein­ert’s 10-year- old la­bel Blush (RosaLux­em­burg-Str. 22, www.blush-berlin.de) is on a mis­sion to bring more love into this world. From baby­doll chemises to eye masks in the style of Doris Day, Blush items are both frivolous and el­e­gant and hint at a vin­tage French boudoir aes­thetic from the ‘70s. Not too far away, set in a deca­dent boudoir with red satiny wall­pa­per and vel­vet cur­tains, Mi­auMiau (Koll­witzstr. 53, www. sa­lonkatzen.jimdo.com) presents the finest lin­gerie, stock­ings, and sleep­wear from in­ter­na­tional la­bels. Try on sen­sual and dar­ing cuts by French la­bel Mai­son Le­jaby, the dra­matic de­signs of Mar­lies | Dekkers, loved by celebs the world over, and the Von Fol­lies la­bel by bur­lesque star Dita Von Teese. With sizes A to G in stock, bustier women will be well looked after here. Over in Berlin’s West, de­signer Elena Krebs brings the past back at her high- end corset bou­tique Re­vanche de la Femme (Uh­land­str. 50, www.rdlf.de). Worn un­der or over dresses, her corsets add old­world glam­our to the con­tem­po­rary wardrobe. The rich fab­rics and col­ors are sourced from tra­di­tional weavers in Italy, France, and Eng­land, which the de­signer also crafts into skirts, boleros, and ac­ces­sories. Sav­ing the raunch­i­ness for the end, Très Bon­jour ( Torstr. 3, www.tres­bon­jour.de) can only be de­scribed as fem­i­nin­ity wrapped up in la­tex. The col­or­ful and soft la­tex un­der­gar­ments, leg­gings, dresses, and ac­ces­sories are a play­ful blend of el­e­gance and eroti­cism, but are also ex­tremely com­fort­able. So don’t let the cold stop you from strip­ping down this Valen­tine’s Day.

Miau Miau on Koll­witzs­traße.

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