Spring Preen­ing

Out with the old, in with the new. Join Annabelle Mal­lia on a walk down Ku’damm to brighten up your wardrobe from head to toe.


Take a walk down Ku'damm to brighten up your wardrobe.

Con­sid­ered the Champs- Élysées of Ber­lin, Kur­fürs­ten­damm – or Ku’damm to the lo­cals – is the most popular and talked-about street in Ger­many, as well as a fine des­ti­na­tion to pro­cure a new out­fit. Once a cor­duroy road lead­ing to the Prus­sian king’s 16th- cen­tury hunt­ing ground in the Grunewald for­est, the Ku’damm was con­verted in the late 1800s into a busy boule­vard with bars, restau­rants, and shops, be­com­ing the epit­ome of the city’s Golden Twen­ties and later the lead­ing com­mer­cial dis­trict in West Ber­lin.

Kick off your shop­ping ex­cur­sion with a pair of ver­sa­tile an­kle boots from the airy space oc­cu­pied by Tommy Hil­figer (No. 217, www. tommy.com). At Chanel (No. 188, www.chanel. com), try on a glit­ter­ing arm­band and lit­tle black jacket per­fect for brisk evenings. Also be­fit­ting the sea­son is a flo­ral-pat­terned dress from Marc

Cain (No. 69, www.marc- cain.com), with cap sleeves and jun­gle-bold hues (pic­tured right).

A lit­tle fur­ther down the road, Longchamp (No. 42, www.longchamp.com) em­bod­ies French taste, with a hint of ev­ery­day luxury. Why not add their iconic Le Pliage bag – in­spired by the Ja­panese art of origami and avail­able in a va­ri­ety of sizes and sea­sonal colors – to your col­lec­tion?

Top it all off with a bold head­piece from the art­ful cre­ations at Cha­peaux Hut­mode Ber­lin (Bleib­treustr. 51, www.cha­peaux-hut­mode-ber­lin.de), a great way to kiss good­bye to the win­ter wool­lies. Now that you’re rocking your new en­sem­ble, step in­side the gallery-like Ap­ple Store (No. 26, www. ap­ple. com), where all the lat­est must-have prod­ucts are laid out on rows of large ta­bles, ready to be dis­cov­ered.

Then re­coup with cof­fee and cake of­fered at Café Kran­zler (No. 18, www. cafekran­zler.de). With its dis­tinc­tive round red-and-white awning, the venue was fa­mous amongst artists and bo­hemi­ans dur­ing the preWWI era and is now con­ve­niently lo­cated for Ku’damm après-sprees.

Be sure to leave time to visit the tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion at the Rolls Royce Stu­dio - BMW

Haus (No. 31, www.bmw-kur­fürs­ten­damm.de). Here you’ll find the ul­ti­mate wheels on dis­play, in­clud­ing the vin­tage 1926 Phantom 10EX – a mag­nif­i­cent spec­i­men of au­to­mo­bile his­tory, but un­for­tu­nately not for sale.

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