My Perfect Day
Take some shopping tips from one of the capital's most original fashion designers today.
You've been working as a fashion designer in Berlin for quite a few years. What has changed in the fashion scene during that time?
When I started BUTTERFLYSOULFIRE back in 1999, there was just a handful of brands, but nowadays there are probably about 700 in Berlin. The style has also changed. In the early years, Berlin style was quite experimental and wild. Now it has grown up in a way, become sleeker.
If Berlin were a person, what would their look be?
Perhaps a bit like me: poor but sexy, trying to make the most out of just a little. I always wear white, which is a simple tool to catch people’s attention. But even if I'm always in white, if you take a closer look, you will see that there is always a little hidden blemish, just like Berlin still has its original blemishes.
What is one must-have item from your current collection?
One of my favorite pieces is the WAIST BAG, a very practical under-the-shoulder bag that twists halfway around the body and perfectly combines style and function.
What are some of your favorite fashion destinations in the city?
I think a must-see fashion spot in Berlin is the BIKINI-Haus, a concept mall near Zoologischer Garten station. It has a very special approach to design and well-selected stores. My brand is represented there in the LNFA store, a 900sq.m (9688sq.ft) concept store focusing on Berlin design.
Which part of Berlin do you call home, and what drew you to it?
I live in Prenzlauer Berg on Kastanienallee, in the city’s former East. I originally moved to Berlin from Potsdam in 1998. I've always lived in the East. It's just home to me.
What about Berlin inspires you?
It's the city's energy that inspires me, not so much places or things. There is always a creative flow and atmosphere. I am not looking left and right at what others are doing, because I don’t want to lose control over my ideas and not know whether they came from inside me or from something I saw elsewhere.
When you have friends visiting, where do you take them?
I like being in Mauerpark on a Sunday. It's a bit like an open-air festival and illustrates the energy of Berlin quite well.
Imagine you have the luxury of a whole day off. What do you do?
Actually, the luxury of a day off for me is to just stay in bed! But the area around my home on Kastanienallee has been developing quite well in the last couple of years. There are some nice bars and restaurants, my favorites being Morning Glory (Kastanienallee 75), which makes the best beet salad, and Hüftengold (Oderberger Str. 27), for a family breakfast.
Where would you recommend our readers go for a memorable night out?
I am a fan of Kater Blau, the former Bar25. It is like a hippie commune, and I like the combination of clubbing and hanging around on the banks of the Spree River.
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