My Per­fect Day

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - Thoas Lind­ner

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.

Some of Lind­ner's

re­cent de­signs

Pren­zlauer Berg

BIKINI-Haus

Mauer­park

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