SHOP­PING

Annabelle Mal­lia set out on a shop­ping trip to dis­cover her ur­ban style.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

Ur­ban goes main­stream with a mix-match of cur­rent trends, de­signer items, and at­ti­tude.

"Ur­ban" no longer refers to the low-slung pants, ban­danas, and state­ment jew­elry style of the hip-hop and R&B scenes of the

‘90s. Ur­ban fash­ion to­day is sim­ply what’s hap­pen­ing on the streets of big cities, a mix-match of cur­rent trends and de­signer items with added in­di­vid­u­al­ity and plenty of at­ti­tude. In Berlin, ur­ban style is prac­ti­cal but cre­ative, ca­sual with­out for­get­ting the de­tails.

It’s hard to find a la­bel that epit­o­mizes the Berlin me­trop­o­lis bet­ter than lala Berlin (Alte Schön­hauser Str. 3, www.lal­aber­lin.com). For­mer MTV Berlin edi­tor-turned-de­signer Leyla Pie­dayesh is the cre­ative mind be­hind the un­con­ven­tional yet chic col­lec­tion of cloth­ing, bags, and shoes for women, and her cash­mere scarves are one of the city’s most rec­og­nized fash­ion ac­ces­sories. Hand-printed in Italy, the scarves are lux­u­ri­ously cozy and have be­come a pop­u­lar ac­ces­sory among celebri­ties and fash­ion lovers.

Praised by stars such as Ger­man singer Clueso, Berlin-based Stoff­bruch ( Wüh­lis­chstr. 15, www.stoff­bruch.com) has been adding a touch of el­e­gance to the ur­ban out­fit since 2010. What makes the la­bel's clothes so spe­cial is the at­ten­tion to de­tail, ev­i­dent in the hand-drawn designs and ma­te­ri­als they choose. Their new Rapa printed t-shirts and War­ren hood­ies are the per­fect ex­am­ple of the Berlin ur­ban style. Now found across the con­ti­nent,

Liebe­skind Berlin (www.liebe­skind­ber­lin.com) still main­tains its cre­ative cen­ter right here in the cap­i­tal, in the eter­nally hip Kreuzberg neigh­bor­hood. In­spired by this set­ting, it has be­come a sym­bol of the fash­ion­able ur­ban life­style, sport­ing bold yet ca­sual designs in bags, shoes, and other ac­ces­sories. Their ev­er­pop­u­lar Vin­tage line is char­ac­ter­ized by a cool used look. Berlin-based knitwear la­bel Ma­iami (KaDeWe, www.ma­iami.de) is the cre­ation of de­signer Maike Di­et­rich, who likes to in­ter­twine this tra­di­tional hand­craft with mo­tifs in­spired by mod­ern pop cul­ture and to present her col­lec­tion on ur­ban back­grounds of sub­tly fa­mil­iar Berlin lo­ca­tions. Her cro­chet tops and dresses are per­fect for sum­mer. For the men out there, there's ben|weide (Mu­lack­str. 1, www.ben­weide.com), which com­bines clas­sic el­e­gance and busi­ness at­tire with a con­tem­po­rary, ca­sual style. Its sig­na­ture item, the “Suiddy," takes in­spi­ra­tion from both a suit and a hoodie and per­fectly em­bod­ies the city's ur­ban spirit.

This im­age: Lala Berlin; right: Stoff­bruch.

A bag by Liebe­skind

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