SHOP­PING

Ac­cord­ing to Annabelle Mallia, ac­ces­soriz­ing is the best part of get­ting dressed.

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Ac­ces­soriz­ing is the best part of get­ting dressed in the morn­ing.

With the right ac­ces­sories, you can dress up any sim­ple out­fit. Match­ing your hat to your shoes and your bag, how­ever, is rather out­dated – best to mix things up a lit­tle. Here are some of my fa­vorite stores for the right ac­ces­sories.

Step­ping in­side Le Coup (Ste­in­str. 16, www. lecoup­shoes.com) is any shoe lover's wildest dream. This women’s shoe em­po­rium in Mitte’s fash­ion dis­trict of­fers con­tem­po­rary footwear from a se­lec­tion of avant-garde la­bels hand­picked for their ec­cen­tric­ity, eth­i­cal con­cept, and out­right style. Nearby Shusta (Rosen­thaler Str. 72, www.shusta.de) blends un­con­ven­tional ur­ban looks with ev­ery­day styles for not only women, but for fash­ion-con­scious men too. The fo­cus here is qual­ity and orig­i­nal­ity, fea­tur­ing mostly un­known la­bels not avail­able any­where else in Ber­lin.

Few ac­ces­sories make a bolder state­ment than a hat. As a begin­ner hat wearer, I tend to stick to award-win­ning Rike Feurstein (RosaLux­em­burg-Str. 28, www. rike­feurstein.com). From suave trilby hats to el­e­gant cloches, each piece dis­plays char­ac­ter while still re­main­ing low-key enough for ev­ery­day wear. For more dar­ing in­di­vid­u­als or that spe­cial event, I rec­om­mend Ber­lin-based milliner Fiona Ben­nett (Pots­damer Str. 81-83, www. fion­aben­nett.de). Her motto, "all good things come from above," is ev­i­dent in the spec­tac­u­lar cou­ture cre­ations dis­played in this lit­tle bou­tique like works of art. As for bags, you can never have too many. There is the hip­ster’s sig­na­ture mes­sen­ger bag done in tarp ma­te­rial by MilkBer­lin ( Torstr. 102, www.milkber­lin.com) or bold leather bags epit­o­miz­ing Ber­lin’s fash­ion­able ur­ban life­style by Liebe­skind (www. liebe­skind-ber­lin.com). But for that fem­i­nine touch no one else is car­ry­ing, visit Les Jolies Choses (Kleine Ham­burger Str. 15). These hand-sewn, fan­ci­ful pouches are made out of printed fab­rics sourced from the de­signer’s na­tive Paris and are truly one of a kind.

A cre­ation by Fiona Ben­nett

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