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ANNA-LENA JEHLE RECOMMENDS: KORBINIAN LUDWIG HESS SHOES

ANNA-LENA JEHLE RECOMMENDS: KORBINIAN LUDWIG HESS SHOES

A custom-made pair of shoes made last a lifetime is a wise luxury to invest in — though one that fewer and fewer people seem to be doing. Keeping the tradition alive in a beautiful shop in Wilmersdorf is Korbinian Ludwig Hess, a shoemaker whose work embodies the art of craftsmanship. Each pair is unique and is measured, designed and sewn by hand. Korbinian was trained at Rudolf Scheer & Söhne, a Viennese bespoke shoemaker rich in tradition, and learned everything there is to know about ray leather loafers in London, Munich and Leipzig. After eight years of sanding, stitching and polishing, he has now moved into his own workshop on Hohenzollerndamm, a setting wonderfully reminiscent of bygone days. From the very first measurement to the final presentation, it takes the shoemaker 100 hours to perfect the luxury item, all without the use of machines. Anyone who accompanies Korbinian through his creation process may suddenly find the elegant boutiques on Ku’Damm a few meters away rather unoriginal and uninspired. Anything that is truly “handcrafted,” after all, is in a different league altogether. (Text: Anna-Lena Jehle / Photos: Tommi Attila, Martin Smolka)

Korbinian Ludwig Heß Maßschuhe, Hohenzollerndamm 201, 10717 Berlin-Wilmersdorf; map
By appointment only: Call +49 (0)30 40749569. FacebookInstagram

Anna-Lena Jehle’s work for Mini Living inspires her to think about the future of urban life. She lives between Berlin and Munich.

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RUBY GOSS RECOMMENDS: MOTIF WEIN

RUBY GOSS RECOMMENDS: MOTIF WEIN

My local, Motif Wein, is more than its name suggests, housing – in addition to a funkadelic selection of natural wine – vinyl, concerts, and coffee in one candlelit premises. As well as retailing by the bottle, on any given day you’ll find a rotation of uncorked wines ready for generous tastings that give the Weserstraße space an almost speakeasy slant. A place for music as much as wine (try my favorite orange, the “drier than garlic” Vinyes Singulars 2016 Macabeu), take the opportunity to peruse the LPs for sale in the back room and check in on the weekly program of intimate concerts — listed on Facebook. With each visit to the young location there’s something new – cheese, mezcal or the new daylight collaboration with Evie’s Beans. And for all these efforts, we must credit the man who makes Motif the place of good times that it is – perennially cheerful owner Oscar Bernal, who assures me all this activity is “only the beginning.” I’ll cheers to that.

Motif Wein, Weserstr.189, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Thu 13-21h, Fri-Sat 14-22h

Ruby Goss is a foodie writer and editor for publications like Saveur, Gather Journal and Suitcase Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, she’s been based in Berlin since 2014 and conveniently lives in Motif’s neighborhood, Neukölln.

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DZAINO STUDIO — HANDMADE UPCYCLED DENIM BAGS

DZAINO STUDIO — HANDMADE UPCYCLED DENIM BAGS

Don’t let your new years resolution go unfulfilled — get yourself a sustainably made denim yoga mat bag and you’ll be dying to show it off any chance you get. Since 2015, denim duo Julia and Hanna have been transforming the way Berliners look at jeans with a laid back, alternative way of wearing denim under the name Dzaino. Their practical collection contains upcycled denim bags of all shapes and sizes, but their “Weekender” bag is seriously perfect — just big enough for a weekend away, but small enough to use every day. For me, this bag’s design has a unique sense of 90’s zeitgeist, and I love it. Situated in a little nook off Nansenstraße, Dzaino’s new studio is where they make their bags, by hand, with care, patience and attention to detail. The brand’s ethos is simple: to make the consumer aware of who makes the item, how it is made, and what materials/fabric it’s made from. By giving new life to neglected denim, their collection is extremely wearable and gives you yet another way to go green. (Text: Emilie Wade / Photos: Emilie Wade, Dzaino)

Dzaino Studio’s websiteFacebook & Instagram

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USLAR & RAI — COZY UP WITH A GOOD BOOK

USLAR & RAI — COZY UP WITH A GOOD BOOK

I discovered the bookshop Uslar & Rai rather unexpectedly, but felt drawn in immediately. Opened up in 2012 by a trio of fellow book enthusiasts, the shop offers a colorful and exciting selection of novels, stories, poetry, cookbooks, travel books, classics, and curiosities in both German and English – basically anything a literary heart desires. The rather large shop still manages to feel cozy, a place you could stay for a while getting lost in the world of words. In addition to an hour or so of browsing, I can highly recommend the social events that take place after closing time. From typical book presentations and readings to their legendary debutante ball taking place every November, check their Facebook for more information on upcoming events. There’s no better weather to pick up a fresh new text (for you, or someone else) and transport yourself into another world. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Andreas Licht)

Uslar & Rai, Schönhauser Allee 43, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Mon–Fri 10–19h, Sat 10–18h

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STRIKING CERAMICS & GLASSWARE GALORE — BISCUIT CHINA

STRIKING CERAMICS & GLASSWARE GALORE — BISCUIT CHINA

When both Vogue and the New York Times have headlines that scream, “Pottery Is the New Yoga” and, “Pottery is the New Pilates” respectively — it’s not hard to get the message. But Karo Borsch, owner and creative director of Biscuit China — open since November 2017 — didn’t follow the trends to her love of ceramics, she simply discovered the tactility of clay while travelling and hasn’t looked back since. In Seville, Karo fell head over heels and wondered why there were no shops in Berlin where the handmade pieces from all around Europe could be seen, felt, and purchased — with no impending flights back home to block the way. With this in mind, the graphic and exhibition designer has curated a thoughtful selection of incredible pieces in her own shop, Biscuit China. There’s something for everyone to be found on the shelves of the small shop, from contemporary design objects by Atelier Polyhedre out of Nantes, France to fine porcelain vases from Rotterdam based Foekje Fleur, and nearly everything in between. Each piece is sourced directly from the independent makers themselves, and though they span the gamut in nearly everything from style to shape, texture to technique, Karo is there to tie them all together — completing the picture in a shop that I could spend hours in. Visit this Sunday (17.12.17) for special festive shopping with seasonal cookies and hot spiced wine, plus a small make-your-own ceramic workshop with Mikku Keramik. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Anna-Lena Michel)

Biscuit China, Oderberger Str.3, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue 12-18h, Wed-Sat 12-19h
Sunday Shopping Special (17.12.17) from 13-18h; Facebook event

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