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MARIN ET MARINE — BAGS MADE TO TAKE YOU THROUGH SUMMER

MARIN ET MARINE — BAGS MADE TO TAKE YOU THROUGH SUMMER

Inspired by fond memories of salt-swept summers in Brittany, twin sisters Caroline and Valérie Hebel brought to life their first “Sac Marin” canvas bag in 2013, and have never looked back. Their label, Marin et Marine, has since expanded to include leather bucket bags, which are crafted in a traditional leather manufacture — a stone’s throw away from their cozy Kreuzberg studio — and hand-colored with organic dye. The twins are constantly on the hunt for new tones, textures and fabrics to update their collection with. Every delivery from Marin et Marine includes postcards designed by Caroline: Just one of the many small details that makes this company so personable. Peruse their collection online, or pop by their Kreuzberg store — though be warned, you might leave longing for lazy, sun-drenched days spent on French beaches. Thankfully their sturdy bags also make for roomy, practical and good-looking carriers of essentials for weekends spent lakeside. That’ll do in the meantime. (Text: Emilie Wade / Photos: Silvia Conde, Marin et Marine)

Marin et Marine, Reichenberger Str.136, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Thu-Sat 12-19h

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HANDMADE JAPANESE CONDIMENTS FROM BERLIN — MIMI FERMENTS

HANDMADE JAPANESE CONDIMENTS FROM BERLIN — MIMI FERMENTS

If you’ve dined at the likes of Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Mrs Robinson’s or Panama recently, you may have noticed an uptick in unique Japanese ferments like shoyu, shio koji and miso pastes. Behind the delicious condiments is Mimi Ferments – founded by Markus Shimizu in early 2017 and the only company of its kind here in Berlin. Himself a vegan, Shimizu began experimenting with a raw food diet, which organically led him to fermentation — experimenting with his own tempeh and natto. Today he supplies some of the best restaurants in Berlin, working with high-calibre chefs and local producers to offer the city a proper introduction to Japanese specialty condiments. His new shop — or rather, fermentation lab — will serve not only to help him increase production and create new applications for ingredients, but will also be a place for those interested to learn more about his products through in-depth explanations, tastings and events. Next up, on 29.4.2018, is a miso making workshop, in which participants will create their own jar of traditional Miso paste before putting it to use in an Amazake smoothie and an umami-laden bowl of miso soup. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Mimi Ferments, Stephanstr.24, 10559 Berlin-Moabit; map
Tue-Thu 10-18h
Miso Making Workshop, 29.4.2018. Facebook event, reservation required.

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PONY HÜTCHEN VINTAGE — DESIGN TREASURES WITH SOUL & A STORY

PONY HÜTCHEN VINTAGE — DESIGN TREASURES WITH SOUL & A STORY

If you’ve spent time in Kaffee 9 recently and have found yourself admiring the warm, rustic interior, note this name: Pony Hütchen Vintage. At the heart of this 2007-established vintage store-cum-interior consultancy is a curated selection of rare vintage furniture and one-off living accessories. With passion and a discerning eye, founder Lilli Nielsen travels around the country in her old VW bus to source her finds — from antique travel trunks to elegant Midcentury lampshades and delicate enamelware. It’s all for sale at her haven of a store, tucked right next to Markthalle Neun. Nielsen also offers interior styling and event rentals — for the likes of pop-up events (Conflictfood, Thomas Henry) and film sets (Ku’Damm 56). Oh, and that milking stool from which you drank your pourover at Kaffee 9? It’s for sale — as is every piece in the establishments Pony Hütchen fits out. Next time you drop by, you might find yourself taking home a new treasure as well as a caffeine hit. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pony Hütchen Vintage)

Pony Hütchen Vintage, Pücklerstr.33, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg;map
Mon-Fri 12-20h, Sat 11-20h

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AGNONA APARTMENT: THE LUXURY ITALIAN LABEL’S FINE NEW HOME

AGNONA APARTMENT: THE LUXURY ITALIAN LABEL’S FINE NEW HOME

New season, fresh space: after a stint in the Beletage of its desirable Charlottenburg address, Italian fashion house Agnona has moved back into its original apartment on the ground floor — twice the size and fitted out with a new, opulent interior. Custom wall textiles in neutral tones, hand painted with delicate flowers complement Mid Century furniture and low lighting, allowing Agnona’s sartorial offerings room to breathe. The brand, which started out as a purveyor of fine fabrics to haute couturiers like Dior, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, has since become a prêt-à-porter label, today under the creative direction of Simon Holloway. In its new Berlin store — the “Agnona Apartment” — customers are invited to browse through items on gilded racks, take a seat on elegant low-slung seats to peruse hefty tomes of fashion photography for inspiration, and of course try on new season finds that catch their eye. Agnona’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection is a nod to the pastel world of David Hockney, and pops with vibrant gradients and California-inspired tones joining florals on kimono coats made from the world’s finest “Century Cashmere”, silk crêpe de chine and shiny viscose dresses. The look is relaxed, sensual and made for movement — embodying the kind of summer we want to have. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise, from left): Pamina Aichhorn, Agnona, Pamina Aichhorn)

Agnona Apartment, Kurfürstendamm 188-189 (entrance Schlüterstr.) 10707 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Mon-Fri 10-19h, Sat 10-18h

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BERLIN’S NEW SONOS CONCEPT STORE — SOUND YOU CAN FEEL

BERLIN’S NEW SONOS CONCEPT STORE — SOUND YOU CAN FEEL

Still amplifying your carefully-curated playlists through your laptop’s built-in speakers? Allowing your music to shine with the crisp, rich sound quality it deserves is set to get easier with the opening of the Sonos Concept Store Berlin: the speaker brand’s third outpost worldwide, after London and New York. Acoustics take centre stage in the Mitte-based store: Two custom-made listening rooms, designed in collaboration with local artists 44flavours and Lena Petersen, invite music lovers to test out their own playlists on Sonos’ “Smart Home Sound System.” An art wall will feature music-related exhibitions by Berlin-based and international artists, beginning with photographs of David Bowie — part of the store’s opening week, which is dedicated to the adopted Berliner. On Thursday 12.4.2018, you’re invited to celebrate his — and the city’s — musical legacy at the “Song Stories” opening night, during which Tony Visconti, Alison Goldfrapp, Gudrun Gut and Michael Rother will share their favorite Bowie songs and moments. RSVP hereand prepare for an immersive listening experience on a whole new level. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Sonos)

Sonos Concept Store, Oranienburger Str.83, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map
Song Stories: Bowie Opening Event, 12.4.2018, 19-21.30h. Register here.

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