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RE-NT: COMBAT CLOTHING WASTE WITH AN ON-DEMAND WARDROBE

RE-NT: COMBAT CLOTHING WASTE WITH AN ON-DEMAND WARDROBE

You know the feeling of having nothing to wear, despite a wardrobe full of impulse buys and clothing you haven’t worn in months? Here to put an end to the paradox is Re-nt, a bright new light in Berlin’s sharing economy. Founded in October 2018 with the mission of transforming the fashion industry into one of zero waste (an aim as important as it is ambitious) this outfit rental service offers members curated pre-loved clothing on demand for four, eight or thirty days, lovingly sent in reusable packaging by RePack. With style and fit consultations, pop-up events and a new subscription model launching in March, you’ll be able to rent an ever-changing selection of items via a pay-as-you-go system. We’re feeling optimistic about this initiative’s potential to revolutionize our relationship with what we wear while allowing us to take a stand against the terrible labour conditions, environmental harm and waste generated by the fast fashion industry – all in (sustainable) style. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Re-nt)

Re-nt: websiteInstagramFacebook

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BINU: KOREA MEETS BERLIN IN THE FORM OF LUXURIOUS FACIAL SOAP

BINU: KOREA MEETS BERLIN IN THE FORM OF LUXURIOUS FACIAL SOAP

There’s something to be said for a simple bar of soap – especially an organic, handmade one. While its liquid counterpart comes in plastic containers that will go on to pollute our oceans in the form of micro particles, the 100% biodegradable facial soaps made by Berlin cosmetics brand Binu come beautifully wrapped in tissue paper, have no synthetic additives and are never tested on animals. Besides doing their part to improve the planet, these vegan soaps actually work. Made from scratch in Korea and inspired by a long tradition of bathing, the cleaning slabs labeled “bamboo”, “calendula” and “charcoal” cleanse, protect and nourish the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed rather than tight. Binu offers a simple online skin test (tested, works!) for those who aren’t sure which soap to best suits their skin. A mini set with three samples also doubles as a travel size kit. Don’t forget to order the face brush too! (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Binu)

Binu: Online shopInstagramFacebook

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ZEITREISE IN EIN JAHRZEHNT DER DEKADENZ: GRILL ROYAL

ZEITREISE IN EIN JAHRZEHNT DER DEKADENZ: GRILL ROYAL

Love it or hate it, the cult status of Grill Royal in Berlin’s culinary and celebrity circuits is undeniable. For the ritzy steak house’s 10th birthday, Distanz has published a new coffee table book in German and English which pays tribute to its legacy. The publication features candid photo series showing guests at various stages of their meals (and after) taken by the likes of Maxime Ballesteros and Robert Rieger. Interwoven is a feature on the establishment’s history, a conversation about wine with sommelière Andrea Kauk and co-owner Moritz Estermann, a highly technical tribute to meat and many more juicy tidbits. If you haven’t yet stepped foot inside, we can guarantee that by the time you’re through with this book, your fingers will be itching to dial the reservation line — that’s +49 30 2887 9288. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos [clockwise]: Maxime Ballesteros, Robert Rieger, Pamina Aichhorn)

Grill Royal, Friedrichstr.105b, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, map
Daily 18-23.30h
“Grill Royal — The Place People Love to Hate” (Distanz, 2018), available here.

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LIGHT & FLAVORFUL GOURMET SNACKING WITH KNALLE POPCORN

LIGHT & FLAVORFUL GOURMET SNACKING WITH KNALLE POPCORN

For your next movie night, desk snack drawer, stocking filler — or any point at which you need a delicious pick-me-up, note the name Knalle, a gourmet “Popkornditorei.” Founded by culinary mavericks Lucie Krautien and André Göbel — who are also behind the café Zuckerstück — Knalle’s popcorn is handmade in Berlin. With flavors ranging from Malabar pepper and sea salt to Thai curry roasted peanut, butter caramel-tahiti-vanilla or even the vegan tonka bean-coconut, it’s hard to settle on just one type. Good thing, then, that a taster pack of all seven varieties is available. Pop by their Friedrichshain store or order online. P.S. We’re offering a €5 discount on all orders over €30 with the code KNUSPERCEECEE at checkout. Happy crunching! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Knalle)

Knalle Popkornditorei: online shopInstagram
Mühsamstr.41, 10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain, map

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A NEW GUIDE TO BERLIN’S INDEPENDENT LITERARY HOTSPOTS

A NEW GUIDE TO BERLIN’S INDEPENDENT LITERARY HOTSPOTS

As Germany’s cultural capital, Berlin would be incomplete without its jungle of charming independent bookshops. In October 2018, Argobooks, a local art book publisher, completed a two year long endeavor of cataloguing the top stores in Berlin – 173 of them in total. The Berlin Bookshop Map invites you to re-discover your neighborhood’s haunts. Stop by your local bookstore to pick up a copy of the map, slide into an alcove, and lose yourself in your new favorite novel. There’s Ägyptischer Kulturladen Papyri for Middle Eastern literature, Books People Places for a focus on architecture and urbanism, and Anagramm for a large children’s selection. If you’re seeking further literary discourse, many of Berlin’s shops host lectures, discussions, and classes – think Zabriskie’s “Between Us and Nature” reading club or Pro Qm’s book release readings. The Berlin Bookshop Map makes a delightful addition to any books you gift this holiday season. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Martina della Valle, Pro Qm, Pamina Aichhorn)

Argobooks: WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Berlin Bookshop Map, available online or at select bookshops around town.

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