Back for another edition of their Zora’s Daughter x Auguste Vintage Pop-up, Marie Wez (of Auguste Vintage) and Nella Beljan (of Zora’s Daughter) have brought together the best of ceramics, clothing, homewares and jewellery for three days of pop-up design and fashion. True to form, the selection features creations from near and far: from Berlin there’s potter Jérémy Bellina’s homewares, Kiki Dieterle’s rings and bracelets, ceramics by Good Clay Sunshine and unisex fashion from Studio Abeles. From further afield come resin jewellery and homewares from Australia-based Dinosaur Designs, pullovers from Galician designers Rus, sculpted pots from Greek artist Terps plus elegant fine-rib bodysuits hailing from Barcelona. If you are an appreciator of thoughtful design and small-scale manufacturing and looking to kit out your kitchen, living room or wardrobe, this weekend’s pop-up is not to be missed. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Studio Abeles, Marie Wez & Marina Denisova für Rus, Yasmina Bawa)
Timo Kranz thought he was the only fingerboarder in the whole world when he started out with the sport after a skating accident left him in hospital. Exposed to the Berlin scene after moving here from his hometown Leimsfeld in 2002 (Berlin held the German championships in 2003), Timo saw there were no fingerboarding-focused skate stores and went on to open ASI Berlin in 2010. With fingerboarding kit as well as a smaller skating range, ASI (“alles schön in Berlin”) stocks the full range including boards, grip tape, trucks, house-made screen printed shirts, and concrete ramps cast in the basement. Whether you fingerboard to improve your skateboarding or just want to avoid bad weather, the space has two rooms with ramps to cruise, grind, trick, and tag your name. Passionate boarders come from all over to visit the miniature skateparks here and realise that, like Kranz, they’re not the only fingerboarders in the whole world. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
ASI Berlin, Boxhagener Str.14, 10245 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
We tend to think of soy as just another dairy alternative alongside almonds, oats and rice. But pay a visit to Huadou, the soy concept store that opened in 2019 in the Linienstraße, and you will discover just what this humble bean offers. Greeting you are rows of traditional stone mills for grinding the soybeans into milk, as well as little bamboo boxes which you use to press tofu at one of the workshops. For soy self-sufficiency you can take one of these beautiful machines home, but the in-house cafe’s soy creations – made from Bavarian-grown organic beans – are not to be missed either. Served in a hot coffee or iced matcha latte, their delicate, smooth milk is a world away from shop-bought soy, while the radical triple-soy ice cream is an umami-sweet treat combining soy milk, soy sauce and roasted soy meal. Chinese-born founders Mengya Huang and Sibo Peng love to experiment, but they also cherish soy’s 5000-year role in East Asian culture and cooking, and it shows. Whether it’s curd, sauce or milk, this is the place to discover, create and enjoy traditionally-made soy. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
For many of us, the post-Corona era offers the chance to change fashion. One challenge is giving old clothes new life in order to break the eternal cycle of fast fashion. But how do you blend vintage pieces with modern styles? When I first entered Side by Side Vintage on Hermannstraße in 2019, this puzzle was solved: owners Lydia and Christina style pieces of clothing from different decades so naturally and casually that you are guaranteed to find something that suits. Faux fur plateau boots, a Jil Sander leather coat, Jean Paul Gaultier mesh tops – I would buy my pink 90s Dior sunglasses again if I had the chance. With their shop, the women have created a setting that does justice to these visionary pieces, giving us the inspiration to reinvent – and rediscover – ourselves. (Text: Sandra Diana Trögl / Photos: Side by Side)
Sandra Diana Trögl has lived in Neukölln since 2010 and has been running Veist since 2011.
Side by Side Vintage, Hermannstr.37, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Summer is almost here – and it’s time to show your colors! We’ve been fans of Gitti nail polish for a while: with wonderful matte colors from sage green to berry red, the formula is hailed as natural and vegan. Behind the brand is Jennifer Baum-Minkus, who had the simple but brilliant idea to revolutionize nail polish. Conventional polishes use ingredients which are claimed to have negative health effects, and Gitti offers an alternative, environmentally-conscious version. Now, under the motto “Creating the Change Together”, Jenni has joined forces with Caroline Gentz and Christopher Deckert from Ivy & Oak. The Berlin-based label has been offering minimalist fashion for women online since 2016, and now you can match the Spring/Summer 2020 collection with a Gitti nail polish in three colors. The Super Pink, Mandarin and Toffee shades are a fitting counterpart to your new Ivy & Oak buys, making this the summer of the perfect color palette. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Linda Ambrosius & Gitti)