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HELFEN.BERLIN: ONLINE VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR FAVORITE PLACES

HELFEN.BERLIN: ONLINE VOUCHERS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR FAVORITE PLACES

With many of us staying at home, bars, restaurants, shops and cafés are facing a significant loss of income, threatening the existence of the very places that make Berlin unique. While there’s no easy solution, luckily one initiative is trying to help out: the Helfen.Berlin voucher shop. Through their site, you can buy vouchers of between €10 and 100€ and in doing so help these small businesses cover their fixed costs. Then once we are allowed out again you can use your voucher to enjoy a nice moment with friends. The site features more than 900 locations, including many we know and love, like cinema Il Kino, where you can watch art house films before reviewing them with friends at the cocktail bar afterwards. The vegan, sustainable restaurant Frea is also a wonderful place to meet your pals, while at Konk you will find plenty of presents for upcoming birthdays from small Berlin labels. Finally, why not buy a round ahead of time with a voucher for Flaschenzug Bar, which serves dignified drinks in a welcoming atmosphere. This initiative not only shows solidarity but is a great way to start looking forward to meeting your friends again. And if you want to get your non-Berlin people involved, #supportyourlocal is taking the same idea all over Germany. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Konk, Mina Aichhorn & Malene Korsgaard Lauritsen)

The Helfen.Berlin voucher shop includes:
Flaschenzug Bar, Emser Str.16, 12051 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Frea, Torstr.180, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Il Kino, Nansenstr.22, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Konk, Kleine Hamburger Str.15, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
@helfen_berlin

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SUBTLE SHADES FOR EVERY WALL — LIMEWASH PAINTS FROM BAUWERK COLOUR

SUBTLE SHADES FOR EVERY WALL — LIMEWASH PAINTS FROM BAUWERK COLOUR

Giving your apartment a well-deserved zhoosh up is a satisfying way to spend time indoors, and paint in particular can really transform your surroundings. We often find regular Baumarkt paints lack depth and subtlety, which is why we were glad to learn about the limewash colors from the Bauwerk Colour team at a lovely dinner with our friends from Woodboom and Taube Grau. Limewash is a traditional paint made from calcium carbonate that gives a natural, matte finish to your walls. Originally from Perth, Australia, Bauwerk now offer their sustainably-sourced, solvent-free paints in Germany from their online shop. The shades are as diverse as they are tasteful, from the light bright “Pineapple” yellow, the mellow “Elkhorn” gray – perfect for the living room – and the soothing “Leek” green. If you aren’t quite sure what hue to pick, you can upload a photo to get color matches, with color cards and sample pots available for simple swatching. Time to get out your brush and roller and give your walls new life. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Melissa Team Tonkin, Raphael Bartke & Bauwerk Colour)

Bauwerk Colour
@bauwerkcolour

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COUDRE: LOVINGLY-CRAFTED FUNDAMENTALS FOR HOME AND BODY

COUDRE: LOVINGLY-CRAFTED FUNDAMENTALS FOR HOME AND BODY

It is fitting that Coudre puts great importance on how their home and fashion objects are crafted. Their own name means “to sew” in French, and the elegant, modest menswear that this Berlin label started out with in 2016 is all about material quality and craftsmanship. Since then the brand, which Dimitri Moustakidis and Daniel Diederich started after several years in the fashion business, has been branching out. In addition to their trademark simple cut-and-sewn T-shirts and fine cotton sweaters, the pair have created a range of hand-poured candles in a dizzying array of scents, from coconut and verbena to coriander and lime – all made locally in Prenzlauer Berg. The sensory delights continue with the handmade scented soaps (try the black geranium, clove and patchouli) and a new range of organic teas. As you settle down under one of Coudre’s brushed woolen throws with a spice and nana mint infusion as a candle glows beside you, home seems like just the place to be. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Coudre)

Coudre
@coudre_berlin

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LOPPIS VINTAGE: THE WESERSTRASSE HOTSPOT FOR SECOND-HAND GARMENTS

LOPPIS VINTAGE: THE WESERSTRASSE HOTSPOT FOR SECOND-HAND GARMENTS

Ever since I discovered Loppis Vintage, I can’t help but come back again and again. After all, I can find everything that makes me happy here: flowing shapes, harmonious colors, understated yet bold patterns, a warm, airy atmosphere and the balanced mix of pieces on the rack. With her clothing store, founder Agnes Zelei manages to present a thoughtful mix of clothing for men and women, bringing beauty to this corner of Neukölln. Her curated pieces – including shirts and bottoms, dresses and outerwear – are simple and delicate, casual yet elegant – and so wonderfully timeless. When I enter Loppis, I feel as if time is standing still – shopping can be an overwhelming experience, but not here. Agnes travels regularly back to her roots in Hungary to find new vintage pieces for her store, something she really has a knack for. If you’re in the mood for “new” shapes and colors in your wardrobe, head to Loppis where Agnes is looking forward to welcoming you. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Chloe Orefice)

Loppis Vintage, Weserstr.167, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Fri 13h30–19h, Sat 12h30–19h
@loppisvintageberlin

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XOUXOU: SLEEK CASES THAT KEEP YOUR SMARTPHONE IN REACH

XOUXOU: SLEEK CASES THAT KEEP YOUR SMARTPHONE IN REACH

If during your teenage years you wore your flip phone attached to a lanyard around your neck, I’m sure you’re happy to see that this trend is making a comeback, but with a stylish makeover thanks to Berlin-based brand XouXou. The project started in 2015 when founder Yara Jentzsch Dib used her passion for macramé to create a practical and innovative means of keeping a crucial tool – her smartphone – in close reach, even with her hands full with a newborn baby. The prototype of the smartphone necklace she handcrafted became a hit amongst friends and family, so Yara started the Xou Xou website to bring her creations to the world. The brand has since developed a range of designs, from sleek all-black rope and matte cases to colorful mix & match options with thicker straps and chunky clasps that you can shop online and in select retailers. Gone are the days of frantic rummaging through your purse or patting down your pockets to locate your phone – now it’s always right where you left it. (Text: Andreea Dragos / Photos: Johanna Berghorn & XouXou)

In recognition of International Women’s Day, from 06.–08.03.2020 Xou Xou is offering a €10 discount on their Modular collection and are donating €5 from every purchase to Care. Use the code “CEECEECARE”.

XouXou
@xouxou

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