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DISCOVER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FROM BERLIN AT THE KESS POP-UP STORE

DISCOVER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FROM BERLIN AT THE KESS POP-UP STORE

Standing in the bathroom for an hour, carefully laying out my make-up collection, prepping my skin diligently, and guiding myself step-by-step through a make-up routine I picked up from Vogue the day before — that’s how I love to start my day. The problem? I also like to stay in bed for an extra hour — admittedly, the latter happens much more often. And since I have my Blush & Glow Duo Stick from Kess, I know that even if I let my alarm clock snooze one too many times, I don’t have to start my day stressed out, because I only need as much time to apply it as my Bialetti needs to make my coffee. The stick consists of two different shades that you can choose yourself. Mine consists of the soft Coral and the darker Tan Blush, which I use not only to define my contours but also to subtly coordinate my eyelids and cheeks and create highlights. You can layer it for a stronger make-up look or simply apply it to your freshly moisturized skin. Because this wonderful stick has saved me so much stress, I had to get more products from Kess: each one can be applied without much effort, is super intuitive and fits inside even my tiniest handbag. And, by the way, they also have impressive values: they are all 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

And now for the exciting news: in addition to the online store, Kess is also currently moving around the real world. Right now they’re located in the middle of Potsdamer Straße next to Andreas Murkudis and Fiona Bennett. The physical pop-up allows you to try out products and shades that are otherwise only available online and get advice from beauty experts. The pop-up is running until 20.04.2024. And we have to mention the beautiful interior of the store which is designed beautifully minimal, as you would expect from Kess. If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to visit the store, on 02.03. Kess is hosting an exclusive pre-launch of a new product and you can be one of the first to try it out with some hot matcha and selected goodies! But even if you can’t make it to the event — before you put the Duo Stick in your digital shopping cart and aren’t sure which is the perfect color choice for you, or can’t decide which lip oil suits you best — why not come along and take the opportunity to match your new beauty essentials perfectly to your skin? Because once you’ve found the right one, it will be hard to part with it – I know what I’m talking about!

Text: Robyn Steffen / Photos: Christian Hasselbusch, Claudia Professione

Kess, Potsdamer Str.83, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
​Pop-up store until 20.04.2024 Tue–Sat 11–18h

@kessberlin

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NETTA’S VINTAGE SHOP WITH Y2K TREASURES AND 90S FINDS: JOO VINTAGE

NETTA’S VINTAGE SHOP WITH Y2K TREASURES AND 90S FINDS: JOO VINTAGE

Netta Mattila’s journey from a young enthusiast of fashion and vintage to the founder of Joo Vintage is a testament to her enduring passion and entrepreneurial spirit. Having resided in Berlin for nearly 13 years, Netta’s affinity for fashion and vintage blossomed at an early age, with her penchant for vintage clothing evident as early as twelve years old. While her childhood dreams leaned towards becoming a fashion designer, her professional path eventually led her into the realms of graphic design and photography. Before the inception of Joo Vintage, Netta established the brand “Oh Mini I am,” which she initially showcased at markets and through an online store. After a decade of shared ventures, Netta felt compelled to embark on her solo journey. The moniker “Joo Vintage” pays homage to Netta’s Finnish roots, with “Joo” translating to “yes” in Finnish, symbolizing her embrace of a new chapter in her life. The name embodies simplicity, style and memorability, aligning seamlessly with the ethos of the store.

At the heart of Joo Vintage lies a mission to provide an eco-conscious alternative for fashion aficionados seeking trendy vintage apparel, footwear and accessories. Netta’s affinity for Y2K trends informs the store’s primary focus, although it also boasts a curated collection of timeless classics, 90s pieces, and selected designer items. From affordable options by brands like Guess and Buffalo to individual high-end pieces from Moschino or Versace, Joo Vintage caters to a diverse range of tastes and budgets. The choice of blue as the store’s signature color holds sentimental significance, rooted in Netta’s affection for the trendy blue hues of the 2000s. Drawing inspiration from her past experiences, such as painting her bookshelves in this captivating shade, Joo Vintage encapsulates these early influences, creating a space that resonates with nostalgia and contemporary flair. For fashion enthusiasts eager to unearth preloved treasures, Joo Vintage is a haven of curated style and sustainable elegance. So, grab your favorite shopping companion and embark on a journey to discover your next beloved vintage gem at Joo Vintage.

Text & Photos: Luna Schaffron

Joo Vintage, Hobrechtstr.28, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Sat 13–19h

@joovintageberlin

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NO ONE SMELLS LIKE YOU: 15WEST IN CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY CARSTEN FISCHER

NO ONE SMELLS LIKE YOU: 15WEST IN CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY CARSTEN FISCHER

When you step into 15West on Giesebrechtstraße in Charlottenburg, you feel as though you’ve been transported to Paris or Milan. The reclaimed oak parquet flooring, earthy tones, floral armchairs, and three display cubes in the center — adorned with pastel tiles fired in a Bavarian workshop — create an ambiance unlike any other. Founder Marc Janssen has curated a space for exclusive niche fragrances at 15West, nestled in Berlin’s west, not far from Kurfürstendamm. Many of the meticulously selected fragrances cannot be found elsewhere in Berlin, and in some cases, in the whole of Germany. Hailing from the Netherlands, Marc Janssen’s deep-rooted passion for perfumes led him to explore perfumeries on his travels. The concept of his own “fragrance boutique” took shape 20 years ago, and in spring 2020, it materialized into reality — a haven for bespoke fragrance consultation from an unparalleled perfume connoisseur. 15West transcends your usual perfumeries; it’s about the immersive experience and the narratives behind each fragrance. Venturing off the beaten path, you’ll discover unique brands like Thomas de Monaco or Eternal Journey, whose perfumes are designed to be worn individually or layered. With Valentine’s Day approaching, 15West presents a distinctive opportunity to celebrate love and individuality. Here, you’re bound to find the perfect fragrance to quicken your heartbeat.

Text: Carsten Fischer / Photos: Robyn Steffen 

Carsten Fischer has lived in Berlin since 1990 and is a buyer for several fashion stores in Berlin and Hamburg.

15West, Giesebrechtstr.15, 10629 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Fri 11–18h, Sat 11–17h

@15_west_berlin

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A DECLARATION OF LOVE: HANDMADE JEWELRY FROM VEYIA BERLIN

A DECLARATION OF LOVE: HANDMADE JEWELRY FROM VEYIA BERLIN

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year Veyia is here to help you declare your love (the sustainable way), with a gift that will bring joy for years to come. In a world where trends change at a dizzying pace, the Berlin label embarked on a mission in November 2023 to craft jewelry that looks beautiful while keeping the environment in mind. The transparent creative process involves the initial designs sketched up in their Berlin studio and crafted into handmade gold and silver pieces. These exquisite pieces are made from recycled 18k gold vermeil and sterling silver, responsibly sourced from certified companies. The organic, flowing shapes of the jewelry allow for effortless and versatile layering, becoming life-long wardrobe staples. Their sustainability extends to their packaging as well: jewelry boxes are crafted from cardboard and paper replacing conventional foam and velvet; bags are made from organic cotton and ribbons from Tencel—a material sourced from sustainable European forestry. If you want to explore their jewelry collection and have the chance to try on pieces before making your decision, mark your calendar for February 24th when Veyia will be showcasing their collection alongside other brands for a week-long exhibition. Whether it’s earrings, bracelets, rings or necklaces, let this Valentine’s Day be an occasion to give love sustainability — whether to yourself or a loved one.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Sebastian Hilgetag

Veyia
With the code “CC10” there’s a 10 percent discount on the entire collection until 14.02.2024.

Pop-up at Sepideh Ahadi, Kollwitzstr. 52, 10405 Prenzlauer Berg–Berlin; map
24.–29.02.2024 10–18h

@veyia.berlin

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READY TO CHANGE UP YOUR WALLS? DISCOVER UNIQUE DESIGNS AT MS WALLPAPER

READY TO CHANGE UP YOUR WALLS? DISCOVER UNIQUE DESIGNS AT MS WALLPAPER

In this day and age — when interior design is about more than simple functionality — choosing the perfect wallpaper can transform your space from okay to amazing. That’s where MS Tapete in Prenzlauer Berg can help. They allow you to push beyond conventional boundaries of what a home is supposed to look like and add a contemporary spin that reflects your style with their wallpaper art. In artist Miriam Schwedt’s workshops, wall art is created. Art that waltzes right past mainstream trends (we’re looking at you, floral patterns) and opts for extravagant yet well-balanced designs. Miriam draws inspiration from everyday objects, textiles and nature, combining them into larger-than-life designs. The wallpaper is created using a high-resolution scanning process for high-quality prints. And let’s not overlook MS Tapete’s sustainability efforts. Leftover wallpaper and misprints are turned into greeting cards, notebooks and storage boxes to minimize waste (available at the showroom). All of Miriam’s designs are the same price. For €149 per square meter, you can purchase custom-made fine art wallpaper for your home. You can view her designs online but to truly understand their impact, we recommend visiting the showroom where you can also get advice from Miriam herself. Whether you’re looking to make a statement in your home or want to expand your repertoire as an interior designer, you won’t be disappointed.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Miriam Schwedt

MS Tapete, Prenzlauer Allee 30, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue+Thu 11–16h, Fri–Sat 11–18h, and by appointment. 

@ms_tapete

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