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DIVERSITY IN DESIGN: BACKPACKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT FRESHLABELS

DIVERSITY IN DESIGN: BACKPACKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT FRESHLABELS

Compact and sleek? Or functional and rugged? You can find the whole gamut of backpack design at the new Freshlabels Berlin store. Their mission: curating a wide selection of packs from international designers, including both small independent labels and more established brands. Founded in 2006 by Jan Bouška and Jakub Veselský in Prague, Freshlabels is home to collaborations – think Raf Simons with Eastpak and Boris Bidjan Saberi with Ortlieb – as well as collections from sustainable producers like Pinqpong and many more specialty backpack brands from around the world. The design of the store itself is a reason to visit, with a camera booth giving you a 360 view of your new look. Come, bring your friends, grab a drink and check out the selection at the store opening tonight (16.05.2019) which features a one-off giveaway of their latest collaboration with Berlin artist Monja Gentschow from Keinemusik. And if you can’t make it, their collections are available via their online shop, which has EU-wide shipping on men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and fashion accessories. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Freshlabels)

Freshlabels, Rosenthaler Str.50, 10178 Berlin–Mitte, map

Opening event, Thu 16.05.2019,18–22h

@freshlabels

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REFINED FRAGRANCE FOR THE HOME WITH CANDLES AND SCENTS FROM STONE, WOOD & OIL

REFINED FRAGRANCE FOR THE HOME WITH CANDLES AND SCENTS FROM STONE, WOOD & OIL

Returned to the garden shed after half a year only to find that spring has not quite sprung? Had to abandon your evening in the park for the warmer climes of indoors? Then why not bring the essence of nature into your home with scented candles and diffusers from Stone, Wood & Oil? The brand, founded by Tina Reichert in 2018, brings a beautiful ambience with its delicate fragrances. Handmade in the south of Berlin, the candles and scented oils capture interesting compositions like “Sage & Lavender”, “Lilac & Moss” or “Mimosa & Verbena”, which smell wonderful without being overwhelming. The soy wax scented candles are resealable with corks and are also available as minis, so you can find your favourite or take your scent with you on your next weekend away. And if none of the compositions match your garden shed or appeal to your mood, then make your own in one of their workshops. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Johanna Flesland Rademacher)

Stone, Wood & Oil candles and scents are available online.

@stonewoodandoil

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SHOWING YOUR AFFECTION THROUGH FLOWERS AT FRIDAS TÖCHTER

SHOWING YOUR AFFECTION THROUGH FLOWERS AT FRIDAS TÖCHTER

This Sunday (12.05.2019) is Mother’s Day in Germany, and you don’t want to give just any old bouquet to your mom: you want to show your affection through flowers. Our advice: visit this lovely spot by Boxhagener Platz, the location of the small florist Fridas Töchter, run by a self-proclaimed “writer with flowers”. Kurt, a trained carpenter and sociologist, creates beautiful floristic stories around a single flower, and stages these narratives both in the shop and at events for customers. And speaking of creating: the arrangements at the entrance, with old wooden boxes and antique suitcases, invite you on a journey into the shop’s enchanting interior. Walking through the doors is an escape from the bustle of Friedrichshain into Kurt’s floral world, where the focus is on local rather than imported flowers. Incidentally, the name is an homage to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and the strong colors in her work. Let Kurt and his team help you show your affection with a colorful, temporary piece of art. And if your mom doesn’t live nearby, then why not treat yourself? (Text: Rosa Künzler / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Fridas Töchter, Niederbarnimstr.8, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Tue–Fri 11–19h, Sat 09–18h, Sun 10–15h

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ARYS STORE OPENING: FASHION MEETS FUNCTION AT BERLIN LABEL’S SECOND LOCATION

ARYS STORE OPENING: FASHION MEETS FUNCTION AT BERLIN LABEL’S SECOND LOCATION

Fans of minimalist style and cutting-edge materials rejoice: Berlin-based clothing label Arys are opening a second store in Mitte, down the road from their original Kollwitzkiez flagship. Founded in 2014, Arys have since won multiple awards and gained particular success in Japan. Their combination of fashion and function has long been a big trend there and now Arys is replicating it on their home turf. Combining the practical fabrics you need for an active lifestyle with futuristic, sleek forms, their collections boldy cross conventional fashion boundaries. Take their unisex weightless jackets and sculptured tracksuit jackets and pants: they use the latest adaptive material technologies but retain a simple elegance in their design. Besides placing importance on innovation and durability, Arys concentrate on the ethical production of their garments, with sourcing and manufacturing of their men’s and women’s collections all taking place in Europe. All their items are available online as well as at their new store near Rosenthaler Platz. The space shows off the same innovation and utility that Arys embodies with their styles, so head to the opening event on 16.05.2019 to enjoy a drink while browsing their latest spring/summer collection. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Arys)

Arys Store, Torstr.138, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Opening event 16.05.2019, 18–22h
Afterwards Mon–Fri 12–18h, Sat 12–19h
@aryswear

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BERLIN’S FIRST VEGAN PATISSERIE — EXQUISITE CAKES VON GEORGIA

BERLIN’S FIRST VEGAN PATISSERIE — EXQUISITE CAKES VON GEORGIA

Expecting guests for coffee and cake? Your mother’s birthday is coming up? Your girlfriend is vegan, but your dad keeps it traditional? These days, it can be pretty hard to keep up with the preferences of your guests or even your hosts, but thanks to former health psychologist Georgia that’s all over. On a mission to bring maximum indulgence to a plant-based lifestyle, the 24-year-old opened her vegan patisserie in March 2019 under the name Von Georgia. She makes all her creations by hand without any gluten, soy or refined sugars. I’ve always been somewhat skeptical about vegan cakes and tarts: too dry, too overpowering, too heavy. But everything here is just right. Delicacies include a creamy blueberry cake, lovingly decorated with fresh blueberries, rose petals and vanilla cream; decadent date-caramel cake with chocolate glaze; and my favorite, the “Snickerz Wheel”, which is perfect if you’ve been searching for a vegan alternative to a real Snickers bar. You can easily order your cakes online, and they can be delivered anywhere in Berlin. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Von Georgia)

Von Georgia, online shop.
You can email Georgia with any special requests at georgia@vongeorgia.de
@vongeorgia

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