Sustainable shopping is currently on everyone’s agenda, and rightfully so. And one of the chicest selections of second-hand pieces has been drawing even Neuköllners across the river to visit its store in Wedding since its opening in October 2018. It becomes clear why right upon entering: Grus Grus‘ atmosphere, with its warm beige tones and natural materials, reflects owner and artist Dóra Földes‘ innate sense of style and attention to detail. A selection of second-hand pieces, inspired by ’80s and ’90s minimalist fashion and hand-picked by Dóra from around Europe, is arranged according to color on racks that frame the room. Above them hang large-format artworks by Dóra – these, too, are for sale. Her expressive style evokes the delicate textile paintings of fellow artist Subin Kim, whose custom silk shirts and jeans are also sold here. Come for the clothing and stay for a coffee. Previously a barista at Bonanza, Dóra serves impeccable flat whites and espressos made with the Kreuzberg roaster’s beans. Don’t feel shy about lingering or asking for styling tips — Dóra’s warmth and passion for her profession are infectious, and make Grus Grus the kind of place you want to return to again and again. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn & Grus Grus)
DANCE ‘N’ DINE: PRACTICING SELF-LOVE THROUGH MOVEMENT AND COMMUNITY WITH THERAPY OF DANCE & SHE SHE RETREATS
When dancer and choreographer Elise Mireille moved to Berlin, she struggled to find an outlet for dancing outside club culture. So she started the community she was missing in the city: Therapy of Dance, a weekly high-energy hip-hop dance class interwoven with therapy. Every Thursday, a growing group of women convene to reflect and share stories before translating that energy into choreography to the tune of feel-good hits. Inspiring confident self-expression and fostering mental health is equally important to Albertine van Iterson of She She Retreats, which organizes getaways and events dedicated to holistic wellbeing in Mallorca and Berlin. This Saturday (13.4.2019), they’re joining forces for Therapy of Dance ‘n’ Dine, combining the healing energy of movement with a vegetarian, local and seasonal meal from Julia Heifer at LOK6. “It’s an experience of self-growth, an investment in yourself and an act of self-love,” say Elise and Albertine. “There’s no judgment here. Women of all levels, sizes and ages are welcome.” (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pascal Rohé, Bennie Julia Gay & Patricia ruiz del Portal)
We’re giving one reader the chance to attend this Saturday. To win, email us at email@example.com explaining why you want to join – don’t forget to add your Instagram handle and phone number.
Therapy of Dance ‘n’ Dine (event): Saturday 13.04.2019, 14.30h–20h
Vivace Studio, Nollendorfstr.11–12, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg; map
Therapy of Dance (regular sessions): Thursdays 19–20.15h
Trybe Dance Studio, Kurfürstenstr.3a, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Oyster, sea buckthorn, spirulina, buckwheat koji. Clams, rutabaga, buckwheat, yuzu. Char, rutabaga, lardo, mustard. The nine courses of young Russian chef Evgeny Vikentev’s “Time Steps” menu (and its vegetarian equivalent, “Roots Religion”) on offer at Cell on Uhlandstraße not only read like poetry; they also present as carefully-composed works of edible art that surprise and delight. The concept is neat: each dish — well-portioned, paced and presented — adopts one element from the preceding one. Vikentev (of Hamlet & Jacks in St. Petersburg) and his international kitchen transcend geographical borders to showcase their culinary creativity and dexterity. A pairing of six wines – chosen by sommeliers Pascal Kunert and Henriette Dreger from the extensive list, which focuses on German and French winemakers, is recommended to accompany the evening. The atmosphere — with its plush, warm-toned textiles and linens — sets a chic but laid-back tone that’s elevated by the impeccable service. Come on a special occasion when you have someone to treat. This is fine dining at its relaxed, playful best. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Anna Dorothea Ker)
For all its practicality, the cost of car sharing can rack up fast – especially when crossing Berlin at rush hour. Here to remove the frustration from the equation is Miles, a carsharing scheme that’s priced according to the distance you drive, not the time you spend in traffic. Need to make a spontaneous trip across town? Just download the app, find a Miles car near you, and drive off stress-free. Want to take a Sunday trip out of town? The “Milesroadie” option saves you money on distances up to 100km. Require a vehicle for a move or to pick up furniture at Ikea? Book a Miles Transporter to get your stuff safely from A to B. For every kilometer driven, the company donates one cent to Berlin charities like Fadi Saad, Berliner Tafel or SchutzengelWerk. And in case you needed another reason to get on board – seeing as Cee Cee Creative is behind Miles‘ design, we’re giving our readers 15€ worth of Miles credit on your first ride with the code “MILESxCeeCee”. Register and enter the code in the promotion field of the app. Happy stress-free driving! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
With Berlin Fashion Week FW19 upon us, the new year is officially in full swing. From 15.-18.1.2019, some of the city’s most exciting locations will be abuzz with a flurry of VIP MBFW runway shows from the likes of Odeeh, Maisonnoée and newcomer Danny Reinke. Trade shows include Seek, which turns 10 this year, and Neonyt, a hub for sustainable fashion innovation. While select events are invite-only, plenty are open to the public. Kicking off the schedule is the Dandy Diary opening party on 14.1.2019, which takes on a “Kid’s Birthday” theme. The chic Projekt Galerie designer sample sale at Charisschwarz, held throughout the week (14.-20.1.2019, 11-21h) promises many a stylish bargain, and on 18.1.2019 there’s “Knothingelse than Art“, a unique art installation & performance event at Kus Kultur-Späti bringing together body painter and artist Robin Slonina, dancer Dario Rigaglia and designer Layla De Mue. Can’t get enough? Stop by Berlin-based brand Nobi Talai’s pop-up at KaDeWe running from 11.1.-16.2.2019. Here‘s the full schedule. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Odeeh, Danny Reinke, Knothingelse than Art)
P.S. Need outfit inspiration for the week ahead? Discover outfits that make a statement — for your personal style and your conscience — in our Re-nt feature below in this newsletter.