On my trips to Berlin I have noticed many shops selling clothes and handbags which are fashion-forward yet lacking in quality. This trend finally seems to be going in the opposite direction, with conscious consumption catching on. That’s why I’m thrilled to have found the bag label Lamari Berlin, which stands for quality materials and fair manufacturing conditions. The bags are sold at the colorful shop Juwel, owned by Berlin designer Marijana Jähnke. Its name speaks for itself: a hidden gem in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, tucked in beside the water tower. In addition to her leather bags, Marijana sells select jewelry and lifestyle accessories by other designers. The space – a blend of studio and concept store – is lovingly furnished with self-made tables and shelves. The workshop in the back is where the skilled designer imagines and creates each bag from fine Italian leather. During my last visit, I bought a couple of handbags and two wallets — one for myself, the other as a gift. (Text: Thi Pham / Photos: Juwel, Lamari Berlin)
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Thi Pham was born in Berlin and studied in Zurich and Tokyo. An architect at Make since 2015, she lives in London and often returns to visit her secret favorite city.