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Berlin’s best independent boutiques

Berliners are known for their individual style so naturally the city’s independent boutiques have grown to cater for them. From upscale streetwear, hand-crafted pieces and international brands to up-and-coming designers, Berlin’s independent boutiques stock a unique selection of clothes for both men and women. Here’s our pick of the best

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Feargus O’Sullivan,

Hidden in a courtyard behind Kreuzberg’s Oranienstrasse, Voo is a great place to find upscale streetwear and lesser-known designers. Stocking gear from the likes of Opening Ceremony and edgy Dane Henrik Vibskov, it also sells more affordable lines from cult hipster brands such as Cheap Monday, Pendleton and Dr Martens. A stripped-down warehouse look completes the pose.
Voo, Oranienstrasse 24, 10999 Berlin +49 (0)30 6165 1119

Kaviar Gauche
While Berlin fashion has an avant-garde reputation, there’s something classically elegant about the clothes of Johanna Kühl and Alexandra Fischer-Roehler, the two designers behind Kaviar Gauche. Despite careful tailoring their clothes have a fluid femininity that has attracted loyal fans. For those who love the look in the Linienstrasse shop, the duo also sell their own choice of vintage wear at nearby Brunnenstrasse 6.
Kaviar Gauche, Linienstrasse 44, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2887 3560

Top spots for contemporary design

Andreas Murkudis
Can a single shop change a neighbourhood?  When this concept store run by the brother of cult fashion designer Kostas Murkudis opened in 2003, its location in a previously uncool area of Schöneberg raised some eyebrows. Ten years on, it’s at the heart of Berlin’ hottest new gallery district. A stark white industrial space, it sells some of Berlin’s edgiest high fashion, including clothing by Balenciaga, Céline and Maison Martin Margiela, alongside contemporary porcelain and homewares.
Andreas Murkudis, Potsdamer Strasse 81E, 10785 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6807 98306

Claudia Skoda
Friend of David Bowie and Iggy Pop and one-time doyenne of the Berlin underground, veteran knitwear designer Claudia Skoda is a Berlin icon who still hasn’t lost her edge. Designing pricey but unique knitwear, Skoda has reportedly turned down repeated offers of fashion industry funding as she prefers to keep her vision clear. The result is eccentric, unusual clothing (with some hints of Miyake) sold in an ever-so-slightly intimidating atmosphere that’s more gallery than shop.
Claudia Skoda, Mulackstrasse 8, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 4004 1884

Berlin’s best bar strips

This Berlin-based company’s handmade sunglasses have developed a serious international presence, attracting both a Hollywood A-list following who love the frames’ glamour and a fashion in-crowd drawn by collaborations with hot designer names such as Damir Doma.
Mykita, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 6, 10178 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6730 8715

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