In a city known for subverting the status quo, it’s no surprise that the menswear scene is on the cutting edge. Berlin’s menswear concept stores are as unique as they are unmissable; they are famed for exciting displays, bespoke collections and meticulously curated choices of international labels. Here we’ve selected some of the best to visit during your stay in the city.
Soto was opened in 2010 by three friends who are veterans of the city’s menswear, fashion and media landscapes. It has rapidly become one of Berlin’s most popular menswear haunts. Standing for South of Torstrasse – referencing the store’s trendy Mitte district location – Soto offers a wide mix of American, European and Asian labels and aims to cater for all aspects of the modern man’s wardrobe. Classic essentials such as denim and poplin shirts from Scandinavian label Norse Projects feature alongside sneakers from Nike, timeless knitwear and coats from Sweden’s Acne Studios and fashion pieces from the likes of Kanye West’s Yeezy collections. This is a must-visit store for those seeking a seasonal wardrobe upgrade.
Soto, Torstrasse 72, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2576 2070, sotostore.com
AD Deertz is filled with menswear pieces that are sourced and produced from all over the globe. It was founded in 2000 by designer Wibke Deertz and combines her love of travel with her passion for creativity. Working outside the confines of the tradition fashion business model, she offers collections are not updated seasonally but are changed consistently and steadily over time according to her inspiration. As she puts it herself, she wants to ‘abolish the industry-specific timings, to work with nice people, to make good products ‒ and have fun’. The result is an unpretentious collection of timeless pieces, many made by hand in small quantities ‒ typically no more than 50 pieces of any design ‒ combining the highest possible quality with a sense of exclusivity that is near unrivalled in the city.
AD Deertz, Torstrasse 106, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 9120 6630, addeertz.com
One of Berlin’s most innovative concept stores, Darklands moves to a different location in the city every couple of years. Each move brings a new twist to the boutique. Now in its fifth iteration, it is currently housed in a former industrial warehouse in the Wedding area. Step inside and you’re in a space that looks like a gallery, with avant-garde fashion items displayed as pieces of art. It is owned by Canadian-born Campbell McDougall, one of the leading figures in the German menswear scene, and has become the city’s foremost destination store. The wide range of brands includes some exclusive to the store. Among the collections here you’ll find Barcelona-based menswear label Boris Bidjan Saberi, gothic-inspired Antwerp-based brand Cedric Jacquemyn and British footwear from James Kearns.
Darklands, Lindower Strasse 22, 13347 Berlin, darklandsberlin.com
The Corner Berlin Men
One of the city’s most popular designer concept boutiques, the Corner opened a standalone men’s store on the city’s Markgrafenstrasse in the Mitte district in 2012. In the five years since, the Corner Berlin Men has become home to one of the most carefully edited ranges of contemporary menswear in Europe. It has a constantly revolving roster of high-fashion labels such as Fendi, Saint Laurent, Gucci and Givenchy along with athletic, urban-inspired brands including Yeezy, Nike, Adidas Originals and Common Projects. Visitors will also find a meticulously chosen selection of lifestyle items, from fragrance to technology accessories, books and magazines.
The Corner Berlin Men, Markgrafenstrasse 45, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2061 3764, thecornerberlin.de
Burg & Schild
With a focus on quality and tradition, the Burg & Schild store in Berlin’s Mitte district has been painstakingly handcrafted. Such care and sense of style extends to the menswear and lifestyle items it stocks. The store is a haven for denim lovers, offering top international denim brands such as Iron Heart from Japan, Indigofera from Portugal and Rogue Territory from the US. It also presents a wide array of workwear pieces, including donkey, bomber and denim jackets, as well as footwear, with sneakers from Converse and boots from Red Wing Shoes. Small leather accessories, retro sunglasses and jewellery round out the Burg & Schild offering, making it a store not to be missed.
Burg & Schild, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 3, 10178 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2463 0501, burgundschild.com