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In store at Darklands

With its edit of pioneering labels, avant-garde store Darklands is at the cutting edge of fashion. Darklands’ founder, Canadian-born Campbell McDougall, also makes full use of its cavernous warehouse location, running art installations alongside the season’s must-have clothing. Campbell talks to us about his vision for the store, which is located close to Berlin’s central station

Ximena Daneri
Ximena Daneri ,

‘The idea for Darklands came about simply because I wanted to live in Berlin. I set up numerous shops in Canada, including a Darklands predecessor called Komakino, so in all I’ve been running this concept for 12 years. When we moved to this part of the city five years ago, it was the most important art gallery area in Berlin. The location is a little unexpected for a high-end store: it has an industrial aesthetic and although it’s very central it’s off the beaten path. As with my other stores, I was very involved with the design of Darklands, at every step of the way.

‘Regarding the designers that we stock, this is a very natural, intuitive process for me; unlike most buyers, I buy what I like. Almost all designers that we carry are exclusive to us in Berlin and we like to collaborate with designers on just-for-Darklands editions. We have done this with Boris Bidjan Saberi, Alexander Fielden, MA+ and Kuboraum to name just a few.

‘It is challenging for me to pick favourites but I was very excited this season by Sandrine Philippe, Leon Emanuel Blanck, Julius and especially Geoffrey B Small. Darklands has a specific directional and timeless aesthetic, I’m not interested at all in seasonal trends, nor do I follow what they are. I am looking for classic, avant-garde styles.

‘Are there any memorable stories about Darklands? Yes, I could write a book!’

Darklands, Heidestrasse 46-52, 10557 Berlin



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