MCM, which stands for Modern Creation Munich, is one of Germany’s top luxury leather goods labels. Inspired by voyage, discovery and adventure, the brand brings a glamorous and elegant aesthetic to travel accessories with a plethora of covetable pieces, from classic bags to cases embossed with its distinctive crest, and fun accessories which add a personal touch. Eye-popping colours and quirky prints make this a popular brand with style mavens and discerning travellers alike. Be sure to take a look at the Stark backpack, available in an assortment of colourways including fun metallics.
MCM, Rosenthaler Strasse 38, 10178 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2849 3793
Founded in 1965, Aigner has been offering luxury handcrafted leather designs in Germany for over 50 years. The brand combines traditional craftsmanship and skill with a modern aesthetic. Inspired by the elegant sport of horse riding, Aigner’s first range of handbags featured a simple A motif in the shape of a horseshoe. Today, the brand offers a wide selection of bags and shoes as well as other accessories including eyewear, watches and metal key rings. Leather still remains at the heart of the brand, however, with the highest quality skins used and pieces crafted in Italian workshops. If you are looking for a new evening bag, the Carrie is the perfect style, while those looking for something more appropriate for daytime use will love the circular Tonda model.
Aigner, Kurfürstendamm 50, 10707 Berlin, +49 (0)30 8868 3668
Relative newcomer Gretchen, founded in 2006, has been making waves on the German fashion scene with its beautiful handbags made from the finest leather. Inspired by sculptural aesthetics, the stunning pieces feature modern angles and unique shapes. All Gretchen accessories are 100% handmade and offer timeless luxury style. The Tango Pouch is one of the brand’s bestsellers and showcases Gretchen’s celebrated signature design.
Gretchen, Hackesche Höfe, Rosenthaler Strasse 40-41, 10178 Berlin, +49 (0)30 5130 39171
Created by Philipp Bree, PB 0110 is another newcomer which has transformed the German luxury leather scene and offers original, elegant bags and accessories. The designs feature simple clean lines and colours, allowing customers to showcase their own style with a core of key products. PB 0110 produces bags and accessories made from vegetable-tanned natural leather and pure linen, crafted by skilled manufactures to ensure the best results. With styles ranging from classic saddlebags to cross-body bags, larger totes and backpacks, this is the ideal brand for minimalists.
PB 0110 at Soto Store, Torstrasse 72, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2576 2070
Liebeskind’s ability to make wearable bags, shoes, belts and accessories in fine, natural leather has made it a name to know with German fashion insiders. The Berlin-based brand is a must-visit for those wishing to shop high-quality yet affordable, trend-led pieces. Its bestsellers include soft, slouchy bags and popular styles include the Huntsville saddlebag, Queens hobo bag and Lincoln shoulder bag. The brand is also great for souvenirs, offering popular leather gift items such as coin purses, belts, wallets and gloves.
Liebeskind, Neue Schönhauser Strasse 8, 10178 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2478 1600