The arresting gold letters MCM, flanked by neo-classical laurel leaves, which adorn one of Germany’s most luxurious leather labels, stand for Mode Creation Munich. Celebrities, royals and other sophisticated clients love MCM’s trim satchels, logoed luggage and stately handbags. Although, MCM was only founded in the 1970s, the internationally admired brand conveys classic, old-world elegance.
Oberpollinger, Neuhauser Strasse 18, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 290230
Munich’s opulent Theresa store was launched during the golden age of the department store. In 1987, Susanne and Christoph Botschen opened Theresa’s doors to women eager for a shopper’s paradise and it remains a leader on Germany’s fashion scene. The elegant three-storey building showcases a golden roster of international labels such as Sonia Rykiel, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Halston. Alongside these classic brands are edgier options that lure younger fashion lovers to the appealing labels on offer. The bag department’s impressive list of designers includes Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Céline, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Prada, Stella McCartney, Tod’s and Valentino. The pictured Valentino bag retails at €1,780.
Theresa, Maffeistrasse 3, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)89 224845
Located in the lively Marienplatz area, Ludwig Beck houses seven floors of high-end fashion for men and women, along with an extensive classical music selection. This mainstay for Munich’s luxury seekers was established in 1861, when an ambitious button-maker opened his shop. Now Ludwig Beck hosts brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Boss Orange, Citizens of Humanity, Marc O’Polo, Patrizia Pepe, Talbot Runhof, Wolford, Max Mara, Paul & Joe and many more. The range of bags includes casual totes, trendy carry-alls and classic luxury pieces like the frisky Dolce & Gabbana shearling shoulder bag, €1,495, pictured above.
Ludwig Beck, Marienplatz 11, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 236910
This prestigious brand, founded by a Hungarian bookbinder and registered in 1965, is often mistaken for an Italian company because of the associations between luxury leather and Italy. Yet, although Etienne Aigner’s signature Antic Red colour is an homage to Tuscany’s distinctive soil, this high-end label was actually founded in Munich and remains based in the city. Etienne Aigner’s Munich-made belts, wallets, shoes, scarves and covetable bags are integral to elegant women’s wardrobes.
Etienne Aigner, Theatinerstrasse 45, 80333 Munich +49 (0)89 3070 2066