Last week in Berlin, we had the pleasure of having someone very special taking us to some of her favorite destinations for unique finds and off the beaten path boutiques. For those of you who are regular visitors of the Sea of Fertility blog, you will recognize that this Berlin style hunter is none other than blogger Nancy Zhang.
First destination: Schmuckfrage, an incredible Ali Baba’s cave of contemporary jewelry design talent.
Standing in front of such a unique and courageous selection of wonderful designes, we wondered who the curator behind this shop was? Nancy obliged and introduced us to shop owner and curator Ute Kotzbucher, who patiently showed us her hidden gems.
We were mesmerized after hearing Ute’s explanation of her selection and designers. She also allowed us to take the time needed to admire, explore and investigate, until the jewelry began to tell us its own story.
We were all intrigued by the work of German designer Stephanie Hensle (see one of her necklaces below) amongst others.
Chatting with Ute on the wear-ability of the copper and wooden pendant (by Stephanie Hensle)
Wonderful work on ring prototypes at Schmuckfrage (by Stephanie Hensle)
From our one-of-a-kind rooms at the hotel to the tiny vibrant boutiques at every street corner, a day in Berlin was a day immersed in creativity!
We spoke with a lovely, talented, old school hatmaker called Helena, whose workshop we spotted on the street. To her, a hat was without a doubt the most sensitive part of an outfit so when she made her hats, she made them with a character in mind.
We also came across the shop of another hatmaker but this one’s style was a little different: Sicilian-style coppolas! As you can see from the pictures below, we had a lot of fun experimenting with the different coppolas and hats. It was like jumping from one character to the next!
Let me explain the picture above which shows the work of a most unusual designer. Little fishes are sewn by the artist when still fresh so that their natural beauty is brought new life and immortalized. The result: a unique line of accessories. She lives by the seaside and is a sculptress of fish. Back in the office, MK made me think about how adventurous it must have been to take the first step in this work.
So that’s it! Berlin is an artistic city where designers aren’t afraid to take risks. I feel like I was just only beginning to understand its creative side and we left too soon. But not to worry, I’m sure we’ll be back!
And expect to see some of these designers on Boticca soon …
Note: the Style Hunters would like to thank the lovely Nancy Zhang for taking us around and showing us areas, workshops and stores in Berlin that only its most style-savvy citizens would know about!