April 02, 2009

The recently opened Corner Berlin (40 Französische Strasse; 49-30/2067-0950; www.thecornerberlin.de) emporium in the city's historic center is not quite a gallery—though it's certainly curated like one. The owners, a former movie producer and a cosmetics executive, hand-selected all the goodies: Ugo Cacciatori jewelry, clothing by little-known international brands like Thom Browne, and beauty products from Ren. Nearly everything in the 3,000-square-foot shop—including the monthly CD compiled by local electronica DJ's—is sold exclusively here in Germany. Nearby, in Mitte, Konk (15 Kleine Hamburger Strasse; 49-30/4365-9667; www.konkberlin.de) has taken over a massive new space and filled it with the energetic installations, edgy leather satchels, and geometric prints that have made it a cult favorite in both Berlin and Tokyo, where the owners just unveiled an outpost.

Corner Berlin

Facing the lovely Gendarmenmarkt square, this vast, pillared space created by Berlin architects Pierre Jorge Gonzalez and Judith Haase is Berlin’s answer to Paris’ Colette. Curated collections of men’s and women’s clothing by Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, and more hang from angular dividing elements on three levels; the store also offers Loubutin shoes, Balenciaga bags, high-tech trinkets like iPod speaker sets, unusual body-care lines, music mixes, art books, mid-century furniture…there’s even a fully stocked bar along the back wall.

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