Oh I’m sure you know about Schwarzhogerzeil already, not only because you are a devoted reader of this blog and read about the beautiful store and its equally beautiful owner, Nicole Hogerzeil. But first and foremost because it’s been on Berlin’s fashion scene for quite some time and has built a strong reputation for its selection of international brands.
Entering Rianna in Berlin just off Oranienburger Straße, means entering the loud and crazy world of Rianna Kounou, who moved her store from Athens to Berlin in late 2009. Alongside her own designs, the colorful store offers a selection of seriously high-class vintage. Which in this case doesn’t mean shabby polyester sweaters from the 80ies or piles of mum-jeans from the 90s, but vintage in its strictest definition.
I used the past weekend to explore the West, once again, but this time, after many months of dreadful grey skies, in full-on sunshine. I wanted to find those undiscovered flea markets, where you can find all the treasures of the Grunewald widows for a few Euros…
I don’t know about you, but whenever I get sick I have my own recovery regime: I pop some paracetamol, make sure I have plenty of tea on tap, and wrap myself up in layers upon layers of blankets. To really flush out the flu, though, really sweat and cry out that venom, I need two more things: very sad movies and very spicy food.
It is a rare thing to come upon a second-hand bookstore that’s bright and airy rather than shadowy and stuffy. Not that I mind the darker, more labyrinthine Antiquariate, don’t get me wrong; in a world of dwindling bookstores I’m happy to browse any shop for literary, or just beautifully bound, old treasures.