Purwin & Radczun are a rarity. Being one of the few, if not the only true bespoke tailoring company in Germany, they are trying to revive a craftsmanship that seem to have been lost. Founded two years ago, the tailoring studio located at Landwehrkanal produces shirts, suits, smokings and coats for men and women in a traditional way with over 80 hours of work going into a single piece. I visited their studio to find out more about the development of the idea and the process of creating a suit.
It is very unlikely that you have not heard of Mykita, the young and very successful glasses brand from Berlin. You might have seen their glasses in the last Moncler show, on Bryanboy or Lady Gaga, or recognized their beautiful store. Mykita is also known for their numerous collaborations with the most interesting designers like Bernhard Wilhelm, Damir Doma (see their show-piece for the latest collection here) and Alexandre Herchcovitch.
Nevertheless, you might not have known that all (!) their glasses are actually hand-made in the middle of Berlin, at Mykita House in Brunnenstraße.
Erich Hamann Bittere Schokoladen Berlin was founded in 1912 by, you guessed it, Erich Hamann, a confectioner who came from the Memel Territory in East Prussia. The first retail store and production facility was located in Kurfürstenstraße, just next to several girl’s boarding schools, whose residents expressed their need for dark (bitter) chocolates with less sugar; Erich Hamann happily complied, making this the main focus of his young company.