Your mouth will drop when you walk into Spitze, though be warned: you’ll need to promptly swallow your wallet not to leave bankrupted by these scary (though justified) price tags. The front of the store is nothing extraordinary – cases of big rimmed hats, pearl-encrusted jewellery and leather suitcases, mannequins modelling fur shawls and silk ties, racks of men’s suit jackets and a selection of shoes, from pink silk ballet flats to brown leather riding boots.
While many of the pieces here are impressive, it’s in the back of the store where you start to think: holyshityouvegottobekiddingme. Two rooms hold double- and triple-stacked racks that scrape the ceiling, organised by year. Floor-length evening gowns, fur and wool overcoats, white silk and cotton dress shirts and a multiplicity of skirts, from pleated silk to plaid-patterned, start at 1850 and advance chronologically around the room until they reach 1950.
Highlights from Spitze’s century of fashion include leopard fur coats, a fully embroidered, floor-length, sequined cream-coloured dress with a low back, and a selection of men’s tuxedos and ties. For the monetarily challenged, your best bets are Spitze’s skirts (€20-60), wintry hats, gloves and hankies (€5-30), and children’s clothes (€10-30). Make it a day trip, and peruse the rest of Suarezstraße, which, with over 20 antique shops, proves a historical adventure in itself.