This is where Berlin’s Nina Hagen acolytes and Kate Moss clones go to get their nostalgic fashion fix. Sequined colour-blocked sweaters and perfectly acid washed denim at these shops will take you all the way from “Material Girl” to “Miss World”.
Although the majority of the clothing is not “made in Berlin” and its sister stores, Colours and Garage, are mostly secondhand, this shop with two locations is a surprising haven for vintage finds. Stock from the 1960s-1990s syncs up with current trends and easily beats faux-retro shops like American Apparel when it comes to quality and value.
Highlights include a pair of snakeskin pumps (€35), a black-and-white polka dot knee-length skirt (€15), a pearl-coloured Escada Blazer (€30) and a multitude of big fur and faux fur coats (€40).
At the Neue Schönhauser Straße branch, the atmosphere is friendly, and the back of the store holds a huge walk-in closet filled with shelves of colour-coordinated shoes in styles ranging from velvet slippers and silk ballet flats to patent leather hooker heels and black suede creepers.
Friedrichstr. 114A, Mitte, Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 12-20 | Neue Schönhauser Str. 19, Mitte. Mon-Sat 12-20
This yuki store on the über-yuki Sanderstraße covers the basics of vintage with an arranged-by-colour collection of simple, beautifully crafted items from the 1980s and 1990s. Sourced mostly from New York and other parts of the US, this small store and cafe houses a collection of refreshingly well-kept, original-condition (tag says if the piece has been altered) American vintage.
Don’t let the made-in-the-USA fool you though: we’re talking way more classy than rockabilly. Found favourites include an amazing black-and-white Marimekko-esque patterned blazer (€25), a pink feathery hat perfect for dress up (€12), a vast selection of vibrantly patterned button-down short-sleeved cotton blouses (€20), and an entire rack dedicated to American jeans and jean jackets.
Sanderstr. 11, Kreuzberg, U-Bhf Schönleinstr., Mon-Sun 10:30-20
This two-room store, tucked away in the side streets of Neukölln boasts beautiful high ceilings and a homey living-room feel with its couches and quilted chairs. And while they occasionally host small concerts, the main event here is the clothing.
Rag and Bone Man has a beautifully handpicked selection of pieces from the 1970s-1990s. We’re talking intricate embellished jackets, shirts with patterns so colourful and fresh, they put the Prince of Bel-Air to shame, and to round it all off, an ever-changing €15-20 rack to fulfil all of your sequin shirt and colourful sweater needs.
We loved the gold-studded quilted leather jacket, tribal-patterned pumps and soft black leather backpack reminiscent of the good old Cruel Intentions days.
Briesestr. 9, Neukölln, U-Bhf Karl-Marx-Str., Tue-Sat 12-19.