The New Epicenters of Style
From Berlin to Tokyo, explore the world’s new crop of shopping and fashion hubs, where up-and-coming designers and chic boutiques can be found around every corner.
Stumbling upon well-curated boutiques and undiscovered designers is undoubtedly one of the greatest pleasures of travel. And the thrill of a new acquisition (or two) is only heightened when it feels like you’ve found something no one else will have. Such discoveries are plentiful the world over — if you know where to look. These four fashionable destinations have emerged as centers of style.
Berlin: A Crossroads of Fashion and Fine Art
After a tumultuous 20th century, the German capital has emerged as an ultra-hip, diverse city with a fantastic art scene, one of the best orchestras in the world, and buzzy nightlife. Its creative and avant-garde spirit is apparent in the fashion offerings, too. “The best shopping is found at a crossroads with fine arts institutions,” says Lydia Maurer, a Berlin-based Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent alum who founded swimwear line Phylyda in 2016. “That way, your experience is somehow elevated.” Andreas Murkudis is a prime example: With its stark white walls and fashion-as-art display, the concept shop, which carries labels like Dries Van Noten, Celine, and the Row, fits right in with the many galleries that neighbor it. At the Soho House, the first level is a 30,000-square-foot retail space, simply named The Store. “It’s a well-curated shop with beautiful furniture, designer clothes, and books, where you can also hang out, sit on generous couches, and drink cold-pressed juices,” Maurer says. Finally, for the best in local designers, don’t miss Voo, Lala Berlin, Konk and Maisonnoée.
Explore the city in style. Here’s what to pack for a stay in Berlin.
Miami: Where Global Influences Take Center Stage
The Magic City has undergone a stunning transformation in recent years, from a wild party city to a highbrow locale with culture, art, great food and starchitect-designed condos. Its latest pièce de résistance is the Design District, an erstwhile wasteland-turned-extravagant luxury shopping and arts hub with A-list museums (the De La Cruz Collection and Institute of Contemporary Art), public artworks by Sol LeWitt and Urs Fisher, and every high-end brand you can think of. And the city is still growing. “There isn’t a day that goes by without hearing about something new coming soon,” says Yeliz Titiz, who owns the Bazaar Project, an eclectic boutique curated with items (from Seletti houseware to handmade evil eye pendants) she sources from places like Southeast Asia and her native Turkey. But Miami’s biggest fashion draw, says Titiz, is the strong presence of Latin American designers, whose one-of-a-kind creations can be found at Boho Hunter and Bossa Concept. “No other city can beat that.”
Explore the city in style. Here’s what to pack for a stay in Miami.
New York: A Fashion Vanguard, Reinvented
It would be impossible to create a list of important shopping hubs without including New York. The city is constantly reinventing itself, meaning even the most seasoned traveler will find something new, something unexpected, or something to generate envy from friends back home. For the rare and exceptional, stop by Federico De Vera’s eponymous cabinet of curiosities shop in lower Manhattan. Then head over to John Derian for beautiful paperweights, Astier de Villatte ceramics, and decadent Cereria Introna candles. If you like the plate on which your buckwheat crepes are served at La Mercerie, you can buy it — the restaurant is located inside design firm Roman and Williams Guild. The dine-and-shop concept, of course, was pioneered by Jean Georges, when he opened ABC Kitchen (followed by ABC Cocina and abcV) inside ABC Carpet & Home, the very chic interior design and furniture behemoth. Farther uptown, Bergdorf Goodman’s most famous face, senior VP Linda Fargo, has curated a special concept shop called Noir at BG (opening September 1). True to its name and so befitting New York, it is filled with Fargo’s favorite all-black pieces. And for the ultimate in eye candy, be dazzled by the magnificent new fine jewelry salons at both Bergdorf’s and Saks. But be warned—it will be very hard to leave empty-handed.
Explore the city in style. Here’s what to pack for a stay in New York.
Tokyo: Legendary Street Style That Inspires
With a cultural mix that is both hypermodern and traditional, Tokyo is a sprawling hotbed of great shopping. Skip the glitzy international flagships of Ginza and head to the famous basement food hall of the Mitsukoshi department store. Here, you can fuel up for a long day of shopping ahead, plus buy delectable — and beautifully packaged — Japanese treats to take home with you. Then head over to Takumi for exquisite folk crafts. For an introduction to up-and-coming Japanese designers, peruse the racks at Xanadu, and for a bespoke souvenir, go to H-Tokyo, a handkerchief shop where a specialist custom-embroiders and monograms pocket squares. Fashion and technology merge at Anrealage, where the Japanese label’s progressive, otherworldly clothes (the brand shows at Paris fashion week) are presented amidst a very Zen sound and light installation. Feeling inspired to emulate the eccentric street style stars? Revamp your wardrobe at Faline, where you’ll find a selection that includes Jeremy Scott and Olympia Le Tan.
Explore the city in style. Here’s what to pack for a stay in Tokyo.