Departmentstore Quartier 206
Where? Along the posh Berlin shopping street of Friedrichstrasse, where high-end and hip boutiques mix with trendy cafes and restaurants. The site used to house a members-only club catering to the proletariat elite of the pre-wall-fall era.
Who? Interior designer and owner Anne Maria Jagdfeld has travelled the world to source goods for this shopping destination. According to the store's website, she wanted to stock items that could only be found outside Germany. 'The international concept can be seen as a dialogue of styles,' she says, 'a communication between the most varied of cultures.'
Fashion finds: Eley Kishimoto's gold sunglasses, pale-pink Rochas bags, Shay Todd bikinis, obi-belted Lanvin suits, a Julia Menthel necklace, Zac Posen's wispy chiffon dresses and python stilettos by Devi Kroell. The store also sells Jil Sander, Neil Barrett and Dior men's collections along with Mastermind T-shirts and shoes by Prada and Richard James. For the younger set, brands include See by Chloe and Ella Moss.
The vibe: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners - the architects who designed the Bank of China Tower - revitalised the 86,000 sqft black-and-white marble building, which has soaring ceilings and myriad skylights. The 27,000 sqft store combines traditional and modern interiors: dark wood, oriental carpets, translucent blue vases, zebra prints and contemporary furniture.
The crowd: fashionistas and shopping enthusiasts from around the world.
Extras: there are currently exhibitions by photographers Leni Riefenstahl and Ralph Mecke on the first floor. Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Etro and Moschino have boutiques within the store, which has a bar/cafe and also sells furnishings, limited-edition design books, make-up and skin-care products, CDs, stationary, flowers and display cases of butterflies and dragonflies for your walls.
Departmentstore Quartier 206 is at Friedrichstrasse 71, Berlin, Germany, tel: 49 30 2094 6240; www.quartier206.com.