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OUKAN 71: Japan via Berlin

Berlin’s Mitte district is home to a super-modern new concept store, OUKAN 71, two airy floors of up-and-coming avant-garde design for ladies and gents, as well as unique interiors items and a sleek tea bar.

This gorgeous new shopping playground has a compelling back-story: After the cancellation of last year’s Tokyo Fashion Week due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami, a group of Japanese designers got together and decided to present their collections anyways, anywhere they could. Berlin’s fashion elite graciously invited the group to show at the city’s Fashion Week, as a charity project called Tokyo Gakudan. The masterminds behind this runway presentation, Natalie Viaux and Huy Thong Tran Mai, were so inspired by the avant-garde Japanese design aesthetic, they decided to bring it to Berlin permanently, with OUKAN 71. The name itself is a snarky play on words, as ‘oukan’ translates to ‘crown’ in Japanese and the store is located at Kronenstrasse 71 (‘kronen’ is German for ‘crown). Pretty good, right?

While OUKAN 71 may have a decidedly Japanese feel, much of the merchandise is actually Scandinavian, but all of it is decidedly on the cutting-edge. If you need a break from all this fabulousness, head upstairs to the Tea Bar Restaurant, a minimalist café, where Eriko Ohsawa (who worked under super-star chef Tim Raue) has created breakfast and lunch menus full of healthy vegetarian, pescitarian, vegan and raw dishes, as well as a selection of soothing teas.  xx Ashley Churchill

OUKAN 71

Kronenstrasse 71 10117

49 (0)30 2062 6700

Photos Courtesy of: TheCoolHunter

 

 

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