Berlin Street Style: Schlesisches Tor in Kreuzberg

BerlinHere the bear tap-dances, here the Luzi goes off – the area at the Schlesisches Tor can easily be described as a hip Ballermann. The party crowd swarms around the historic subway station, which has been surrounded by construction fences for what feels like an eternity, gathering at 24/7 snack bars, in cafés and cocktail bars. If you don’t get stuck at the crossroads, you can do so in the direction of the river at Watergate or at the Visionaries’ Club.

The fashion front, on the other hand, is more drawn to Köpenicker Strasse with some of the city’s best shopping addresses.

In addition to the book and magazine shop Motto, which also sells old fashion magazines, the legendary Overkill sneaker shops reside there. Gate194 is right next to it. The concept store, which opened in 2019, offers a finely curated range of luxury labels with street credibility, including brands such as Helmut Lang, Vetements and 44 Label Group. On the day of our photo shoot, a small drink took place here, whose guests came at the right time for our street style series. But the residents of the neighborhood also delighted with their looks.

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The actor and filmmaker Timo lives around the corner from Schlesi and is on his way to “work”. He plays a modern prince in a play. He’s already wearing his costume – and it consists of a light coat (Herr von Eden), a light gray two-piece suit (Pal Zileri) as well as a shirt (Tom Ford) and tie (Edsor Kronen).

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The shoes once belonged to Louis XIV, at least that’s what Timo claims. His new film “Stand up! What remains when everything is gone” will be in German cinemas on June 16th, and that should certainly be true.

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This is Tacco, an alien, sorry, an undergraduate student in humanoid robotics. Yes, this course is actually available at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Tacco’s revealing performance is no exception, as a friend confirms: She does go to the supermarket topless and only with a coat on. Her top and skirt: “All vintage.”

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Tacco wears black contact lenses, which she says were inspired by the sci-fi genre. The look is reminiscent of the American Horror Story movies, and looking into her eyes makes you a little uncomfortable. However, if all aliens were as nice as the Berlin student, then a black conjunctiva would certainly seem super likeable to us. It’s all a matter of conditioning.

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We meet Itamar in the courtyard of the concept store Gate194, where a small event is taking place. He makes a statement in turquoise – and the connoisseur suspects it: This oversized knitted sweater can only be by Raf Simons. The good piece comes from the Devotion Collection from 2001 and is still worth a few hundred euros on the vintage market. Its proud owner also has a theoretical understanding of fashion, as he is studying fashion management in Kreuzberg.

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The rest of Itamar’s outfit and how he combines it is also convincing with style competence: bucket hat from Herman, sunglasses from Acne Studios and white shirt from Y-3 over a black turtleneck.

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And underneath: COS trousers for Nike x Matthew Williams.

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Justin and Gwidon are friends, we meet them near the style oasis Overkill. Justin works as a model and makes music (trap and punk). He is originally from Bielefeld and can confirm that the city really exists. His shirt is from Iraq New York, a legendary graffiti crew that formed in the ’90s. He also wears vegan leather Weekday pants and burgundy Timberland shoes.

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A double dose of style with a Levi’s cap that Justin customized himself and a pierced Gwidon from the Dong Xuan Center Berlin.

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Gwidon was born in Poland but has lived in Berlin since he was five years old. Here he also founded his own fashion label “Gwidon”, whose first collection is about to be officially launched. Gwidon wears luxury fashion that he bought in second-hand boutiques and on vintage portals: leather jacket from Balmain, shirt and jeans from Dolce & Gabbana. His sunglasses are from Prada, the chains are from Vivienne Westwood and Dolce & Gabbana, and he got the rings from a flea market.

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Gwidon wears grillz over four teeth in his upper jaw. He had them made at +49 Jewelry Berlin. There are reasons why you rarely see this trendy tooth jewelry in everyday life. For example, you can’t eat with it.

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Gertrud has lived on the Schlesi for about fifty years. She once moved to Berlin from Baden-Württemberg, as she explains. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, she got this colorful hairstyle, but her hair is always colorful. It started with dyeing in the 90s, she says. Since then, Gertrud has been a happy eye-catcher in this Kreuzberg neighborhood, where she fits in perfectly with this unusual look.

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We also meet student Iris at the small courtyard event at Gate195. As a child, the German-Greek lived in many parts of the world because her parents are diplomats. Iris has been living in Berlin for four years now and is studying fashion management at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, just like Itamar. She is wearing a Weekday dress, paired with Gucci sunglasses and platform shoes that she bought in a small boutique in Greece.

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The beaded mini pouch is from India, the plastic jewelry is from the Barcelona brand La Manso.

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The highlight of Iris’ outfit is an old BMW motorcycle jacket. It belongs to her father, she tells us. “I secretly took them out of his closet and ripped out the security pads. I thought my dad wouldn’t even notice and now I’m in the newspaper with my jacket!” We hope dad understands!

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The Berliners Mike aka Mike Moto and Maxim aka MX42 (from left) do trap and rap. They like to produce their tracks together, which, typical of the genre, are mainly about smoking weed. Here they are chilling with friends in a Mercedes G-Class. Mike’s look: vintage leather jacket from the Mauerpark flea market, sweatshirt by Ravani and double-knee trousers by Diekies – original work trousers with reinforced trouser legs that are also ideal for skating.

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Artists can use these stickers, inspired by Yo-Gi-Oh! cards, to promote themselves to streetlights and other sticky surfaces. Mike can also be booked as a model and actor. He is also a media technician, as he says. Mike wears an embroidered New York Yankees cap.

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And that’s Maxim’s look: vintage leather jacket and logo tracksuit from Ravani, a Berlin streetwear brand, explains the musician.

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In front Mike’s Nike Air Jordan Red Thunder, which costs around 500 euros, in the back Maxim’s Nike Air Jordan 5, which is also quite valuable.

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with finer allure PR agent Benjamin strolls home from work, but not before making a stop at the Motto magazine store. He frames the shirt from Acne Studios and the white jeans from Levi’s with black accessories. The feminine bag is from wandler, the sunglasses from Prada and the fisherman’s beanie from Weekday. The Birkenstock x Proenza Schouler shoe model in black patent leather completes the look.

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In between we make Benjamin laugh, he actually likes to look serious in photos. His silver jewelery is from the Danish brand Maria Black.

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Amber’s classic look doesn’t look like Schlesi at all and there’s a reason for that: she’s only here to visit. The economics student actually lives in the banking metropolis of Frankfurt am Main, and from a fashion point of view a completely different breeze is blowing there.

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Amber demonstrates a tasteful selection of mid-priced clothing. Her coat is by Ivy & Oak, the blouse by Massimo Dutti, pants, shoes, bag and glasses are by Zara.

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