Because of the duties they have to pay to be sold stateside, you can save a couple of dollars on European-made brands like Oliver Spencer and Tricker's. But on the flip-side, you'll be paying a premium on American-made goods overseas.
Germany's capital city combines the historical relevance of Europe with New York's gritty, Lower East Side cool. It's refined, but a little rough around the edges. In town for a quick trip, I made sure to get in some retail reconnaissance and found that Berlin offers a unique perspective in shopping. The style barometer lies squarely between Parisian high fashion, London's streetwear scene and American heritage brands. The three stores that stood out are all different, but embody the city's diverse style perfectly.
Linienstrasse 40, 10119 Berlin
A hidden gem (and personal favorite), Firmament's austere exterior reveals a small, well-edited selection of hard-to-find Japanese brands, exclusive streetwear products and magazines like Free & Easy. Their current Nike Tailwind installation features an astronaut, and you'll encounter goods from obscure brands like Acronym, Visvim and White Mountaineering, as well as more familiar products from Carharrt's A.P.C. collaboration and Gitman Vintage shirts made especially for the store.
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 2110178 Berlin
Stylish owner Lyon Roque is a former actor turned shopkeep, and the global perspective he's earned while traveling is reflected in his store. He was one of the first buyers of cult brand Engineered Garments, and also stocks products from Folk, The Hill-Side and Velour. I scored a herringbone Portland jacket by Oliver Spencer on sale.
Neue Schönhauser Strasse 13, Berlin
This four-story building is located in the highly walkable shopping hub of Berlin's Mitte district. The inside must be about 5,000 square feet, and it is filled to the brim with great product. If the two grand windows don't catch your eye, denim from 45 r.p.m, shoes from Tricker's, along with outerwear from Canada Goose and Nigel Cabourn just might. If you find yourself in need of extra luggage, you'll be able to choose from Globe-Trotter and Filson, among others.