There are times when you go shopping, when you need something very particular. This is where a big mall and the Blitzkrieg approach works best: get in, get out, avoid too many casualties. However, there are other times, when you have nothing special in mind and it’s as much about the journey as the end result. For the latter, Van Nord is your new best friend.
An airy slate-gray space lures the casual window shopper in off the pavement, where inside, founder Andrea Ennen is there to introduce a diverse range of products. The womenswear is all Nordic-inspired — both understated and high in quality — while the accessories run the gamut from penny loafers and shoulder bags to knitwear and jewelry, not to mention the interior design gear, capable of bringing the most ramshackle of Berlin apartments up to speed.
Positioning itself as something of a lifestyle forum where fashion, design and literature intermingle, you’ll find brands including Hien Le, A.D.Deertz, Uslu Airlines and Samsøe & Samsøe. Nestled neatly between Ku’damm and Savignyplatz, it’s well worth adding this shop to your mental map labelled: City West Retail Therapy.