Haeppi Piecis Concept Store Cauldron of creativity featured

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Munich has had a little trouble stepping out of the creative shadow of Berlin in the past. But now the times are changing: big retail chains—Apple, McDonalds and Primark amongst them—are expanding their sphere of influence in the Haupstadt whilst the Bavarian capital’s bohemians are showing that they’ve well and truly found their mojo. The summer/autumn popup Haeppi Piecis Concept Store is ample, edgy and experimental proof.

The product of a large-scale collaboration across Munich’s creative scene, the temporary store—open until November—acts as a crossroads for fashion and graphic designers, music labels, young publishers and artists.

For starters, the MDF-gone-mad, patchwork space stocks threads and accessories from labels such as Nectar & Pulse, Jakob Hentze and Miro Craemer on its inventive array of display units. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find that this transient boutique has a hell of a lot more to offer than quality clothing. It also runs an extensive program of exhibitions, concerts, installations, workshops and lectures that looks to cover the length and breadth of Munich’s artistic horizons.

Charlie The beating heart of darkness featured

To get to the core of Charlie you need to dig a little deeper. On the face of things, this minimally decorated and multi-windowed spot, with a thick purple neon strip running round its exterior, is a quaint Vietnamese restaurant. If you just turned up and chowed down on some Feuertöpfe (Vietnamese fondu), succulent grilled meats or noodle soups alive with fresh herbs and then left, though, you’d be missing out on the party — downstairs lies one of Munich’s slickest after-hours haunts.

To make the subterranean sojourn you’ll need to make your way through a square black acrylic tunnel, dotted with LEDs. Having emerged on the other side you can grab some liquid supplies from the spot-lit, criss-cross woodblock bar before treating your ears to tuneage from outer limits techno talents. Solid music comes guaranteed.

A Kind of Guise Wardrobe revamped featured

Having established themselves as one of Germany’s most exciting menswear labels working solely in the abstract realms of cyberspace, A Kind of Guise have decided to get physical and open up a flagship store in the real world. And, judging by the buzz the opening generated, it’s about goddamn time. Fresh, open and with a little something different (one of the walls is given over to a display of suspended potted greenery), the space reflects the label’s youthful chutzpah. On the matte black rails and polished wooden shelves, meanwhile, there’s more than enough for any brother to give his wardrobe a unique revamp—with bomber jackets, smart-casual leather kicks, hand-stitched bags and sharp patterned shirts from AKOG’s locker sitting side by side with store exclusive pieces from designers such as Peter Jensen and Kiki Dieterle.

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