Accessories “Made in Germany”

German design is on the rise – also in fashionable accessories such as eyeglasses and jewellery.

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In January, when the sky over Berlin is particularly grey, a colourful cast of international designers, fashion lovers and media people brightens up the image of the capital. Berlin Fashion Week is always about the hunt for the newest trend. Often it is an accessory that makes an outfit into a coveted overall package. And behind many an internationally acclaimed designer piece are German ideas.

For example, the silk scarves produced by the House of Vonschwanenflügelpupke: in 2011, Eleonore von Schwanenflügel and Stephanie Pupke founded the label in Berlin. Their scarves stand out because of their hand-drawn, playful prints. Melons, parasols and lipstick – the foulards with the colourful everyday patterns sell exceptionally well in Paris, Tokyo and New York.

Handbags from the instrument workshop

A particularly complex production process is a mark of the small handbags by Katrin Langer. Fashion editors and bloggers love the brand from Plauen in Saxony. The key part of each bag, a wooden frame, is manufactured in the traditional way by instrument makers. The bead-work is also closely related to Langer’s home region, which was a past location of both the textile industry and mother-of-pearl manufacturing.

The craft character makes many of the “accessories made in Germany” so popular. This is also true of eyeglasses. Ever since the visual aid became a fashion “must”, Mykita and IC Berlin have been among the German eyeglasses brands most in demand. Here high-tech reigns. Mykita developed the material mylon. The stability, lightness and strength of the frames are prized by customers all over the world. Nor has the competition at IC Berlin lagged behind: it manufactures elegant metal eyeglasses with a patented screwless hinge.

Ayzit Bostan refuses to be defined by a single technology. In Munich, the German-Turkish fashion designer creates simple clothing, produces bags and installs art in public spaces. She also teaches design and spins music as a DJ. And in collaboration with Rike Bartels, she has designed a jewellery collection. Under the name “Pamuk” (Turkish for “cotton wool”), silver necklaces and bracelets may now be seen throughout the world in the form of a stylized cloud.

Berlin Fashion Week, 19 to 23 January 2015