BERLIN-If you happen to be in Berlin in April, there's a noteworthy place for impulse buys, because Temporary Designer and Art Sale opened its doors last week, for one month only.
Housed in a former fashion store, which unfortunately shut down at the end of last month, Temporary Designer and Art Sale's the brainchild of projektGalerie, a Berlin-based fashion trade fair that works with up-and-coming designers. Staying true to its concept, the sale's only for young, local labels and therefore includes pieces by resident creatives like Don't Shoot the Messengers, A.D. Deertz and Von Bardonitz.
Some of these designers' items are more severely reduced than others, but generally you can expect markdowns of between 20%-70%. This means that JuliaandBen's flower print drop-crotch pants cost 129 euros ($172) and its lace back t-shirt dress comes at 79 euros ($105). Penkov's camel trench coat is 200 euros ($269), PotiPoti's belted blue knit dress costs 145 euros ($194) and Butterflysoulfire's ivory kaftan retails for 120 euros ($160).
Accessories include leather iPhone sleeves and laptop cases by Lapàporter, lace cuffs by Miroike and Malakoff Kowalski's bags with front pouches and graffiti logos. These were made in East Berlin in the 1980s and now cost a mere 16euros ($21) each.
An exhibition by the artist duo Kieran Behan and Ashley Hayward of Crystal Mafia opened Friday, and sits alongside the clothing. Besides a good selection of pendant jewelry, the girls' artworks include pretty zinc and copper plates illustrated with 1920s and 1930s-inspired drawings. Originally hailing from San Francisco, Behan and Hayward have been living in Berlin for four years and three months respectively and aren't planning to leave anytime soon. "I came here and fell in love with the city," says Behan. "Right now, Berlin feels very magical."
Temporary Designer and Art Sale, 48 Oderberger Straße, 10435 Berlin, Germany, April 6th to May 1st, Mon-Sat, 12pm to 8pm.