If you aren’t an expert on the city of Berlin or have a raging passion for fashion, you probably haven’t heard of Andreas Murkudis and his self-entitled concept store.
But you should, because Andreas Murkudis is one of the great fashion pioneers in Berlin, and him and his store has a large part in establishing the vibrant and trendy area of Mitte, which people have come to know and love, since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The concept store first opened its doors back in 2003 on Münzstrasse, and over the years it has become one of the worlds most renowned concept stores, carrying lables such as Maison Martin Margiela, Céline, Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto and a lot of smaller brands, Murkudis has personally selected.
Following the growing popularity of the store, Mitte has also become extremely popular. In fact, the area has become so popular that most of the creatives, who helped establish the neighbourhood, no longer can afford to live there.
As a result of that, Murkudis chose to relocate to Potsdammer Strasse in Söderberg, a lesser known area of Berlin, where he had found an old newspaper building. After being renovated for six months, the new 11.000 sq.ft (1000 sqm) store with 25 ft. (7,5m) high ceilings was completed and ready for business in July 2011.
The finished store is absolutely breathtaking and is probably the brightest store in all of Berlin, so if you’re ever in the German metropolis, make sure to stop by Andreas Murkudis, it is definitly worth the visit.
Just bear in mind that the store can be a little hard to find. You need to keep an eye out for the subtle “Andreas Murkudis” sign on the side of Potsdammer Strasse 81. Then just go through the gate, where you wont be able to miss the beautiful facade as shown in the top picture.