The resurgence of vinyl seems unstoppable. In 2016, sales of records hit a 25-year high, and in December vinyl sales overtook digital for the first time. With more and more people buying vinyl, we’ve decided to round up some of the best record shops in Berlin, just in time for Record Store Day on the 22nd of April.
The Bless label began over two decades ago, in 1996, when fashion designers Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag embarked on their first collaboration — a somewhat bizarre fur wig. Their collections (now numbering 57) are part fashion, part product design, and part art. You can find many pieces housed in Bless Home, a concept store that stands out amongst the others thanks to its quirkiness — both in content and execution.
Berlin, as we know, is a multi-kulti city. Each district, or even Kiez, showcases a plethora of international cultures, whether it’s restaurants selling Thai, Spanish or Mexican food or independent shops specialising in French books, African antiques or Czech toys.
Amidst this cosmopolitan Smörgåsbord can be found a subtle but consistent spread of Scandi-themed outlets, ranging from cafés selling tasty fika (Swedish for when you drink something, usually coffee, and eat something sweet), galleries exhibiting works from Scandinavian artists, and homeware boutiques offering the best in Scandinavian interior design.