Lee Renee sends out jewellery to stockists all over the world. We thought a new addition to the shops showcasing our work is a great opportunity to get an insider's look into a new city. Süperstore Berlinhas recently taken on our jewellery alongside it's already curated range of artistic products, that span the minimalist, to the quirky and beautiful. So we take you from London to Berlin to speak to Elisabeth from the Süperstore.
Hello Süperstore Berlin! We’re hoping you can share some secrets on trends and lifestyle in your capital city. To kick us off, what kind of person likes to shop at Süperstore?
We’ve had an increased number of international customers during the last few years - there are tourists but also a lot of younger people who moved to Berlin and now live here in the up and coming Kreuzberg and Neukölln area.
I think we mostly have customers that are interested in culture, art and design. Lots of people care about the where and how our products are made and we actually love to talk about these things with our customers.
Have you noticed any popular themes or trends in your products for 2016?
Well, we have hand-made flowers from a small workshop in Germany, some gorgeous wooden Russian Matryoshkas designed by two Finnish artists, plus some beautiful ceramics from the south of Italy and ofcourse your own very unique jewellery..! And there will be an opening end of April with an Italian glass blower. So it's very much about craftsmanship, and handmade design.
Always best to ask a local… Where is your favourite place to have drinks in Berlin?
There is an area called Graefekiez. It's lovely and village-like with little boutiques along the river, with bars and restaurants and even playgrounds – all right in the middle of Kreuzberg. It's just four or five streets of paradise that takes you completely out of the urban environment its surrounded by.
And if you could recommend one place off the tourist trail to visit in Berlin, what would it be?
The Gemäldegalerie – it is part of the large collection of museums in Berlin called the Museumingel (Museum Island). This one has a large number of European artworks and a Brutalist architectural look. The rooms are big and open so you can wander for hours!
Of course, we have to ask - which piece is your personal favourite from the Lee Renee collections?
I love the big rings! Voodoo Ghede Ring is my favourite right now - with his cheeky grin and hypnotic Lapis Lazuli eyes - too cute.
Lee Renee is really excited to be making new friends in Germany – look out for a Horizons post on Berlin soon. And in the meantime, you don’t have to travel all the way there, you can find the Ghede Rings and other pieces all online with international delivery!