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Atelier Akeef

November 22, 2013

Over the last five years Berlin based shop, Akeef established itself as the go-to spot for the discerning gentleman of Kreuzberg. However, not content with only reflecting contemporary sensibilities, the guys behind the shop decided to close down and refine their retail concept. Reopening this autumn as Atelier Akeef, Berlin’s very first high-end menswear boutique, dedicated entirely to sustainable fashion.

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The space is brand new and has been created using upcycled wood, sustainable clay and non-toxic colorants – further reinforcing Atelier Akeef’s eco-friendly principles and no-fuss style. Accessories are presented upon reclaimed industrial trolleys and locally sourced slate, whilst clothing hangs in front of an original floor-to-ceiling, deep blue backdrop. Even the changing rooms are high-spec, featuring wooden Japanese sliding doors.

The shop currently stocks more than 20 ethical fashion labels, including the likes of Atelier Awash, who produce all their items using organic fabrics that are custom woven in family-run studios in Tuscany – reusing discarded materials like coconut shells to make the shirt buttons. Amsterdam based denim label, Kings of Indigo and their sustainable take on American classics are also stocked, as are Elvis and Kresse produce bags, belts and wallets out of recycled hoses from the London Fire Brigade.

A small passionate team, headed by Alan Sommerville and Michael Ashley, are on-hand to welcome customers into the shop and address the growing interest in where and how our clothes are made. To that end, each item also comes with a customized label that elaborates on the exact nature of its sustainability, as the shop tries to be as transparent about it’s product origin as possible. For more information, or to buy online, go to the website here: Atelier Akeef.

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