On a cold and almost rainy afternoon me and two friends take the subway to Berlin Mitte for a visit to the shop of Paula Immich.
This took place more than a year ago on a school trip to Berlin. We had to write an article for a school project and I chose to write about a cool brand I found while browsing the internet: Paula Immich.
Not only did the clothes look great but the designer had an interesting history. Paula – or actually Pauline – Immich was born in Germany and studied fashion in Paris under Madame Stefanaggi. She also knew her way around dancing (totally my cup of tea) and this brought her to New York where amongst dancing she had some other interesting careers as a Korean Geisha and a waitress.
In 2004 Paula decided it was time to come back to Berlin and turn back to fashion so she founded the label ‘Presque Fini’ which later was renamed to ‘Paula Immich’. The label designs clothes that flatter the feminine body. And Paula doesn’t stop at feminine, she adds a quirky touch as well. Mrs Immich uses hair in some of her items such as bags, necklaces and yes even dresses. It adds something interesting and magical to her collections.
Shop shop shop!
So 7 years later I found myself in front of her shop/atelier on a dreary afternoon in the Brunnenstraβe in Berlin Mitte (where the shop was located at that time). The sign behind the door said ‘closed’. I tried knocking but it didn’t help, the door to fashion heaven didn’t open. Through the window I could see all the beautifully designed dresses, shoes and accessories – sigh. At one point I considered breaking in and taking all those lovely pieces with me, but that just wouldn’t be right now would it?
Luckily for me I can now shop some of her pieces online and – ladies be quick– there’s even a sale going on right this moment. What I am putting on my wish list? This beautiful green silk jumpsuit (and that I am a true fan of jumpsuits, you can see here).