In the last few years Berlin has been a creative hub for young people from all over the world; exactly as it was New York in the 70s and 80s. Cheap rent, affordable living and intellectual freedom made this city the perfect place for artists, fashion designers and musicians. It offers an enviable creative scenario and for this reason, and many others, international youngsters are moving to the German capital.
To understand this trendy city a little bit better we asked New Yorker Freddy Rodriguez from Blueperk to tell us a bit more about his big move.
1. How does a New Yorker end up in Berlin?
Making my move to Berlin from New York wasn’t fully decided until after I made my first visit to Berlin and fell in love with the ever-changing energy the city offers. Berlin is much like what New York was 30 years ago. In Berlin you find a lot of young artists that are a focal part of its ever changing scene. It’s extremely exciting to be a part of the city’s evolution. This point, to me, makes the young emerging fashion scene so exciting.
2. What’s the biggest difference between NYC and Berlin?
The biggest difference between NYC and Berlin is for sure the speed that work is done. As for fashion, Berlin may have a stronger punk scene, but these cities both equally love to wear all-black.
3. How do you think the fashion scene in Berlin will evolve in the next few years?
I think the fashion scene in the next few years will burst with much more prominence as more designers, editors and bloggers choose to make Berlin their home.
4. Can you tell us your favourite Berlin-based designers?
To be honest, I have not kept up with the Berlin-based designer scene. I do think there is some work to be done. I have attended two Berlin Fashion Weeks and have not seen the strongest collections, but I do think there is an avant-garde feeling from most designers in Berlin. They are working against the New York ready to wear mass customer appeal.
5. In your opinion, what will hipsters drink when Club Mate is no longer fashionable?
Oh no, lets not even think about life in Berlin without Club Mate. That is a staple in Berlin, and is so refreshing with some vodka during those long summer days. I hope we don’t have to see a day without Club Mate.