“It’s a store by the same company that owns H&M but totally different style, more European street style than trendy.” This is how Deepa of Currystrumpet first described & Other Stories to me, when she proposed that we check it out when we met up in Berlin. After I checked out their amazing website, my response was “Yes, please!”
I’ve passed by this store before on the way to H&M in Ku’damm but never thought of going in. I think I was intimidated by the facade of the beautiful building and probably though, “anything in there must be extremely expensive!” But boy am I glad that Deepa introduced me to this brand! The store is beautifully designed and merchandised! Everything is displayed to create this longing for the products on display. It’s more high-end than H&M for sure, and the few times that I’ve been, I’ve haven’t been attracted to the clothes yet. It’s the accessories, jewellery, shoes and bags that always get me drooling. When I first went with Deepa last July, I was sort of looking for a sturdy, casual bag I could sling on my shoulders to do errands around Berlin, hands-free. These 2 bags caught my eye. I even took TD to the store to have a look, but at that time we were (and we still are) spending a lot on our new home so a bag wasn’t a priority.
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My husband and I usually don’t give each other surprise gifts for birthdays and Christmas. With our limited budget we figure it’s more practical to get what we need + plus a small inexpensive surprise gift, i.e. flowers. So when he asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I thought of the small practical bag in & Other Stories. I ended up getting the caramel one with the bracelet because I felt like it was more bang for our buck.
Crafted from smooth and python-embossed leather, this bag has a front strap that slips under a saddle-stitched detail. The cotton-lined interior has a python-embossed flap that opens to reveal a mirror, a large pocket and four card pockets. There are also two main compartments and three small front pockets. The gold hardware includes magnetic snap fasteners and slender gold d-rings inside the bag, which can be used to attach a slender leather strap or matching leather bracelet with saddle stitch detail. Dimensions: 23.5 x 14 x 3.5 cm. Strap length: 17.5 cm.
I can use it daily as a shoulder bag, in the evening as a clutch with the option to use the wristlet for an edgier look. 3 looks for the price of one! The quality of the leather and hardware is amazing and I love the pocket and mirror details. A great birthday gift – not too cheap and not too extravagant either!
Just wanna share with you other things I am lusting for from their store. I love the modern but whimsical look of the jewellery, but I wonder if they fade fast? I have really acidic skin and usually fashion jewellery that aren’t enamelled well are one use only for me. That’s why I ended up learning how to make my accessories myself. I love the bags though and I think that great quality leather is worth the investment… but definitely need to wait for another special occasion for a splurge!
Their beauty products are drool worthy, from the delicious colours to the clever packaging and luscious names. Check out that coral lipstick! I’ve been searching for the perfect shade of pale coral.
Couture Carnival Body Souffle Richly-pampering whipped body cream that keeps skin eternally soft, supple and exquisitely-fragranced. Juicy strawberry, raspberry and guava medley is sprinkled with lily of the valley while patchouli, black amber and a gourmet note of praline add depth
The website is amazing and really exciting. I love the design aesthetic! What do you think of & Other Stories and my picks? I would love to hear from you.
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