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Montagehalle Berlin: Fashion Made in Wedding

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Montagehalle Berlin, Annette Haußknecht und Suse Stock‘Mon­ta­ge­hal­le’ is a friend­ly place – tidy but cosy. The­re are rough, white walls; a shelf with artis­tic gra­phics. Colour­ful scar­ves and Jer­sey-strings in almost any colour of the rain­bow: the famous ‘Früh­lings­röll­chen’, or ‘litt­le spring rolls’. The name ‘Mon­ta­ge­hal­le Ber­lin’ is the name of both the label of Annet­te Hauß­knecht and Suse Stock and of their shop in Togo­stra­ße 79. The shop ser­ves as pro­duc­tion and sales faci­li­ty – a crea­ti­ve workshop.

Wedding in a white gown

“Gowns, that’s how it all star­ted for me. Han­dy clothes with pockets for all sorts of things”, exp­lains Suse Stock, who stu­di­ed fashion design. Her tailo­red gowns, howe­ver, are much more than just a han­dy pie­ce of clot­hing: They exist in denim or silk, spor­ty and fashion­ab­le. Even old sur­ge­ry coats are used and com­ple­te­ly chan­ged. “Their mate­ri­al is extre­me­ly soft, becau­se it has been was­hed mil­li­ons of times”, says Suse.

She pro­ved her con­vic­tion of her busi­ness idea by get­ting mar­ried in one of her pie­ces: “I wore a white silk gown for my wed­ding. As a joke, I stit­ched a litt­le green tar­get with an arrow on it. My hus­band had the same on his suit.”

“We don’t try to change each other”

Eine Kundin in der "Montagehalle"

Annet­te Hauß­knecht, who stu­di­ed archi­tec­tu­re and ended up in fashion by chan­ce, exp­lains that each of them pro­du­ces their own items. Their styles of working are very dif­fe­rent: “Suse draws what she wants to crea­te and then picks the mate­ri­al. I do it the other way round – I start with mate­ri­al, and then I think about what to do with it.” This is how she crea­tes uni­que clothes which bear her hand­wri­ting. “Bal­loon skirts are a spe­cia­li­ty of mine”, says Anne Hauß­knecht. Suse Stock adds: “We inspi­re each other and learn from one ano­t­her. But we don’t try to chan­ge each other, we just stay as we are.” Sin­ce this works real­ly well, they also have a joint fashion label.

A spe­cial con­nec­tion bet­ween the two is their love for the raw mate­ri­al they use. Often, they go tog­e­ther to find the per­fect mate­ri­al, and then crea­te their clothes in their own spe­cial way: Sel­ve­d­ges are used as deco­ra­ti­on, test prints from the begin­ning of a roll of cloth crea­te T‑shirts with clear gra­phic patterns.

“We deci­ded to open our store in Wed­ding deli­ber­ate­ly, to impro­ve this area. We live here, so we want to work here, too”, says Annet­te Hauß­knecht. The two of them know that their shop is uni­que in Wed­ding. “First, I was sho­cked when peop­le did not belie­ve in us – when they came insi­de and exp­lai­ned their doubts in their some­ti­mes rough Ber­lin way.”, Annet­te remem­bers. Now, things are dif­fe­rent: Peop­le know and reco­gni­se them.

High quality, unique

Montagehalle BerlinFrom the out­side, ‘Mon­ta­ge­hal­le Ber­lin’ loo­ks exclu­si­ve, almost mini­ma­listic. Suse’s and Annette’s clothes are defi­ni­te­ly high qua­li­ty, but not expen­si­ve – they offer tailo­red women’s clothes for a fair ‘Wed­ding’ pri­ce. Chan­ges to the clothes are (almost) always possible.

It is abso­lute­ly worth to have a look around: The cent­re of ‘Mon­ta­ge­hal­le’ is a big table, ser­ving as working space, kid’s area and con­sul­ta­ti­on office. Annet­te says: “I am abso­lute­ly con­vin­ced by what Suse does and she thinks the same about my work. We put so much pas­si­on in this work that we’­re real­ly hap­py when cus­to­mers come deli­ber­ate­ly to our shop.”

Mon­ta­ge­hal­le Ber­lin, Togo­stra­ße 79a, 13351 Berlin-Wedding

Ope­ning hours: Mon, Thu, Fri 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tue 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Trans­la­ti­on: Danie­la Hombach

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Joachim Faust

hat 2011 den Blog gegründet. Heute leitet er das Projekt Weddingweiser. Mag die Ortsteile Wedding und Gesundbrunnen gleichermaßen.

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