In her studio on the Moltkestraße in the super-cool Belgian Quarter, trained tailor Demet Taha makes bathing suits, underwear, lingerie, skirts and camisoles. All the pieces in her autumn/winter and spring/summer collections are crafted with the highest quality German or French fabrics, and are either unique or piece-limited. Make an appointment to visit Taha at her studio, and get your very own custom-made fancy pants.
Moltkestraße 151, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 5716788
Blauer Montag are Nina Hempel and Moni Wallberg. Nina makes women’s clothes and Moni, men’s. Why? “Because we love what we do!” Their clothes are all made in Cologne and designed to make women and men feel good and look beautiful. The pair take custom orders and often make special outfits for bridal couples. Their shop in the Belgian Quarter regularly hosts art exhibitions and products from other local designers.
Limburger Str. 6, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 2724905
There are few designers in town with more charm than Chang, and it is impossible to discuss the Cologne fashion scene without him. His collections traditionally open the Le Bloc show, while his 8dress, which can be worn eight ways, has a firm place in many a Rheinlander’s closet. Chang makes clothes ranging from sporty basics through to red carpet dresses and pieces for weddings, with many of the designs unisex.
Brabanter Str. 49, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 7192613
Der Feine Herr
Dedicated to making the heart of any style-conscious man go all a-flutter, Der Feine Herr creates handmade ties and bow ties among other offerings, all designed to set the fashion pulse racing. The search for the perfect tie led creator Jan Böyng – the Finest Man himself – to design his own. Once he’d achieved his goal, he progressed to bow ties and cufflinks to enchant all ages.
Baudridstr 6, Cologne, Germany, +49 1573 4419665
After working for garment makers in Hof, Hamburg and Frankfurt, Sven Schäffler decided to go it alone in 2002. Schäffler creates clothes for women that are both elegant and wearable day-to-day, including classic trouser cuts in unusual materials, coats, long dresses and evening clothes. While he has no atelier open to the public, Schäffler’s work can be found at MyZoo, as well for the label Treble&Bass.
Kings & Queens
Custom collar creator Kings & Queens makes sure your four-legged pal is not left in the fashion shadows. Customers can choose from exotic leathers such as python, alligator or ostrich, combined with the finest cow hide or lambskin leather to get the perfect mix of fashion and durability. What dog (or cat) could say no?
Claude Dornier Str 5B, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 959559