There are endless hidden treasures in Berlin, from bars to shops — and at least as many passionate people filling these places with life. So when we decided to roam the streets of the Schöneberg and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods to capture the true driving force behind the city in precisely this day-to-day environment, finding models for the day quickly became a no brainer. Meet the indispensable bar owners, bill posters and shop assistants of Berlin — styled by Serena Pompei in this season’s offerings, mixed with their personal wardrobe, shot by Charlie Gates.
Olga, who also stars on one of this issue’s covers, is the owner of Lützow Stübchen, an infamous bar in Schöneberg. She wears jacket, shirt and skirt VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, shoes DRIES VAN NOTEN
Valeria works at organic shop Ölweide Naturkostin Schöneberg and wears jacket ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE,trousers LACOSTE, her own apron
Rose is a bill poster working in Kreuzberg. Here she wears jumper STELLA MCCARTNEY, her own shirt, trousers, sunglasses and shoes
Rachele is sitting in her shop Ave Maria in Schöneberg. She wears jacket STELLA MCCARTNEY, her own shirt, trousers and shoes
Ala works at Atelier Schneider, a tailoring business located in Schöneberg. She wears jacket and shirt DRIES VAN NOTEN, her own T-shirt and trousers
lola is standing outside Rein&Fein Textilreinigung,the dry cleaner she works at in Schöneberg, and wears jumper ESCADA, shirt VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, her own trousers, apron and shoes
Denny works at Hexenkessel in Kreuzberg and wears jacket LACOSTE, her own shirt, trousers and shoes
Oain is pictured in front of the flower shop she works at in Schöneberg. She wears vest and polo ACNE STUDIOS, her own trousers and apron
Gabri is a nanny working in Schöneberg. She wears her own shirt and jacket
Anna works as a mechanic in Kreuzberg. Here she wears shirt and skirt ELLERY
Photography CHARLIE GATES
Styling and Creative Direction SERENA POMPEI
Production VINNIE LIAZZAFEDERICA SANTINELLI
Styling Assistant NATALIA FARNAUS
Taken from INDIE NO 59, THE WORK ISSUE – get your copy here.