Here we asked denim lover, blogger & expert Thomas Stege Bojer aka The Denimhunter to list and write about his very personal top ten denim stores around the globe.
Each day in the next two weeks we will present one of Bojer's favorites.
Today, we start with Burg & Schild in Berlin.
"When I really got hooked on raw denim at the end of the 2000s, Burg & Schild was already an institution for the scene in Europe. Translated to English, Burg & Schild means 'castle and shield'. It's a play on the founders’ last names, but it's also very fitting for a store that represents tradition, long-lasting quality and rough edges, mixed with a bit of 'don't give a f@#k' attitude.
Burg & Schild was founded by Shane Brandenburg and Kay Knipschild. By the end of 2012, Kay had left the company to focus on his Red Wing Shoe stores across Germany. Earlier this year, he regained full ownership of Burg & Schild. His passion for denim goes back to the end of the ’80s and the early heydays of Diesel. In 1995, a friend brought a pair of Evisu jeans home from a trip to New York; Kay remembers he was super jealous. He got his own first pair of jeans made from Japanese raw denim in 1996. They were from Replay. Eventually, after a trip to Japan in 2005, this passion led Kay and Shane to decide they should open a store in Germany that would 'celebrate the beauty of raw denim,' as he puts it.
When I ask Kay about the common characteristics of the brands you find at Burg & Schild, he lists outstanding fabrics and the passion behind the brands. An example is Indigofera, which they’ve stocked ever since the brand launched in 2009. As denim culture has evolved, Burg & Schild has assumed a less extreme approach. Top-shelf denim brands include Iron Heart, The Strike Gold and Studio D'Artisan. But brands like Edwin and Lee 101 are also part of the DNA. 'We don't want to offer only the high-end stuff,' Kay makes clear. He wants his staff to listen to customers. 'Its not a one-way conversation from our side about clothing'."
Name: Burg & Schild
Location: Berlin, Germany
Opened in: 2007
Five defining brands: Indigofera, Iron Heart, Larry Smith, Buzz Ricksons, Orgueil
Please note: This story is also published in our current magazine #290, 'The Best of Denim' issue.
Find out more about Thomas Stege Bojer, Denimhunters and the selected stores on denimhunters.com.