Online fashion retailer Zalando has cancelled its Bread & Butter spin-off event in Berlin’s Tempelhof grounds, initially scheduled to take place next January during Berlin Fashion Week.
According to a spokesperson, the reason for the cancellation are Berlin’s current difficulties associated with the continuous flow of refugees coming to the German capital.

The Berlin Senate is currently scanning various city-owned buildings for its usability as refugee contact points or residencies. A spokeswoman of the Berlin Senate Administration for Health and Social issues confirmed that the former airport Tempelhof estate is one of the examined venues but that no timeframe for a potential usage could be given.
Earlier this afternoon, Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller and two senate members spoke about the current situation of refugees in Berlin and their accommodation and surveillance in a press conference, where more information on potential support facilities may have been disclosed.

Even if the decision on whether or not Tempelhof will be used as a shelter for refugees, Zalando has changed plans: Instead of their ‘Bread & Butter' fashion festival which was originally intended to involve end consumers into the happenings of a fashion week, Zalando is now planning a charity event in Berlin at the beginning of next year. "As a Berlin-based but also an international company we want to take over responsibility. Following the example of the Band Aid events, we want to work together with international artists and host an event to raise funds for the local refugees", explained the Zalando spokesman.