In case you missed it, I just took a fantastic trip to Berlin and London. Other than seeing the sites, tasting the local cuisine, and immersing myself in the culture, I made sure to take note of the local brands that I WANT. In Berlin, I fell in love with Aigner (based in New York and Munich)-- makers of classic, beautiful bags at not-so-unreasonable prices. In London, I re-discovered Whistles, a contemporary brand that's everywhere in London, but used to be associated with an older demographic. Since taking on a new executive a few years back, the line has moved towards cleaner silhouettes and minimalist styles. I bought a great long knit top with side slits at Selfridges, and was itching (if the exchange rate wasn't still so crappy) to buy more.
Check out my Whistles wishlist above, and let us know what you think of the brand!