Blog 1707 Paul Aiden Perry Hien Le Neubau Eyewear

Dis­co­vering Ber­lin’s Kreuz­berg area with desi­gner Hien Le

Thinking about Berlin, you inevitably have to consider its constant flux: the fluctuation of people in the short-term, living (night) life to the fullest; cafés and bars popping up today only to disappear the day after tomorrow. However, there is one constant in the ever-changing capital. Fashion designer Hien Le, a figure who can be placed under the category of that rare breed, the 'real Berliner'.

Kreuz­berg-born and rai­sed, he has wit­nessed the trans­for­ma­ti­on of the form­er­ly rough area into a hip neigh­bor­hood packed with health food restau­rants, tren­dy bou­ti­ques, and hid­den record stores. In con­trast to many ori­gi­nal local resi­dents, the crea­ti­ve does­n’t com­p­lain about the are­a’s evo­lu­ti­on: he appre­cia­tes it and still calls Kreuz­berg his home, his work­place. Hien Le, a pas­sio­na­te cyc­list who has col­la­bo­ra­ted with neu­bau eye­we­ar for his Autumn/​Winter 18 collec­tion, could­n’t ima­gi­ne living any­whe­re else, too many past and future memo­ries strewn on the streets around the Kott­bus­ser Tor. In the midst of his pre­pa­ra­ti­ons for his upco­m­ing Spring/​Summer collec­tion we met up with the talen­ted desi­gner to fol­low his traces, dis­co­vering his favo­ri­te Kreuz­berg places.


My kin­der­gar­ten was just around the cor­ner here, and I remem­ber when my mum would come to pick me up, we’d come here and eat a fish-sand­wich. It used to be a very modest, simp­le mar­ket. Then they clo­sed it for a while, only to reopen it once this area beca­me more attrac­ti­ve in terms of shop­ping. Now it’s more of a hip kind of place, with various food stands and lots of dif­fe­rent events. What I love is that ever­ything here’s made out of regio­nal pro­ducts. My favo­ri­te stand is the ice cream par­lor, or the pas­ta place. Also, Saro­ni: They make the best bread. I don’t eat bread very often, but if I choo­se to tre­at mys­elf I always come here.


I used to play here as a child. Com­ing here after school was like arri­ving in para­di­se, fee­ding the ani­mals and such. That pond over the­re: I remem­ber, when it fro­ze during win­ter, we used to stand and sli­de on it. One time the ice bro­ke and I fell into the cold water. Luck­i­ly, it was­n’t that deep. It’s heart­war­ming to see that, even though so much has chan­ged around here, some pla­ces have stay­ed the same.


So, this is the Engel­be­cken. It’s lovely here in the sum­mer, to read, hang out and have a pick­nick with friends. Not qui­te like being at the beach, but it’s the clo­sest thing comparable.


This is one my favo­ri­te cafés in Kreuz­berg. It’s only been here for about three years I think. Back in the day, this place used to be the phar­ma­cy I’d go to pick up my meds. I did find it kind of sad in the begin­ning, becau­se I knew the owners and would talk to them regu­lar­ly. When a friend of mine cal­led me and asked whe­ther or not I know this place, and that he’s tur­ning it into a café I was some­what relie­ved. I was glad to hear that it would be in good hands. Good food, nice atmo­s­phe­re – always worth a visit.


Modulor used to have their store in Gnei­sen­au­stra­ße. It was this tiny place, and I remem­ber com­ing here for the first time when it reope­ned at Moritz­platz. It’s huge, and basi­cal­ly THE place to be for crea­ti­ves. They have EVER­YTHING. Every time I go the­re just to look for one spe­ci­fic thing I end up spen­ding hours here, losing mys­elf in their huge ran­ge of pro­ducts. No mat­ter if for work stuff, or for at-home-pro­jects: I love this place.


This is a gre­at place to come after work, for a drink or snack. Des­pi­te it still being in the heart of the city, it still bares a cer­tain sere­ni­ty, a place you can go to flee from everyday-struggles.

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Vanil­le & Marille

I love and live for ice cream. This one and Eis­ma­nu­fak­tur” are my favo­ri­tes. Depen­ding on which one I’m clo­sest to, I just have to stop by.

Hien Le wea­ring the neu­bau eye­we­ar sun­nies James”

Pho­to­gra­phy by Paul Aiden Perry

04 Juli 2017 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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