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Burberry: An Exemplary Icon of British Luxury and Refinement

My dear fashionistas, I hope you are ready for a new fashion adventure. Autumn is the most interesting fashion period when we all tend to experiment a lot and play with fashion. A trench coat is the best investment with which you can always create a large number of outfit combinations without much thought. My story today will be dedicated to my most favorite British fashion house that you had the opportunity to see years ago on the Mr.M blog – Burberry.

All the people who have been following my blog for years know that I have a great love for Burberry trench-coats and coats, honestly I don’t even know how many of their fashion pieces I own anymore, but I know that this is my favorite trench and the color that I always like to wear – the color of honey. Soft pastel golden camel color that blends very easily with other colors. In today’s fashion story, I will show you a new and unique fashion item in my wardrobe: Burberry trench-vest.

Burberry trenchcoats and coats represent the pinnacle of world fashion and have become indispensable fashion classics today. These coats were created by the founder of the Burberry company, Thomas Burberry, more than 100 years ago, inspired by the British heritage, and at the same time introduced elements of urban fashion.

You can find all classic Burberry coats in 5 basic models: Legendary Kensington, Westminster, Chelsea, Waterloo and Pimlico. All models are named after London districts. What is the difference between these models?

The Kensington – a classic model with a modern cut that easily adapts to any silhouette. The most popular model, which is available in four basic colors: gray, navy, honey color (camel) and black. Also, this model is made in two lengths. The coat you see on me today is this model.

The Westminster – a model that is extended (oversized) and lightly cut for a draped silhouette. Basic colors: honey color (camel) and dark green (khaki). Also, this model is made in two lengths.

The Chelsea – a model characterized by a slim fit (narrow form close to the body) with narrow shoulders and a cut waist. The basic colors are honey and taupe and it is also available in two lengths.

The Waterloo – A more comfortable fit, a longer model than the classic with a subtle and relaxed fit that is ideal for layering. This model is usually made in three basic colors: maroon, black and honey-camel and is available in only one length.

The Pimlico, a simple flat cut decorated with a single-row fastening of a minimalistic character and a modern cut. This model is usually made in navy, biscuit (biscuit color) and honey color – camel. This model is also only available in one classic length.

I would like to note that all the listed colors are only classics that are always produced, but the Burberry company introduces seasonal colors to enrich its offer.

Most Burberry coats have been hand-crafted in Castleford, Yorkshire for over 50 years from gabardine – a revolutionary fabric that Thomas Burberry proudly introduced in 1879. Polished, light and practical, beautiful cotton resistant to all kinds of weather conditions that remains at the heart of the Burberry brand to this day. The classic coat model originated and developed from the basic form of the Tielocken coat, which was patented in 1912 by Thomas Burberry. A simple but refined unique shape that has been adapted over the years and has become a recognizable Burberry coat.

Each Burberry coat is special and has its own story – one that is made to last and write new pages of life’s chapters together with you. Buying a Burberry trench or coat is an investment, it is a fashion piece that can really be worn nicely and for a long time with proper maintenance and it is a thing you can leave for generations to come. I inherited my first Burberry coat from my grandfather and today I keep it carefully and wear it on special occasions because it has a special sentimental value for me.

When the time comes to buy a Burberry trench, it’s a big deal and especially if you are buying a coat for the first time it is very important to buy a “iconic” piece that you can combine with your items from your wardrobe and it is best to buy a coat in your favorite color, without blindly following trends.

To the readers of the Mr.M blog, I have become a recognizable symbol of autumn precisely because of the Burberry trench coats and I have received numerous questions about the advice for smart purchase of a Burberry coat. I have tried to highlight important questions and provide you with adequate answers that can help you during your purchase. All answers represent my personal opinion and certain observations, so don’t generalize things, take this as buying advice.

What are the basic colors you should think about when buying a Burberry trench or coat? There is no universal answer to this question, but I will share with you my opinion and some of my colleagues and fashion experts with whom I like to exchange opinions. I think that for a start, there are 3 colors by which the Burberry trench or coat is recognizable, and they are: Beige (washed stone color), Camel (honey color) and Black color.

These three colors are some fashion statement basics, but as I said it all depends on the taste of the owner of the new Burberry trench, maybe that customer thinks that the basic colors in the palette are: red, purple and olive green. Therefore, a person will decide to buy a coat in one of those colors, which Burberry has in its seasonal offer.

Is the length of the coat crucial when making a purchase decision? Of course! I always try to advise people to buy iconic items in classic cuts and lengths and not to blindly follow trends. Trends are changing, one season there are modern coats of casual cuts with puff sleeves quite long length to the ground, after two months or a year later another trend comes. My most honest advice is to buy a coat of length that suits your body constitution in proportion to your own height. Burberry trench coats exist in several lengths and I am sure you can always find the ideal coat for yourself.

Once again, is it worth investing money in a honey trench coat? If you are a fan of camel color and have a lot of things in pastel or neutral colors, then I think you know the right answer. If you feel some kind of insecurity while trying on a camel coat and reconsider your decision several times, I think it’s best to try another color. When you buy an expensive item like a Burberry coat it is something that must be accompanied by a feeling of fulfillment and security.

The trench coat or a coat are pieces that are worn over other pieces of clothing, so it is best to look at your favorite pieces of clothing and shoes before buying and judge for yourself which are the two or three colors that might come into consideration when buying a coat. Camel color is a neutral color and blends with other colors with great ease, but each of us knows our wardrobe best and you may find the ideal solution since buying a Burberry coat is a real investment.

Is it worth investing money in a vest-trench coat? A vest- trench coat is an interesting piece of fashion and can be worn in a variety of ways as you can always change the jacket or the piece of clothing you wear underneath, this makes this piece of clothing more attractive, but a coat is always a unique piece and if I personally would invest in my first capital piece, it would certainly be a coat or trench coat. A vest-trench coat is an interesting investment if you already have several trench coats or coats in your wardrobe, and in some way you want to refresh your outfits a little sometimes. To summarize, if you are building your wardrobe and investing in capital fashion pieces, my sincere recommendation is to first buy trench coats, coats and good jackets, but if you already own capital pieces in your wardrobe, a vest-trench coat is an interesting fashion piece that will refresh your outfits.

Did we fit in nicely at the end? Honestly, I believe we are. After so many years of loyalty to this British brand and because of my personal interest, I have learned a lot about their offer and I am lucky to always be able to show my favorite pieces from the fashion house Burberry on my blog.


Vest – Trench Coat: Burberry

Quilted Jacket: Roberto Cavalli

Turtleneck Sweater: Loro Piana

Trousers: Loro Piana

Gloves: Bottega Veneta via MYTHERESA MEN

Shoes: Christian Louboutin via MYTHERESA MEN

I have to admit that for the first time in my life I came across a fashion piece like a vest- trench coat and I wanted to combine it with some interesting jacket that is not thick, and on the other hand to match the colors. I found the solution quite unexpectedly in a jacket that I got last time from the Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli, but I didn’t get to show it on the Mr. M blog because of the intersection of the FW22 and SS23 seasons. I think this is the right time to show it to you because of its unusual bronze – brownish color.

Roberto Cavalli is a famous Italian luxury fashion company founded by designer Roberto Cavalli in Osmannore, Florence, during the 1970s. This brand has become famous in the fashion world for its colorful animal prints on leather and textiles. Roberto Cavalli produces and sells haute couture – a first line consisting of limited runway models, ready-to-wear products that are divided into several fashion lines, as well as fashion accessories, including handbags, glasses, watches, shoes, perfumes and jewelry. The company also develops an interior design program for high-end buildings and hotels.

Mr. Roberto Cavalli studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. His grandfather was a prominent painter of the Macchiaioli group. His fashion career began in the 1960s. Working in his own silk printing press, he began to apply a new painting technique to fully made garments, which later resulted in garment dyeing techniques. During the 1970s, he continued to experiment with other materials, mainly leather.

Mr. Cavalli’s debut collection was held in Paris in 1970, where he proudly displayed his leather patchwork designs, created in collaboration with Mario Valentino. In 1972, he presented his patchwork designs applied to jeans at the first Roberto Cavalli women’s collection show at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the main pret-a-porter event in Italy at the time. His work has attracted many global fashion houses, including Hermès, Pierre Cardin, Krizia and Emilio Pucci.

The 1994 collection at Milan Fashion Week staged a new vision of the Cavalli woman: playful tiger and wild animal motifs applied to jeans, printed clothing, embroidered fur and long, sumptuous dresses that elegantly revealed the woman’s body. Animal print has become a recognizable element of the Italian fashion house Cavalli. Later, sandblasted denim came out and the fashion house was the first to show lycra stretch jeans.

New clothing lines were launched on the market: Just Cavalli, Angels & Devils (renamed Roberto Cavalli Junior) and Class Cavalli. The first Roberto Cavalli mono-brand boutique was opened in Venice in 1996. At the end of 2001, the brand was distributed in more than 30 countries, including the United States, Asia and Russia.

The Marcolin Group began to develop and distribute Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli sunglasses and optical frames in 2002 alongside the Sector company, the Cavalli fashion house designs 6 Cavalli watch lines, which themselves achieved incredible success and contributed to the development of this fashion house. In addition to the world of fashion, the fashion house opened the Just Cavalli club in Milan in the same year. A few years later, in 2007 to be precise, Roberto Cavalli became the first Italian luxury fashion brand to create a limited collection for the everyday street fashion brand H&M.

In celebration of its 40th anniversary in 2010, Roberto Cavalli fashion house presented an exclusive show collection in Paris, which included most of its iconic dresses for which the brand has become recognizable. In recent years, under the leadership of Roberto Cavalli, the new interior design division Roberto Cavalli Home debuted at the 2012 Salone del Mobile.

The quilted jacket that you have the opportunity to see in today’s fashion story is a classic jacket with oversized cut that can follow current fashion trends. This showpiece is from the Fall/Winter 2022/23 collection, but I think it’s an exceptional timeless piece that will simply always be in fashion.

If you want to stay updated and find out what the Roberto Cavalli brand has in store for the new fashion season, visit their official online store and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Loro Piana is an Italian company specialised in clothing and textile products. This fashion house is considered the largest producer of cashmere and also the world’s largest artisanal company processing the luxury fiber.

The Loro Piana company has three divisions (textile divisions): a division that deals with the production of high-quality materials using precious fibers such as cashmere and baby cashmere, vicuna, linen and merino wool, a division that deals with the creation of luxury fashion items (production and distribution of men’s, women’s clothing, footwear and fashion accessories) and the interior design department – production and distribution of interior design products.

In today’s post you have the chance to see two special items, a turtleneck sweater and trousers from the latest men’s Loro Piana Autumn-Winter 2023/24 collection, which are just a small piece of my favorites this season due to their signature elegance and my love for neutral colors. Made from 100% cashmere, this light taupe turtleneck sweater is perfect for the man who pays attention to details and leaves nothing to chance.

This elegant cashmere turtleneck in lighter taupe color, is perfect for all occasions and extremely easy to match with other colors. On the other hand, cashmere dark brown trousers are a piece that every man should have in his wardrobe. If you want to stay updated and find out which pieces the Loro Piana brand has in its offer, visit their official online store and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Everyone who follows the Mr.M blog knows that I am a big fan of high quality and interesting shoes, regardless of whether they are sneakers or elegant shoes, I always try to pay maximum attention to fashion details such as footwear. Today we’re meeting again with a famous French house whose creations I adore and you’ve seen before on the Mr.M blog.

Today’s fashion story is special because I have the opportunity to show you my favorite new brown Christian Louboutin shoes that are a real work of art that marked the work of this famous maestro whose masterpieces adorn the shoe closets of many celebrities from the world of music, film and entertainment, and even politics! There is no person who has not resisted wearing this designer, regardless of whether it is a person of female or male, Louboutin shoes are loved by the whole planet.

If it wasn’t for my friends from MYTHERESA, a shopping platform that is a real fashion treasure for all men and women fashion lovers, these shoes wouldn’t be in this blog post on the Mr.M blog today. I am very grateful to the MYTHERESA platform for their trust and wonderful collaboration and I would like to thank them again from the bottom of my heart for my Louis Orlato Strass high-top sneakers made with Swarovski crystals in pastel – brown shades.

From my friends at MYTHERESA this season I also received beautiful Bottega Veneta leather gloves in cognac color, which are extremely attractive because of their croco embossed print. The quality of the leather can be felt at the very first touch.

My dear fashionistas, we have come to the end of this November autumn fashion story, where together we discovered the beauty and brilliance of the elegance of the luxurious British fashion house Burberry, the prestigious Italian brand Loro Piana, the luxurious Italian brands Bottega Veneta and Roberto Cavalli, which represent a symbol of timeless elegance and became a true classic, as well as French elegance with the luxury shoe brand Christian Louboutin and the beauty of shopping with the MYTHERESA platform, partners with whom fashion stories are a real adventure. I sincerely hope you got some inspiration for your ideal fall outfit!

See you soon and continue our adventures on the Mr.M blog! How did you like my outfit today? I really tried my best to prepare today’s post with lots of love and I hope you like it!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or any message for me, you can write me below in the comments. Of course, as always, you can contact me via email or social media channels, which you can find on the CONTACT page. I’ll see you soon!


This post is sponsored by the Burberry, Loro Piana, Roberto Cavalli, MYTHERESA (Christian Louboutin i Bottega Veneta) brands. This post is my personal and honest review of their products.


Aurélien: Refined Fashion in Sousse on the Mediterranean Coast…

My dear travellers and fashionistas, welcome to the first fashion story from Tunisia on the Mr.M blog. The month of July will be dedicated to an unusual country on the African continent – Tunisia, a country known for its olives. At the very beginning of this series of travelogues, I would like to thank the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Tunisia – Discover Tunisia for the kind invitation and hospitality. With their help, the travelogues and fashion stories that you will have the opportunity to read this July were created and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy them. The images for today’s fashion story were created in the magical city of Sousse in the heart of Tunisia on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

There is no person in the world who does not like to feel a piece of clothing that is made of the highest quality materials. In addition to the correct selection of quality materials, in order to obtain a luxurious product, good processing of materials is also required during the process of making garments.

Aurélien is a brand that has managed to meet all requirements and provide customers with the opportunity to enjoy quality products at significantly more affordable prices.

What should we know about the Aurélien brand? This is a brand with a strong focus on timeless classic style, based on craftsmanship, choosing the finest natural raw materials and materials, Aurélien offers a collection of exceptional luxury at an affordable price.

The Aurélien brand introduced a completely new innovative concept of “Smart Luxury” to the market, which represents a new look at luxury fashion products. Aurélien represents a timeless Mediterranean fashion style for the most discerning customers. This brand celebrates the embodiment of carefree joy in life, which we all need sometimes. Over time, Aurélien has become synonymous with casual elegance, timeless design and two of the most desirable raw materials, primarily Cashwool® and Softey® suede leather.

Through the concept of “Smart Luxury”, this brand offers unmatched value for money that customers usually pay in the luxury fashion industry. The recipe for the success of this brand is Italian craftsmanship because Aurélien collaborates exclusively with the most successful ateliers in Italy and Europe, using the finest natural raw materials and processes to develop a new type of fashion luxury with a strong focus on nature, creativity and innovation. Aurélien’s concept of luxury that embodies craftsmanship and luxury that helps to enhance the integrity of our fashion choices.

Aurélien directs the business in an unique way, modernizing marketing efforts, operating economically and keeping the chain from product design to the consumer almost entirely in its own hands, this unusual fashion brand offers a collection of pure luxury at a lower and significantly more affordable price than is normally expected in the luxury market. goods. When it comes to value for money in the high end fashion industry, Aurélien is one of a kind.

In today’s fashion story you have the opportunity to see the Aurélien Linen Bayside Shirt. The peach Aurelien Bayside shirt is a sophisticated option for the warmer spring and summer months. This shirt is cut from linen jersey, making it a cool, breathable option for warmer days. The soft linen jersey fabric makes the Bayside Shirt fit your body silhouette more like a long-sleeve polo shirt than a regular shirt. The precious linen fabric is cool to the touch and gives a natural softness. This shirt is perfect for relaxing in the countryside or on a holiday at the sea.. Perfect for casual everyday and evening outfits during walks on trips and for leisure in the city.

Another piece that impressed me during my trip to Tunisia was the Yacht Navy Croco Loafers which are made from glossy crocodile stamped calf leather in a dark navy shade and lined with soft nappa leather. The calfskin outer skin is cut, stitched and dyed by hand to ensure a flawless and extremely realistic crocodile skin finish. They are based on thin, lightweight rubber soles that keep the moccasin silhouette classic and timeless.

If you want to stay updated with all the clothing, shoes and accessories Aurélien has to offer for ladies and gentlemen, visit their official online store and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Loro Piana is an Italian company specialised in clothing and textile products. This fashion house is considered the largest producer of cashmere and also the world’s largest artisanal company processing the luxury fiber.

The Loro Piana company has three divisions (textile divisions): a division that deals with the production of high-quality materials using precious fibers such as cashmere and baby cashmere, vicuna, linen and merino wool, a division that deals with the creation of luxury fashion items (production and distribution of men’s, women’s clothing, footwear and fashion accessories) and the interior design department – production and distribution of interior design products.

Originally from Trivero, the Loro Piana family started their family business in the wool trade at the beginning of the 19th century. In the second half of this century, the family moved its activities to Valsesia and founded the Fratelli Lora e Compagnia woolen mill, and then the Zignone & C. woolen mill in Quarona at the beginning of the 20th century. Engineer and founder of the Loro Piana brand, Mr. Pietro Loro Piana founded the company Loro Piana & C. in Quarona in 1924. Soon this company will celebrate its jubilee 100th anniversary of its existence and it will be an extraordinary celebration of the “first fashion century” of this extraordinary fashion house, which I am immensely looking forward to!

Mr. Franco Loro Piana (grandson of Mr. Pietro Loro Piana), after taking over the leadership of the company in the 1960s, started exporting high quality fabrics to Europe, America and Japan. He significantly expanded the markets in which Loro Piana began its new business ventures.

In today’s post you have the opportunity to see the white summer white linen trousers from the latest men’s Loro Piana Spring-Summer 2023 collection, which is just a small part of my favorites this season because of its distinctive elegance and my love for neutral colors. Crafted from a fine linen, these white trousers are perfect for the man who pays attention to detail and leaves nothing to chance. These crystal white trousers are perfect for all occasions and can be easily combined with other colors.

If you want to stay updated and find out which pieces the Loro Piana brand has in its offer, visit their official online store and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Linen Shirt: Aurélien

Trousers: Loro Piana

Loafers: Aurélien

My dear fashionistas, we have come to the end of this first fashion adventure from Tunisia, where together we discovered the beauty and splendor of the elegance of the prestigious Italian brand Loro Piana, the famous Dutch fashion brand that is a symbol of timeless elegance and has become a real classic – Aurélien, partners with whom fashion stories are a real adventure. I sincerely hope you got some inspiration for your ideal summer outfit!

See you soon and continue our fashion adventures from Tunisia on the Mr.M blog! How did you like my outfit today? I really tried my best to prepare today’s post with lots of love and I hope you like it!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or any message for me, you can write me below in the comments. Of course, as always, you can contact me via email or social media channels, which you can find on the CONTACT page. I’ll see you soon!

With Love from Sousse,

This post is sponsored by Loro Piana and Aurélien brands. This post is my personal and honest review of their products.


Letters from Germany: Berlin, a cultural center and a paradise for shopaholics…

My dear travelers and fashionistas, welcome to a new story on the Mr.M blog! Since I received a lot of your messages after the published luxury shopping guide Istanbul edition, I decided to delight you with another similar content from the city that I consider my second home because I spent my best years in the capital of Germany – Berlin.

Berlin is otherwise known as the European capital of the biggest and most important cultural events and that it is also known as the capital of urban street fashion and in addition proudly carries the epithet of the European capital that absolutely never sleeps due to its boisterous and rich nightlife. You know I’m always honest, when it comes to nightlife I’m not the best guide, but when it comes to sights and good shopping, I’m the best advisor there, so I decided to share some details about Berlin with you.

For all those who are not familiar with the urban distribution of the city of Berlin, this metropolis has “two centers” – the eastern and western parts of the city. To help you find your way around, just keep in mind that most of the sights are in the East part of the city near the Brandenburg Gate and it’s kind of the cultural core of the city, while the West part of the city is kind of lively and trendy, where you’ll find good places to shopping and restaurants. These two parts of the city have been successfully connected by city bus line number 100 for years, and it is the best “limousine” from which you can get to know the city.

Berlin is an extremely easy city to navigate, Germans are extremely friendly and want to help tourists, just don’t use the German language if you don’t know it very well, because they take it as a big insult, better speak in English, they will meet you sooner, even though maybe the older people don’t speak english but they will try their best to help you. They value their language a lot and don’t like it when part of their national identity is desecrated. As for public transport, it is well organized and connected, so you can easily get from point A to point B wherever you want in the German capital.

Berlin is a world metropolis and a famous city of entertainment, so you will always be welcomed with open arms with a lot of new content and I believe that everyone will find adequate content for themselves and that Berlin leaves no one indifferent.


East Berlin is known for its large number of museums and famous landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin TV Tower, which is located about halfway between Alexander Platz and the Mitte part of the city (the city center).

What can you see in this part of the city?

  • Checkpoint Charlie – This is the best starting point for a tour of the former communist eastern part of Berlin. Until reunification in 1989, the only legal way to cross the border in and out of East Berlin was through official checkpoints. Checkpoint Charlie was the most important of all checkpoints as it served as the only point of entry and exit for diplomats, journalists and foreign visitors, i.e. non-Germans. Adjacent to this checkpoint is a house museum that contains artifacts used to escape over, under, and through the Berlin Wall, including escape cars, hot air balloons, and even mini-submarines.
  • Trabi Museum – The Trabant (affectionately called Trabi by Germans) may not have been the only car on the roads of East Germany during the Cold War, but it was the most famous car produced and owned by the people of East Germany. Owning a Trabi was more than just a means of transportation. Cars represented freedom of movement for people living in a totalitarian state. This car was quite compact, but escape attempts sometimes involved hiding in the trunk of the car. The Trabi is more than a car, it is a timeless symbol of East Germany’s struggle for freedom of every kind.
  • Reichtag – the Parliament building, which has a modern glass dome that offers a divine view of the city. Ask about visiting, I know it’s always very crowded, I’ve been once during my many years of living in Berlin. There are always big crowds, so be patient.
  • Berlin Wall – The memorial complex stretches for 1.3 km along with several sites on the area where the Berlin Wall once stood. Bernauer Street was chosen for the Memorial because it is the biggest symbol of the divided city.
  • Museum Island – Located on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the island is located on the Spree River and houses 5 museums: the Old Museum (Altes Museum), the New Museum (Neues Museum), the Old National Gallery, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum . Each museum is unique and a visit to this complex is an individual preference, so depending on your interests you can spend 3 to 5 hours, while my sister stayed almost the whole day as she is an art lover.
  • Humboldt Forum – newly opened cultural and artistic complex.

Out of these 8 listed items, 7 out of 8 (all except the Museum Island) can be visited in one day, 4-5 hours is quite enough, while the museums within the Museum Island require more time, that’s why I will say that this part of the city is worth a visit you need to set aside a whole day or two if you want to enjoy the moment without feeling rushed.

As for shopping in East Berlin, there are several interesting streets, department stores and shops that I would single out:

  • Mall of Berlin, the most famous shopping center in Berlin. You can quickly and easily walk from the Brandenburg Gate to this shopping center and on the way visit the Memorial area dedicated to the genocide of the Jews. The museum is outdoors, so be careful when taking pictures.
  • Unter den Linden – a shopping street in the very heart of Berlin, from which you can always see the Brandenburg Gate or the Berlin TV Tower. Here you can see some of the world’s fashion brands, but also finish shopping for souvenirs.
  • Friedrichstraße is one of the cross streets, the main street of Unter den Linden, here you can find famous world brands such as Hugo Boss, Massimo Dutti, Karl Lagerfeld and others.
  • Galeries Lafayette, a famous French department store is located in Friedrichstrasse. In the vicinity of Alexander Platz you have a number of interesting shopping streets
  • TK Maxx, a shopaholic’s paradise, brands range from famous street fashion brands to luxury global fashion brands at extremely low prices. Trust me it’s worth visiting this store and this chain of stores is famous across Germany, Europe and the UK.

My favorite sights in East Berlin are Berlin Dom, Alexander Platz, Brandenburg Gate and Museum Island.

Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), also known as the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Congregational Church, is a monumental German Evangelical church and dynastic tomb (House of Hohenzollern) on the Museum Island in central Berlin. Having its origins as a castle chapel for the Berlin Palace, several buildings have served to house the church since the 15th century.

The current cathedral church was built from 1894 to 1905 by order of Emperor William II according to the plans of Julius Rashdorf in the Renaissance and Baroque style. The mentioned building is the largest Protestant church in Germany and one of the most important dynastic tombs in Europe. In addition to church services, the cathedral is used for state ceremonies, concerts and other events.

The Museum Island is so-called for the complex of internationally important museums, all of which are part of the Berlin State Museums, occupying the northern part of the island:

The old museum was called the Konigliches Museum when it was built on August 3, 1830, until it was renamed in 1841. The museum was completed by order of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The Neues Museum (New Museum) was completed in 1859 according to the plans of Friedrich August Stühler, Schinkel’s student. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt under the direction of David Chipperfield for the Egyptian Museum in Berlin and reopened in 2009. The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) was completed in 1876, also to designs by Friedrich August Stühler, to house a collection of 19th-century art donated by banker Joachim H. W. Wagener.

The Bode Museum on the northern part of the island, opened in 1904 and then called the Kaiser Friedrich Museum. It exhibits collections of sculptures and late antique and Byzantine art. The Pergamon Museum, built in 1930, contains several reconstructed huge and historically significant buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Babylonian Ishtar Gate. The Humboldt Forum opened at the end of 2020 in the Berlin Palace across from the Lustgarten Park and includes the Ethnological Museum of Berlin and the Museum of Asian Art; both are successor institutions to the Chamber of Ancient Prussian Art, which was also located in the Berlin Palace and was founded in the mid-16th century.

The museum complex was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 because of its unique testimony to the evolution of the museum as a social and cultural phenomenon and the corresponding development of museum architecture.

Alexanderplatz is a large public square and traffic hub in the central Berlin district of Mitte. The square is named after the Russian Emperor Alexander I, which also signifies a larger neighborhood that stretches from Mollstrasse in the northeast to Spandauer Straße and Rotes Rathaus in the southwest.

Alexanderplatz is said to be the most visited area of Berlin, beating Friedrichstrasse and City West. It is a popular starting point for tourists, with many attractions including the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), the Nicholas Quarter and the Rotes Rathaus (“Red Town Hall”) located nearby. Alexanderplatz is still one of Berlin’s main commercial areas, home to a variety of shopping malls, department stores and other large retail locations.


For many, Kreuzberg is the only former district of West Berlin where something is happening. But for those staying or wanting to visit the western part of the city, there is still much to offer…

  • Charlottenburg Palace – Built in 1699 by the Elector of Frederick III as a summer palace, Charlottenburg Palace is the largest royal palace in the city of Berlin (the royal family chose to build most of their palaces in the nearby city of Potsdam, Germany’s version of Versailles). Inside the palace today is a vast collection of 18th-century French paintings (the largest outside France), the baroque Old Palace and the New Wing, added by the versatile Frederick the Great in the mid-1700s.
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church – This church, located not far from the Zoologischer Garten S and the U bahn station, was built between 1891 and 1895 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser wanted to celebrate the glory and majesty of his grandfather, the first German Kaiser, Wilhelm I, and dedicated a church to him (Wilhelm II disliked his father, Friedrich III immensely, so there is no Kaiser Friedrich Memorial Church).
  • Berlin Zoo – The oldest zoo in Germany, Berlin Zoo opened its doors in 1844 and is the most visited zoo in Europe. With good reason – this is one fantastic place! Animals are kept in environments that most closely match their natural habitat, and because of this the zoo has a successful breeding program. The zoo was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, and only 90 animals survived from the pre-war population of over 3,000. The zoo itself was the last stronghold of the German army at the end of the war.
  • Tiergarten – Berlin is a city of green spaces, and the Tiergarten is Berlin’s most popular park in the city center. Built as a hunting ground for the royal family in the 1600s, the 255-hectare park is these days home to monuments, restaurants and beer gardens, and a walk from the west end to the other side will take you past the Siegessaula (Victory Column) and bring you to the Brandenburg Gate.

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned that West Berlin is known as the best shopping destination, so I will take the opportunity to share with you some interesting addresses for shopping in this part of the city.

Kurfurstendamm (abbreviated: Ku’damm) is one of the most famous avenues in Berlin. The street was named after the former Kurfürsten (prince) of Brandenburg. The wide, long boulevard can be considered the Champs Elysees of Berlin and is lined with shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. In particular, many fashion brands have their stores here, as well as showrooms of several car manufacturers, famous restaurants and luxury hotels.

Unlike the neighboring streets, Kudamm developed from the historic corduroy road laid by the Margraves of Brandenburg to reach the Grünewald hunting lodge, which was built around 1542 by order of Hohenzollern’s elector Joachim II Hector. Although the exact date of construction is unknown, the unnamed embankment leading from the Stadtschloss through the marshland between the settlements of Charlottenburg (then called Lietzow) and Wilmersdorf to Grünewald was already shown on a 1685 map. The name Churfursten Damm was first mentioned between 1767 and 1787. Today, this is a prestigious center for luxury fashion brands and luxury goods.

Another shopping destination in West Berlin is Tauentzienstrasse (Tauentzien for short) is the main shopping street in the City West area of Berlin. With a length of about 500 m, it passes between two important squares, Wittenbergplatz in the east and Breitscheidplatz in the west, where it is continued by the boulevard Kurfirstendam. While the eastern half belongs to Schöneberg district, the western part (behind Nürnberger Straße) is in Charlottenburg. The two most famous department stores, KaDeWe and Peek & Cloppenburg, are located here.

Kaufhaus des Westens (German for ‘Department House of the West’), abbreviated as KaDeWe, is the most famous luxury department store in Berlin. With over 60,000 square meters of retail space and more than 380,000 items available, it is the second largest department store in Europe after Harrods in London. It attracts 40,000 to 50,000 visitors every day. The store is located on Tauentzienstraße, the main shopping street, between Wittenbergplatz and Breitscheidplatz, near the heart of former West Berlin. It is technically located in the extreme northwest of the southern Berlin neighborhood of Schöneberg.

Here you can also find the famous Zalando Outlet, a shopaholic’s paradise where you can find clothes, shoes and fashion accessories for adults and children. It is really possible to find absolutely everything here, at significantly reduced prices than in traditional stores, while the selection of brands is diverse and it is possible to find pieces of brands for everyone’s budget.

People say that the color red is color of love and happines and attracts positive energy, so I decided to take my FPM Milano Bank Spinner 53 black cabin suitcase with red leather details on my trip to Berlin which brought me good luck this year. Not only is it practical, lightweight, but it’s also a photogenic suitcase that many people asked me about at the airport where I bought it.

FPM Milano luggage offers travelers practicality and style, all in one trolley and backpack. Designed by Mark Sadler, these lightweight aluminum-clad and reinforced suitcases are inspired by vintage trunks, purpose-built to give you the durability you need on your travels. The combination of Avante-Garde materials and Italian design motifs give these FPM suitcases a robust and secure look.

In today’s post I present to you my new Bank Spinner 53 cabin suitcase from the Bank collection, a collection that is entirely made in Italy, ideal for people from the business world as well as for those who want to enjoy their vacation and free time to the maximum, made to satisfy any practical, functional or aesthetic need. A practical inner pocket allows you to charge your tablet and smartphone anytime, anywhere. A modern, elegant line of backpacks, made of high-quality and waterproof nylon with special attention to leather and metal details.

Aluminum personalization recalls the innovative creativity of the FPM Bank collection. I enriched this suitcase with red details – leather handles in coral red, as well as an address tag of the same color. You can choose your favorite color and I believe you will have more favorites like me.

If you want to stay up to date and find out which models of suitcases and travel accessories the FPM Milano brand has in its offer, visit their official online store and follow them on the social networks Facebook and Instagram.

My dear adventurers and fashionistas, we have come to the end of this special travelogue and short guide to shopping in Berlin where we had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the sights and shopping in the capital of Germany. Today’s travelogue would not have been possible without the selfless help of the German Railways – Deutsche Bahn – DB in cooperation with Visit Berlin, which allowed me to feel the spirit and beauty of the culture and tradition of Berlin. Of course, as always, I tried my best to convey to you my impressions of this unusual experience from Berlin.

How did you like my guide to shopping in Berlin? Have you had the chance to visit the urban capital of Germany so far?

If you have any question, comment, suggestion or message for me you can write me below in the comments. Of course, as always, you can contact me via email or social networks, all addresses can be found on the CONTACT page. See you at the same place in a few days, with some new story!

Greetings from Berlin,

Mr. M

This post is sponsored by the national airline Deutsche Bahn – DB and Visit Berlin as well as other local partners. This post is my personal and honest review of the destination experience.


Nisantaşi: Istanbul Luxury Shopping Guide

My dear fashionistas and travelers, I hope you are well and ready for a new (fashion) adventure. Today’s post will be slightly different compared to the previous travelogues that you have had the opportunity to read on the Mr.M blog. The travelogue you will be able to read today will be written in the form of an interesting shopping guide where I will introduce you to some interesting places to shop when you are in Istanbul. In addition to the luxury places to shop, I’ll also give you some tips on where you can buy good quality designer stuff at significantly cheaper prices, so this guide will cover all fashionistas with all budgets, because everyone deserves to be stylish dressed according to their budget.

If you forgot to read my travelogue about Istanbul or you want to remind yourself of some interesting details, before you continue reading this guide, spare a few minutes of your time to read my latest travelogue in this imperial city on two continents – LINK. Let’s remind some of the most important details about this Turkish metropolis.

Symbol of Istanbul: A red cart with a glass window where you can always find fresh simit (bagels) and other pastries.

Istanbul, the imperial city that has remained known throughout history as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populated city in the Republic of Türkiye. This city is also the economic, cultural and historical center of the country. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, located on the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe and Asia between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. The commercial and historical center of the city is located in the European part, while about a third of the city’s population lives on the Asian side. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, which has more than 15 million inhabitants. Istanbul is one of the most populated cities in the world, the seventh largest city in the world and the largest city in Europe. Istanbul is considered a bridge between East and West.

The fairy tale view from the terrace of the presidential suite of the Divan Taksim Istanbul hotel

I will try to list the parts (districts) of the city for you, so that you can find your way around when you come to this magical city. Istanbul is divided into the following city districts:

  • Sultanahmet – the old part of the city
  • Galata – Beyoglu area, where Taksim Square and the famous Istikal Street are located
  • New City – The main business district of the city with many modern shopping centers and districts such as Elmadag, Nisantaşi and Etiler.
  • Bosphorus area – The European shore of the Bosphorus dotted with numerous palaces, parks, waterside villas and bohemian districts such as Beşiktaş and Ortakoy.
  • Golden Horn area – The banks of the Golden Horn, the estuary that separates the European side into characteristic areas. Here is Eyüpsultan, with an Ottoman ambience.
  • Prince’s Islands – A convenient place for a perfect break from the city, consisting of an archipelago of nine car-free islands – some of them small, some of them large – with beautiful wooden villas, green pine gardens and beautiful landscapes.
  • The Asian part of Istanbul – The eastern half of Istanbul, with beautiful neighborhoods on the banks of the Marmara and the Bosphorus.
  • The Western part of Istanbul, the western suburbs – are a collection of Istanbul districts, which lie west of the city walls of the old city. Bakırköy is the main center of this part of the city.

The center of our shopping guide today is the famous Nisantaşi district. In the immediate vicinity of this famous shopping paradise is the Divan Istanbul hotel, where I stayed during this visit to Istanbul. By staying at the Divan Istanbul hotel, a visit to Istanbul takes on a new dimension and definition of travel, relaxation and an idyllic vacation. Hotel Divan Istanbul offers its visitors a complete travel experience that will exceed all their expectations.

Hotel Divan Istanbul, thanks to its extraordinary location, dominates the different rhythms of Istanbul. Just a few steps away from Taksim Square, the hotel is intertwined with the vibrancy of the city and is conveniently located to be inspired by Istanbul with all its historical and cultural texture. Don’t forget to listen to the legendary story of the Galata Tower located in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, mingle with the colors of the Grand Bazaar, open the doors of history in Topkapi Palace and visit important places that reflect the spirit of the city in order to make new discoveries or rediscover them.

As I mentioned a little while ago, near the Divan Istanbul Hotel is the most famous shopping district where there are many famous international fashion and other brands that you can find on Nisantaşi. Nişantaşı is an upscale, mostly secular residential neighborhood in the Şişli neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul. From Osmanbey and Pangalti in the west to the bustling Halaskargazi Caddesi, it is a popular shopping district, full of boutiques, department stores, cafes, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. Many of the streets are still lined with beautiful apartment blocks from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Directly to the south is the large and green park Macka, and to the east is the city district of Besiktas.

Nisantaşi is the right place for all those shopping lovers who are looking for something more and want to feel an extraordinary luxury shopping experience that is truly unique. How did this today’s paradise for shopaholics get its name? The name “Nişantaşı” is among those whose origin is based on a sign in the typology of district names of Istanbul. One of the two engagement stones in the courtyard of Teşvikiye Mosque, The oldest belonging to Selim III, 1790-91, II. The second, which belongs to Mahmud, bears the date of 1811. Another stone dated 1811 remained in the front garden of an apartment building on Nişantaşı-Ihlamur Road in Topağacı today.

There is information that Selim III had a small mosque built in 1794-95, on the site of today’s Teşvikiye Mosque, after the first engagement stone was erected. This masjid must have been built for daytime prayers on the days when the sultan went on engagement practice in large groups.

Interest in this district increased even more when Abdulmedid moved to the Dolmabahçe Palace, and in 1857 he ordered the weddings of his princes to take place in Nişantaşı. The following year, the weddings of their daughters Cemile and Munire Sultan were again held in Nişantaşı. A decade later, the records show that Nişantaşı was opened for development and that the construction of the first villas began. Starting in the 1860s and 70s, Nişantaşı would develop as a neighborhood of villas and palaces, and apartments would be added to it from the 1910s.

The development of Nişantaşı is in complete accordance with the development of Istanbul in the second half of the 19th century. Two main developments affected Nisantası on two main axes. First, the palace was moved to Dolmabahce, and then to Yildiz. This phenomenon attracted members of the dynasty and high state officials to this quarter. Second, Nişantaşı is close to Pera (Beyoglu), the most modern part of the city. Living near Pera in Istanbul, on the road to westernization and modernization, was also an opportunity to mix with the lifestyle there. The two main axes that express this are Macka-Osmanbei and Taksim-Nisantaşı.

Nişantaşı developed around these two axes from the beginning of settlement, but this development continued in the form of village-town intertwining until the 1950s. Topagacı and the end of today’s Vali Konagi street, that is, the valley of the Fulya stream, preserved its rural appearance until the 1970s.

Development after the 1930s went towards housing, as in all of Istanbul, and it became one of the fastest growing residential districts in Istanbul, along with districts around Nişantaşı such as Taksim, Harbiie, Osmanbey and Sisli. However, this residential area continued as an elite neighborhood, the district preserved its identity as a neighborhood preferred by the upper income group, and the shops lining the main streets also supported this identity. In the 1970s, the fact that Istiklal Street began to lose its old quality attracted famous shops to Nişantaşi.

Another important and striking event in the same period is that clothing and textile factories began to settle in this district (especially in Meshrutiet district). This development, which began in the 1970s, continues today. This development, which undermined the distinctiveness of the district, also affected the society in Istanbul.

Today, Nişantaşı is still a vibrant, overpopulated area of Istanbul with heavy traffic and an elite neighborhood with its luxury shops, galleries and restaurants. Nişantaşı is known to many as an area where more than one activity can be done in the same day and a quality time spent is almost guaranteed. Abdi Ipekci, Tesvikiie and Vali Konagı streets are among the streets with the highest rental property prices in Istanbul. Abdi Ipekci Street, which is the most famous street where world-famous brands that appeal to high-income fashionistas first look for a place when they start their activities in Turkey, is the 25th most expensive street in the world in terms of issuing prices per square meter as of 2009.

Nişantaşı, which until the 2000s was widely known as a shopping district, has recently been mentioned with entertainment facilities, and since 2002 it has become one of the centers of New Year’s celebrations in Istanbul. In Nişantaşı, where shopping takes on a new dimension with the lighting of the streets, liveliness reigns not only on New Year’s Eve, but throughout all four seasons. It is an undeniable fact that Nişantaşı, where many street activities, fashion shows, fashion and shopping festivals are held, especially during summer and spring, is a very important and valuable district for Istanbul.

In one of the main streets of Abdi Ipekci there is also the famous Turkish fur and leather brand that you had the opportunity to meet in January of this year on the Mr.M blog – PUNTO.

PUNTO is a well-known Turkish brand founded in 1994 as a manufacturer of clothing and fashion accessories made of leather and fur. Punto is today a leader in its sector both in Turkey and on the world market.

Over the past years, Punto Group has risen to an eminent position in the luxury fashion industry. Through unique collections, this unusual Turkish fashion house always tries to follow all the current world trends, as well as to set new tasks for entering new avant-garde fashion territories. In Abdi Ipekci they have two PUNTO stores where you can find clothing and accessories for women, while a few meters down the street is their fashion paradise for men PUNTO UOMO. If you want to know more about this famous Turkish brand, read my previous fashion story in the following link.

Vakko is a Turkish company that manufactures and sells luxury ready-to-wear products. It was founded in 1934 under the name Sen Hat in Sultanhamm on the initiative of Vitaly Hako. After the 1940s, it continued its production under the name Vakko and opened its first large store in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district in 1962.

In 1981, the show “Anatolian Sun” was held, which combined Anatolian cultures and Western fashion concepts. The exhibition, which was exhibited in Rome, Vienna, Brussels, Paris and London, presented Vakko in Europe as a representative of contemporary Turkish fashion. In 1982, Vakkorama, Turkey’s first youth store, opened in Istanbul. In order to bring New York fashion to Istanbul, Vakkorama introduced a new team called V2K Designers in 2000 with the slogan “Two cities, one brand”. Over time, V2K Designers, which has also become a designer and brand of other fashion cities like Paris, London and Milan besides New York, is today the first concept store in Turkey where different world brands meet under the same roof. Above you can see how the New Year’s colorful window display on Nisantashi looks like.

CENGIZ AKTURK has been playing a role in the fashion industry for more than 20 years and has adopted an approach as a strategy of continuous customer satisfaction and a sustainable vision leading a retail store where it designs and manufactures its fashion products. Exceptional design, I believe that the dear lady readers of the Mr.M blog will be delighted with this recommendation. In addition to its stores in Turkey, CENGIZ AKTURK also has boutiques in London, Dubai and Paris, so my dear ladies, if you go to some of these destinations, see for yourself the beauty of the creations of this Turkish designer.

GIZIA is a special brand that is appreciated in our home because my dear mom loves this Turkish brand. They had a store in Belgrade for a while and it closed soon, which was hard for my mom because she really loves this brand and likes to wear their stuff. Gizia, as one of the pioneers of the concept of affordable luxury both in Turkey and in the world, continues to expand its customer base in the fashion and retail sector day by day thanks to its sophisticated and elegant collection, special cooperation with designers, successful merchandising. networks and online sales services.

GIZIA creates collections that offer timeless style and embrace the vision of haute couture thanks to its strong, striking, sophisticated and feminine approach to design. There are several brands in the Gizia group: Gizia, Gizia Gate (a fashion line and also the name of a special concept store), Kiwe, 4G Classic and Mani Mani. Gizia Gate is the first exclusive multi-brand concept store in Turkey, it gathers a selection of the most innovative Turkish women’s fashion designers under one roof. A two-story store featuring collections from local designers, including Erkan Demiroglu and Deniz Berdan, as well as brands from the Gizia Group.

Mani Mani took its first step in the world of fashion in 2021. Launched for the needs of the Spring Summer 2021 collection, with its first collection, the brand attracts attention with its experimental, innovative and flawless designs. Mani Mani brand from GIZIA Group, which opened its first store on Nisantası Abdi İpekci street, reflects the integrity of many styles and its collections contain intriguing and new designs. The choice of textures and materials, the colors used and the carefully crafted handicrafts symbolize an unexplored planet. Integrating with different styles, Mani Mani begins its journey with the aim of creating trends.

BEYMEN – a fashion paradise for shopaholics in Turkey. Beymen is a chain of luxury department stores in Istanbul, Turkey with its flagship store in the Nisantasi district. It has department stores in Istanbul in Akasia, Akua Floria, Atakoi Plus, Istinie Park and Zorlu Center malls, as well as two stores along Bagdat Avenue on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Beymen also has stores in Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Izmir and Bodrum. In Beymen you can find the world’s most famous luxury brands, but there is good news for fashion lovers who are not on a high budget, which is that Beymen has several outlet stores in Istanbul where you can buy the collections of famous world brands from previous seasons at significantly more affordable prices. Beymen outlets really have a great offer and I have seen it many times because every time I go to Istanbul I visit their outlet stores, my favorite is in the Optimum outlet center.


Jacket: Marco Pescarolo

T-Shirt: Loro Piana

Trousers: Marco Pescarolo

Backpack: Bric’s

Sneakers: Jacob Cohen

Now I have a recommendation for a fashion brand for men that comes from Italy. Stefano Ricci is a private family Italian brand that fosters a luxury lifestyle. This exceptional brand produces men’s clothing and fashion accessories and has several lines, including a line for the youngest “SR Junior”, a home improvement program “SR HOME” and lifestyle products. This luxury Italian brand also offers bespoke services and interior design for yachts and residences.

Tacettan Seker, who started his journey in a humble tailor shop in Istanbul in 1998, created one of Turkey’s leading tailor-made brands under the name “Taji Giyim” in the following years and became a pioneer in menswear with innovative steps. Taji, who stands out not for temporary fashion trends, but for personalized design, launched the merchandising sector with the Nisantası store in 2002, then in New York in 2006. Today, Taji stands out for its unique merchandising model that combines special tailoring with leading world brands. This is a real fashion paradise for men who love extremely high quality custom clothing.

John Paul Ataker prides himself on creating impeccable, high quality clothing. Each garment is overseen by a single tailor and sent through three rounds of quality control before the collection is ready for the customer. A luxurious experience that includes structured dresses, intricate details and modern shapes for the most discerning customers. The John Paul Ataker collection exudes confidence, elegance and a feminine identity that is known around the world.

For customers who dare to be different, the John Paul Ataker atelier offers a haute couture experience by creating unique clothes. This fashion journey begins with a detailed sketch that is sent to pattern making, creating a simple moulage and combining the customer’s personal concept with the signature John Paul Ataker design process. The results of the collaboration give the customer a sense of old-world luxury and exclusivity. The name John Paul Attaker was chosen for the lavish eveningwear and ready-to-wear brand to pay tribute to Attaker’s roots, and is also the name of Numan’s son.

Numan Ataker is a native of Turkey and the designer behind the John Paul Ataker collection. The luxury evening collection is based on his childhood and experience growing up in the family fashion business. His family worked on all aspects of the creation from tailoring, fabric development and patterns. Creating unique shapes for a significant clientele seeking unique silhouettes. These formative years honed his flair for design as he developed a love for textiles, precise cuts and the draping of the female body.

These are some of my recommendations from the shops I noticed in the Nişantaşı district, of course there are many more brands and designers that have found their place under the sun of Turkish luxury called Nişantaşı. In addition to Nişantaşı, there are several other fashion destinations for luxury shopping in Istanbul.

Istinye Park is a shopping center in the district of the same name – Istinye in Istanbul with almost 300 shops of numerous international luxury brands and designers. In addition to the numerous luxury brands in Istinye Park, you can also find everyday street fashion brands, so there is a balance of low-budget street brands, through mid-range brands to luxury brands. This shopping center has indoor and outdoor parts, the open part of the center is reserved for luxury brands and has a green central park.

Mall of Istanbul is Turkey’s largest shopping, entertainment and lifestyle center, chosen as the ‘Best Mall in the World’ by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), located in Başakşehir, one of Istanbul’s new developing areas. It is home to 350 stores and thousands of brands operate in the Mall of Istanbul, which was established on May 23, 2014 by Torunlar REIC, Turkey’s largest domestic real estate investor.

Offering shopping, culture, art and entertainment under the same roof, Mall of Istanbul, where Turkish and global brands are exhibited, Europe’s largest indoor amusement park MOIPARK, Turkey’s largest cinema complex Cinetech adds value to the understanding of shopping across Europe, especially in Turkey.

Emaar Square Mall is the largest shopping center in Turkey with 415 stores, 52 restaurants and parking for 4,200 vehicles. Within the shopping center on 6 floors you can find shops that will appeal to all tastes, enjoy fun areas for yourself and your child while enjoying a meal and drinking coffee. Emaar Square Mall has plenty of fun for kids and adults alike! Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Emaar Skyview viewing terrace with the longest glass terrace in Europe at 27 meters, Museum of Illusions, Museum of Entertainment, revolutionary entertainment The Jump, 4DX cinemas, VR ROOM that takes your breath away with its games, PlayBowling, which will make you experience team spirit with your friends and increase the excitement of the competition…

As I promised at the very beginning of this post, I will also share with you some shopping destinations where you can buy a number of luxury and premium brands at much cheaper prices in Istanbul outlets. Outlets in Istanbul are in the form of outlet malls not so much as outlet villages which you can find in Europe.

Outlet malls in Istanbul:

Optimum Outlet Center (my favorite) – one of the most visited outlet centers in Istanbul and Turkey in general. You can easily reach this outlet mall directly from Taksim Square by bus 129T. This line connects Taksim to Bagdat Caddesi, another luxury shopping destination, considered by many to be Turkey’s version of Rodeo Drive. Returning from Bagdat Caddesi to Taksim, you can get off at Yenisahra station. The outlet is great, it has a lot of well-known brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Diesel, but you also have luxury brands that are part of multi-brand stores like Beymen, which I wrote about in this post. Be prepared to take your time as Istanbul is a big city and expect traffic jams, on one occasion I traveled one way from Taksim Square to Optimum outlet for an hour and a half, but it was really worth it!

Viaport Asia outlet center has become one of the most visited outlet centers in Turkey today. Viaport Asia has become the heart of social life thanks to its 250 shops, parking for 4000 vehicles, entertainment centers, cinemas and other facilities that cater to all other needs. Designed in a street concept with its open-air architecture, Viaport Asia offers quality to its customers at affordable prices in its stores designed in an “outlet” concept. Offering an atmosphere in touch with nature in restaurants located by the lake far from the hustle and bustle of the city, Viaport Asia opens the door to natural life in contact with peacocks, rabbits, dogs and cats.

Olivium Outlet Center opened its doors to visitors on April 1, 2000 and was the first and only outlet center in Istanbul for a long time. Since its opening, it has been offering trendy brands and quality at an affordable price. Appealing not only to Zeitinburn, but also to the whole city for 20 years with its concept to continue as a real outlet center, Olivium Outlet now promises its visitors a much more modern, simpler, more spacious and brighter environment with its renovated premises. Housing 132 stores of Turkish and international brands, Olivium Outlet offers customers an affordable shopping experience seven days a week.

Kale Outlet Center quality, affordable shopping in a modern outlet center with 127 stores of well-known world brands. Kale Outlet is located in a very convenient location with close proximity to major traffic routes and extremely easy access to public transportation. Kale Outlet Center, located in the most populated districts of Istanbul, attracts attention as the only shopping center on the Kabatas-Bagcılar tram line.

There are many outlet malls in Istanbul and I believe you will find the perfect place to shop! All you have to do is book your ticket to Istanbul and enjoy the charms of shopping in the imperial city on two continents.

My dear travelers and fashionistas, we have come to the end of this first special guide for shopping in Istanbul where we had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of luxury shopping in the imperial city on two continents. Today’s travelogue would not be possible without the selfless help of the national Serbian airline – Air Serbia and Divan Istanbul Hotel in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Türkiye, which enabled me to feel the spirit and beauty of Turkish culture and tradition. Of course, as always, I tried my best to convey my impressions about this unusual experience from Turkey.

I would like to give special thanks to the staff of Divan Istanbul Hotel for their warm welcome and for hosting me in their hotel. The stay in their hotel was exceptional, where I felt the warmth of home!

How did you like my Istanbul shopping guide and introduction to the Divan Istanbul Hotel that graces the heart of Istanbul? Have you had the chance to visit magical Istanbul yet?

If you have any question, comment, suggestion or message for me you can write me below in the comments. Of course, as always, you can contact me via email or social networks, all addresses can be found on the CONTACT page. See you at the same place in a few days, with some new story!

With Love from Istanbul,

Mr. M

This post is sponsored by the national airline Air Serbia, Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Türkiye and Divan Istanbul Hotel as well as other local partners. This post is my personal and honest review of the destination experience.