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Hamburg Shopping

Jil Sander
43 Neuer Wallstrasse
City Center
Hamburg
Germany 20354
Tel: 49 40 374 129 0
www.jilsander.com

Offering up three full floors of luxury minimalist womenswear, this boutique was local designer Jil Sander's flagship and supposedly carries the label's entire line. Though colors have gotten brighter in recent years, Sander's trademark remains elegant, no-frippery cuts and fine fabrics, in collections that are made to mix and match. Recent years have brought business misfortunes, including an unhappy buyout in spring 2006 (and recent resale) by Prada. Her minimalist line continues, however, in the capable hands of Belgian designer Raf Simons. Not for the faint of wallet: There is no "bridge" line of affordable fashions with Sander's name on it, so be prepared for extraordinary prices.

Closed Sundays.

Ladage & Oelke
11 Neuer Wall, 11 Alsterarkaden
City Center
Hamburg
Germany 20354
Tel: 49 40 341 414
www.ladage-oelke.de

Advertising its stock-in-trade as "English men's clothing," Hamburg's old-time Anglophilic side finds its highest (and stiffest-upper-lip) expression in this 162-year-old boutique. Now carrying womenswear as well, Ladage & Oelke could be considered a haute-retro throwback—very conservative, hand-tailored leisure and businesswear is on offer in luxurious fabrics, including tweeds. Wear it ironically or take it seriously as one of the few places in Germany where you can buy "correct" clothing.

Closed Sundays.

Manufactum
2 Fischertwiete
City Center
Hamburg
Germany 20095
Tel: 49 40 300 877 43
www.manufactum.de/hamburg

Located in the Rote Chilehaus, a prewar Expressionist building with tall, angular lines, this cult emporium's mission is to sell the most "authentic" version of everyday items, no matter how obscure their origin. From clothing to corkscrews to meat slicers, wares are mainly old-fashioned and look like a history of 20th-century design. Pricey but fascinating stuff.

Closed Sundays.

Thomas-i-Punkt
21 Mönckebergstrasse
City Center
Hamburg
Germany 20095
Tel: 49 40 327 172
www.thomasipunkt.de

Located in an ancient building straight out of a Brueghel painting, this boutique is where Hamburg's young rich buy up fashion-forward names such as Comme des Garçons, rather than their parents' hunting-wear and Jil Sander. Eccentricity is indulged, especially by the store's own label. For an additional twist, the brand sponsors an internationally known skateboard park nearby.

Closed Sundays.

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