Talented in Berlin!
I was recently fortunate enough to make my first international market visit for Talented and travelled to Berlin for 3 days to visit new and existing customers in this great city. Julia’s cityscape for Berlin has always been a hugely popular design and has evolved over the years to stay modern and eye-catching, in a city so well-known for its art.
I touched down on Sunday evening which gave me the chance to explore the city and visit some of the world-famous museums and monuments that have inspired Julia’s design. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to walk between these places in the city centre, and strolled between the Berliner Dom, the Museum Insel, the Brandenburg gate and the Bundestag building.
On the way I also passed several gift shops and lifestyle stores that would be perfect for Talented products, so popped in to speak with the owners. Our designs are always very popular with people who are proud of their city and it was great to introduce some store owners to the world of Talented cityscapes!
The next morning, I got up bright and early for a meeting with one of our oldest customers, Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus at their beautiful bookstore close to the Brandenburg gate. Set across several floors and with beautiful product displays and Christmas decorations adorning the shop, I was thrilled to see that our Berlin Cityscape bags took pride of place at the front door!
Our tote bags are made of high-quality canvas with comfortable handles; I could see first-hand how popular they are with shoppers buying books, gifts and stationery items as a sustainable way to carry their purchases.
After visiting the store and planning new product ranges and displays for 2018, I travelled to meet with potential new customers, discussing designs and product ranges for them to introduce in the new year. I’m looking forward to working with the customers to put together some great design ideas and seeing the new cityscapes soon!
On Saturday evening I was treated to a wonderful meal at a Sushi restaurant by Julia’s Japanese Licensee, See-Saw. The owner is based in Berlin and it was great to catch-up and swap knowledge over some of the best Nigiri I’ve ever tasted. Note to self – make friends with a Sushi chef for the best food!
Sunday morning was another early start as I hit the streets to visit some more customers. It was only after I was up and out of the door at 8am that I realised the shops didn’t open until 10! I took this chance to visit the East Side Gallery and see some of the iconic artwork that Berlin is famous for. I’ve always wanted to visit this remaining section of the Berlin Wall and it was clear to see just how creative, modern and fascinating this city is. It feels great to be part of this vibrant culture and have Talented products sold on shelves alongside souvenirs of some of this incredible artwork.
After a full day of meeting and customer visits, it was time to head back to the UK and the office to get started on some of the work that had come out of the trip. It was a very successful first overseas visit to represent Talented and I hope that I will be back in Berlin soon to help support our new customers and see Cityscape products in shops across the city.
If you’d like a copy of Julia’s Berlin Cityscape but don’t live in the city, then we have good news! Cityscape art prints are now available to purchase on our online store, so you can have this design delivered to you anywhere in the world. Visit our online store to get your hands on a copy today.