Berlin and the Spatial Patterns of Globalization

— The German capital as a Node of International Fashion Industry


The focus of this study lies on the relevancy of Berlin as a location for fashion production. What are the types of production and where do we find them? How are the fashion manufacturers of Berlin linked internationally to other participants in the production chain of a garment?

Most common today are studios in former industrial loft buildings and facilities where workshop and retail happen in one place. Typical for manufacturing in general is a workshop in the backyard of an apartment building. A novel type for textile production is co-sewing spaces with provided sewing machines and technical support. They are often placed in cafés or social facilities. Thanks to social projects such as Nemona in Neukölln, home production is occurring again, however the total number is not countable because this work is in most cases not registered.

Before the times of Industrialization the production of clothing happened at home in small quantities. During the turn of the century, the work was transferred into factories where large scale production was feasible. Today those factories for textile production are hard to find in Berlin, but they still exist.

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Berlin and the Spatial Patterns of Globalization