Düsseldorf’s punk rock band Die Toten Hosen once dedicated a song to the “Modestadt Düsseldorf” (fashion city Düsseldorf). Düsseldorf-based designers prove we are not only good at fashion but accessories and jewellery are also our forte. While Königsallee has long been the place of longing for German fashion lovers, nowadays monobrand stores have taken over stretches of the sycamorelined boulevard. But don’t fret: A new wave of concept stores and carefully selected design-shops has blossomed in other parts of the city – you just have to know where to find these hidden treasures.

Preloved and pretty

Düsseldorfs Vintage-Szene pulsiert. Eine junge Generation von Händlern, Designern und Kreativen gebrauchter Kleidung eine zweite Chance – und neuen Sinn. Für den guten Zweck und den kleinen Geldbeutel. Für mehr Individualismus und im Sinne der Nachhaltigkeit. Wir haben da ein paar spannende Fundstücke.

Miaki Komuro

Miaki Komuro studied fashion design at home in Tokyo at the prestigious Bunka Fashion College. She has been living in Düsseldorf since 2014 and founded her fashion brand in 2016.


Suzusan is the name of the label of Hiroyuki Murase, called Hiro, who breathes new life into the Japanese craft of shibori. The company is based in a backyard studio in Flingern-Süd, opposite the Weltkunstzimmer, and sells its collection far beyond Düsseldorf. The fabric produced with this special technique has already been worn on Dior’s catwalk as well as byinternational stars like Natalie Portman. THE DORF visited him in his studio to find out more about his label, shibori and his future plans.

Gabriele Orsech

Gabriele Orsech is not one to hold her breath. Fashion is a hands-on profession and that’s exactly what students learn at her Design Department Academy. Here, she reveals her favourite places in Düsseldorf and what fashion means to her.


She represented pop and rock culture before it was en vogue. She was avant-garde at a time when most people didn’t even know what the term meant. Feminist and punk when it was not in fashion yet. Ela — everybody who is anybody in art or culture in Düsseldorf knows her.