There is something about Munich which might have gotten lost a bit in the last, say, ten years – with the onslaught of Berlin, with the draining of people, this constant trickle of creativity leaving a city which was once built on the very notion of Geist und Intelligenz, I dare say: Because apart from the very Bayerischkeit of Munich there was always a certain sensibility that was less counterculture and more mainstream in a good way, it did not flee and flourish on the margins, which can be easy, but that it wanted to achieve something and aim at the center of things, which might be harder. It was there and it was important, in the 1910s and 1920s with artists and writers like Kandinski und Mühsam and Feuchtwanger, this style, this spirit, this pride, and it should be there in the 2010s – a cosmopolitan casualness that might be best achieved in a smaller city like Munich, rather than in self-congratulatory Berlin, through a concentration on the new ideas, an eye for the international style, a daring, a focus, a network of good: Ayzit Bostan, for sure, would be in the middle of all of this. She is, in a way, an in-between kind of person, between fashion and art, between cultures, between fame and followers who are in love with all the things she designs, clothes, shoes, bags. She could live anywhere, she could work anywhere, and in a way I always have to remind myself that we are indeed in Munich when I go to her studio on Landwehrstraße, a place that has so little to do with this explosion of money that is Munich today, a strange combination of Porsches and Arabs coming for shopping or medicine and all these off-road crazy people heading to some mountain or another, constantly. I love Munich, don*t get me wrong, and this is why I love Ayzit. Munich could be like her, Munich should be like her. A proud and smart and creative place that does not constantly feel the need to position itself against Berlin. A place for a woman with Turkish roots who has this air of New York around her and a pleasant notion of knowing where we are heading. A citizen of the 21st century. Like Ayzit.
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