WHAT IS JAMES WEARING? Rotating Header Image

Berlin II

James Andrew at the Alte Nationalgalerie.

With a selection of approximately 175 museums in Berlin to choose from you’ll have to forgive me for narrowing down the selection to some of the most spectacular and important collections.

Certainly a must-see are the five major museums on Museum Island – all are architecturally magnificent and contain mind blowing collections.

The Pergamon museum houses restorations of the ancient Greek Pergamon Altar and the Babylonian Ishtar gate. These extraordinary antiquities are presented full scale, so it doesn’t take much imagination to find oneself transported to the ancient world. The Altes Museum designed by the brilliant Karl Friedrcih Schinkel is truly one of the most beautifully balanced neoclassical buildings in Berlin, and it houses an exquisite collection of classical antiquities as well.

As a designer, it’s hard to tell you how inspirational these masterworks are from both the point of the architecture of the buildings as well as their rich content. Purchasing a three day museum pass gives you entry to every museum in Berlin and will help you avoid long lines.

The Neue Wache.

Just a short walk from Museum Island, is the Neue Wache ( a royal guard house designed by Schinkel in the neo-classical style) converted into a memorial in the 1950’s – it houses a bronze “mother with dead son” symbolizing the suffering off all victims of violence — architecture and sculpture here work together to create a deeply moving experience.

After a morning of exploration, we headed to restaurant Tim Raue for a scrumptious lunch of Asian-inspired haute cuisine. Later that evening we treated ourselves to a most delicious dinner at the very chic Schneeweiss (Snow White – with an all white interior), here you will enjoy a twist on “Alpine/Austrian” fair.

I’m standing(top) in the colonnade that surrounds the Alte Nationalgalerie – a re-creation of an ancient Greco/Roman temple, and another must-see on Museum Island – I’m sporting a bottle green paper thin leather bomber jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford shirt in navy end on end cotton with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Paul Smith black watch tartan wool pants, Ralph Lauren black and white silk polka dot scarf, Gucci black suede and leather “Belgian” style loafers and chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle, my fragrance is Creed Bois de Portugal.


  1. Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art is an inspiration! Have a great time!

  2. Roberta says:

    dear james every time I come to visit you in your profile, and every time I remain fascinated by your work but especially by your innate class. it’s really good to meet people with great style like you, see you soon

  3. Brian Cook says:

    Great look James!!

    As usual!


  4. Wow, the Neue Wache is something else. Thanks James!

  5. DeanFarris says:


    I am so impressed that you are adding all of this to your already vast knowledge of history and the decorative arts/architecture.

    Learning is the key to staying young forever !

    Dean *****

  6. Isn’t the dome in the Altes just superb? Good tip about the Museum pass!

    Thanks for the post, James! I hope you having spectacular adventures in Berlin!

  7. Rudi Oezelt says:

    I’m delighted to learn that you have enjoyed your recent Berlin trip.
    And of course – as an Exile Viennese in Germany’s capital – I like the idea of having dinner at Schneeweiss, one of our best Austrian restaurants – but by far not the only one. I suggest you and Scott should return very soon. Cheers Rudi

  8. James,
    The Neue Wache photo is amazing. Glad you’re having a great time.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *