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Berlin

James Andrew at the Reichstag.

Perhaps one of the best places to begin one’s exploration of Berlin is at the Reichstag with its spectacular Sir Norman Foster glass dome. The dome is truly an architectural masterpiece, and a climb up the spiral ramp rewards one with the most fantastic views of Berlin.

After this, an early lunch at the old Cafe Einstein where you’ll find some rather delicious Viennese cuisine will fortify you for your further explorations.

Neue Nationalgalerie garden.

The Neue Nationalgalerie is another must-see — architecture as art — designed by the iconic Mies Van Der Rohe to house a world class collection of 20th century art and sculpture. Do make a point to walk around the entire surrounding piazza, there are splendid sculptures and an absolutely gorgeous sunken garden located in the back of the museum.

View from the Hotel de Rome.

After a day of sightseeing we, the roof deck of our fantastic Hotel de Rome affords one with breathtaking views as the sun sets on Berlin. To cap things off, one cannot miss with a dinner at the legendary Borchardt Französische Straße 47, a German version of a French brasserie that is, and has been, the restaurant of choice for Berliners for decades.

I ‘m sporting (top) a tyrolean style jacket in charcoal tweed with black leather piping and coin buttons, forest green and black plaid cotton sateen shirt and a chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle all by Gucci, black skinny jeans by Diesel, white and black silk scarf by Turnbull and Asser, Lanvin sunglasses and high top sneakers in black suede and forest green patent leather, black leather tote by Gucci and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Portugal.

Hotel de Rome

James Andrew at the Hotel de Rome in Berlin

When planning an adventure to a foreign land, certainly one’s choice of hotel will shape a huge part of one’s total experience. As you can imagine, I do a great deal of research, and I always discuss options with my most well traveled and elegant friends before selecting just the right hotel. Among my many criterion – impeccable style, tastefulness, location, and personal service rank high – and of course I look for a place that will truly capture the essence of a place. I am happy to say that all of these many qualities were present in the magnificent Hotel de Rome. It’s surely the best hotel in Berlin!

Hotel de Rome

Hotel de Rome is on Bebelplatz, a large scale, historic square which will put you just a few minutes from some of Berlin’s most fantastic sites, including Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate, as well as some of Berlin’s most outstanding restaurants and shops. The ultra lux Hotel de Rome is located in a grand former bank building, and ingeniously preserves many of its original elements, while, of course, incorporating all of the luxuries one would expect from a world class hotel.

The brilliant staff at the hotel’s concierge virtually guarantees a rich and most fulfilling stay in Berlin, and they’ll help you avoid long cues while getting the most value for your money — this has got to have been the finest concierge service I have ever experienced! We were also quite pleased by the substantial breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant Parioli which you’ll want to have before launching into an exciting day of exploration.

I’m pictured (top) standing in the spectacular entrance foyer of the Hotel de Rome, flanked by a gorgeous grouping of monumental red lacquered urns resting on steel bases – in fact, much of the decor here — including the polygon motif carpets seen throughout — is nicely reminiscent of our favorite David Hicks!

I’m wearing a black wool flannel peaked lapel jacket by Gucci, a cotton blue and green tartan shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, forest green cashmere tie by Borrelli, white and green retro print silk pocket square by Charvet, Diesel black skinny jeans, Gucci silver chain link belt, Lanvin high top sneakers in black suede with green patent leather and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Portugal.

Bruce Sargeant and His Circle

James Andrew at Clamp Art.

As a collector and adviser for my clients, I make a point of getting to see as many art exhibitions as I can.

I recently went to the show, “Bruce Sargeant and his Circle by Mark Beard” at Clamp Art – this show also coincides with the release of a scrumptious book by the same title — perfect for some at home intimate perusal.

Beard is a New York based artist whose work can be seen at Abercrombie & Fitch as well as museums worldwide, and is collected by the likes of Bruce Weber. Sargeant’s work, which Beard has been collecting for 20 years, is a celebration of the idealized — and how do we say “erotisized”‘ without sounding superficial? — male form. Some of Sargeant’s contemporaries are also included in this beautifully curated exhibition.

There IS a twist to this tale of Sargeant and Beard– interested? — perhaps I’ll leave the rest of the story for your visit to this fantastic show!

At the super chic Clamp Art gallery I am sporting a royal blue cotton sateen jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford midnight cotton dotted herringbone print shirt, Diesel “Thanaz” jeans, Charvet retro print pocket square, Gucci silver chain link belt and navy suede loafers, KVA sunglasses and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.