Shipping to
United States
Mr Erik Spiekermann

Fast Facts

  • Jacket: Three-button, narrow lapels
  • Shirt: Jil Sander
  • Trousers: Acne Studios
  • Jeans: Helmut Lang
  • Shoes: Handmade
  • Bag: Prada shoulder bag

Biography

Award-winning German designer, and professor at the University of the Arts, Bremen, Mr Spiekermann formed the United Designers Network (UDN) in 2002 - with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco - and subsequently founded Edenspiekermann. He has designed countless typefaces and co-authored Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works. In recognition for his work, he was given the German Design Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. www.edenspiekermann.com twitter.com/espiekermann

Mr Spiekermann's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

Universal Cafe in San Francisco.”

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VACATION CHOICE

“I don't really do vacations. If I did, I'd go somewhere where the look from any window would make me happy, there are good restaurants nearby, the cafés have good coffee and towns are full of life. Central Tuscany offers this.”

TOP CITY

“Berlin, because I live there most of the time. I also have to mention San Francisco and London, because I'm based there also.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

“I tend to go for smaller, old-fashioned hotels, like Hessischer Hof. They have better service and less attitude than most of the design hotels. I was recently surprised by the Sofitel in Chicago, which combined old-fashioned European service with a great location and contemporary furniture. The best thing is to look for a hotel with a Swiss manager.”

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TYPE OF BAG

“A black Prada shoulder bag. My MacBook fits in and it seems indestructible.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

Jil Sander , because everything fits me.”

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ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“My handmade boots (all five pairs) because nothing else fits me properly after my knee operations.”

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MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour.”

STYLE ICON

Steve McQueen, because he never seemed to try hard.”

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STYLE TIP

“Don't go with the fashion, stick to what you like, it'll come back around.”

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BEST SHIRT BRAND

Jil Sander shirts fit me and the materials are great. Then again, I have yet to find a brand that makes buttons that don't come off.”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

Jil Sander , Helmut Lang, Margaret Howell .”

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CUT OF TROUSERS

Acne Studios , as long as they're not low-waisted.”

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JEANS BRAND

“Helmut Lang, but they're not made anymore.”

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UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“Zimmerli.”

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PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“Three-button, narrow lapels (regardless of current fashion).”

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SHOE MAKER

“I like shoes that are handmade locally.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“My Braun razor, because it works almost as well as a wet shave.”

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DREAM CAR

“A Mercedes Benz 280SE 3, 5V8 convertible, 1970-71. I drive my other dream car, it is an NSU Ro80.”

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WATCH BRAND

“My favourite brands are Braun, Junghaus, Matthiesen.”

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ESSENTIAL GADGET

“Faber Castell pencil.”

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BEST BOOK

“I cannot say, I have 6000 of them.”

FAVOURITE ALBUM

“Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music, because it makes me happy.”