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Mr Marcus Luft

Fast Facts

  • Bar: Trust
  • Hotel: The Louis
  • Tailor: James Castle, Berlin
  • Gadget: BlackBerry Bold
  • Album: Une Nuit au Châtelet by Raphael
  • Book: Siri Hustvedt's What I Loved
  • Grooming: Santa Maria Novella hand cream
  • Beautiful woman: Elizabeth Taylor
  • Style tip: Follow your own style

Biography

Mr Luft is a fashion journalist, whose writing has been published in Welt am Sonntag , NZZ and Amica . He is currently the fashion director for Gala and editorial director for Gala Style . He launched his own style blog, Too Posh To Push . tooposhtopush.twoday.net

Mr Luft's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

“The Hôtel Costes in Paris. Only a restaurant in which an oil sheik gave my friend his telephone number; you are served by women named Chloé; and, on one occasion, Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue, Marc Jacobs and Patti Smith were all almost sat on top of each other, deserves this accolade. In that respect the food is almost secondary – as long as it goes with the mashed potatoes, which are the best in the world.”

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BEST BAR

Trust, Berlin. There is no sign on the door, the room looks as if it's condemned for demolition and all the beverages – whether gin or wine – are only sold by the bottle. I don't think I need to elaborate on how the nights turn out there.”

VACATION CHOICE

“Sylt, a picturesque island in the North Sea. Firstly, because it's not far from my hometown. Secondly, there's nothing better than taking a walk on the beach with my dog, Olaf.”

TOP CITY

“Stockholm - I have never been anywhere else where the people are more beautiful, relaxed and uncomplicatedly well-dressed than there. And don't even get me started on how breathtaking the city itself is.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

The Louis in Munich. It's perfectly situated by Viktualienmarkt and it's such a warm yet modernly decorated place that every time I stay there I wish I could move in.”

TYPE OF BAG

“I don't conform to many of the 'fashion people' clichés. But I do love bags. This morning I was running late for an appointment, partly because I couldn't decide between my Bottega Veneta shopper, the Goyard briefcase and the rucksack made from Japanese canvas…”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“Prada is so far ahead of the game every season that you have to think about what Miuccia Prada wants to tell us. Eventually you understand - and see other brands trying to catch up a few seasons later. That's perfection.”

ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“A dark blue crew neck cashmere jumper, because it undoubtedly goes with anything in my wardrobe and always makes me look impeccably dressed.”

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MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Elizabeth Taylor in the movie The V.I.P.s , because she proves that even an unfaithful wife can look both innocent and glamorous at the same time.”

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STYLE ICON

“Helmut Newton – an icon of male glamour until his death (he suffered a heart attack driving his Cadillac from the Chateau Marmont after breakfast).”

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STYLE TIP

“Don't follow fashion, follow your own style.”

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TAILOR

“James Castle is a young and talented tailor in Berlin. There is something old-fashioned and often intimate about choosing a made-to-measure suit. James succeeds in creating a private atmosphere and asking the right questions, until you are certain about which garment you want.”

BEST SHIRT BRAND

“Shirts from A.P.C. are cut slim, of good quality and strike the right balance between modern and classic.”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

“Since the wedding of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince the answer is simple: Yves Saint Laurent . I don't know of a more stylish groom than Jamie Hince.”

CUT OF TROUSERS

“Chinos are the new jeans. My choice are the Clifton Slim from Closed.”

JEANS BRAND

“I like the slim cut Max from Acne Studios . As long as a man is in shape, he should show it off.”

UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“Difficult question. I don't like underwear with the brand logo on the waistband. That's why I wear boxers from Sunspel .”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“I like varsity jackets, whether made from suede, nylon or silk. For formal occasions I'm a fan of the double-breasted blazer.”

SHOE MAKER

Church's loafers. A classic.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“It's hard to name just one, because I value so many. But I'll go with the hand cream from Santa Maria Novella, since men often neglect to take care of their hands.”

DREAM CAR

“A 1970s Jaguar x12 in gold.”

WATCH BRAND

“Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust and Cartier Tank.”

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“My BlackBerry Bold, with the essential Facebook app. Once, after fainting in a restaurant, my first thought upon waking up was: where is my BlackBerry? Since then I am open about my addiction.”

BEST BOOK

“Siri Hustvedt's What I Loved . I read it straight through in one night, which rarely happens with a book.”

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FAVOURITE ALBUM

Une Nuit au Châtelet by Raphael. It reminds me of a beautiful summer's night. Especially on gloomy days I like to listen to it and am instantly taken back.”

Brands Favoured by Mr Luft