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Faye Smith: My Berlin


Faye Smith was born in Berlin and continues to be inspired by her ever-evolving home city. The customised vintage and new garments she creates for her Fay Alice label are sold across Germany. Fay Alice embodies Berlin’s artistic vibrancy and its compelling contrasts between grit and grace, history and open-minded optimism, preciousness and accessibility and internationalism alongside an almost small-town sense of community

City Guide
Ana Finel Honigman,

If work and other commitments were not a concern, where would be your ideal place to live?
There are so many wonderful places, but I love Berlin! It has everything one needs. What I like most about Berlin is that it leaves you with the space and the time to follow your dreams. You don’t need to worry constantly about time and money in Berlin. It is really laid-back, yet offers a lot of cultural variety and events. There are so many amazing and interesting people who moved here from across the world. However, since I grew up here I sometimes need to live elsewhere. Right now, I am crazy about Paris too. I love the intensity of life and the beauty there.

What are your favourite Berlin shops?
PotiPoti on Rosenthaler Strasse, which has very cool interior design, mainly Spanish labels; The Corner on Französische Strasse; Made in Berlin on Neue Schönhauser Strasse or Schneewitte on Hufelandstrasse for vintage stuff.

And your favourite Berlin restaurants?
I adore La Muse Gueule, a small French restaurant on Sredzkistrasse, close to Kulturbrauerei. They have really nice quiches and cheeses, and wonderful wine. I also love to eat at Nuna’s, a tiny Korean restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg on Senefelderstrasse. If I feel like very fresh, light food, I go there.

What is your favourite German city?
Berlin, for its space, variety and open-mindedness. I also like Hamburg, but I could never live there for more than a weekend, it’s just too small.

What advice would you give visitors to Germany?
Don’t ever order eisbein in a restaurant. It is a traditional German dish, but it is disgusting, believe me!

What are some distinguishing qualities of German design?
Functionality and simplicity. Form follows function was the guiding theme of Bauhaus and the two qualities seem to bee deeply rooted in the German world of design.

What product or brand do you feel best embodies the German aesthetic?
Hugo Boss. Not my personal taste really, but definitely simple, high-quality design - very German.

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