Where were you born?
In Bilbao, in the Basque Country.
Where do you live?
In Madrid, on Calle Miguel Ángel.
What’s best about your neighbourhood?
I love my neighbourhood because it’s in the middle of Madrid, very near Paseo de la Castellana.
If money was no object, where would you live?
I would love to live between Madrid, Paris and Palma de Mallorca.
Which is your favourite Madrid neighbourhood?
Which are your favourite Madrid stores?
Gallery on Calle Jorge Juan and Just One on Calle Villanueva. The problem is that once you go to these places you can’t help buying something.
And your favourite restaurants?
Very near my showroom in Chamberí there is a restaurant called Bar Tomate which I specially recommend for lunch or dinner. Normally it’s very crowded and the place is very cosy. If you go there you have to try the chips Bhutan (Bhutan potatoes) and its great cocktails. For something special in the same area I like La Parra, where the salmorejo and the vegetable chips are a must.
Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
I’m very fond of La Turba on Calle del Conde de Xiquena, Le Cock on Calle Reina and Válgame Dios on Calle Augusto Figueroa.
Any recommendations for local dishes to try?
Spanish tortilla is a must and croquetas are my passion.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
I always take them to Segovian villages like Pedraza or La Granja.
Do you have a favourite Madrid walk?
Along the Castellana and Prado boulevards, and I also love running in the Retiro park.
How do you like to travel around the city?
By car or by taxi.
Which is Madrid’s best landmark?
I love La Puerta de Alcalá.
Where are the best bargains to be found?
El Rastro flea market or any vintage shop around the Malasaña neighbourhood; I like the ones in Calle Barco.
Can you recommend any good hotels?
The Hotel Orfila in downtown Madrid.
Any advice for visitors?
Go with the flow and enjoy!
What can’t you live without?
My iPhone. Once you try it, you can’t live without it.