Berlin Stories

Five of the German capital’s chicest denizens reveal a few secrets, starting with their preferred places to shop.

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Keune hair gel

Photo By Trevor Good

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Menswear issue 06/20/2011

He’s one of the handsome bartenders people rave about when they describe King Size Bar, but don’t count on Leo Honegger to be there much longer. His modeling career looks to be taking off — his agency, Seeds, is sending him to Milan for the first time — and as much as he enjoys the nightlife, he says, “It’s not where I see myself in five years.”


Before he moved to Berlin, Honegger had an “amazing apprenticeship, a super apartment and a great girlfriend — but I got bored with everything. I had to search for a new challenge.” Even modeling has its limits: “It can be fun... but too many people lose their souls.” Although he remains excited about his budding career, he feels propelled to cross borders. Honegger just got back from India, where he injured his leg in a motorcycle crash. Yet faraway lands still beckon. “I don’t have that connection to Berlin actually, but I don’t say I’m Swiss either,” he says. “I just go my way.”

GO TO SHOP: Voo. This very “in” yet off- the-beaten-track shop is located on Oranienstrasse, in a former foundry, the walls and floors of which bear witness to its industrial past. The 3,250-square-foot space provides plenty of room for cool yet durable duds from the likes of Wood Wood, Henrik Vibskov, Pendleton, Stine Goya and Twins for Peace, not to mention the Surface to Air suede blouson that Honegger has set his heart on. Another must-have was a gift from his mom: Keune hair gel, which he swears is the “best I ever had.”


FAVORITE BOITE: King Size Bar. “It’s like in ‘Hotel California,’ you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”


SECRET LONGING: “I don’t think about things like that, which is probably a sign that I have too much.”


WHERE TO RELAX: Up on the roof. “We just kicked out the door to our roof,” Honegger confesses. “To lie by yourself on the rooftop ... it’s not allowed. But we do!”

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