The first time I have traveled to the country my father was born in was in 2006. That is about 10 years ago now and in that time the way I stand to my roots have changed a lot.

To be honest my childhood was not characterized by Taiwan. Although my father grew up there he totally adopted the German way of life and brought me up with western values and a lot of freedom. The only way I got in touch with Taiwan was when I’ve been to my grandparents’ Chinese restaurant in my holidays. My grandfather was quite unhappy with that so he always asked us to go to Taiwan to get to know the culture and the part of my family that still lived there.

I’ve been in Taiwan for four times. The first three times I saw the country through the eyes of my grandfather because he organized the trips. We visited all our family and went to every tea museum we could find. That sounds kind of boring and it was for me. These trips could never draw my interest to my father’s country. Anyway the only thing I really liked was a Taiwanese singer called Jay Chou (but I did not understand a word).

When I was 21 years old I traveled to Taiwan with only my father and grandfather. I was old and wise enough to realize that my father was born there and spent his first 10 years in this country. We went to the house he lived with his brothers and my great-grandparents while my grandparents have already emigrated to Germany. My great-grandparents were farmers with a bit of land where they cultivated coriander. That’s such a different life to the one I’m living in Germany.

I always said to myself that I don’t want to work with my Asian roots in my bachelor colelction. I felt like everybody with a migration background does that. In my last collection I started to think a lot about myself and my identity and I realized that it is quite hard to adopt that in a collection. And I realized that it was good – for the collection and for myself.

I don’t know if my next collection will be influenced by my Taiwanese background. But the fact that I’m a Asian-looking guy called Frank who grew up in Germany is part of my identity. A part that I don’t want to hide because I’m proud of it.

I wanted to travel to Taiwan on my own. I wanted to plan the trip myself and travel around there without my family watching every step I make. I’m super happy that I did this experience together with Philipp. Showing him the culture of my family from the other side of the world that is also part of my identity.

We had so many great experiences there and we want to share all of them with you in the next days and weeks here on the blog.

We live in restless times. This may sounds dramatic – and it is.

In a time that is so fast moving that you can hardly handle it, it’s good to have something that makes you forget that. Something that is of greater importance because it makes you focus on the basics. Because it’s simple, neat and timeless. The times when watches were just horloges are long over. The Smartphone has changed our needs. Today a watch is an accessory. An Accessory that outlived the decades of undecorated men. With a watch men can communicate. They portray who they are.

100 Years Cartier Tank

What makes Cartier’s Tank so special is its history. It’s been 100 years since the Tank was first released and throughout that time the watch has hardly changed. 1917, that was about 10 years after the first watches had displaced the pocket watches, the Tank started another revolution. It broke the rule that watches had to be circular. The Tank was inspired by a Tank from World War I – straight lines, right angles and the Roman numerals shaped the design and remained the last century and so did the signature crown with the sapphire.

The Tank overlived all the trends of the last decades. I love the consistency and I’m more than honored to stand in a row with great men like Alain Delon, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol and Tom Ford.

I’m wearing a Cartier Tank Solo XL


In collaboration with Cartier

Last week I’ve been to the launch event of a new housing concept for students in Berlin. To be honest I had to think twice if I really want to go there because well, I’m not too much into dormitories. Small and very poorly furnished rooms, mildewed showers and shared kitchens full of dirty dishes, that’s what I always thought. But Neon Wood in Berlin is different. It combines the amenities of dormitories with modern design and great service.

neon wood

Our second destination in Greece was the Ekies All Senses Resort in the north on the peninsula Sithonia. It was completely different to our first destination but at least equal – if not better.

Ekies-All-Senses-Resort

Ekies All Senses Resort, that’s various little buildings in a nature reserve established by the European Union. Every single building and room is unique because they are all planned by different architects and interior designers and they were renewed some years ago. That’s a great mixture of styles that give the resort its special character.