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Tommy Hilfiger: 'The greatest city in the world for fashion? Tokyo'

The Japanese capital
The Japanese capital Credit: Credit: Joshua Davenport / Alamy Stock Photo/Joshua Davenport / Alamy Stock Photo

How often do you travel?

I travel nearly every other week. I’m on a plane around four or five times a month for work, and there are also vacations on top of that, so I’m always travelling somewhere. My head office is in Amsterdam, and so I’m there quite a bit, as well as in London and Paris.

Best city for fashion?

Tokyo. You see styles there you won’t see in London, Paris, Milan or New York. I also like the fashion scene in Los Angeles – it has a unique look.

Where do you like to shop for clothes?

Eredi Chiarini in Florence and Russo Uomo in Capri are excellent for menswear.

Favourite part of the US? 

I like LA, New York and Miami. I have a house in Miami, so I go there regularly. The luxury boutiques at Bal Harbour Shops are great, and for vintage fashion I will head to North Miami. The Pérez Art Museum has the most amazing collection of contemporary art.

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What do you need for a perfect holiday?

To be active: I like skiing in Courchevel or Aspen.

Earliest memory of travel abroad?

When I was a teenager, I went to Florence to visit my girlfriend who was a student at the time. I also went to London when I was 19, and was really taken by the fashion scene in the early Seventies.

Most adventurous journey?

Last year, in November, I went to Kruger National Park in South Africa, and stayed at Royal Malewane Lodge. Seeing all the big game and being out in the bush was pretty amazing.

A lion in the Kruger Credit: www.naturephoto.cz/Ondrej Prosicky

And most remote?

Back in the Eighties, I went for a sailing holiday in the southern Philippines, around some islands untouched by civilisation. I’ve also been to fairly remote parts of Uganda travelling with the Millennium Promise, a charity that I was involved with between 2009 and 2012.

Most relaxing destination?

I am lucky enough to have had a home on Mustique for many years, so I head there when I need downtime. I love just hanging out, with no schedule.

Favourite holiday destination?

Every July, my family and I spend some time on a boat, touring the Mediterranean, visiting Corsica, Sardinia or Portofino. It is very relaxing, and there is so much to see.

Portofino

Favourite hotel?

The Capri Palace Hotel & Spa in Capri. It is very luxurious, chic and laid-back. 

Favourite city?

When I am in London, I think London, but when I am in New York, I feel New York. It is very hard to choose between the two.

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Favourite restaurant?

Zuma in London is one of my favourites. I also love Harry’s Bar in London. Club 55 in St Tropez is special.

Favourite bar?

The Claridge’s Bar in London. Their afternoon tea is very good.  

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Favourite city for nightlife?

London. I like Loulou’s.  

Worst travel experience?

Travelling in India. Back in the Seventies, there were long delays and overcrowding on flights.

Favourite airline?

Emirates is my favourite commercial airline.

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Best travel advice? 

Dress as comfortably as possible and don’t have expectations of everything going perfectly.

Grooming tips for travelling?

Moisturising is key.

One travel essential?

My iPad and phone. I like to stay in touch with my family and business colleagues.

What do you hate about holidays?

Coming back.

Where next?

Miami and then to Mustique in March. I’ve never been to Australia and New Zealand and would like to visit both. I’d certainly like to revisit India and Thailand.

American Dreamer by Tommy Hilfiger with Peter Knobler (published by Ballantyne; £27) is available at tommy.com. Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyXGigi collection is available online and in stores.

The fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger Credit: Elizabeth Lippman

Interview by Roz Lewis

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