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Harveys is a salon where the owner Frieder Böhnisch provides his guests with exceptional clothing – and has been doing so since the mid-seventies. Harveys is the constant on the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin that has outlasted all trends, because Böhnisch has not allowed himself to be driven, has remained completely with himself, unwavering, with his unerring sense of style. He says, “It’s just a matter of feeling.” And, “It’s a matter of experience.” Here, on the one hand, it’s about reliability, about trust; on the other hand, it’s about extravagance, about sustainability. Harveys is different. There is nothing comparable in Berlin.
He brought the fashion of the Austrian-French designer Thierry Mugler to Berlin. He dared the avant-garde of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac or Jean Paul Gaultier in his elegant boutique on Knesebeckstraße.
Finally, in the mid-eighties, “the Japanese” joined in, as Böhnisch says, the fabulous Issey Miyake with his innovative power, the ingenious Yohji Yamamoto with his timeless elegance, or Rei Kawakubo, who expressed her uninhibitedness through her label Comme des Garçons. Böhnisch was aware that he had to think beyond the season when selecting designers in order to be successful in the long run. Thus, there are always collectors who come to him for classics and eventually, find them.