Jewelry designer Stephen Webster debuts his Albion Collection at Basel World and tells Neiman Marcus Blog where to go in Basel, during the show time.
Baselworld is just starting in Basel, Switzerland. It’s where buyers get exclusive access to the latest collections from most renowned brands. Jewelry designer Stephen Webster has been exhibiting at Baselworld for seventeen years. Who is better to show us the ropes?
“The rule of thumb is as much as your luggage allowance permits. A full winter and summer wardrobe is essential with the exception of swimming trunks”, Stephen Webster says.
Neiman Marcus: First-time visitors must visit…
Stephen Webster: First-time visitors must visit the “cuckoo clock man” tucked way back in the watch hall. He is easy to find, as every fifteen minutes his 75 cuckoo clocks go off. It always makes my day!
During the day, Stephen Webster suggests talking the hind legs off a donkey. And in the evening, going for a cocktail. “This year mixologist Nick Strangeway will make us «Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Breezes».
His favorite local cocktail is the one on the outbound British Airways flight home or the ones in the booth. All are welcome, and the price is right.
Concerning cultural spots not-to-be missed, Stephen Webster says: “My dear friend Richard Wherlock is the choreographer for the Basel Ballet. My wife, who loves ballet, goes every year. There is also the Kunstmuseum, which has world-class art exhibits. There are actually plenty of galleries all over town for those with time on their hands”.
NM: The go-to spot for dinner is…
SW: Any restaurant that is not named after a man (always a good clue). There is always Acqua, the food there is more healthy than most. Then another sort of Asian-Swiss fusion place is Noohn, which despite the name is more of an evening place.
NM: The best place to stay…
SW: With my landlady Fanny but she only has one room. If you own the largest Rolex dealership in your state then the Three Kings offers a better class of everything. There are many hotels, but like they told Joseph, “there’s no room at the inn” —Zurich is only an hour away.
NM: Best advice for first-time visitors to Baselworld…
SW: When it comes to spending money, double the initial figure you thought of. Also, buy a weekly tram pass. The Swiss police patrol the system in the same numbers as the Korean demilitarized zone. My wife once did a stretch for fare evasion.