‘Someone who knows who she is’: the staunch, subtle style of Angela Merkel

Since 2015, the outgoing German chancellor has largely relied on a sole Hamburg designer for her wardrobe

A four-storey house set a discreet distance away from Neuer Wall, Hamburg’s luxury designer strip, holds the secrets to Angela Merkel’s successful sartorial style.

Except that fashion designer Bettina Schoenbach, who has her studio here on ABC Strasse, has taken something of a vow of silence over her association with Merkel, who became her client after winning the 2005 election.

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