The idea originally came to me when I was flying from Amsterdam to Montreal and sat next to a guy wearing a blazer. About half way through I noticed that he was still had it on. I’m talking about a six and a half hour flight here. I don’t normally make conversation with the person I’m battling the armrest for, but reaching the four-hour mark with a blazer on was just too intriguing. A short conversation later he confided in me that he had huge armpit stains and didn’t want to risk showing them to the other passengers. I could understand, but what I didn’t understand was why there wasn’t a shirt that would allow this poor guy to travel more comfortably!
Meet Sven. No, he wasn’t the guy on the plane (although I wish I had gotten his contact info: I think he’d love what we’re doing now).
Sven Marquardt, is in charge of what gets in and what stays out. He’s the most famous bouncer in the world; the gatekeeper of the infamous Berghein in Berlin. It’s said to be one of the most exclusive techno clubs. Read: waiting in line for 2 hours, inching your way forward, speaking as little as possible, all to get moved to the side; rejected, for no apparent reason. Sven is 53 years old and has denied entrance to hundreds of thousands of people.