My London: Stephan Grotz – YOU MAWO Founder

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Stephan Grotz is one of YOU MAWO’S 4 founders, he specialises in AI and big data across the company. YOU MAWO is Germany’s premium leader and innovative eyewear label known as being the first 3D printed eyewear brand, recognised for producing tailored eyewear and utilising a 3D head scan via the use of an iPad to completely tailor your eyewear to achieve the perfect fit.

We caught up with Stephan for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.


Favourite neighbourhood:

Brick Lane is always a fun place to visit. My wife is Indian, so the food there has always been a little slice of home for her whenever we visit. Additionally, in recent years I’ve enjoyed the openings of cool fashion stores and coffee shops. East London is expanding and has such a vibrant feeling to it, which I feel you can’t find anywhere else in London.


Favourite place for brunch:

Having Turkish Eggs at Los Providores in Marylebone High Street is the perfect way to start the day. Additionally, I always enjoy knowing that since I’m 2 minutes from La Fromagerie, I’ll be tucking into some excellent cheese platters as an aperitive.


Best coffee in London:

Monmouth Coffee at Borough Market is definitely the best place in my opinion, if you have enough time and do not mind having to wait a little bit! Sadly, I am usually in a rush, and prefer my coffee “to stay hot” so I tend to head to Prufrock on Leather Lane.


Favourite gallery or museum:

In my opinion this has to be the National History Museum… I could keep going day after day, just admiring the architecture and this is without even mentioning the special exhibitions they have throughout the year! I am however still a little sad they replaced Dippy with a whale.


Tell us a secret:

Throughout my years I have acquired an incredible collection of fine Whisky. (Did you know London has started to produce their own Whiskies now?!!!)


Favourite place to shop:

In total honesty, I am not a big fan of shopping. However, if you are a fan of store hopping but want to shop in a quieter area I would suggest Marylebone High Street. As for me I would rather go to a personal shopper.


Favourite place to find inspiration:

Hampstead Pond is a wonderful place to embrace some calmness and enjoy the beauty of nature. Whenever I am there, I feel so peaceful, away from the city chaos and crowds.


Best London destination for a date:

The best dates are those which are not planned. It does not matter where you are, but who you are with. You go where the wind blows you: walking, talking and exploring life together are for me an ideal date, followed by a casual dinner in one of London’s hidden places.


Favourite park:

I love to start the weekend with a walk in the sun around Primrose Hill. What a beautiful clear view of central London, and more importantly it is so peaceful around there.


Favourite food market:

My first opinion would be Borough Market as the food is amazing, however I prefer to eat in a more peaceful environment, which is why a tend to buy my food and walk around the Thames to be surrounded by nature and quietness.


Your sanctuary in the city:

Black Rock is a Whisky bar on Christopher Street. As a Whisky fanatic, I love spending my time tasting new flavours of different regions and styles. This is a unique experience to sit around a wooden table and try over 250 whiskies from all around the world from just a tab!


What inspires you?

I believe that inspiration can come in several shapes and forms. It may require stepping out of your comfort zone, but inspiration can be life changing! For me in life I have many things that inspire me, such as: the people that surround me ie. Parents, friends, colleagues as well as movies, books etc …


This season I’m loving:

My new You Mawo shades called Sunna in hot pink, you heard me well, they are pink! My wife will get her hands on them even before we have our team meeting later this month. I hope she will not notice them as they match my look perfectly!


This season I am also loving

“The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist” one of London’s sculptures situated on the 4th plinth at Trafalgar Square made of upcycled food containers. The Lamassu was destroyed when the Mosul museum in Iraq was destroyed by IS. In the same attack, the 3000yr old Lion of Mosul was destroyed. Google have helped to create a 3D printed replica of the Lion, in collaboration with Historic England- it is on display at the Imperial War Museum. Isn’t it amazing what can be done with 3D scanning and printing nowadays!

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