"A bar is no place for a woman. The important characters are always men."

Now that I have your attention, allow me to introduce Charles Schumann, who produced that quote in an interview with German Playboy some years back. Schumann is one of Europe's star bartenders. He runs an eponymous bar in Munich that serves movie stars and Chancellors. He is the author of "American Bar," which The New York Times described as "the drink mixer's bible." His is the face of Hugo Boss's Baldessarini menswear range and formerly of Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto. At 69, he is still dashing enough to join Jessica Alba in a cooler- than-ice Campari ad currently screening in Europe and the United States.

"I said that?" he asks, when I mention his Playboy quote. "Many years ago, maybe.