Monaco Paws: Dapper Man, Dapper Dog

Monaco Paws was delighted have the chance to chat with Alexander Kraft and meet his Parson Jack Russell Terrier, Bertram Wilberforce Wooster Kraft, otherwise known as Bertie. Mr Kraft, originally from Germany, is the Chairman & CEO of Sotheby’s Realty for France and Monaco

Mr Kraft and Bertie, after the novels of P.G. Woodhouse, came to our attention via Instagram (@alexander.kraft) where daily postings of the pair keep his 36,000 plus followers coming back for more each day. Photo: Kaidi Photography
Mr Kraft and Bertie, after the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, came to our attention via Instagram (@alexander.kraft) where daily postings of the pair keep his 36,000 plus followers coming back for more each day. Photo: Kaidi Photography

You seem to live the definition of a jet-set lifestyle. How well does Bertie keep up?
He comes with my wife and me everywhere. He travels 6 to 12 times per year on the plane, but we have a good routine now. He goes in his cage with his favourite blanket and one of my polo shirts. Otherwise he’s in the car with us and comes to the office each day, for 8 to 12 hours. He lives like we do.

Did he need much training to adapt to your lifestyle?
We were very strict with him for the first 18 months. It set the tone. He can be very stubborn, but mostly he is very calm now. He really needs a good run everyday and we play a lot in the mornings and evenings.

Does Bertie have any other dog friends?
When we arrive at our country house in Provence on Friday nights, there are at least four of the neighbourhood dogs waiting by the door. They spend the weekends with us. Bertie gets slightly jealous if I give the other dogs belly rubs. He will go under the sofa to protest.

Of all of your homes, where does Bertie like it the most?
He loves when we go to Palm Beach. He can run and run and chases the kite surfers along the shore.

In addition to your love of dogs, you have an intense love of fashion. Where did that come from?
I have always been passionate about fashion and style. I think I got it from my grandfather. I inherited over 30 suits from him, and 200 cigars.

You serve as a brand ambassador for Ralph Lauren, as well as being the exclusive brand ambassador for Cifonelli, the famous tailors in Paris. Is Bertie included in these projects?
He has done a lot of photo shoots with me. Sometime people want the whole “Kraft package”, so that includes Bertie too.

Does Bertie have much clothing of his own?
He has couple of Ralph Lauren coats for winter, but unlike his father, he doesn’t really like to wear clothes.

Do you think that every gentleman should have a dog?
Well, I’ve never met a bad person with a dog. I think it is generally a sign of good character.

How do you describe your personal style?
I believe in classic style. I try to educate men that style and elegance do not have to be uncomfortable. I’ve brought back the three-piece suit with a double-breasted waistcoat. But I think my trademark is a just a very nice suit with lots of dog hair all over it.

Monaco Paws is a collaboration between writer Siri Trang Khalsa and photographer Kaidi-Katariin Knox. Follow on Instagram @stkmonaco and @art.of.an.eye or contact monacopaws@gmail.com

Photo: KaidiPhotography
Photo: KaidiPhotography
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