I've been at Tenue de Nîmes from the very first beginning. As the creative partner, I am responsible for the identity of Tenue de Nîmes. This includes the graphic design, the concept of the store's interior and both the prints – the Journal and Nouvelle de Nîmes – we've published. Although I started as a graphic designer, I can't say I still am today. My motto "Creative Direction in Elegant Creativity" is the starting point for everything I touch and work with. Whether it is an exhibition design on the history of jeans in the Centraal Museum, an identity for a series of skin care stores, a national Dutch stamp -soon- or an advertising campaign for a leading baby stroller brand. And even on a personal level, my private collections of vintage denim aprons, antique money bags or Japanese Kokeshi dolls, they're all rooted in this elegant creativity. [ Continue reading ]
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We have been a fan of the German-made Kaweco Pens and started collecting these lovely vintage pens and pouches for many years now. For our current Curated we are super happy to send out a special matte black pen case with two pen's: The Kaweco Classic Sport ball pen and the Classic Sport clutch pencil, both in black.
When digging the history you'll find this rich heritage that goes back to the late 19th century in South-Western Germany. [ Continue reading ]
I was honored to become one of the One Minute Wonders of Present Plus, the creative outlet of my good friend Nalden. One minute wonders is just that: a series of video portraits featuring wondrous people telling their personal story in 60 seconds flat. Artists, entrepreneurs, designers, and rain-makers offer insight into their individuality, their motivations, and what really makes them tick.
Introduced as 'Eternally curious designer, editor, curator and creative director', here's 60 seconds of my vision - to make the world a little better by creating and sharing everything beautiful. [ Continue reading ]
I think the first time we've mentioned a big redesign of Another Something & Co was more than a year ago. Another Something & Co is still a side project. So while we were busy working on the Blue Jeans exhibition, a new Tenue de Nîmes store, the KLM inflight sales programme, the identity for Skins Cosmetics and much, much more, we collected some lost hours and worked on this big restyle.
The new site is build by my good friend Wilco of Drost & Co. It is the ultimate fusion between the blog, our social network, and the work we do with the company. [ Continue reading ]
For my fourth Curated gift I present a signed and numbered edition of: An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds by photographer Luke Stephenson. London-based design studio YES collaborated with the photographer for this project which documents the fascinating (British) culture of show birds.
What attracts me to the book in the first place is it's explicit quality of exposing the wonderful aesthetic of nature. Stephenson succeeded in creating a series of photographs catching the essence of the depicted birds in color and form like it was done in formal portraits of monarchs during previous centuries. The birds are depicted on mono colored backgrounds resulting in a great contrast with the many visible colors and shapes of the birds, creating an overall aesthetic reminiscent of fashion photography. Stephenson made nature into fashion. [ Continue reading ]
It is that time of the year again. During the month december we will post our favourite products in Another Gift Guide. One piece a day, varying from lovely hand made leather accessories to the most subtile fragrance candles, from the best designed furniture to highly technical fashion. Stay… [ Continue reading ]
The third Curated gift I’ve selected is in line with the first two, inspired by my love to travel. Almost a year ago I received a package. It was a little gift from Fabrice, a young man from Nantes, France, who’d started his own business… [ Continue reading ]
Over the past year we've been working on an exhibition on denim which opened last week in the Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Putting together 350 years of denim history into a more than 100 meter long indigo timeline. A rich history including classic paintings from 'The Master of the Blue Jeans' and old sample books dating back to the 18th century, to the designs of Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela, Marithé + François Girbaud and Yves Saint Laurent - and one of the oldest Levi's and Lee jeans to Momotaro, Atelier Tossijn, Naked & Famous and Rapha - it's all there.
We've created a more than 100 meters long cabinet, starting like a loom in an almost black indigo colour, morphing to slate blue and finally ending in a bright white workshop. A three-dimensional timeline showing the rich history of 350 years of Blue Jeans. The exhibition is accompanied with a book we've designed together with Studio wilfredtimo, which will be available at Tenue de Nîmes (a.o.) anytime soon.
Blue Jeans — 23 November 2012 until 10 March 2013,
Centraal Museum, Nicolaaskerkhof 10, Utrecht, the Netherlands, open Tue - Sun 11.00h – 17.00h
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And more on Blue Jeans at the Centraal Museum after the click > [ Continue reading ]
After months of hard work, designing, building, creating new collections of vintage photographs, frame antique pressed flowers from my grandparents, putting together a diverse collections of boxing memorabilia, we are super proud with the official opening of the second Tenue de Nîmes store in Amsterdam! Housed in Amsterdam's Haarlemmerstraat the store is divided into a separate men's and women's world, referred to as Tenue de Nîmes 'Mesdames' and 'Messieurs'. [ Continue reading ]
At this moment I'm on my way to Toronto to celebrate the 175th birthday of Holt Renfrew. A few month back they asked me to create a special design for their Hot@175 Mobile Tour, a cross-country, travelling pop-up shop that will sell exclusively designed, limited edition sweatshirts in celebration of 175 years of style. Six designers from all over the world were asked to join and I was honored to be one of them.
The piece I made was inspired on an old Hold Renfrew brochure cover from 1940. We see a beautiful lady in a fur coat, and just between the word 'Furs' and 'Fourrures' is this sweet little icon of a small animal. It was very subtile, and probably no one really mentioned it since it was very illustrative and the full attentions was drawn by the beautiful lady, but it was there. That little animal was the inspiration mixed with the roman numerals 175 and two little minks hidden in the illustration. [ Continue reading ]
The first Curated gift I made was send out this week. A first gift, dedicated to my love to travel. The love for the unknown, of putting everything together you can't mis and hit the road. Whether it's from Utrecht to Amsterdam or Amsterdam to London, Los Angeles or Lisbon.
The only thing with traveling is that it doesn't go really well with my need for structure. In a bag, or a suitcase, things move around, because you have to open up your luggage at the customs, or need that one particular item at the bottom of your suitcase and everything will move upside-down. I needed something to solve this problem. Something special. [ Continue reading ]
mb!, the online magazine of Mercedes-Benz about design, lifestyle, fashion and music, just launched their Dutch edition. With the first video in a row, ‘The Art of Style’ featuring the photographic duo Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes, a feature on DUS Architects and… [ Continue reading ]
A few weeks back I was fortunate enough to meet Camille Henfling, the founding father of Von Eusersdorff, for a special project we're working on. I've known the Von Eusersdorff fragrances for some time now, but didn't know the story behind it. After a vividly told introduction by Mr Henfling I instantly fell in love with this small perfume company with its strong historical roots in the world-trade of rare oils, herbs and spices. With the memory of the warehouses of the apothecary of his grandfather, filled with a heavily scented atmosphere of classic scents like patchouli, Mr Henfling decided to start a new business honoring his family heritage, and Von Eusersdorff was born. [ Continue reading ]
The last ‘Monday Must Haves’ before Christmas shows a curated selection of goods by Tenue de Nîmes together with Miscellaneous and Red Wing Shoes Store Amsterdam. This week with the Red Wing Shoes store exclusive Beckman Moc 9030 Antique Cigar, the… [ Continue reading ]
A new ‘Monday’s Must Haves’, the curated selection of goods by Tenue de Nîmes, Miscellaneous and the Red Wing Shoes Store Amsterdam: The navy Duluth Pack Scout Pack, more navy with the Burlington Edinburgh’s, Tajika Scissors… [ Continue reading ]
The second in a row, our monday’s addition to Another Gift Guide, is the ‘Monday’s Must Haves’ by Tenue de Nîmes, Miscellaneous and the Red Wing Shoes Store Amsterdam. This monday with the super warm Red Wing Shoes Work Gloves,… [ Continue reading ]
Tenue de Nîmes have released its 8th Journal de Nîmes today: The Made in Europe issue. Two of the many highlights of this issue are a portrait of the legendary French knitwear label Armor Lux and the interview with Tim Little, Creative Director of British Shoemaker… [ Continue reading ]
Together with Tenue de Nîmes, Miscellaneous and Red Wing Shoes Amsterdam we’ll share, as a part of Another Gift Guide, this ‘Mondays Must Haves x Miscellaneous’ for the coming 5 mondays. In this first collections of gifts the Classic Workman… [ Continue reading ]
Tomorrow, during the 3rd anniversary of Tenue de Nîmes, they will launch a limited edition pair of hand-dyed indigo Chuck Taylor All Stars high top sneakers.
The Chuck Taylor All Star serves as a perfect muse for Tenue de Nîmes. With deep roots in style and culture, both the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe and indigo denim have led somewhat parallel lives. The Chuck Taylor All Star shoe and a pair of jeans have long been a staple of youth culture and music and have served as a symbol of independence for decades. [ Continue reading ]
Ilja Keizer, Dutch photographer and creative mind behind ‘Smile In Your Face’ asked me to share my favorite image, movie, scent, sound, poet and artists on their blog. What have Banksy, Tarsem Singh, Radiohead, Fernando Pessoa, Helmut Lang , Raymond Lemstra, Ted Parker, Ytje Veenstra, Pablo… [ Continue reading ]
Our new treasures in Blend Magazine, inspired on the Middle-East. 1. Antique last, 2. Vintage Shuttle Loom, 3. Royal Republiq Desert Boot, 4. Antique Tea Pot, 5. Indigo Scarf by Double RL, 6. Bidoun Magazine, 7. Vintage apothecary bottles, 8. [ Continue reading ]
We’ve put together a special Queensday shelf, to celebrate the color orange (and the queen of the Netherlands…) 1. Knit-ted look book fall 2010 2. Journal de Nîmes Nº6, the Dutch issue 3. Cuvée René Gueuze Lambic Beer 4. [ Continue reading ]
1. Daido Moriyama – ’71-NY 2. Old letterset from flea market in Antwerp 3. Text010 – Burial + Fourtet + Thom Yorke 4. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma Gold Edition 5. 90’s Mickey Mouse Soap 6. Vintage Pen Case (an… [ Continue reading ]
1. Diner Journal 2. Karl Lagerfeld – Metamorphoses of an American 3. Vintage soda water bottle 4. Vintage Kaweco Pen set 5. Kusmi Tea from The Village 6. Vintage coin holder 7. Vintage denim… [ Continue reading ]