In Africa at Merci

In Africa at Merci

“Merci celebrates the iconic and exuberant African wax print all throught Fashion Week and beyond. Inspired by a new generation of young African designers, through a fashion collection designed in-house, plus jewelry, furniture and objects. Merci presents a contemporary and authentic Africa, far from its folklore. A seductice and happy theme !” (read more and shop at merci-merci.com)

X Bank Amsterdam is Open

X Bank Amsterdam is Open

Yesterday (24/2/2016) we attended the, long awaited, opening of the X Bank Store and Gallery in Amsterdam. The X Bank is the store ( or “‘creative incubator’ concept space”) of the fairly new W Amsterdam hotel; The X Bank is situated across the street from the hotel next to the hotel-restaurant The Duchess. The concept store has two entrances; one in the Spuistraat 174, via the gallery and one via The Duchess. This conglomerate of Stag Europe can be found just behind the Dam square, we don’t need to tell you that’s a top AA+ location for any company……. The X Bank got it’s name from the former owner (1915-2013): the Kas Bank, a Dutch bank mainly dealing with pension funds, they moved their offices a couple of streets further. The W Amsterdam also added 66 rooms, a spa, a nightclub and a pool to the building. Anyways…..the building is precious; it’s a national monument designed, in 1908, by F.W.M. Poggenbeek. It’s re-designed by Office Winhov, restored by Hoek architectuur & restauratie, the interior is designed by BK architecture.

Okay back to the X Bank; this large store is filled to the rim (literally; don’t forget to check out the ceiling as well) with Dutch fashion, design and art. That’s the fun part of the concept; all products are made by Dutchmen/women; on stock are 180 brands,  established ones like Philips, Moooi, SuperTrash and Viktor & Rolf next to lesser known, smaller brands like By Brown (rain dresses), Eijk-Amsterdam (shoes) and Mimi Berlin (yes, us!). Products range from fashion to bicycles to alcohol, teapots, underwear, cupboards, face massagers, books, art, vases, cushions and much much more (but no liquorice..or maybe we just didn’t see that?) Since the shop carries 180 brands you can probably wander around at the X Bank for hours. Come to think of it; you can spend a complete day, if you break for lunch at The Duchess. Open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Spuistraat 174, Amsterdam.

We took more pictures, we posted them facebook.

WOTH Store Wintergarden Edition

WOTH Store Wintergarden Edition

WOTH (Week Only Treasure Hunt) is an inspirational department store full of tasteful design, slow food and art, selected by Mary Hessing, editor-in-Chief of Eigen Huis & Interieur magazine. The first edition of WOTH department store for one week, coincided with Design quarter the Hague (May 2014). For one week, Hessing and her husband Toon Lauwen opened their family house, a former milk factory in the heart of the Hague, to the public and transformed it into a true concept store. The WOTH store can be visited again from today, December 11 until Sunday December 15th. Again Hessing and Lauwen filled their home with exceptional (vintage) design furniture, accessories such as Mimi Berlin’s statuettes, Upcycle Rose’s glassware and By Textielmuseum’s table linen. Also smaller items  like candles and Christmas decorations are for sale. You also get the chance to see how printing was done in years gone by; Jaap will print your name on the spot or eat some slow food. Maybe you’ll find the perfect X-mas gift here! WOTH van Galenstraat 40 The Hague. Opening hours, 11:00-19:00.