ShowUp August edition 2013

Last Sunday I went to ShowUp for the second time and I saw a lot of beautiful new brands (and old) in Amsterdam-Noord. I was pleasantly surprised the fair had grown so much, it’s such a great initiative and I think its success proves that. I made photo’s of a couple of my favorites, like the incredibly talented and quirky De Krantenkapper, the environmentally conscious NikoNiko and designs by the lovely Bibi de Lang alias BL-ij and her initiative Little Black Book a collaboration with Yvette Jacobs. (we are kindred pastel sisters I’m sure). I loved the ceramic cups by Alissa + Nienke (you can buy one at Restored!), the taxidermy (you know I have a thing with that) by Luxury for Nature just to name a few. Keep your eyes out too for the new collection by Kidsonroof and check out the new papergoods at WowGoods. See you in February for sure! {1. Kidsonroof / 2. BL-ij / 3. Alissa + Nienke / 4 & 5. Wowgoods / 6. Studio NSybrandy / 7. Almedahls via 0031 designs / 8. Little Black Book / 9. Luxury By Nature / 10. De Krantenkapper / 11. Ompak tree / 12. Cards by NikoNiko }

Marks & Spencer #5 London

I’m slowly coming to the end of my London feed, but of course I had to blog about Marks & Spencer. I love M&S and was thoroughly disappointed when their enterprise in the Netherlands almost ten years ago didn’t turn out to be a good investment. They changed their appearance and business plan and now, after a decade, recently opened a new M&S in Amsterdam in the Kalverstraat. Actually the grand opening was just a couple of days after I returned from London blissfully unaware of this fact. Everything I bought over there in their amazing food hall because of its amazing packaging can now easily be bought in Amsterdam. Just so you know… I felt a little bit… well… foolish…