Is it real or fake? Is it art or fashion? We love how image-makers Freudenthal/Verhagen invented a new way of making us reconsider things we took for granted. Peculiar and provoking, their work shows a humorous approach of daily life and use (and abuse) of contemporary imagery and photographic techniques. The ladies have been a team for over 25 years and will present their lifelong work in a retrospective exhibition at X Bank.
In addition to the exhibition, X Bank is proud to be home to the book launch of WHOLE, the complete book to honor their monumental oeuvre. WHOLE contains 150 works, decontextualized from their original series and chronology, re-arranged by color. The books unique edit makes you see each image as if it were new, leaving us in wonder, again. It makes us feel complete.
Amsterdam-based start-up Pikaplant is about making plantkeeping so easy that anyone can grow healthy indoor plants. Plants are good for us. They reduce stress and have a positive effect on creativity and productivity. Pikaplant’s home ware and furniture products mimic nature to water your plants, so you don't have to. Pikaplant Jar is the plant that you never have to water. The adaptivity of plants is amazing. These hand-picked specimens are hermetically sealed inside a jar. Because they recycle all the water in their miniature biotope, you never have to water them. Jars are currently available at stores in The Netherlands, UK and Belgium.
210th (two-‐tenth) is a luxury, international lifestyle brand which embodies love, attention, intimacy and communication. The 210th concept is to encourage love by bringing people closer together.
Intimacy is one of the most beautiful given things in the world."
Sofie Rockland AKer 10 years of fashion experience and her many travels to the Far East, she decided to take the step to launch her own brand, 210th, inspired by her own experience. There were no erotic brands combining communication and intimacy in products, while you need both for a strong relationship. She missed a sophisticated and fashionable brand and entered the market with 210th. Closer Together!
Two women who want to relive instead of renew. Two travellers who are boundless in different ways. Two collectors who want to reinvent identities. À la is the answer to the questions: what do we love and what do we like to share with others? À la tells stories of people, products and cultures.
The need to travel, to discover and to meet equals around the world. À la is curious and is therefore always searching for unique pieces with a special story that will create new memories with you. Being aware of a certain feeling; the feeling that emerges when we find a product that fits our imagination. À la satisfies the desire for this feeling.
À la wants to make you curious and would like to share the passion for jewellery and lifestyle products. Our passion to travel makes it possible for us to search for items with a rare identity and impressions to share. There are some products that we duplicate to make them accessible for everyone and products we have collected ourselves. We create and curate. Give and take. Adopt and share.
Mina Abouzahra, studied at the Wood and Furniture School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
In 2012 she started the interior label “Abouzahra”. Moroccan craft & Dutch design are are the most important influence in her designs. Born and raised in the Netherlands, daughter of Moroccan parents and balancing between two cultures she has been aware of the beauty from different worlds.
Her curiosity and need to connect those worlds led her to the quest for the crafts, materials and colours, the symbol’s, rituals and stories. Her personal story are key leaders in her creations.It is all about: “here and there”, now ad then, new and the old, stylish and symbolic, handmade and industrial produced.
Brand Abouzahra is an interior and furniture design brand where they bring together the best of different worlds.
It didn’t start with three of a kind. The three founders of A-dam Underwear are three completely different characters. One has a background in fashion and brand representation (Steven Borghouts). The second used to be a tax lawyer (Job Leusink) and the third comes from fashion and print marketing (Steven van Heyningen).
The team designed styles of boxers to match every possible mood, way you dress or whom you’re expecting to meet. To keep you from having choice-stress, we narrowed it down to five styles. They’re made of quality certified organic cotton, manufactured in the most honest and environmentally friendly manner possible. Because hey, they get to sensitive places. Adam underwear designed in A’dam is not for Eve’s, or as the 5 headed team puts it; only if you’ve got balls.
I am a 29 years old, half dutch, half mexican, creative entrepreneur that is driven by things that make me happy. I am someone that, above all, wants to enjoy life. Always trying to breath and embody the positive side of things, I would like to see that as the returning theme of my life. About 5 years ago now, after I finished studying, I immediately started working for myself. Together with a friend of mine we created a breakfast / lunch cafe in Rotterdam, a place you were more likely to come across in New York or London at the time. Back then, the atmosphere and vibe we created at that place was completely new to Rotterdam city.
After 2,5 years doing that, while definitely enjoying myself along the way, I noticed I was missing that spark. The same spark that I think, in essence, is crucial to anything you do - in everything you do. Whether that is work related or not. Passion for marketing, ambition and untamed enthusiasm are fuel for my drive in life now. Next to the lifestyle sock brand Alfredo Gonzales, I run a marketing / communication agency with 2 friends; 11am. Our main office is located pretty much on the beach in The Hague / Scheveningen now. Hugo and Denni, my partners, are both passionate surfers and although I am a true city boy, it somehow proves to be a great match. We complement each other extremely well, all having very different, yet positive personalities and characters. One of the most important things we share is that we think the result of the stuff we do is very important, but the way there, is just as important to us. Let me rephrase; we like to enjoy life while bringing out the best of ourselves.
After I decided to quit doing the cafe in Rotterdam, I quickly realized I wanted to put my mind and effort into something else. I thought back to my time where I was doing a internship in Mexico, where after work I always used to drink a few beers in a typical Mexican cantina. A great time. Local storytelling included a tale about a man named Alfredo Gonzales, a true local legend. It was a boy from Zacatecas who moved to New York city to work in a sock factory in downtown manhattan. In this factory they made business socks, for the business guys on wall street.
Alfredo liked to skate, but had very little coin, so naturally he just wore the socks like he made them at the factory. Soon he started to customize them, just for the fun of it, to make them look good. Somehow the customized socks ended up drawing attention, as the subtlety and joy of the socks intrigued and touched people. With his self made sock business, Alfredo started to travel the world.
The brand Alfredo Gonzales doesn't fit in one box. It's become a brand for hipsters, surfers, musicians, skaters, the business world. Everyone somehow feels the attraction and is able to identify with the socks. The one liner they all share, maybe you could even call it a common goal; ''Good life, Gonzales life’'.
When I thought back to this story I felt the spark I was talking about earlier. I felt the need to get in touch with Alfredo Gonzales. So I eventually got ahold of him and asked if we could revive the brand with his permission. Give it a new life. He responded extremely positive and supportive, to which we immediately teamed up with creatives and re-established the brand. 6 months later, we officially released the brand with a big party and before we could even fully realize it, magazines like Mononcle were writing about us and we were packing and shipping socks from our garage.
Eline grew up in Asker, Norway, a beautiful village surrounded by sea and hills. After finishing school in Norway she moved to Amsterdam to study Business Psychology. The name AMATØR is dedicated to my little brother Christian, in Norway, who is born with Down Syndrome.
To the outside world he has his limitations, but in his own world, he has his own adventures to experience, things to love, games to play and lessons to learn. His determination is admirable and his optimism is something money could never buy. I can watch him drawing for hours. When we’re together we laugh at the funny faces we make and we laugh even harder at our clumsiness during walks around the lake. We’re not that different, we both have our imperfections and we both see the beauty in them. The beauty of being an AMATØR.
Monica Vos is a storyteller; her patterns and pieces transcend the physical space into shared experiences. First released as a luxury bikini brand on the beaches of St. Tropez and Formentera, AMOR MONDIAL has since expanded into a resort collection with silk dresses, leisurewear, fragrances and accessories longing to capture the essence of the human condition.
The exclusive textiles, with delicate detailing, invoke the inner goddess and feminine strength. The flowing and serene silhouettes evoke the free spirit, and serve to awaken sensuality. Each product is sourced in Europe and created with care, preserving the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.
Anecdote is a Dutch ready-to-wear fashion brand, founded in 2009 by Jetteke van der Wyck – van Beuningen, as she felt the need for an authentic, timeless brand that is not focused on delivering fast fashion, but on offering women a sort of kinship; high quality pieces that would become those cherished items you end up wearing throughout the rest of your life.
Every collection is based on her personal stories. Her inspi¬ration always expresses itself subtly in the Anecdote designs and can end up in a colour palette, a texture or an outline. You will find fragments of the story, anecdotes, as branding knitted through the collections.
APRIY is an abbreviation of the second name fro the designer Frengky Apriyanto Tervoort. The brand was established in the summer of 2013 in Bali Indonesia. After his successful launch, he decided to make his high end menswear collection and accessory line available for European market as well. APRIY was launched January 2014 in Amsterdam the Netherlands.
APRIY’s luxury wear and accessories combines the use of high-end skins and exclusive historical fabrics with the fine art of French tailoring and Italian craftsmanship in a refined contemporary style.
The special cut, fresh design, and the use of unique fabrics struck a chord with a sophisticated clientele. With the knowledge of the exceptional Italian craftsmanship, the designer inspires the master craftsmen in Indonesia to compliment their expertise with the knowledge of the modern western art. Aside from the pleasure of supporting and working with like-minded, highly-skilled manufacturers in the region it allows Apriy to actually guarantee an impeccable quality and a fair production process throughout.
With this lamp not the shade, not the foot, nor the construction, but the light is in the spotlight. Lamp Thanks for the Sun is made by our young friend industrial designer Arnout Meijer. Like us, he is thankful for the light; warmth and energy that golden ball up in the sky grants us.
Two transparent half circles are engraved with a graphic pattern. Just like in the sun, light radiates from the center of the circle. But this color temperature changing led-light only shows where light meets a line. Makes you think of the rays of the sun, doesn’t it? Give yourself some sunshine, even if it’s winter.
The roots of Avelon owner and design director Erik Frenken lay on our ground; Amsterdam. All his experience comes together in the Avelon womens and mens collections; he is the first Dutch designer to complete the highly regarded art school Central St. Martins (and we are proud to tell he did it with honors) and was head designer at prestigious Viktor&Rolf. But Erik designs in his very own fashion, seeing beauty where others do not. He likes to surprise by taking things out of context, as we do. At Avelon high fashion meets reality. Casual with flair, smart without being boring. Sophisticated luxury meets raw edge. Avelon leads by following itself.
BANANATIME refers to the moments when people take a break from work by doing something fun. It all started with two best friends living in Amsterdam. Naoyo was born and raised in Japan and Julia was born and raised in Canada. Both have lived abroad for a good part of their lives.
Each having over 16 years experience in the clothing industry, they thought it was about time to work on a project together. Travel was an important factor in their work life so making the comforts of home time became just as important. They wanted products that were versatile enough to pack on a trip, something comfortable to relax at home or wear outside, and often the result was to borrow their boyfriend’s clothes. Not being able to find this kind of product out in the market, they launched BANANATIME in 2014. Let’s all have some BANANATIME in our life.
That friendly face crowned by curly white hair, is indeed Mirjam Hagoort, the graphic artist behind the original city scarves. She founded Barentsz Urban Fabric with urban designer Marjolein Peters, based on both their fascination for the graphic structure of a city map. But this story is not about them, it tells a more important story: yours. Each scarf comes with a set of pins that can hold your scarf in place just the way you put it. More important: the pins symbolise events, plans, memories or more and pin them to that special place. As a silent memory, to mark your roots, as a reminder of your plans and dreams or as a trophy of your travel. A pin is the eye catcher of your scarf. Wear Amsterdam around your neck and show your story.
From the common Dutch design values: optimism, no-nonsense, conceptual, functional, headstrong and a just-do-it mentality, Bas Kosters ticks every box. We love the guts of this non-conformist darling of fashion so much; we don’t only feature his fashion but also his art. The refurbished original army jackets are one of the best bearers of his signature of loud colours and prominent prints. Find these features in his brisk and bright-framed drawings, or treat yourself to a unique handmade Bas-button to show your inner arty enfant terrible.
Born in 1966 Bénine van Karnebeek starts her career at the stage of 24 as a lawyer specialising in maritime law. However, after 15 years she changes course and takes up art studies at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague focusing on graphic design. Bé launches a line of printed scarfs in 2013. Her versatile approach in designing includes sketching with pencils, using digital programs and adopting photographs. Nature, art, books and everyday experiences inspire her. Her scarfs are 100% Dutch design, created and printed in the Netherlands.
Bello Limoncello is a drink for the highly ambitious. For those who want to be on top. For those aiming to touch the sky. Founded in 2011, Bello Limoncello is made with Italian machismo and Amsterdam bravoure: Bello is the Macho Liquor. Handpicked organic lemons, a blast more alcohol, a lot less sugar. Drink as a shot or mix it up with something you like.
Lovely Bibi van der Velden has been collecting remarkable antique objects throughout her life. She found the ultimate destination for these unique pieces, antiques and personal belongings in her Wearable Works of Art exclusive jewellery. Every piece arises from a creative journey that might have started with a vintage pocket watch, a family heirloom, kryptonite, or that 40,000-year-old Mammoth tooth.
We love how she makes unusual blend of materials, but are thrilled by the technical treasures. Pick up one of her fine jewellery pieces and you can open it, twist the stone around, and marvel at how diamonds are used in extraordinary ways. That hanger’ll hang you up before you know it.
Black Rabbit is designed by Leo Velimir Brancovich, an enthusiast of all things Japanese (and anything painted in matte olive green). His background is as a senior designer of jeans-wear and technical clothing.
In 1994 Leo moved to Italy at the age of 22 to work for the then relatively small Diesel. During his 7 years there, the company grew exponentially, rapidly becoming the giant it is today. When the the company was at the height of his success, Leo abandoned it to creatively direct for Dainese, a company little known to the Fashion world.
Dainese - a world leader in technical motorcycle and snowboard wear - influenced him significantly. There he was exposed to projects as diverse as data tracking suits for GP racers, rider airbags and an experimental zero-g suit for NASA’s Mars program. That experience led him to challenge his preconceptions of fabrics and function.
Brought to Amsterdam by another 6 year stint in the world of jeans, he finally turned his back on indigo, intent on doing something original, innovative and ambitious: Black Rabbit.
Marjo Kranenborg, founder of BLCK and fashion stylist, has been wearing black
everyday for over 25 years. “Being a stylist I have seen a lot of what fashion has to offer, the rapid tempo of changing trends, the rush for something new, the influencers and the followers. All the while the colour
black has remained a steadfast and always relevant fashion constant, underlining and
creating all the room for one’s personality and originality.”
BLCK originated from Marjo’s life-long affection for black and sophisticated minimalism.
Marjo has taken on the challenge of creating easy-to-wear luxury, resulting in iconic,
season- and time-less designs with a focus on feminine cut, fit and comfort in European
buttersoft glove quality Lamb leather. With minimizing the details, BLCK’s designs are pure
and alluring, embracing a woman’s sensuality and confidence.
That blond guy with the bag around his shoulder? It is Koen Boon, wearing his Jackbag. Fed up with deciding every morning whether or not to bring a jacket, he designed and produced this jacket slash bag. If it’s hot, you’ll have a bag. If it’s not, you’ll wear the jacket, and still have storage behind the zipper on the top of your back. The Jackbag is made of a thin water repellent memory fabric which will keep its shape after unfolding. Koen is the son of popular interior and exterior designer Piet Boon and interior stylist Karin Meyn. While studying business economics in Amsterdam he discovered that innovation, fashion and entrepreneurship are his great passions, and founded Booon. If you ever wear a jacket tied around your hips, be advised: Jackbag looks much better on you.
Just the stripe. The Breton stripe is the only stripe that earned its stripes in the history of fashion. We totally stand behind the idea of Breizh founder Nicole Hoefsmit: fast fashion is slowly becoming history and we will start to buy more and more long lasting classics, like the Breton top.
The Breton stripe finds its origin in Brittany (Breizh) where the striped tops for the French marine were produced. The 21 stripes are an ode to Napoleon and his 21 victories. Later on, it was Coco Chanel who got women out of their bustiers, into the striped jumper. Make the jump. It’s super simple and fantastic classic.
We started our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand two years ago. The brand is founded because we wanted to share as friends our passion about authenticity, craftsmanship and durable products which stands a lifetime. We don’t like mass productions, but we believe in slow fashion.
With our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ brand we want to develop products which are unique and outstanding, something different than the rest. They are born because we couldn’t find them in the stores. That’s why we decided to make them by ourselves. With all our many years of experience in the fashion, footwear and lifestyle industry this was a natural step for us. Creating only the best of the best. No confession about quality, price point or whatever. To create the best and unique is our main goal.
All of our ‘Butts and Shoulders’ products are made of 100% natural vegetable tanned leather. The moment you unpack our products, the unique age-ing process will start. By using it, touching it and even by exposing it to daylight the looks of our products will change. The more you will use it, the more beautiful it gets. Like a true friendship that will grow over time. The ‘Butts and Shoulders’ will be your buddy for the rest of your life. Our bags and accessories’ are made in Holland and our boots in Portugal. All made by hand in limited quantities. Always to serve you the best.
Two friends travelling together, far from home. Three months of adventure in the city that never sleeps -fashion city New York- was the start of something beautiful. They found inspiration from NYC streets, collected impressions and memories during their travels. This resulted in the idea for a jewellery label. jewellery that cherishes all these unique unforgettable experiences by wearing it.
BY1OAK: A modern, minimalistic fine jewellery brand crafted in Amsterdam.
Young designers, Chrissie Vreeker and Rachelle Bleeker translate their personal style and fashion sense in to a contemporary brand through an original way. The fine handmade jewellery from BY1OAK is ‘one of a kind’. The collection includes necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings made from refined materials such as 925 sterling silver, 14k gold filled and natural gemstones. All pieces are characterized by a sophisticated style
Meet Melanie Brown and her fashion label ByBrown, a high-end fashion label that stands for raw elegance and edgy tailoring. Strong constructed details make up the basic design, giving the clothes a minimalistic attitude with playful and colourful conceptual elements. Through their simplicity and perfect tailoring the clothes become iconic and timeless. Her most iconic item is the Raindress, integration of technology with form and fashion. When a woman puts the Raindress on she feels protected and empowered to ultimately make rain a positive thing… something worth dressing up for. Who can know better than Melanie, who was born and raised in British rain and moved to live under Amsterdam cloudy skies, where she founded ByBrown in June 2007. She co-founded ReBlend, the Dutch initiative which aims to produce yarns and fabrics by recycling textile waste, with no water usage and no chemicals. Melanie Brown designs her clothes for the strong, individual and conscious woman; the warrior woman. Choose your weapon now.
I, Arien de Vries, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Four years later my parents moved to Bombay where I lived till I was ten. Since 1980 I live and work in Amsterdam. I successfully finished my study theatre design at the Rietveld Academy in 1986. Since that time I work as a costume designer for different theatre companies, opera houses and films. In 2010 I won, together with Marc Warning and Gé Wegman the Wijnberg Scenography Prize for the production of ‘a view from a bridge” by theatre company Oostpool. It’s an annual prize for the best scenic design in theatre. In this case it was the combination of set-, costume- and light design. Inspired by working with so many different people and styles, I came with the idea to redefine a classic shirt for men; to make an old time classic which is comfortable and of course timeless. A white shirt for men. Women have their ‘little black dress’ and men should have their ‘Perfect white shirt’. We have now added to the collection “ the Ultimate Blue shirt” as well as “ the solid Black shirt” All within the same concept.
After two years studying Jewellery Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Christine made the switch to Graphic Design. Alongside graphic design projects for clients in the realms of fashion, architecture, art and theatre, designing jewellery has remained an important activity for Christine.
Thoughts and ideas about jewellery can arise in an intuitive and investigative manner and are then embodied in a design. A two-, three- or four-part subdivision of the necklace is a recurring theme. Besides the emphasis on wearability and elegance in her pieces, in the transformation from idea to design the structure, size, material and colour of the jewellery play pivotal roles.
He’s our Queen Maxima’s favourite. Point. Exclamation mark! That says it all, but we’ll tell you a bit more. Our super stylish queen does not only wear his wardrobes to Dutch-Danish royal meetings, as Claes Iversen was born in Denmark. He’s her most chosen couturier, at royal, business and social situations. Claes is considered one of the most talented designers in the Netherlands.
His collections are modern re-interpretations of classic women's garments without being a cliché. We worship his ultra feminine silhouette, and love the luxurious materials combined with a large dose of understated non-Dutch glamour. Come on, show the world how the queens clothes suit you.
Claesen's is a Dutch designed label. It began in Amsterdam in 1993 when three friends were inspired to create a new underwear brand.
The Claesen's range has since expanded from underwear, funwear, sleepwear, swimwear and accessories for Babies, Junior and Senior. We are famous for our "evergreens"(never out of stock), which is a basic underwear collection in superb Cotton/Lycras in basic and trendy colours.
Four times a year we launch a seasonal Collection, which is always colourful and is having each season again its own typical Claesen's signature.
The cross fertilization between professional designers of our time, the knowledge of the craft of ceramic artcenter Cor Unum and the talent trained on art schools in the Netherlands, will increasingly result in innovative products, new design traditions and fruitful collaboration between independent artists and the ceramic production process. Implicity this is the ambition of Cor Unum and it illustrates how designers of our time prefer to work: in co-creation in order to inspire new shapes and designs. This results in Cor Unum being the linking pin of a movement that guarantees a meaningful role for the traditional ceramic craft in state-of-the-art design.
More info coming soon...
Meet Lara Jans, the designer and entrepreneur behind Crisp Sheets. 2 years ago after moving to her new apartment in Amsterdam and busy decorating her new place, she was baffled by the small amount of quality sheets available. She found them too simple, not the right quality or just completely unaffordable. It didn’t take long before she started working on her own designs and determining what kind of technique could give that crisp touch to cotton. After finding the right supplier, Crisp Sheets was established. In the initial phase Lara was still working a full time job in fashion. It didn’t take too long for Crisp Sheets to be picked up by the press and to gain the right publicity. After 6 months or so Lara decided to fully commit to Crisp Sheets and to take it to the next level.
"I like to work with everything nature brings. The beauty of nature is that most people only see but do not know how to save. I don’t like to let go and this is my way to keep little treasures forever.”
Inspired by the magic that emanates from the world around us, jewellery designer Cristel Ball creates one-of-a-kind pieces, which each have a unique story to tell. Working with crystals, real bones, dried flowers, and insects, collected from her travels around the world, Cristel Ball artfully designs original pieces that also serve as a mystic afterlife for the ingredients held within them.
Each piece, which includes necklaces, bracelets and rings, are handmade by Cristel Ball in Amsterdam, using the finest Italian Silver and natural relics uncovered from around the globe.
Our three friends from street couture label Daily paper have no education in fashion, but sure know their way around streetwear. We see how their authentic casual apparel considers quality, fine detailing and culture, inspired by their own African heritage blended with Dutch style. The Amsterdam based street couture label started as a lifestyle blog (‘can’t keep up with the news, but I get that Daily Paper’) of which the T-shirts got more attention than the content. So they went with the flow and designed a line that was worn by almost every dj in the world, and themselves.
X Bank is located in the house of W Hotel, our loving mother. Hotel guests who fell in love with the complimentary toiletries, can now take that luxury hotel feeling home. Dead Clean skincare products are featured in all W Hotels. The Dead Clean line is based on the benefits of the resources from the Dead Sea, with high quality skincare that invigorates both body and mind as a result.
This little part of the hotel in our store showcases hand wash, shampoos, conditioners and more in selected scents. Please do disturb us with any questions and do make yourself at hotel.
Englishman Jason Denham cut his cloth in the workshop of Joe Casley-Hayford, a highly respected English designer renowned for combining sartorialism and anarchy. After 8 years working within the denim industry, he set up his own denim consultancy Clinic+ in Amsterdam, before founding the internationally respected premium jeans brand Blue Blood.
At the beginning of 2008, after extensive travel around Europe, US and Japan, Jason was left with the feeling that the world of denim was starting to lose some of its rightful excitement. It was this feeling that led to the formation of the DENHAM label in 2008.
“The DENHAM label is focused on balancing an intense commitment to progressive design against an equally obsessive respect for jeans craft tradition.”
Jason Denham’s single-minded obsession with denim combined with his diligent attention to detail, is the primary inspiration for the brand. A philosophy that makes up DENHAM’s signature.
Manifesting his “jeanmaker” ethic of honest craftsmanship multiplied by fearless experimentation and invention not only in every jean he creates, but in every garment in the line and every other aspect of the label.
In 2013 started the 'vegan' designer, after graduating at the Willem de Kooning academy, her own bag and accessory brand, made from high-tech imitation leather and represents an ultimate mix of functionality and design. The style is minimalistic, with a focus on practical use. Additionally, each bag has its own 'story' which can be found on a card in the bag. DENISE ROOBOL is a PETA-approved vegan brand.
Desiree Hammen (1976) graduated at Artez Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, 2003. She works as a fashion designer and artist in Eindhoven,The Netherlands. In her work Desirée is combining haute couture techniques with her own DIY skills, exploring the beauty of imperfection.
Chubby and Endless Chair consist of one long plastic string. It was formed into a chair by a robot, positioning the line with great precision. We still remember the sight of this giant yellow arm, producing our chairs with great power and determination.
Call it a rugged form of 3D printing. Dirk van der Kooij (or actually his robots) make these indestructible chairs from wasted refrigerators. The transparent lights are made of disposed of CD cases, like the welcome desk Dirk made especially for us on the ground floor. In the table you can still see the old toys and tapes. How a chef prepares a meal, Dirk and his bots cooked up the Melting Pot Table.
We love how Esther Dorhout Mees connects body and material, constantly covering and uncovering the female body. After designing for Tommy Hilfiger and Bruuns Bazaar, she started her own label and this capsule collection for X Bank. It shows characteristic Dorhout Mees signatures: soft hues and total print. As it combines natural textiles like silk and wool with unconventional materials, organic shapes are in sharp contrast to constructual forms. “X Bank is a beautiful, creative and original platform. It’s inspiring to see this much Dutch talent in such a non-Dutch setting,” says Esther. Love you too! X Bank is the exclusive seller; so don’t leave unless you’re sure you can leave without.
It is Jolanda’s ambition to make effortless statement shoes to shine during the day and night. To be seen on the feet of women everywhere. EIJK clients are fashion conscious women who enjoy life in the world’s greatest capitals. EIJK shoes can only be found only in stores with a high sense of fashion and a pronounced style.
With a passion for traditional shoe making methods and quality, Jolanda only works with small-scale artisan shoemakers from the Marche region in Italy. These Italian craftsmen are devoted to producing products of only the highest quality.
In addition to being educated as a fashion designer, Jolanda was also schooled as an artisan shoemaker. The EIJK look has been meticulously designed. Its unique 6cm high heel, the last, the fit, the specific details, and style are all characteristic of an authentic EIJK shoe.
“You can only design and develop a good shoe if you have the knowledge and expertise of a shoe maker” – Jolanda van Eijk
Vogue Paris cited Ellis Faas as "one of the most influential make-up artists of her time". And indeed, she has worked with the world's most pre-eminent fashion designers, photographers, stylists, hairdressers and models. Ellis' work has been published on the covers of world's best-known fashion magazines. Additionally, Ellis has worked for make-up brands, such as Clinique, Lancôme and MAC Cosmetics - and she was asked by L'Oréal to create a make-up line for their skin care brand, Biotherm.
In 1999 Ellis was discovered by the world famous photographer Mario Testing. Soon Ellis was travelling with Testino to Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles. Things snowballed even further when Ellis met French fashion editor Emmanuelle Alt, who introduced her to Karl Lagerfeld. All of a sudden, Ellis was managing an army of makeup artists and instructing them how to apply the make-up she had designer for Lagerfeld's shows for Fendi and Chanel. The rest, as they say, is history...
Aleks Pietrzykowska and Kim de Haas started Els & Nel in 2012 with the Weekly Journal: A planner designed exactly the way we wanted to use it. None of the existing journals were perfect, so we set out to create the perfect one for ourselves. We knew we were onto something when the first edition of 70 copies sold out within a week. Work and pleasure intertwine in our daily lives. Flexible conditions demand a flexible mind, adaptable to having multiple projects as well as a sudden change of plans. Being more organized about work means more flexibility for play. By re-thinking and challenging existing formats we hope to offer a functional alternative. We love everything about paper and print — that’s why we design stationery products for everyday use. Our products are made in Amsterdam with great attention to quality and craftsmanship. We work with carefully selected papers such as Munken and Oikos from the traditional Italian paper manufacturer Fedrigoni. With the success of the journal, we’re looking to expand its collection with complementary products. Not just for the sake of making things, but products that we actually use. Our philosophy is characterized by simplicity, for us it goes beyond a visual style — it’s a way to have a more dynamic life.
Take a close look. Those patterns are real life photography. We are proud to show you the products of Chantal Keizer (born in 1966). Chantal has been working as a successful graphic designer in the fashion industry and is known for her photographic works.
Both disciplines are combined in her designs for EST-1966. “As pretty as a fresh flower or leaf can be, equally - if not more - pretty is the completely shriveled leaf,” says Chantal. The imperfection of the old is mixed with the fresh to make the textiles spring to life. Her personal archive holds more than 500 different flowers and plants. As all seasons pass, you’ll have to check in for new designs several times a year.
Juliette de Vries is the founder of FERAGGIO. She sells exactly one type of high heel, but available in 22 colours, in two heel heights (10cm and 7.5cm) and comfortable enough to wear all day.
Frustrated with never finding the same heel in different colours, never finding the perfect heel for all occasions or the same heel in different heel heights, I created a new shoe concept- Feraggio. The perfect suede heel, never out of stock and always available.
Stand taller, walk longer and be fabulous
Young, blond and smart Karlijn Boersma is a Bachelor in Fashion & Branding and a Master in Sociology. Her company First of August started as a blog combining both, evolved into a platform for young intellectuals to connect fashion to sociological insights and a fashion label in one. Because to Karlijn fashion isn’t just a product; fashion is mixing and connecting our social life. Her Amsterdam-based fashion brand shows a subtle blend between elegance and ease. Working with unique fabrics and an artisanal production process, each piece offers timeless style beloved by both fashionistas and intellectuals. Which one are you?
Is it real or fake? Is it art or fashion? We love how image makers Freudenthal/Verhagen invented a new way of making us reconsider things we took for granted. Peculiar and provoking, their work shows a humorous approach of daily life and use (and abuse) of contemporary imagery and photographic techniques. The ladies have been a team for over 25 years. Time to publish WHOLE, the complete book to honour their monumental oeuvre. WHOLE contains 150 works, decontextualised from their original series and chronology, re-arranged by color. The books unique edit makes you see each image as if it were new, leaving us in wonder, again. X Bank is proud to be home to the book launch of WHOLE. It makes us feel complete.
FRISEAU (pronounced: free-só) is an exploration of artisanal traditions and innovations. At the core of the collection is a curated shoe wardrobe with refined casual footwear made with quality construction and materials. The shoes are designed with the philosophy of discretion, quality, and craftsmanship. On the tongue of the shoes the manifest: Manu Facta (made by hand), pays homage to the craftsman.
The self-educated founder and designer started in 2009 and is inspired by the heartbeat of the historic centre of the city. The brands logo consists of two crossed arrows in ‘Empire-Style’, that can be found as a decorative elements on many historic buildings along the canals. All products are designed in Amsterdam and made by ateliers in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
After their first big successes from a workshop on the Dam Square in Amsterdam, the clockmakers family Fromanteel decided in the 17th century to expand their company across the border. Ahasuerus Fromanteel opened a workshop in London. Later on, one of his sons followed his footsteps in Newcastle. Their entrepreneurial spirit and the ambition to discover new things proved to be the ideal breeding ground for the great successes that the family was going to achieve.
In the 17th century, Fromanteel was one of the first clockmakers who made pendulum clocks. Today, 400 years later, Fromanteel primarily focuses on making quality watches with a similar eye for detail and style as it did in the past.
Fromanteel distinguishes itself by innovating in subdued 'Swiss Made' designs that are very affordable. A successful design choice that is well received by its target audience: men with an affinity for non-ostentatious luxury. The brand believes that the past affects what takes place in the present and is inspired by tradition, ambition and craftsmanship.
Anne Bosman (27) earned his master degree in Menswear at Central Saint Martins College in London in 2014. Before that, he graduated cum laude with his graduation collection Fashion Design at ArtEZ in Arnhem. That collection was honored with two H&M Awards in 2012. Tom Renema (24) received his bachelor International Business Management in 2013 at the HES in Amsterdam.
The crafted concepts by Gabriel + Guevara spring forth from the archetypal
dichotomy between clarity and darkness, logos and chaos, heaven and hell. For both
sides are complementary and vital of the same will to create, to shape, to form,
through the ages, this field of tension has constituted the area where the maker is at
Though diverse in aesthetics, the artefacts by Gabriel + Guevara are characterised by
their use of rich natural materials such as leather, wood, silver and gold, alongside
various self-produced compounds. Gabriel + Guevara engage these materials in a
spirit of equality, in order to achieve balance between both sides and transcend
possible boundaries between disciplines. It is not the makers thus who manipulate
the materials, but rather the materials that form the process and are in turn formed
And in turn, the result of these processes imbue the objects by Gabriel + Guevara
with their character and magic.
Gem Kingdom, established in 1990, is based in Amsterdam and brings exclusive jewelry that
combines unusual materials with a rich and original style. Sterling silver, gemstones, mother of pearl, cameos, engraved crystals, porcelain, hand carved resin and other rare and odd materials are blended in designs that breathe individuality. Gem Kingdom Jewelry is hand-made with the most delicate of care using high-quality materials. The stones, the engraved silver, and pieces in the collection are exclusive Gem Kingdom designs. Each piece of jewelry is exclusively made for Gem Kingdom or made by the team of professional silver and goldsmiths at the Gem Kingdom workshop.
At “Girl named Sue” you’ll find the genuine Goldleaf mantra bracelets. In many cultures a golden ring is a token off endless love and unity. The Goldleaf bracelets from Girl named Sue find their origin with Asian monks, they are blessed in the temple and closed with a mantra. Except for the fact that the mantra bracelets look beautiful, are waterproof and light they also have a powerful symbolic value. The perfect gift for all your loved ones, man, womanor child. We like people to connect and share the love and unity that they feel for each other. This connection is made visible by sharing and wearing the genuine Girl named Sue mantra bracelets. Girl named Sue is founded in 2010 by Wilmasue van Pomeren; she’s a stylist who works in the Amsterdam area.
Rob van Dusseldorp is the founder of GLADDERR, a new and unique Dutch Shaving brand.
In 2014 Rob decided it was time for a drastic career change. Until than Rob has worked as a chartered accountant for 30 years. Stating his career at PWC, followed by Getronics and KPN. After working in hard core finance for a long time, in 2014 Rob followed his entrepreneurial dream and started the GLADDERR company.
GLADDERR is a brand new label that turns shaving handles into bathroom jewels! After a busy day there is nothing better than enjoying a moment for yourself in the bathroom making yourself pretty and GLADDERR´s luxury tool will definitely contribute to this moment of wellbeing. But there is more to these innovative bathroom jewels, because the handmade shaving handles can be completely customized to your liking with beautiful sparkling stones in tons of different colours. The handles are made of Stainless Steel of the highest quality and the handle consists of 3 elements: the ´Bone´, the interchangeable ´Tubes´that fit over the Bone and the ´Bolt´, to fix the Tubes. The design of the shaving handle is one with the bathroom stand.
The idea of Rob to create shaving handle jewels that can be personalized, was realized by the Industrial Designer Lieven Bekaert. Lieven designed the handle with perfect ergonomic shape using 25 years of experience in industrial design. During his career Lieven was working as a teacher and as a Freelance designer for several companies.
GLADDERR also provides you with the supporting products for the perfect soft and smooth shave. The product line features Pre-Shaving Scrub, Foaming Shaving Oil and Calming Aftershave Balm. The Aftershave Balm is also perfect for after sun skin care, as it calms and smooths the skin. And a fun fact about the Foaming Shaving Oil is that the oil only foams a little bit, making it to last longer on to your skin so you can shave the same part several times without irritating your skin!
So get ready for the perfect shave and treat yourself to the most luxurious way of shaving!
Jules Bongers owns the coolest little black blazer, and she’ll share it with us. “For years, I’ve had this black jacket that I stuck full of pins I collected from all over the world. Continuous positive reactions made me decide to create my own collection.” Pins vary from a coffee bean to skull, spray can, Chanel no.5, Banksy rat, red pepper, and many many more.
Pin and collect your custom set to spice up that black jacket of yours. Although we do think it will suit a dress, denim or tuxedo too. And if you want to know who Godert is? It’s Jules grandfather and she loves him very much. So sweet!
We are Heroes on Socks -HOS- a young sock labeldesigned for the modern determined gentleman who
wants to distinguish himself with a comprehensive wardrobe. HOS is a small label for innovative socks and yarns, based on traditional weaving techniques. All garments are made in Italy and authentically manufactured by the finest artisans. Our vision is that the humble sock threatens to be a forgotten item, but it is in fact an essential part of a solid outfit. Innovative designs and materials, attention for detail and craftsmanship are the key ingredients that give our socks the unique appearance we aim for. Every season Heroes on Socks will bring a sophisticated and unique collection, as we try to redefine our collections to show a clear addition to every gentlemen’s outfit.
Hanzehuis operating under the old covenant Hanzekooplieden- and cities and take Hanseatic commercial cities of Europe as a source for the choice of its products. People who enter Hanzehuis are overwhelmed by authentic packaging ancient vernacular treats , teas , but also kitchen utensils, soap , linen tea towels and the oldest house perfume. The stores are treasure troves where you are constantly making new discoveries. Suppliers often work for generations to trot to their product , they also show that pride in the package : Wonderful moments with family coats of arms , seals and original labels . Because the products have a rich (trade ) history, the stories behind the products is important , we care for each product with the commercial or family history of the manufacturer on paper. Hanzehuis has offices in Groningen , Zwolle and Amsterdam .
Passionate about scents, combined with a love for beautiful interiors, The House of Opulence was founded by Holland born Amiek Krakers in 2008.
“While living in Asia for many years, I travelled a vast amount of the world’s most unique and mesmerizing places, many of which embraced me with a special sense of being, which I love to share with you through my home fragrances collection.
My inspiration comes from a deeply rooted interest in the use of perfumes and fragrances throughout time.
Nothing is more powerful than the memory of a special fragrance.”
The House of Opulence works with pure botanical waxes and essential oils for their perfume blends.
Imperfect Design makes handcrafted lifestyle products. These products are designed by Dutch designers in collaboration with craftsmen and craftswomen in developing countries and emerging markets.
The combination of handcrafted products and leading Dutch design makes each item unique.
Imperfect Design collaborate with renowned designers. These designers have as well given shape to the values of Dutch Design. Dutch Design is known for her creativity, innovation power and the high education level.
Imperfect Design collaborates with local craft groups in developing countries and emerging markets. The Dutch designers develop and design in close collaboration with local craftsmen new products, which are sold to resellers all over the world. Imperfect Design intends to build sustainable business relations with craftsmen in countries such as Guatemala, Vietnam and India.
IMPS&ELFS was founded by Fons Cohen & Jacqueline Streng in 1997 as ‘a modest children’s label without frills and fancies, which concentrates
on the shape of the child’. IMPS&ELFS wants a child to be a child. Children’s characteristics, like their build, their personality, their imagination, get all the space they need. First you see the child, then what he is wearing. The true quality of the clothes is in the cut. On a hanger, the garment appears straightforward. But on the body, it shows its finesse. A shifted shoulder seam, a sleeve just a bit tighter than usual. This combination results in a sharp and fashionable silhouette without being too obvious.
Studio Ineke van der Werff is all about experimenting. With a main focus on ceramics, Ineke is constantly looking for new and exciting ways to combine and recycle materials. While pushing the boundaries of old techniques, the designs remain clean and iconic.
Glass that we bring to the bottle bank, is sorted, cleaned and processed into new raw materials. The sorting and cleaning process of the glass fragments also produces glass grit. This grit is highly contaminated with ceramic, metal and organic particles, which makes it unsuitable for recycling into high-quality glass.
SINGLE GLASS is an investigation into a new, high-quality application for this waste glass.
A series of porcelain objects demonstrates the many possibilities of using waste glass in glazes. The designs show recognisable elements of glass packaging to reveal the origin of the glass.
You are looking at forgotten cotton. These denim garments are made from the meters of high quality fabric that lie in warehouses gathering dust from cancelled orders, ends of rolls, or simply forgotten stock. Based in the denim capital Amsterdam, INK Inklusive (Neil & Alex Melgaard-Lewty) believe that quality fabric is the ideal blank canvas for a clean cut and fresh piece of clothing.
In leftover raw cloth they combine the simplicity of Swedish aesthetic and the tailored heritage of British design. Non-exclusive. No seasons, less sizes, less wastage. At X Bank you can adopt a piece of forgotten apparel before it’s out of stock.
Eric von Robertson is an artist and collector of artifacts, who gained his Masters in Fine Arts from Amsterdam’s Sandberg Institute in 2008. To extend his interests in nomadic art, textiles and early modernist design, in 2012 he established the Intrigue collection. This collection specializes in trading the finest vintage Berber tribal carpets and Dutch Art Deco glass and ceramics. Berber carpets are an essential element in homes worldwide thanks to their popularity with Modernist architects and designers. From the 1930s to 1960s, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Le Corbusier and Arne Jacobsen, among others, styled their interiors using the abstract rug motifs of Beni Ouarain and Azilal tribes. These handmade woolen carpets offer an extraordinary combination of minimalism and inventive patterns, which continues to allure people’s imagination and inspire contemporary interiors.
Delicate jewelry brand IVY & LIV was founded by Fleur Osterholt in 2013. She had the strong desire to create jewelry pieces with an edge, in good quality, for all women.
IVY & LIV is an elegant, timeless and minimalistic jewelry label based in Amsterdam.
Every IVY & LIV item is made out of sterling silver, gold plated silver or 14ct gold.
They are a sincere and loving gift to yourself or someone that means the world to you. Although that piece of jewelry might be the smallest item in your wardrobe, it is always the most telling one. It’s who you are.
IVY & LIV jewelry is there for every woman; no matter her age or appearance. Beauty has no age and elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”
IXXI enables you to easily create a personal and flexible wall decoration, consisting of square cards and connecting crosses. Upload your own images to create a collage or picture enlargement, or pick one from the inspiring IXXI collection. Shape and size are up to you!
The possibilities with IXXI are infinite, you can change cards or add new ones without a hassle. That way, your home will always be up-to-date. IXXI allows you to create a genuine work of art for an affordable price, and it can be on your wall in no time!
Herman Verhagen, the potter, graduated in 2003 at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
After a period of working with video art and 3D-computeranimations, he decided to become a potter. Starting in 2009, he became an apprentice of Karin Dessag in Paris. Glazing he learned from Marc Uzan in Le Mans (also in France) Since 2011 J.C. HERMAN Ceramics opened it's doors, where all works by Herman Verhagen are sold in the shop that is connected to the studio.
Meet Jan Jansen, the Master of Shoe Design. He started his career as haute chaussurier in the sixties in Amsterdam. His designs are a combination of comfort and avant-gardism. His shoes appear in every book on shoe design, like the Rattan from 1973 that were way ahead of their time, although his designs have been proven to stay fashionable. Extravagant. Original. Joyous.
These qualities describe the shoes, and the designer too. After 50 years, Jan Jansen still doesn't follow trends or consumer demands. If desired, they can be made to the measurements of your exact foot. X Bank is proud to be the only offline store that offers a genuine pair of Jan Jansens. So see if the shoe fits you.
Jannissima is a Dutch design company headed by designer Jannita van den Haak. Her aim is to create products where innovation, one’s own style and eye for detail are the central themes. She graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006, department of man & leisure. Jannissima offers product design and concept development of high quality with a luxurious and female touch. Her personal goal is to create artisanal luxury leather goods in order to inspire contemporary nomads who want to travel the globe in style.
What’s your status? In Dutch history people expressed their status by displaying their most beautiful pieces of porcelain in a 'pronkkast', of which you see one before you here at X Bank. This Design Academy graduation project by Jelle Mastenbroek questions modern moral where money becomes a goal in itself.
Cupboard Splendour Lender shows the original function of money as a medium to exchange goods and services: happiness. Jelle’s smaller Money Sock gives an alternative for bringing money to an (unsafe) bank; an old sock under the mattress. This piggy bank makes saving secure. Every time money you save, you hear a tune. Money does make you happy.
Jessy Heuvelink is a Dutch-born Stockholm based fashion and accessories designer. With an impressive resumé and training within ready to wear, couture and sportswear that include Viktor & Rolf, Christian Lacroix, Adidas and the Swedish power house J. Lindeberg. Jessy took a leap of faith in 2014 by turning what initially started out as a hobby and lifetime passion into reality and started his own label JH Nocturnal.
JH Nocturnal is a collection of everyday luxury leather goods and accessories, a striking and bold collection for both men and women that really appreciate a high level of quality and craftsmanship combined with a strong rock & roll aesthetic. Handcrafted in Italy and designed using the finest materials this collection will accentuate the unique style of the individual wearer.
Johannes Verwoerd (Amsterdam, 1985) is an artist / art director. His work includes books, films, identities, exhibitions, websites and typefaces. His practice consists of self- initiated projects and commissions, in which he alternately takes on the role of initiator, editor and designer.
An important goal in his work is to provide new perspectives on collective ideas we silently agree upon.
Momentarily he researches new solutions for the font or typeface as we know it. Language becomes fluid, interactive, adaptive and alive.
Johnny Loco is an exclusive Amsterdam based brand which is founded in 2005. With our bikes, eyewear and watches we offer a unique range of products which are produced with great love and passion for craftmanship in small quantities. We met Johnny about ten years ago on a deserted platform at Barcelona's Central Station in late August. We were touched by the heart and soul of a unique personality whose life philosophy is so infectious that we couldn't help but become his willing disciples.
After graduating at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, Anne de Jongh founded JONGHLABEL in 2010. JONGHLABEL is an Amsterdam based design label that integrates contemporary design with traditional production methods. These nostalgic methods provide a basis for new modern design. This results in — industrial handicraft — an exceptional combination of craftsmanship and modern production capabilities. JONGHLABEL is involved from the first idea on paper until the final production in the end. I strongly believe this is the best way to ensure the best quality of the final product. I see production methods as a source of inspiration. Extraordinary production techniques result in extraordinary products. Always with the intention to create better new products by building on the time-honored techniques.
This is your chance to eat from a golden plate, kings and queens alike. This tableware adds a dash of glamour to your dinner table. Amsterdam based &Klevering formed their shape as an imperfect circle, to make the plates more interesting. Stick to gold, or mix and match with the Jungle series of &K.
It’s this mix of modern items with classical pieces to provide a fresh, new look that we love &K for. Every single piece of glassware with printed green leaves shows a different design. It’s
unpredictable, like the jungle. It’s Dutch design with a twist. We think it’s the finishing touch for your table.
Kings of Indigo is a sustainable jeans brand from The Netherlands. Ranked Europe’s number one jeans brand when it comes to sustainable production. Innovation is at the core of this brand. Kings of Indigo is influenced by the American heritage of jeans and inspired by the Japanese eye for detail in developing quality product. The Kings of Indigo collection contains a selection of denims, tops and accessories. The brand uses sustainable techniques where they can and have a bond with the Fair Wear Foundation to guarantee fair working conditions for all involved in the production process.
Every Garment Made With A Conscience.
Evelien Emondts (1986) and Merel Groenenboom (1985) met at the University of Amsterdam, where they both got their Master degrees in Communication Science. evelien also has a Master degree in American Studies and merel in business studies. after spending time abroad in Washington & Prague (Evelien) and New york & Beijing (Merel), they started their careers in Amsterdam. the travel bug however soon bit again, so they left home to see more of the world. evelien and merel are now using their marketing and communications experience for Kiyoko, a business they run next to their (freelance) marketing and advertising jobs in Amsterdam.
Evelien and Merel started Kiyoko in March 2014. Kiyoko stems from their ambition to chase dreams. in that spirit they both swapped their lives in Amsterdam for a long trip abroad. that meant taking risks (quitting jobs and giving up apartments), but both got to do what they really wanted – to experience the ultimate feeling of freedom and to prove that no goal is beyond reach. this vision resulted in a business plan for Kiyoko: a product based on an entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to take risks. travel remains a major theme in the development of the products and the brand. the details of the products are Japanese for a reason: the founders draw their inspiration from Japanese culture.
The story of KOMONO is a story of two friends who met snowboarding on a mountain and decided to do things differently. Just as KOMONO emerged from the intersection of Vision and Timing, its founders joined forces with a similar chemistry. Raf Maes, the perfectionist, cultivated an obsession with design and architecture from an early age and can still be found snapping photos in any remote corner of the globe or happily sipping a gin & tonic listening to Frank Sinatra and the Beastie Boys. While Anton Janssens, the free spirit, built a fascination with cultural systems from a foundation of engineering and design, he now chases visions of the future for KOMONO to ensure a contemporary approach that avoids convention. Both share a rebellious youth, a history building brands and a Belgian heritage of uncompromising dedication to quality and design.
Jos Kranen and Johannes Gille met while they were both studying atthe Design Academy Eindhoven. In their designs they seek to combine various disciplines and craftsmanship with their own particular aesthetic. All of their pieces offer an intriguing mix of industrialized and organic forms. Inspired by the aesthetic of abandoned places, industrialisation, factories and detailed craftsmanship they are constantly renewing themselves in order to express their feelings towards functionality.
Since his graduation project in 1990, Piet Hein Eek has created a wide variety of amazing items, including scrap wood cabinets,
leather chairs, aluminium furniture, wallpaper-covered cabinets and lacquered tables. He has designed a collection for Fair
Trade Original, created wooden crates for champagne house Maison Ruinart, porcelain dinnerware for Douwe Egberts and a
collection of basic furniture for online department store Wehkamp. His collaboration with LEFF amsterdam fits in seamlessly
with the rest, because it is equally unconventional. The young brand makes designer clocks, an area that used to be unfamiliar
territory for the designer.
Dutch design brand LEFF amsterdam was founded in 2011. After making their debut in the industry by creating a series of iconic interior timepieces,
the team’s focus gradually shifted towards different product ranges. The Amsterdam-based brand now creates unconventional watches and speakers
by developing concepts in collaboration with renowned designers from around the world.
LEFF amsterdam started making timepieces in an era in which time is all around us, because they think clocks are simply amazing products. LEFF amsterdam’s
founders believe clocks are the perfect example of functional beauty, as they’re technical instruments that have the potential to be art pieces at
the same time. However, this wasn’t the only reason for them to start creating clocks and watches. Arno Ruijzenaars: “Nobody really needs a clock. This
challenges us even more to create something beautiful that everyone still wants to have.”
L’enfant Terrible is an Amsterdam-based modern lifestyle footwear brand with a raw edge. Since launching in 2013, founder Sule Orhan had one very clear vision in mind: to make a trend conscious yet comfortable line, for the confident and fun loving woman. The shoes, she and her friends would love to wear every day.
Modern visual culture and rock ‘n roll aestetics are some of Sule’s inspirations. Influenced by her background in architecture / graphic design at the Rietveld academie and doing art works for Dutch fashion brands, she seamlessly applied her love for minimalist lines and geometric shapes to her greatest passion-shoes.
This signature style has quickly gained the likes of a loyal following from celebrities in the Netherlands but also in Hollywood. Her distinctive creations have been extensively featured in Elle, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and other publications worldwide.
Encompassing women’s footwear, L’enfant Terrible, embodies a timeless interplay of all-important comfort and effortless feminine whimsey. Each hand-made piece is framed by the constants of high quality Italian leather, classic construction and perfect fit with a luxurious feel.
L’enfant Terrible; so you’ll never forget your inner child.
I was born on the 8th of December1959 in Oosterhout, in the Netherlands.
The oldest of five. In the official residence of Galvanitas. A factory for school furniture.
My father was the Manager.
In 1962 he started his own company. Although very young, I wanted to follow my father into the business. I dreamed of doing the same thing as my father. The creation of interior solutions with something innovative and with an aesthetic quality, beautiful and perfectly made.
In 1985, after studying Business Administration from the HTS in Tilburg, I was in doubt what I should do.
Start studying at the Technical University, to become a builder or an architect, or to join the family business.
The company won!
My personal ambition is not managing a company: Discussions with banks, accountants, lawyers, consultants, etc.
Not my thing. I am a true entrepreneur. I love to start new businesses. I have started many.
Another is a sheet metal production plant in Shanghai, Working with a small motivated team.
The bar is still sky high. 16 hours a day. With humor. With pleasure. At least ten decisions a day!!!
The beauty is through my work I’m bridging the creative world and the business world. Great that I can realize the ideas of designers. Great that I can generate a source of income in the form of royalties for the designers and so they can develop themselves and that they can continue their important work. Great that I can make people happy and proud with my products. We create the most amazing products. Fantastic that I can offer my clients solutions for their needs and problems. I worked with, for instance, Wiel Arets, the architect of our headquarters built in 1997, also Rem Koolhaas, Maarten van Severen, Alain Berteau, Joep van Lieshout, Richard Hutten, Marcel Wanders, Diederik Fokkema, Eline Strijkers, Piet Hein Eek, Ronald Hooft, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of JOB Studio, Paolo Rizzatto, Francisco Gomez Paz and Fabio Novembre, really amazing for us all.
The last four years I have lived in Shanghai.
From 2006 until the end of 2010. Shanghai is the world’s most vibrant city.
My personal idea is to make beautiful things. a broad vision; To pile firewood, making brochures, trade shows, then a new product, a product launch, the Milan fair, the cultivation of my farm or my apartment.
It must always be beautiful to me. I enjoy developing new products that are ahead of their time. It should be beautiful, innovative, and it should work perfectly! Something un-Dutch. Universal.
I have nothing to do with reading books, or magazines, sports, television, cabaret, theater, cinema, holidays, music concerts, etc. I love other people. Love to talk, eat and drink with them .
The company Lensvelt: Lensvelt is a family business.
Founded by my father in 1962. In 1990 I took over the shares. My parents moved immediately after to Bonaire in the West Indies. And I could do my thing. The company was as an extremely fertile field. My father had done a good job. Only seeding was necessary to enlarge the success of it.
Meet Leonie & Lois, a brand from Utrecht, The Netherlands. After being individually titled as stylist, Leonie and Lois met each other 5 years ago at the School of Arts in Utrecht. They are inspired by each other with their different views on the same projects. Their mutual fascination for crafts and the passion for repurpose waste resulted in graduating together with the project Spijkerbrij. In July 2014 they started their own company Leonie & Lois.
Leonie and Lois are not only product designers, but designers with a social mission. By merging everyday materials and old techniques, they’re creating an innovative, clear and creative process. The precious talents from people of the neighbourhood will be used to create products such as interior and fashion accessories. All made by hand! In addition to the workplace they also show these special creative processes as an event in co-operation with shops and fairs.
Beauty comes with pain, they say. Bianca Blom needed to fix this, and we thank her for it. After a few years with orthopaedic shoe makers and designers, she launched Linja shoes, the perfect high heel made by the finest Italian craftsmen. On average women can wear these stilettos for a stunning 5,7 hours. The one shade of black will match each season and every colour in your wardrobe. It’s the little black dress of your shoe collection. The new high standard. This is your one chance to try them one, since X Bank is the only offline location that has Linja shoes.
An ephemeral landscape of solid scent. A collection of five iconic perfume bottles sculpted in black, each with its unique fragrance. These finely crafted objects serve as room fragrance and nourishing soap, each subtly revealing its presence as it releases its lush delicate scent or becomes a lavish body wash as it slowly melts away.
Liza Witte draws on the history of the earliest perfume bottles from the beginning of the 19th century when they were first designed as works of art. At that time it became customary among the well-to-do to display them in their homes. The carefully crafted flacons created a shimmering landscape and were exhibited as status symbols.
The Silhouette Collection, seemingly as lasting and solid as its glass predecessors, is in reality like perfume itself: ephemeral and sensuous, fading with time and use. As with perfume (from “per fumum” meaning ‘through smoke’) these monuments of smell prove to be transient, eventually dissolving into air.
The artist, designer Lizan Freijsen documents slow processes as found in traces of decay. While organizing and translating these images of natural growth, as seen in lichen, fungi and stains, into textile products, the focus is on time and the process of making / creating.
Transforming the unfamiliar and not wanted into something of value is a central theme.
In the last 7 years (2008 - 2015) Lizan Freijsen collaborated with the tufting department of the Textile Museum in Tilburg. Hand tufting is like drawing with compressed air by shooting the wool with a machine, a kind of gun, into a vertical frame. The tufting shows easy and reasonably fast but changing threads in order to create colorblends, sequeces and height differences slow down the process.
This technique is regarded old fashioned and only performed by a handfull of people in Flanders and the Netherlands. Freijsen desire is to change the image of tufting positively into a dynamic and contemporary craft. Besides attention for tufting, the appreciation for a slow and time consuming medium, working on larger scale, might provoke recognition and re-valuation of the potentialities of the Dutch textile industry.
It’s true, Loes Vrij has the power looks of a lawyer. She left that profession behind to follow her lifelong passion for fashion and design to a professional level. Now her Amsterdam based brand makes high end bags for powerful professional ladies like herself. Lucky us, because now we have bags that have exactly what we need. Flattering and surprising designs, quality Italian leather and rock & chic shapes inspired by the sixties. Take her first made bag called Glorious Gun. This little wrap-around bag is powerful and elegant on the outside but holds many secrets on the inside. More than enough pockets and folds to organize all essentials for the day for a lady on the go. Go on, see if it suits you too.
Lola + Lou is a Dutch lingerie brand, founded in 2015 by Malou van den Broek. Her passion for lingerie and search for inspiring designs led her to start her own brand.
Lola + Lou bridges the divide between high-end and mainstream lingerie labels, while balancing fashion and functionality. The brand sets itself apart by the use of contrasting fabrics in unexpected combinations. The collection comprises a broad range of lingerie items, supplemented by unique pieces and handmade items. All items are made in the EU and are 100% sweatshop free.
The first collection Oblivion was inspired by the atmosphere of American motels as portrayed in the movies. It symbolises a place where its daytime visitors are unaware of the endless possibilities it offers at night.
When in Amsterdam, do like the Dutch do. Dare to wear a mixed set of lingerie; it’s liberating, and saves time. Red headed Marloes Hoedeman designed her Love Stories to be styled and worn with ease, putting a stop to time-consuming complications of trying on hundreds of styles in search of the perfect garment.
Plus it saves money and the environment when you lose a piece in the laundry. You’re free to choose the bra to your liking and wear it with the knickers you fancy most. It’s fashion, it’s different, and we know you have it in you.
Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer attended the Amsterdam Fashion Instituut where she specialized in textile design, graduating in 2004. Later she was accepted to the prestigious Master Course in Applied Arts at the Sandberg Instituut and developed her first collection of textiles at TextielLab. In 2014 Engelgeer opened her own studio in Amsterdam, working on product design and development, installations, and international collaborations. Mae Engelgeer’s work has been exhibited at a number of international design galleries and fairs and sold in design stores worldwide.
Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer has designed a limited edition collection of textiles consisting of duvet cover, a cushion, a bedspread and a kelim for Koninklijke Auping bv. Auping and Mae Engelgeer are both passionate for Dutch design and share a love of colours and premium quality materials. In this collection, the designer fuses her view of the world of textiles with Auping's philosophy to produce an exciting collection featuring geometric design elements with colours and materials that enrich each another.
MAISON INDIGO was founded in the Netherlands in 2010 by Myriam Mense. With over 20 years of experience in the sports & fashion industry for companies as Nike and Esprit she felt the urge to create designs with a small carbon footprint focusing on denim and denim only.
MAISON INDIGO brings a unique collection of objects, accessories and home decoration made of denim waste or dead stock. Denim is one of those rare fabrics that gain beauty over time. Besides being extremely strong as a base material, denim becomes softer when time passes, obtaining more character with use. By re-using denim all these lovely qualities are given a much longer life cycle without developing new raw materials.The denim used for MAISON INDIGO products is carefully handpicked and professionally cleaned before processing. All products are handmade in the Netherlands by people with disabilities. This distinctive part of the development process is of great value. We are convinced the joy of creation is visible in our finished products and adds character.
MAISON INDIGO embraces the awkward, finds beauty in the disproportioned and inspiration in the unexpected. We head for the hearts of the few rather than the minds of the masses.
Marcel Wanders (Boxtel, 1963) is a European Designer, entrepreneur and persistent catalyst behind the Dutch national Droog Design movement. Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel has made it his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true”. His work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain. With this track record, it’s no surprise that the New York Times dubbed Marcel the ‘Lady Gaga of Design’ or that Business Week selected him as one of Europe’s ‘25 leaders of change’. In 2006, Elle Decoration awarded Marcel the prestigious title of ‘Designer of the Year’. Other award wins include the Philadelphia Museum of Art's modern design collaborative award, Collab, and the Design Excellence Award for Marcel’s significant contribution to the field of design in 2009. In his designs Marcel Wanders often mixes innovative materials and techniques with references to well known historical styles and archetypes, so users can easily connect to the pieces, enjoying them for a long time and in doing so create sustainable surroundings.
The latest Marcel Wanders publication Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age pays homage to the 17th-century Dutch masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum’s prestigious Gallery of Honour. The unique art publication combines the finest materials, the most innovative techniques and the testimonies of thought leaders and craft masters from around the world. The books bring the reader eye to eye with over 60 iconic paintings such as Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Vermeer’s Milkmaid.
Leading contemporary critical thinkers explain how their perception of the world has been influenced by these paintings. Featuring writings of Ferran Adrià, David Allen, Alain de Botton, Anton Corbijn, Angela Missoni, Jimmy Nelson, Erwin Olaf and many more, the testimonies add a new way of seeing not only these masterpieces, but also life itself. The book is lavishly produced in genuine leather, beautiful hand-written calligraphy, and the finest printing technique and paper and is available in three editions: a coffee table book, a limited edition and a unique art edition.
Marichelle was born in Amsterdam in 1966. After finishing her law degree she started her career as a professional lawyer. Jewelry courses would soon yield a passion for the luxurious art form. At first, Marichelle made pieces for private clients before starting her own label. Her creations combine pure gold and gemstones with waxed Irish linen cord to create a kind of modern delicacy. Jewelry that can be layered together or worn apart in simple elegance. All the works are handmade.
Marie-Stella-Maris will make you feel good, in more ways than expected. Drinking her natural mineral water will cleanse your inner body. Buying the stylish bottle builds water sources in places where needed. And as the Amsterdam based brand understands the direct link between clean drinking water and hygiene, Marie-Stella-Maris also offers natural care products from lip balm to tubes of body lotion in addition to their assortment of mineral waters. All contribute to clean drinking water projects worldwide; 8 wells for 17.000 people so far. You can be the source. Inner body, outer skin, inner mind. Feel better already?
What are these idiosyncratic relics? A gilded champagne bottle, crystal candleholders and golden brooches. These objects are undeniably functional yet practically difficult. Mark Sturkenboom makes them look so sexy and chic. The art pieces are bold, demanding a certain status of celebri-ty.
They make your mind search for a fitting response, which might take you a while, or even forev-er. Mark is a provocateur as much as he is a craftsman. We appreciate him for his bold attitude. It’s one of the common Dutch design values.
Marlous van der Toorn | MvdT Jewelry is an autodidact jewelry designer with a background from the fashion industry. In 2013 she quit her job in order to pursue a creative journey. It ended up being a 6 months journey that took her to the other side of the world and resulted in a beautiful jewelry line of complementary pieces.
MvdT Jewelry is handmade. There might be variations in creations, that makes each single piece unique. The material of the collection is Brass and Sterling 925 Silver:
Brass | Messing is an alloy of 63% Copper and 37% Zinc. It is free of Nickel. Brass and Silver has an organic feeling. These are metals that breaths and oxidize during time. This gives each design a raw and vintage touch. It's pure...just the way life is supposed to be. Polish it, you and the gold or silver will shine.
Each design can be handmade in Gold 14ct.
From St. Vincent to Aruba, Amsterdam and Milan. Melvin Anderson (Aruba 1944) has traveled the world for the sake of aesthetics.
Working for fashion houses around the globe from his Milan-based studio for fabrics design, Melvin Anderson built quite the name for himself. His sense of colours and textures as well as his ability to capture the zeitgeist enticed customers from the U.S.to Japan. A little over ten years ago, Anderson, feeling the need to gear his career into a new direction, accidentally moved on to glass, upon a friend’s suggestion to visit Murano.
The material has been a revelation to him. More than ever, Anderson’s designs exude his personality. Northern European clarity meets Italian warmth, traces of Africa mix with a longing for the Caribbean. Strong, rich colours and graphic lines appeal to -again- an international crowd of collectors, galleries, museums and design stores worldwide.
Passionately, he keeps working on providing his clients with commissioned series and his loyal fanbase with new and one of a kind pieces. Objects so desirable, you might be tempted to touch.
Mercer Amsterdam was founded by myself (Pim Dresen). My sneaker addiction started at the age of 10, when I bought my first pair in Mercer Street in Soho, New York. After this the hoarding continued gradually until I moved to Amsterdam, where my sneaker addiction really took off. After a while I started developing my own ideas about sneakers. I did not like anyone having the same sneakers as mine plus I did not like the fit on some sneakers, so I started drawing my own sneaker whilst working in an investment bank at the same time. I quit my job in 2013, developed a full collection and stepped on to a train with a suitcase full of samples to find my first customers. Now almost two years later, Mercer sneakers are being sold in 8 countries in over 70 of the best shops, plus our own Mercer Amsterdam webshop, and we keep growing every day.
Mimi Berlin is an interdisciplinary, creative collective based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Their aim and mission is to inspire each other through fashion, interior, graphic design and art related projects. Also, very important; to share these projects in custom-applied form with their clients.
MIRROR MIRROR is about beauty. There is fashion in it, but most of the writing, photography and illustrations are about what makes this world beautiful. MIRROR MIRROR talks to beauty’s provocateurs, from fashion designers and creative directors, to perfumers, photographers and makeup artists. Beauty journalism is often limited to commending products. MIRROR MIRROR takes beauty a step further. MIRROR MIRROR interviews the trendsetters in the beauty industry. MIRROR MIRROR offers interviews, columns, profiles, trends and photo shoots.
Moments of Light; Dutch lifestyle label with pure and authentic candles & bath+body collections
Instead of specific scents of flowers or herbs, we create moments. Moments you want to share with others or moments to just enjoy being alone. We've encapsulated each moment in a poem, enriching it with the most fabulous scents from a renowned parfume house.
Maison Mona di Orio defines unconventional perfume traditions that align olfactory
chiaroscuro with the richness of golden age perfumery and uncompromising luxury. In
the spirit of Haute Parfumerie, Maison Mona di Orio perfumes bloom on skin revealing
a harmonious orchestration of light, art and nature.
Founded in 2004, Maison was created by the perfumer, Mona di Orio,
and designer, Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, as a union of their mutual love of art and artisanal
craftsmanship. Mona trained in classical perfumery for ten years alongside worldrenowned
perfumer Edmond Roudnitska.
Influenced by light and nature, Mona sought to capture the quintessence of an ingredient.
She constructed fragrances as a composer, playing on harmonies and melodies that
develop with skin.
Piet Hein Eek is usually pictured alongside the scrapwood furniture that made him famous throughout the world. At X Bank we show his sensitive side, that of eyewear and watches. He makes exceptional products by working with simplicity. The spectacles and sunglasses frames use only two lines for the top and bottom, clasping the arms in between. We love the little twist from horizontal at the joint to vertical at the ears. The tube watch started from a steel tube and an extruded ring as the clocks face. So obvious that you would think it already exists. But it doesn’t. This is your chance; these are the only Piet Hein Eek designs you can carry home without a heavy goods vehicle.
Mr. Ali (2013), an Amsterdam based footwear label translates nomadic visuals in handmade contemporary designs manufactured by local artisans in the capital of Saharan tribes; Guelmim, Morocco.
Mr. Ali aims to achieve ultimate comfort while sustain a level of excellence in luxury by using various types of leather for a good fit and is committed to the value of slow fashion. Wearable in any season, Mr. Ali is a translation of exquisiteness, elegance and the sovereignty of the nomadic lifestyle in a contemporary tone.
There’s more to these fine wood elements. First of all, you can find your own function; serving plate, stationery collector, beauty products holder? Note that this item you take home, was part of a living tree. Each unique item is numbered, so you can go online and find what Amsterdam street it watched over for many years.
Also, you can find what other parts of the world the pieces of your tree travelled to. Jos Bregman is a professional gardener and artist. He let’s trees slowly explode, organizes tree mobs and wood samplings. With Nature Access 4 all, he gives us easy and fun access to nature.
Niek Hendrix (NL) makes both both figurative and abstract paintings, which examine modes of image making, perception and meaning. Many of his works are based on visual art paradigms that can be visual, historical and theoretical. He applies pressure to these concepts, in order to reveal fundamental aspects of visual systems. In this sense, he articulates a dialectic in which pre-images are the opposite of the afterimage. For him, the painting is about the image as a conceptual entity. Through painting, he seeks to depict the conceptual basis of the image, which is given priority over any figurative or formal aspects of the image’s content. His intention is to show how a picture works and not how it is painted.
North Sails was founded in 1958 by Lowell North an American sailor and Olympic Gold
Medalist. North was an engineer methodically focused on building sails that were faster than
the competition. Year after year, Lowell North and his team pioneered new innovative technologies
that conquered wind and water, and won races.
Over the years, Lowell North’s legacy has lived on as the brand’s culture of innovation and
winning has continued to produce generations of patented product breakthroughs and race
champions. Since 1980, North Sails have been on every America’s Cup defender and challenger and
are used by the majority of competitors in the offshore Volvo Ocean Race. Over the years,
for everyone from celebrities and world figures like JFK to professional sailors and many
more sailing enthusiasts in-between, North Sails has been the clear leader in sail making.
Combining passion and technology, the people at North Sails are constantly improving sails and sailing elements. It’s dedication like this that has helped steer some of the world’s fastest sailboats across the finish line. For the first time in the company’s history, North Sails is navigating that love of design and technology into fashion.
Mauro Taliani is the brand’s Italian-based designer. “We have spent many hours developing, designing and reworking iconic sailor inspired pieces, to build on a collection that reflects just how innovative North Sails is in the sailing world.
"We want people to look at this brand in a whole new light."
NOT JET is an ode to women who aim to be successful in whatever they deem important in life.
It’s not about the dissatisfaction in what's not yet achieved but the excitement in what's yet to be accomplished.
Coats are generally undervalued pieces of clothing. They appeal to function rather than making a bold statement. Not jet creates unique coats with a sense of elegance, an unexpected twist and eye for detail. Coats as bold as her personality that spice up any outfit.
Every piece is made in Italy by the best and dedicated outerwear production house behind brands like Valentino, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Ferragamo.
O My Bag is an eco friendly brand that produces fairly made handbags and accessories. We don’t sacrifice quality and style for principle, because to us, they’re one and the same. O My Bag believes that consumers have the ability to change the world we live in. By providing our producers with access to the global market, we connect them with customers that love a great bag!
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Remco Van Der Velden and Etienne Dekkers became friends while studying industrial design at Eindhoven Design Academy. After graduating, they worked as strategic product designers on projects for Nokia, Samsung and Philips. In 2005, driven by an urge to create, they set out on their own path and founded Ontour.
Part of a new wave of Dutch designers they began with a shared intuition about products and ideas. Over the past 10 years, they have developed this vision into a brand with a distinct design signature. All along their ambition remains: to make modern, accessible design.
In 2015 the company relocated from its hometown, Eindhoven, to Amsterdam. After launching a new online shop and expanding the team, Ontour continues the next step in its journey.
OS ∆ OOS is a design studio for small objects to larger spatial concepts; the studio tries to find the balance between form, material and their relation to the surroundings and the user. For it is the constant search to find the essence in the complex that drives them, taking an initial concept and working it into an object that conveys only what is meant to. The majority of work borders the line of design (in the industrial/ functionality sense) and autonomous objects; best described as contemporary objects derived from concept, yet rationalized to give them purpose.
Oskar Peet (NL/CAN) and Sophie Mensen (NL) are both graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven (2009), and started the firm OS ∆ OOS in the Autumn off 2011. Both live and work currently in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Funded by Pernod-Ricard, the Our/Vodka family follows the same model around the world. We build micro-distilleries, source ingredients as locally as possible and make the best vodka in the world. We hand over the key to local entrepreneurs from each city who take over and run the business as they feel best suited for their city.
Our/Amsterdam opened in 2015 as the fourth distillery in the Our/Vodka family. It is run by Ivo Hulscher & Marcel Wortel, who also co-run a business development agency in Amsterdam. They share a background in advertising and a passion for start-ups.
After they completed their studies in 1983 at the fashion department of the academy of arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, Hans Demoed and Geert de Rooij started a company specialized in styling and fashion design.
Fascination for antique labyrinths and modern ones (e.g. microchips and fingerprints) has been a great inspiration for their work. Labyrinths are seen as metaphors for a society more and more structured and yet inaccessible and elusive.
The characteristics for this collection are uncompromising designs, graphic prints and the use and inspiration of both natural and high tech materials.
The label ‘the People of the Labyrinths’ reaches a small, but loyal public. The exclusiveness is guaranteed by a complicated, laborious production process, which includes hand-printed and hand-dyed fabrics and garments. The design, prints and colours have their own individual handwriting which gives that special People-DNA through the collections.
Philippe Vogelenzang was born in Zandvoort, one of the major beach resorts located in the Netherlands. Upon completing high school he moved to Amsterdam. With a background in Art History, Philippe enrolled in the photography department at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After one year he decided to develop himself independently as an autodidact. From that point onward, driven by imagination, curiosity, and intuition, Philippe produced magic in his images. His photos maintain a classic quality yet relay dynamism, honesty and exuberance.
With a keen interest in personal histories and the unique qualities dispersed through humankind, Philippe aims to articulate the distinction of individual human presence in his photographs. Philippe is based in Amsterdam, but works between London, Paris, and New York. His clients include V magazine, VMan, Vogue Hommes International, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Netherlands, Candy, Scotch & Soda, Dsection, ZOO, and L’Officiel Hommes.
He was part of the exposition; 'Don’t Stop Now, Fashion Photography Next' (2014), FOAM Photomuseum, Amsterdam (curated by Magdalene Keaney), and is featured in the book of Thames & Hudson. Several selections of his work are represented by FOAM Editions.
n the book of Thames & Hudson. Several selections of his work are represented by FOAM Editions.
Trendsetting magazine Wallpaper calls him the one to watch. That is not just because Dutch designer Sebastiaan Pieter Groenen injects his collection of contemporary menswear with subtle nods to gay culture. We love how his principal garments from previous collections evolve into the perfectly-tailored trouser, the oversized shirt, the bomber jacket and the anorak.
Among seasonal pieces, this evolving uniform showcases PIETER’s examination of the way modern men dress. With his experience at Jill Sander under Raf Simons and at Fantastic Man, PIETER provides a uniform that is sportive and sharp. He tells us he would just love to design for a guy who works in a bank. Can you fulfil his wish? Only possible in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo and at X Bank.
We live life on the edge and love doing it with passion. We swim with sharks, throw down in the mud, sail across oceans and drink a bit too much, but that’s just us. Whatever our thrills are, we live that day-to-day life and in the end we always want to find our way back home, to our loved ones.
We have created Pig&Hen to help us find that way…
In the early 1600’s the Dutch were the leading nation sailing out to unknown parts of the world, with the biggest naval fleet the world had ever seen. With some serious sea legs, they discovered new lands, different ways of life but also ran into some big obstacles along the way.
To protect themselves against bad luck the men had a tattoo of a pig and a hen on their feet. It was believed it gave the sailors the ability to survive when they had to abandon ship.
The sailors felt they would be able to find land, just like the Pig and Hen who were kept in wooden crates and thus floated, and would let the tide bring them home.
Pig&Hen will save your life, even in a tight situation.
Our bracelets are handmade in Amsterdam, by using authentic ship rope we carry on the Dutch legacy. They are meant to survive a lifetime, are stronger than steel and will age like your wrinkled face.
Quoc Thang graduated in 2005 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. His final collection Schoonheid van het Einde (The Glorious End) was nominated for the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Award. After his graduation he realised different fashion projects in Paris and Berlin and worked for a commercial company in Shanghai.
In 2009 he presented his first collection under his own name that was sold in selected shops in the Netherlands. Since 2010 he focuses exclusively on menswear: his garments are recognised by a narrative design, sharp lines and complex patterns. Quoc Thang has presented his collections on the catwalk of Amsterdam Fashion week and on national and international fashion fairs.
In 2015 Quoc Thang presented SSFW, a new collection with a new design strategy. Instead of showing a collection every season, Thang designs one-silhouette per calendar year. This approach embodies his reaction towards the fast pace of the fashion industry, over consumption, sustainability and sustainable entrepreneurship. In the design process, we take the four seasons in account and we offer a new colour and fabric chart to retailers after a period of sales.
Theme of the new collection is City Rugged, which translates into a tough adolescent look and feel, combined with a gentle touch of the modern suburbia. The collection contains a relaxed trouser, a crew neck t-shirt, a dress shirt and a short jacket, all in different colours and materials. Leading colour is dark blue, combined with gradients of sand tones. The materials used are a range of cotton fabrics, organic denim, organic pique and mesh. Quoc Thang is a ‘made in the EU’ men’s wear label.
Ray Simons has been working in the wonderful world of essential and vegetable oils for 25 years. His passion is creating and making customized skincare for people with skin problems, or developing 100% specialist natural skincare for extremely sensitive skin: Anti-aging.
Ray started in Amsterdam 15 years ago where he made personalized skincare for women in a niche cosmetic store. It took up so much time, so he decided to make a one size fits all for women over 40, where he would only use the best ingredients. He even put a diamond in the every bottle, and Roses & Diamonds was born.
His signature product is RAYMAN. RAYMAN is one of the only products that caters to sooth the bald head, as well as the face, and a shaving oil too. 3-in-1. Ray developed RAYMAN at first for himself. Like any other man he wanted a product that is fast, easy and effective. Ray Simons, a bald man himself, knows that bald men have super-thin, hairless scalps. When exposed to various weather conditions the kins on bald heads is of poor condition. With a mission to create skincare without any chemicals of synthetic ingredients, his products include only natural plant extracts and essential oils.
More and more men long for a radiant skin without any redness, dry and rough spots and of course a skin which has few wrinkles. RAYMAN prevents razor burns which many of all wet shaving men endure. In order to achieve such optimum results quickly, use RAYMAN daily or as part of the daily shaving ritual in the morning. RAYMAN has added an entire new dimension to skincare, shaving and skull protection for men.
Reddish is a series of table objects made in
co-operation with Cor Unum.
The designers of rENs thought up a remarkable procedure
for the colouring of this exclusive ceramics.
Each object was placed in liquid pigment. From that
day, it paints itself, void of any human intervention.
The porosity of the material and the duration of the
dye decide on the outcome. The colorant soaks into the
material, draws a pattern and leaves traces. The
process remains active for months.
The narrative and storylike jewellery of Roos van Soest (1975) are detailled and play- and colourful ornaments. The stories are a real ‘feast for the eye’, which is an important part of the jewellery of van Soest. To give shape to her universe she makes use of several 3D modelling techniques and valuable materials like gold, silver, porcelain and precious stones.
Themes of inspiration have been a combination of nature, architectural buildings, decay and more recently, the world of pleasure like the circus or funfair.
After several exhibitions, national and international, like Collect Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery in London and SOFA (Chigaco and New York), as well as purchases from musea and private collectors, she started her own jewellerylabel.
Ruud van der Peijl's multifaceted body of work sets itself apart because his models are always presented as strong individuals. This applies not only to his editorial work, but also to his free and commercial work. Ruud's work is about beauty and style, but he also addresses issues such as identity, gender and sexuality. He does this in a way, which is in balance with his characters. In this way, he can address all that is human, without ever becoming vulgar. Sometimes he shows things that people might feel ashamed about, but never in a shaming way. His subjects' powerful dignity is the strongest constant in his oeuvre.
Moroccan-born Said Mahrouf received his master’s degree in fashion design after studying at the Amsterdam Rietveld Academy and Pratt Institute (New York). He initially focussed on site-specific performances and costume design, but over the years his attention shifted towards fashion design. He started his own label, Said Mahrouf, and participated in the 2007 edition of the Festimode-Casablanca Fashion Week. His collection was spotted by the then director of the Paris’ Prêt-à-Porter Salon, who invited him to present his spring/summer collection 2009 in Paris (2008). This was one of the many shows that followed, a.o. at several editions of the Festimode-Casablanca Fashion Week, the Mercedez-Benz Fashionweek Amsterdam (2012, 2014 and 2015), South 36 32N in Cadiz (2012), the Mediterranean Design and Fashion Week in Noto Sicily (2013) where he was awarded best contemporary Moroccan designer, the Indonesia Fashion Week in Jakarta (2014) and Fashion Forward in Dubai (2014, 2015).
Mahrouf was the artistic director of the Festimode-Casablanca Fashion Week (2008-2012) and the artistic director of the 15th edition of Morocco’s main traditional fashion event, Caftan, which was broadcasted live from Marrakech.
Mahrouf’s site-specific works have been shown in various places, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Utrecht Central Museum, the Amsterdam Municipal Museum, Carriage works Gallery in Sydney and Casablanca’s Loft Gallery.
Creating something from scratch, would be a waste of time in our super-fast throw away society. For Sander Wassink the debris of modern consumption culture is enough to work with. Like the lamp Stacked; a stack of reclaimed glassware.
It’s not just a lamp, but also a system for producing a lamp that can be interpreted different by every maker. A model that is practically impossible in modern production and distribution systems. You get it, we like how obstinate and rebellious this guy thinks. You can try to find his tenacious mind in the photography we have on our walls. It might make you a bit of a rebel too.
We love the quirky sensual aesthetic and clashing elements with a hint of surrealism and sci-fi of the womenswear by Schueller de Waal. A refreshing interpretation of contemporary womenswear. They paired their commercial knowledge taken in at Hennes & Mauritz, Elle and Hugo Boss, with their own creative vision.
No never ending variations as marketing tricks, but actually investigating innovation within shape and visual appearance. It’s the return to the fashion designer from ‘a manipulator’ to ‘a visionary’. Returning favourite is the Tortellini Tote Bag. It is as tasteful as well cooked pasta. Just like mama, Philipp and Rens made it all locally in Amsterdam with their own bare hands.
Get that runway look! At X Bank you literally can. Our selection of Scotch&Soda clothes features only the styles that were shown on the catwalk. Why we chose Scotch&Soda? Coming from Amsterdam we share common values; our liberal city of adventurers, traders, dreamers and free wheelers.
Where ships set sail for new worlds, where people are free to explore and express themselves, where anything and anyone goes, and everyone’s welcome. It could only have started here. Scotch&Soda pours the world into its creations, although the soul in the mix is pure Amsterdam.
Secrid designs daily pocket essentials, they like to call: pocketwear. Secrid’s wallets are hidden fashion in your pockets. They are compact and all built from one minimalistic core, the Cardprotector, which contains a patented sliding system that grants access to your most used cards without even opening it. The thin aluminum Cardprotector protects cards against bending, breaking and unwanted reading of RFID cards.
In addition, all of Secrid’s products are made in Holland as they firmly believe in producing locally, assuring the highest environmental-, quality- and working standards. Certainly not to be forgotten is the use of Secrid’s products, where each Secrid product is surprising for first-time users and puts a smile on their faces
Siba Sahabi graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2006. Drawing from her German/Iranian roots, her work aims to show how one culture can influence another, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Her tableware sculptures, fashioned from paper, are inspired by the European and Middle Eastern history of ceramics. A passion for crafts and imperfection drives the process of Siba’s work.
Our designs are not only designed to make everyday life more comfortable and beautiful, many also have the unique ability to put a smile upon your face and might even raise a giggle!
But what is 'design'? The English word comes from the Latin word 'designare' meaning 'to draw'. That's how great design starts – with a pencil and eraser. There are many different definitions of design, and just as many, if not more, different opinions of design....Soonsalon is of the opinion that design must touch and provoke something.We also believe it should stimulate your senses and have a worthy story behind it too.
A design has to be really special and, if necessary, crawl an extra mile over live coals to live in our Soonsalon! A product should be functional and attractive.
You'll find Soonsalon products all over the world, from Iceland to Japan, from the USA to New Zealand and many others. However, if you don't want to travel to avail yourself of our wonderful items, we are more than happy to deliver any of our products to you in the comfort of your home.
Annelotte Vos is the woman behind SOTINE, a label that expresses itself in handmade jewelry. Jewelry that is designed out of her natural strength and authenticity. The inspiration that lies at the basis ofSOTINE is nature, culture, history and the origin of the material.The collections carry the personality and expertise of the jewellery maker itself, a modern woman looking for challenges and discoveries. Annelotte works towards innovation in form, material and placement of the jewelry.
Those two blond ladies are the identical twins Riet and Truus Spijkers (Hardenberg NL, 1970). Their love for the colourful geometric Memphis movement from the 80-ies is translated into the fashion label called SiS. Their other, high end, fashion label “Spijkers en Spijkers” is geared towards the self-assured, modern woman, that’s just how we see the twins. The status of women has undergone a radical change, but the sisters believe there is still sufficient emancipatory work to be done. The dress forms the core of every Spijkers en Spijkers collection. These are sophisticated and functional, of a graphic nature and perfectly cut to the female figure of every size. Try one on and find your feminine side.
Before materializing as unique, one-of-a-kind precious objects, these hand-crafted jewellery pieces started out as story fragments. Melody-wisps from a musical instrument maker’s symphony of exotic woods. Ancient rhymes glinting from old-mine cut gems. Songs from Sirens washing pearls and corals in waves. Until along came two tall, story-telling Dutchmen, lit up by laughter, driven onwards by passion. One a jeweller expert-connoisseur; one an outstanding goldsmith – together friends and colleagues for over twenty years. Now they have a new story to tell.
It’s called The Amsterdam Collection by Statement Jewels – a range of jewellery conceived of and crafted, by hand, from start to finish, in the historic centre of Amsterdam. By up cycling painstakingly-selected elements of jewels who had forgotten how to gleam, and combining these with bright, new, consciously-mined golds, Mart van Drunen and Frederik Bakker meld past and present into future. Each one-off piece is uniquely signed and numbered and hand-engraved with a vertical triple-x; the defining symbol of Amsterdam. Welcome into our story.
Pien Stieglitz was born on 6 September 1988 in Naarden, The Netherlands.
On her 20th she started with acting on the Toneelschool Amsterdam. After 1,5 years she decided to quit and start doing something totally different.
One year later she started ‘’Stieglitz’’. Why? Pien Stieglitz: ‘I’ve always been impressed by the strong culture that exists within particular tribes. Thinking of ethnic groups, what strikes me most is the strength of the collective. I often think; where do I stand in this world that constantly changes, where you are confronted with new possibilities and choices daily? We hardly know what to do any more; a world with so many possibilities doesn’t necessarily make us stronger. For this reason I want to be inspired by what is still present in the world. Our worlds, our ways of life stand so far apart. I therefore wish to combine both worlds in my designs and capture the beauty and simplicity of life, which will be symbolized in my collections. I hope that the Stieglitz tribe will represent, and make one realize, that the power of the tribes is still within us.’
Get high on marble. Stoned makes marble objects that will give your interior a simple yet stylish detail. Our Amsterdam based friends Derkan Atakan and John ter Riet want to show you what a fantastic material marble is when undone of frills and trinkets. Designed with a clear line, strong in simplicity.
It’s unique and interesting pattern, the pure weight in your hands. Marble is back, and here to stay. There are many uses to these plates; from cheese to toiletries to instagram pictures. Here at X Bank we’ll show you some ideas of what you can do with your Stoned marble. And hey, you can tell you got Stoned in Amsterdam.
Prime movers in contemporary applied art Soulmates Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel founded Studio Job in 2000. This studio in the Renaissance spirit is where traditional and modern techniques are combined to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. In Studio Job, craftsmanship is more important than quantity and extreme designs take precedence over middle-of-the road options. Job Smeets: “We want to build up an oeuvre, not score a few hits.” Nynke Tynagel: “Our work is becoming increasingly expressive and our approach increasingly experimental.”
They started the studio after graduating from the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven; in the fifteen years since then, they have developed into the contemporary pioneers of personal expression. Technique, science and ornamental designs come together in Studio Job’s examples of Gesamtkunstwerk.
Job Smeets likes to call their style ‘New Gothic’, with perfectionism and uniqueness as its key features. Nynke Tynagel talks of a symphony orchestra where a cohesive piece of music is created from an abundance of different sounds. For a good twenty-five guilds are represented in Studio Job’s lab, from traditional craftsmen such as sculptors, furniture makers, painters and specialists in casting bronze or making stained-glass windows to modern professionals who are adept with lasers and 3D printing.
Works by Studio Job can be found in more than forty museums around the world. For Lensvelt they designed the Job Office series, stark and brightly colored pieces of furniture (and a lamp), all featured by striking accessories in gold.
You’ve carefully composed your interior, but how about your electric sockets? Erik Boogerd was fed up with beige plastic outlets, and decided to develop some that matched - and maybe even enhanced - his interior.
Suit’d Suits are universal applicable wall furnishings that easily fit around a standard outlet or light knob by simply removing the outer plastic part. It’s done in less than two minutes. We bet it costs you longer to decide which color ceramic to choose, or maybe go for a Delft Blue socket? We are proud to tell you they have been hand painted by retired artisans of genuine Delft Blue. Made in Holland, suits every socket.
These are the most commented on items we have in store. Conceptual jeweller Ted Noten’s work is never far from controversy. This machine gun is quite pacifistic; Noten felt uneasy with people that carried guns. He would ask people to sell it to him.
He ended up with a collection, and the project Design Against Crime in which he collaborated with the authorities to persuade people to give up their guns in return for a work of art. His ceramic dildo is the result of a study of glazing techniques in Japan. Of course he doesn’t make a teapot. Ted Noten is one of the most exciting and unusual designers working today. We’re curious to hear your opinion.
We’d like to introduce to you Armando Kitoko. Most people call him ‘hat’, because he always wears one. Since 2015 he is The Dutch Hatter, bringing elegant headwear to our town. His hats are inspired by the twenties to the sixties and originate from African roots.
Like Armando himself, who was born in Congo. Did you know there are Congolese people who live off their sense of style and flamboyance, called sapeurs? Armando comes from a long line of sapeurs, and we are very happy he brings his heritage to X Bank, and to you. Top of your look with a genuine Dutch Hatter.
Studio Thier&vanDaalen, a design studio based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands since mid 2011.Ruben en Iris share their fascination of colours, structures and the transience of nature and translate this in a simple and almost minimalistic form language.
The handwriting of Studio Thier&vanDaalen is spacious and has a poetic character. They create new interior objects which are in relationship with their environment. Through light, colour and reflection, sleek and transparent designs arise. In their designs they strive to a high level of aesthetics and functionality. Ruben and Iris are constantly developing new applications and searching for new techniques to use in their interior objects. As well they love to work together with traditional craftsmanships, each with their own specialization, which they apply in their own way. Their project; Round Square is a good example of this. The studio is constantly challenging itself and the people they work with. With their main goal to ‘surprise’ people over and over again. Iris van Daalen and Ruben Thier both graduated in 2010 at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
Thomas Eurlings (Leiden, The Netherlands, 1983) is a Dutch product and interior designer. He works as a designer for both his own label Thomas E creations, and renowned flooring manufacturer Forbo. After graduating from Eindhoven Design Academy in 2006, Thomas worked for influential names in the fashion and textile industry such as Alexander van Slobbe (orson+bodil) and Ulf Moritz (Sahco).
In his work, Thomas examines the traditional borders between form and function. Clear, recognizable icons and forms make his work seemingly accessible. But in order to discover their essence, the observer has to look closer at the products and use his or her imagination. Recurring themes are the paradoxes of functional decoration and industrial originality. Thomas lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Our friend Tony Cohen always knew he didn’t want a regular job. But who can imagine his career as a professional baseball player in the Major League in the U.S., followed by sales manager for homeopathic remedies, to finally finish like his family; in fashion.
It’s quite the different path to follow, compared to other fashion designers. This shows in the international look of selfmade man Tony; he designs what he himself would wear. His fashion features advanced style for the non-conformist fashion conscious man. X Bank staff handpicked the items before you from his newest collection.
TouchéToday is an accessory label that combines a fashion feeling with 3D print. Directed by trend
forecaster Antoinette van den Berg, the lady in blue . With her outstanding blue hair she is a radiant personality, just like her collection in which she combines that what seems to be a contradiction into unique items. This makes her collection as well chique and classy as well street and cool. By wearing her jewels you will feel her motto: “Lust for life, celebrate life, and make it even more beautiful with fashion and accessories the finishing touch of each look”. TouchéToday is a label for people that dares to be unique.
This footwear fashion might look Asian to you. Wrong. It comes from the land of wooden shoes, but luckily has evolved tremendously since then. These shoes are based on architecture and traditional shoe tailoring, result of the symbiosis between Rem D Koolhaas (nephew to starchitect Rem Koolhaas of OMA) and Galahad JD Clark (seventh generation heir to the British shoemaking dynasty Clark’s). You’ll see heels in the form of an Eames chair, never ending möbius-rings, made of carbon or 3D printed. It’s so outspoken that even Lady Gaga falls for them, yet so wearable you can cover Amsterdam cobble stone streets.
Anna Hegeman, founder at Van der Borne, graduated with a double masters degree from both Copenhagen Business School and the prestigious private University Bocconi in Milan. After several internships in fashion design (Robert Geller NY) and PR (People's Revolution NY) in New York she moved back to Amsterdam and started working at The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion. At the same time she founded Van der Borne and after 2 years of working for the label part-time she started working on it full time and took the brand abroad, with a PR agency in Denmark and participating at Fashion Weeks in London and Copenhagen.
When designing, Van der Borne believes in the process, in taking time to perfect, in trial and error, in achieving something unexpected.
We believe in luxury, in the wealth of sustainable materials, and in the beauty revealed over time when experiencing a product... like a beautiful woman growing old gracefully."
Designer Bart van Heesch (1968) from Amsterdam, graduated Eindhoven Design Academy in 1994. He worked for the famous designer Ulf Moritz and collaborates with different companies as Philips (consumer), Bosch, Hunter Douglas (luxaflex), Sywawa (parasols), The European Copper Institute and has his own label "van heesch design", Design gallery Chamber nyc, Manhattan, Fasion label Anthropologie, Part of the Interni-event fuorisalone Milano 2015.
As a designer I like to follow and play with questions in general. Eventually the answers will come naturally. As for the bike I was always fascinated by bicycles because of it's easy way of transport and that it makes you independent and healthy. All you need is a bit of your own strength and there you go! That's what makes me happy!
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No place that shows the best of the Dutch, can go without a bicycle. So we present to you Ferry Zonder, founder of Veloretti. When he moved to Amsterdam and was in need of a bike, he was surprised to find limited options. To expensive, lack of quality or extremely damn ugly.
That’s when he used all of his savings to set up Veloretti, a brand that makes timeless retro looking lightweight city bicycles for a fair price. Especially for X Bank he composed a signature setup in mystical green with white rims. Plus a copper bell and a cargo rack, according to the Dutch the most important features of a bike.
VINOOS BY AMS creates edible wine as Real WINE Gums, literally! A totally new and exclusive Dutch Design
inspired by wine, art, storytelling and social responsibility. Available are a white Chardonnay, a Rosé wine and a
red Merlot. Not a candy for children, but an adult luxury happiness for the extraordinary market.
The concept was started in the world of design. One of the founders developed it at the Academy of Arts in
Amsterdam. The Real WINE Gum reflects the role of wine, captured in a tiny gift box. Delivering an
experience, inviting people to talk and being together.
These days we pay too little attention to spending quality time with family and friends. VINOOS by AMS calls
this: WE-Time. The essential role of wine is connecting people to communicate. It delivers an experience of all
the senses. Wine connects. People are busy and loose their curiosity for each other. This is one of the points of
‘criticism’ The Real WINE Gum tries to reflect to the world. This design tries to re-connect people by packing a
dialogue in beautiful little gift packages.
The founders are two talented financial and creative women who share a passion for wine and believe in the
importance of brand experience by innovative concepts. Today, wine is hip and a trendy experience for people
and customers. Successful branding means delivering an experience that feels both complete and consistent.
This concept has it all.
The name VON EUSERSDORFF echoes the historical heritage of the label’s founding ancestors. A family of German traders expert in the world-distribution of rare essences; Mastering across nearly three centuries, an artisan practice that served as the cradle for the perfume industry as we currently
know it. Camille Henfling, the wizard behind the label’s rebirth, is a direct heir to the VON EUSERSDORFF lineage. Each unearthed fragrance is like an opus to unforgettable memories. Childhood remembrances of the heavily scented atmosphere in the apothecary of his grandfather; holidays spent exploring the rich aromatic textures inside the warehouses of his family’s plantation in Costa Rica ...or days spent wandering about the herbs and spices mills in the Netherlands.Commanding happenstance, Henfling moves to the perfume mecca city of Grasse – France to embark on a years long self tuition process that would ultimately ignite the establishment of VON EUSERSDORFF as the perfume maven it is today. With a dedicated team of skilled laboratorians, Henfling breathes new life into his ancestor’s tradition yet with a contemporary olfactory interpretation that is rooted in the 21st century.
Born and raised in Amsterdam, Thomas Vørding studied at the Royal Academy of Arts before he started working as a photographer. Inspired by his passion for Bauhaus architecture and graphic cinematography, he combines his people knowledge with his keen eye for graphical shapes and controlled lighting.
As a notorious gin and cocktail connoisseur he founded Vørding's Gin in 2014, as the result of his quest for the perfect gin. Starting in his kitchen he ended up with it's own perfect recipe, with toasted cedar wood as the ideal addition. Later he designed the bottle and label, and picked the best premium natural cork he could find to give his gin its signature packaging. This cedar wood infused dry gin is now being served and sold in premium bars and stores both national and international.
The collection of design label Vroonland is reminiscent of authentic design treasures – it reflects both what they used to be and what they still are today. The innovative designs are inspired by classic compositions from design history and are created using the materials, techniques and forms that we all know. From the archetypal saddle to the antique clothespin, Vroonland uses the best features of time-honoured design and finds new ways to apply them.
The strength of the products from Vroonland lies in the encounter between materials. Between framework and lampshade, between table and leg, the materials are uncompromised and the line of work can be clearly seen. Instead of hiding all the technical detailing, the designer focuses on the beauty of structure. The result is as sober as it is poetic and makes the furniture even more engaging.
In 2010 Sjoerd Vroonland and Arjan Vaandrager started/ founded their design label after their study in Rotterdam. Sjoerd graduated at ArtEZ Academy where he specialised in product design, while Arjan practiced his skills in technology and product development in Gent at HoGent Nature & Technology. Both their visions and knowledge in creativity and technology led them to create fresh and contemporary designs.
In 2014 the design duo decided that Sjoerd would continue their vision on his own under the name Vroonland. In his new studio in Amsterdam he works on the success stories of his label as well as new designs and interesting projects and collaborations worldwide.
The visual artists Nicole Driessens & Ivo van den Baar have worked together as WANDSCHAPPEN since 1999 in developing art and design. Their Feltplant Collections have been a remarkable part of their designs, since 2010. After two successful shows at the Salone del Mobile in Milano, the Feltplants have been part of projects for interior architects, fashion shows, retail commissions, and private collections all over the world. Every work of art or design has been produced in their own studio in Rotterdam Charlois, The Netherlands, with a team of dedicated artists, designers and handcrafts people from the area.
This is Welter Shelter, the all weather outerwear brand that combines functionality with fashion. Stay warm and look cool. Or as founder Peter Landa says: come hell or high water, Welter Shelter will protect you. And he ought to now as a citizen of our rain reigned Netherlands. After a November storm wrecked his 500 euro woollen winter coat, he thought: this can be done better. And he did it. WelterShelter is waterproof, windproof and breathable while taking non-descript rainwear to a high fashion level. Feel the innovative new fabrics and discover what you would not expect. You are not just buying a coat, you are acquiring protectional armour so no weather god can harm you.
This is the origin of gin. As jenever was too difficult to pronounce, the phonetic version of the first syllable is what’s left of it. When in 1724 Wynand Fockink acquired the distillery and bar in the Pijlsteeg dating back to 1679, Amsterdam was a rich and prosperous city with a thriving liquor export industry.
Nowadays the juniper-flavoured liquor is a bit smoother and softer than gin, and comes in famous Dutch flavours as liquorice, apple pie and anise aged on oak wood. The most traditional bottle is the stone jug with cork. It’s the national distillate of our grandfathers, yet the most consumed liquor in the Netherlands at this moment. Proost.
Willem’s Wermoed is World’s first Dutch vermouth. The quest for our handcrafted vermouth began in Amsterdam's Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest medicinal gardens in the world. Its thousands of herbs and indigenous plants inspired our signature bittersweet blend, the same way we'd like to inspire you.
During our quest for the best ingredients we hand-picked 24 botanicals including pine tops, wild thyme and wormwood. The ingredients were craftily infused in a Spanish white wine from the Airen and Zalema grape, having aged for years on oak barrels. The perfect culmination of our exploration, yet the start of yours.
Willem’s Wermoed is an excellent aperitif and premium base for quality mixed drinks.
April 2016 styling agency Wolf Produkties launched their own brand WolfWare. Stylists Gaby Hanrath and Odette Roosterman came up with the idea for WolfWare many years ago. For their fashion and interior series the stylists are always searching for special and unique items. The initial steps toward a brand collection were taken four years ago when Barbara Dolk joined the team and the first collection is now a fact.
The collection consists of clothing, accessories and interior items. WolfWare focuses on the combination of good quality materials, the best fits and fun detailing, interesting contrasts in material to comfortable silhouettes and graphic prints
Candlelight and a wine bottle go together like X Bank and W Hotel. World Of Opportunities (WOO) offers this romantic and relaxing match too, but it’s not what you expect. Pamper yourself with a deep luxury candle in a wine bottle, beer flask or even vodka bottle from the mini bar.
They come in subtle scents from the finest beeswax, a natural product that is pure, calming and cleans the air. Bottles are recycled from streets, restaurants and hotels by trash ladies in Vietnam, cleaned, cut and sanded by local employees, then hand filled with the best beeswax by regional farmers to make a beautiful luxury product. Privileged people connect with underprivileged persons by buying WOO. Because WOO cares.
When asked about his passion for scents, gentleman journalist Yvo van Regteretn Altena readily admits/confesses that this obsession originated with a particular area of the female anatomy, the ‘décolleté.’ His grandmother never left the house without dousing her bosom with perfume. During sleepovers, Yvo quickly learned to recognize her complete collection of classic French perfumes and the applause garnered in family circles prompted him as a teenager to divulge fragrances at parties and social gatherings while blindfolded.
Yvo once wrote: “The more one becomes immersed in the world of fragrances, the more one realizes that the homo sapiens does not possess a highly developed sense of smell. The human olfactory mucosa is made up of only has a few million nerve cells and is the size of a fizzy medicinal tablet. However, when compared to the nose of a bloodhound, which has more than two hundred million cells or a shark that is able to detect a drop of blood in the boundless ocean, our ability seems pitiful and insignificant.
YVRA 1958 is reminiscent of the classic, transparent, eau de cologne that dominated the sixties and seventies, but with a modern twist – more aromatic and longer lasting. Yvo: “After a long and unsettling flight. I always find it comforting to revive my senses with a familiar fragrance. It was my ambition to capture the perfect scent for this occasion in a bottle. YVRA 1958 is subtle and understated, but will add an indiscernible dimension to your natural aroma”.
Say goodbye to trivial issues such as time, trends and age. Zenggi founder Marian Wigger, who own awards with European fashion label Turnover, creates collections that last longer than just one season. We especially thank Marian when we’re travelling for offering the perfect solution for globetrotting women. The TRVL DRSS brand is season less and build upon the idea that travel should be easy and with carry on luggage only. Items are lightweight, crease free, wash ’n wear, drip ‘n dry, eco-friendly, made from the finest material. Effortless, feminine, suitable for both high-heel fashionista’s and tennis shoe tom boys. Glamour in less than no time. Enjoy your travels.
Linger in a hotel at home. Zenology is an indie lifestyle company committed to bringing hotel luxury to the private house. Founder Jeroen Oude Sogtoen changed focus from fashion to interior design and created the concept for The College Hotel in Amsterdam. Whilst creating an amenity line for this boutique hotel, he started his own brand Zenology. These sensible, quality beauty and lifestyle products nourish the skin; restore the body, glam up an interior or yourself. Respectful of nature, balanced with design. The most sensitive noses at X Bank picked out the best scents. Smell it and get that jetset feeling.
X BANK is a 700 m2 hybrid store in the center of Amsterdam presenting the most comprehensive collection of predominantly Dutch fashion, art and design in the world.
X BANK presents collections, events, and programs from fashion, design, and artistic talent. By providing a local and international platform for artists, designers, and creators, we present the new Dutch D.N.A — one that is local and global. A clear reflection of the creative industry today. Our main objective is to supply the public with access to unique products and programming year round.
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 46 hotels and retreats, including 18 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand’s sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts, signature spas and inspiring residences.
X BANK’s 80 m2 high tech Vault is a fully adaptable space with modern capabilities for any board meeting, conference, opening, party or intimate event. Our meetings & events team are able to personalize your event no matter how big or small your request.
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1012 VT Amsterdam
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