I discovered this great tumblr today through stilinberlin.de that I wanted to share here. Meet Ali. Ali lives in Berlin and is said to own over 80 different suits. He works at a tailor and is snapped in his great outfits by a girl who works at a coffee shop on route to this work.
what Ali wore
all photos by alioutfit.tumblr.com
I love Amsterdam. I never lived there, but I did everything else there: study, work, shop and party. Luckily, my front door is only a fifteen minute train ride away from Amsterdam’s Central Station. Only downside: not living in Amsterdam means I have to enter the city via the Damrak or the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. Both are busy streets with tram lines, tourists and loads of loud shops and restaurants aiming to lure in those tourists. Not the Amsterdam I like. But something has changed for the better. Since 2012 concept store Options (it is also a cafe and is connected to design hotel The Exchange) has opened its doors on the Damrak. Conveniently located between the train station and fancy warehouse the Bijenkorf, Options comes to the rescue if all the visual and literal noise from the street is making you in need of some tranquility.
In the shop you’ll find beautiful stationary that gives Muji a run for its money, fashion for both adults and babies, sturdy backpacks from it-brand Herschel, fashion magazines, books and of course ‘design’ souvenirs for those tourists I spoke about earlier. The cafe serves fresh food to eat in or take away and they even have a small terrace for when the sun is shining.
photos by me
it has been quiet here for too long due to this annoying flue that I can’t seem to get rid of. On the upside, being stuck at home gave me plenty of time to finally watch all those movies and documentaries that I had saved for a lazy sunday. Among them, this documentary on Hermes that gives insight into how all those beautiful leather goods are made: by hand and with the utmost care and knowledge. Here is craftsmanship for you.
I was looking for tips on how to do a DIY repair on the hole in my favorite pair of jeans, when I found this nice tutorial by Self Edge in New York. Love the machine he is working with (a original Singer Darning machine from the 1950s) that makes it possible to create new fabric with thread, instead of fixing the hole with a patch.
after spending years looking at Vivienne Westwood’s pirate boots on people like Kate M., I’ve decided to live up to Westwood’s mantra: buy less, choose well and make it last. In other words: I’ve been saving up my money to finally buy a pair of black leather pirate boots. Because I’ve been lusting over these boots for over ten years I think I’ve got the choose well part covered. I had to buy less in order to save up the money, so that is settled as well. Now I have to make them last. That will be part my responsibility, and of course part Vivienne’s.
anyone has any experience with these boots, size wise? One up or done, or normal?
apparently the Monday that starts the last full week of January is called blue Monday. It is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Even though it is still early January, last Wednesday felt pretty blue to me. Partly because of the weather – not a single ray of sunshine and drizzling rain – but mostly because I finally went to see the latest exhibition in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht called Blue Jeans. Not that it made me feel blue, far from it. From pieces of denim trousers dating from the end of the nineteenth century found in American mines to an Yves Saint Laurent denim trouser suit and contemporary glue jeans, you’ll find them all at this exhibition.
The exhibition is made up around a few themes, such as the history of jeans, sustainability, street wear and craft. The last is being illustrated live by Koen Tossijn from Atelier Tossijn who makes jeans that are made to measure. He has a traveling workshop and during the running of the exhibition you can find his atelier at the museum, as part of the exhibition. While I was there, he was working on the waistband of a beautiful pair of hand made blue jeans.
Nowadays, you really can’t talk about fashion without taking into account the subject of sustainability. Blue Jeans is no exception and with a special room dedicated to the subject, the museum really made an effort to bring new technologies to the attention of the public. What I liked best though, was that the overall exhibition invigorated my love for my own blue jeans. It stresses how denim gets better with age. How you really have to wear it, take care of it and stay away from too much washing and detergent (how we wash our clothes is a big part of their ecological footprint). If you invest in a pair of denim, not with money but by wearing it constantly, it will reward you by becoming the softest pair of pants that carries your personal history with it. And is there anything more sustainable than simple wearing the clothes you have, instead of always buying new ones? I don’t think so.
I am a great supporter of all young, talented people turning to the world of craftsmanship lately. This brings back the personal in all we consume and hopefully it will help us learn to appreciate quality again after years and years of spending our money on ill constructed products from unknown origins. One of those people is Amsterdam based Petra van Roon who taught herself the dying profession of being a barber.
In her perfectly designed shop Barber in the centre of Amsterdam, she offers trims and touch-ups of beards/moustaches, complete head shaves and facial massages, all presented under names like the Dude or the Hemmingway. Only for the guys, of course.