No waste, only grace.

Last month, here in the Netherlands was a check-to-reality for me, as a passionate fashion consumer and blogger. The theme of the #Dutchsustainablefashionweek this year was the circular economy. I was in the front-row at the catwalk opening. Designers Danya Wevers, Map Renes, Monique Collignon , Judith van Vliet en Hellen van Rees showed their amazing collection…

Kimono collection by Verel

Another Verel collection out. I have followed this Argentinian fashion company since 2014. Elena Wetzel, the designer, has a clear mission of making clothing for an elegant woman. She keeps delivering it with gorgeous success. Her collection of kimonos is made in her studio in Argentina. Her styles are limited and unique so have a…

Hendrikje, the museum of bags.

Amsterdam, Tassenmuseum Hendrikje: The museum of bags is a must-see place when you are in The Netherlands. You can spend quality time with your girly friends. It is easily reached by public transport. You can enjoy a fabulous fashion high-tea. Check their website for details on the reservation. In the collection, you will see traditional to…

Spring and summer 2017 in Argentina by Verel, a twist of fashion and tradition.

Elena Wetzel, Verel’s owner, and designer says that her fashion concept is:”una serena sabiduría y clásica seducción entre la mujer y la moda.” In my understanding, the concept is clearly seen in the 2017 Spring-Summer collection. A combination of wisdom and a classic seduction between woman and fashion. For this S/S-17. Elena re-conceptualizes fashion from the colonial Argentina. This…

Beyond arte with love

Camilla Groen in her secret world, where she celebrates colours, love and art. I first encountered Camilla’s work  in a moment of celebrating love, at the Valentine’s fair. It was the most inspiring corner with string artwork and paper crafts. Camilla went to university in the capital of Rio de Janeiro to get her degree in International…

Enamelling with Mana Ottmer – the Georgian jewellery designer talked me through the ancient technique of Enamel.

Houten, The Netherlands. Apart from her divine culinary, Mana Ottmer is also known for jewellery designing. She uses the ancient technique of Cloisonné Enamel.   According to the Association of Dutch Enamelers (Vereniging van Nederlandse Emailleurs): “The cloisonné technique was already applied in the 5th century BC. It is a form of enamelling with a crushed wire in…

Design affair by Claudia Falcão

To some of you, my passion for design is not new. Finally, you can see the step forward of my project since the twenty cushion covers in 2010. Handmade jewellery collection is my latest issue I use haberdashery (for example buttons, zippers, ribbons), re-use available fabrics and vintage embellishments. The denim days are never over. These…

The fantastic stained glass work by Koen Koning

Houten, Netherlands – The Dutch artist Koen Koning took a master class in stained glass ten years ago. Since then he started what he calls “fanglastisch” designs. With his Dutch humor he explains: “fantastisch means fantastic and glas, glass. So I came up with a fantasy name for my artwork.” He cut pieces of glass…

Enamelling with Mana Ottmer – the Georgian jewellery designer talked me through the ancient technique of Enamel.

Houten, The Netherlands. Apart from her divine culinary, Mana Ottmer is also known for jewellery designing. She uses the ancient technique of Cloisonné Enamel.   According to the Association of Dutch Enamelers (Vereniging van Nederlandse Emailleurs): “The cloisonné technique was already applied in the 5th century BC. It is a form of enamelling with a crushed wire in…

Sneak preview: Fuxico and vintage limited accessories collection

Made by  Visiting street markets and second-hand shops in London was always inspiring. I treasured for peculiar fabrics once (2010) to make cushions. I found this golden Indian textile and pearled adornments. I kept the left-overs as I had in mind to launch a limited edition of accessories. Something out of the box, romantic, chic and ethnic….

and art in the air this weekend…

I am looking forward to meet Camilla Groen at the Valentines Fair in Vleuten. She creates unique art, check it out on her Facebook page – Camilla Groen – All About Cards,   and Suzane with her  lovely BRASUZY .      

Unlabelled Friday!

   Last night I got into my bits & pieces box to change this basic dress for an event tonight. I found this French embroidered appliqué I bought in a vintage market last year. Voilà, my new unlabelled dress!    

The “fuxico” patchwork technique in the fashion world

Simply the art of “fuxico” is considered to be Brazilian, but unfortunately there is nothing registered as far as I researched. Rumours are that this handcrafting technique started in Brazil dated back to slavery.  The word “fuxico” (read fushico!) is a Brazilian word for gossiping. Slaves were brought to Brazil by Europeans. It was a…