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Beautiful chaos.

Graanmarkt 13 is a boutique which houses stylish high-end fashion, curious design objects and collectibles. Items that inspire and feel like coming home, carefully selected by Graanmarkt 13, run by old mutual friends of mine, Tim and Ilse.

Graamarkt 13 also houses a restaurant run by Seppe Nobels who learned his trade in the kitchens of top chefs such as Gianni Brunelli (Osteria le Logge, Siena) and Wout Bru (Chez Bru, Eygalières). He takes the honest, regional cuisine to a higher level and was voted ‘best junior chef in Belgium’ in 2005.

In collaboration with Bart Belmans, Seppe turned all available space of Graanmarkt 13’s garden and rooftops into a genuine city garden. Turning it into a small-scale nursery-garden growing herbs, wild plants and forgotten vegetables.

Vegetables grow happily in the garden of Graanmarkt 13 while herbs stretch towards the light on the roof terrace. Their own bees provide heavenly honey and the optimal pollination of their kitchen garden. What they can’t grow themselves, they get from close by: fish from the North Sea, meat from carefully selected farmers in the local area. Their farmers raise their animals outdoors with a commitment for high quality and healthy foods.

In fact the city-garden barely qualifies for the term since its agricultural area encompasses as much as 40 m2. At first sight, this does not seem much, but it is sufficient to harvest part of the season’s herbs and vegetables for Seppe’s dishes.
In it you’ll even find several themes: a Mediterranean garden, a sea-garden, a vegetable- and fruit-garden, and onion-garden and a shadow-garden. Go for a three course lunch while shopping!

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Jetteke.

When only a few phrases could be used to describe the diverse work of my close friend and great fashion editor Jetteke van Lexmond these could be; inexhaustible driven, passionate for the chic and aesthetic feminine look.

Jetteke is highly energetic and a perfectionist, and foremost dedicated to her strong belief that women need to look powerful and confident.
Because of her fashion forward vision and continuous drive to push her abilities to the highest level, Jetteke has become one of the best in her field and her style is well know and autographed in the business.

Both nationally and internationally she has left her footprint on the fashion world and worked with some of the most talented people in the industry. Arthur Elgort, Marc de Groot, Paul Bellaart, Philippe Vogelenzang, Alique, Petrovsky & Ramone and Anne Menke just to name a few.

Jetteke’s roots made her to what she is today. Young as she was, growing up in a small farmers village in the warm surroundings of a close free spirited family, she was always an explorer, traveling to South America, Asia and India meeting new cultures and at a young age made her realize boundaries do not exist and an open mind is something you should cherish. These episodes became the mantra in her life and are a great inspiration in her work.

After graduating the Amsterdam fashion academy she was appointed fashion editor at a large weekly magazine where she learned the tricks of the trade. The years after that she dedicated to launch Elle Girl and Glamour Magazine in the Netherlands, this was a dream come true. The freedom of work and endless flow of positive energy made her create and discover the best in her. It was there where she shot the first ever covers of Doutzen Kroes and Behati Prinsloo. Also Lara Stone was one of the much favored models and made her appearance many times. Both Elle girl and Glamour won numerous awards and Glamour became one of the largest and most successful monthly selling titles in the Dutch fashion magazine industry. Nowadays Jetteke’s work can be admired in the Dutch Vogue.

Jetteke’s work is inspired by great diversity . As a painter herself, the works of strong characters like Picasso and Cy Twombly inspire her. Strong femine women like Lauren Hutton, the sisters Lee Radziwell and Jacky Kennedy left their mark on both Jetteke’s approach in work as in her daily practice. Diane Vreeland with her larger than life style is her personal constant push on where she sets the standard.

The most important goal for every photoshoot is; You need to want to be the person in the picture, you want to wear her dress, put on her make-up and jewelry and travel to the setting. I want to make the dream come true

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Preserving.

One of my favourite magazines Kinfolk and one of my favourite denim brands, Citizens of Humanity partner up for Kinfolk’s September event!

This month Kinfolk reader’s gather to celebrate the end-of-season harvest and to preserve summer’s bounty to be enjoyed for the rest of the year. Whether planning to fully explore traditional canning methods, or sticking to simpler pickling and fridge preserving methods, they encourage everyone to get their hands good and messy in the process.

This gathering invites you to leave behind the frenzy of daily life and to leave behind busyness and distraction, at least for a few hours. Join with other novice canners and picklers to fully embrace the joy of learning a new skill, and stocking your pantry for the season ahead. “For the first years of my life, there was a series, every summer, of short but violently active cannings. Crates and baskets and lug-boxes of fruits in their prime and at their cheapest would lie waiting with opulent fragrance on the screened porch, and a whole battery of enameled pots and ladles and wide-mouthed funnels would appear from some dark cupboard. ” –MFK Fisher

Photo by Trinette Reed & Chris Gramly

Venue: Worldwide locations

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Helena Christensen.

Model, photographer and muse of Triumph Essence, Helena Christensen has designed her second lingerie collection under her own label “Helena Christensen for Triumph” Helena not only represents the most desirable qualities of women today, she also embodies everything Triumph stands for.

This season Helena designed a collection that includes delicate elements: “In a few words I would say my new collection is poetic, captivating and bold. As in my last collection I again worked with pastel colours. These bleached colours remind me of vintage styles, which I am really passionate about.”

Helena Christensen represents the essence of modern women today – with a strong personality, creative instincts, professional ambition and feminine allure. Again Helena modelled her collection in New York – shot by her good friend and world-reknowned photographer Guy Aroch – and had full creative direction on the photo shoot. I love this woman and her collections for Triumph!

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Alexander McQueen.

My friend Jenny Thronaes has the most amazing ring. What a beautiful scare. The Butterfly and Skull ring from Alexander McQueen in gold. The skull (which is smiling) is adorned with beautiful Swarovski crystals. I think I love you baby….

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Wild west.

I love Cowboy Boots and so does TONY MORA. For nearly 100 years they have been producing the famous TONY MORA cowboy boots.Through the years they have been developing new styles and fits and now are one of the world’s top cowboy boot manufacturer.

Their boots are made of high quality leather and natural materials such as python skin, alligator skin, ostrich skin or shark skin. Leather, linings, soles and heels: Each part of a TONY MORA cowboy boot is made out of top quality.

They employ the best Majorcan craftsmen shoemakers who carry out more than one hundred operations on each pair of TONY MORA boots to make them perfect. In addition they employ the Cowboy GoodYear System, which has made their boots so famous. That means the boots have double stitchings that guarantee maximum quality for a lifetime.

This small family business is committed to protect nature and the environment, thus the products are subject to rigorous control. Making sure, that all skins are from farmed animals so the wilderness is left intact. Every pair of boots carries a farm certificate.

I bought my pair at their fabric & outlet where you can hunt for special one off pieces as we did!

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Hans Feurer.

Hans Feurer has been a mainstay of fashion photography since the late 1960s, but despite his influence, this legendary photographer has had no books dedicated to his work–until now. Feurer’s career has certainly been an illustrious, star-studded and influential one, and the models who were his subjects, the designers he profiled and the leading publications which featured his work comprise a roll call of the highest echelons of the fashion and magazine worlds. Feurer has shot for Vogue, Nova, Elle and many more leading publications. One of his most famous advertising campaigns was for Kenzo in 1983, which immortalized Iman and secured her status as an iconic supermodel of the period. Before embarking on a career in photography, Feurer worked as a graphic designer and art director. Traces of these previous careers are detectable throughout his work, evidenced by his careful compositions and precise styling. Emmanuelle Alt, the editor of French Vogue, has revived Feurer’s photographic career, and he is now widely referenced by top photographers such as Inez & Vinoodh. Designed by Fabien Baron, and lavishly illustrated with 175 photographs, this overview is a must-have for collectors of fashion photography books. It presents the photographer’s most iconic images from throughout the years, in a fascinating mélange of fashion styles and trends. Hans Feurer was born in Switzerland in 1939. After studying art in Switzerland, he worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and artistic director in London. In 1966, he traveled to Africa, during which trip he decided to become a photographer. He returned to London and began to compile a portfolio. Source. Here is some amazing work of his for Kenzo

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My TUMBLR

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JUST LIKE YOU

Just Like You is a series of video portraits that showcases creative individuals who are doing meaningful work around the world, and in August, new videos will be launched, this time on supermodel Christy Turlington and archbishop Desmond Tutu.

As part of this series, a special limited-edition product is created. Both Christy and Desmond created a T-shirt, which will launch with their videos. All proceeds from Christy Turlington’s shirt will benefit Every Mother Counts, which is a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world; and all proceeds from Desmond Tutu’s T-shirt will benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation, which leverages the legacy of the archbishop to enable peace in the world. Both items will be available through the Just Like You website.

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Jerome Dahan.

Today I met one of the most inspiring people in the denim industry, Jerome Dahan.

Jerome founded Citizens of Humanity in 2003, and the brand has captivated the fashion world with a rigorous commitment to cutting-edge denim styling, comfort and fit without compromise. With over 25 years of experience in the denim industry, Jerome Dahan, is a true visionary and the first to bring the concept of luxury designer denim to the global marketplace.

Remaining true to his roots, the brand reflects a relaxed confidence and contemporary style, inspired by the people and places that most influenced Dahan—from pop culture icons such as Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg during his youth in Paris to street art and California beach culture in his more recent years—giving the brand a spirit that is unique only to Citizens of Humanity. Have a look at this video http://vimeo.com/49921426

Parisian born Jerome Dahan ventured out to Los Angeles in 1981 where he discovered his talent for design. It was not long before Jerome took a job that would forever change his life. He began his career in denim and found his passion while working with one of the pioneer brands that changed the denim market in the United States– Guess Jeans.

Through the years Jerome searched for what he felt was missing, that something he would soon be recognized for creating. Something in addition to the fits, fabrics and washes that were becoming prevalent in the market. It was Jerome’s goal to recreate the market and develop the story for the next generation of jean wearers. He was aiming high to create a modern Levi’s.

In 1999, Jerome conceived the idea that became Seven For All Mankind–a brand that would change the industry like only a few brands ever have. At Seven, Jerome introduced a new fit that he describes as ” a sexy universal jean”. He also introduced a new generation of denim fabrics–multi-counts from Candiani and a comfort stretch from Kaihara that allow the jeans to feel and look authentic. He combined these innovative fabrics with the “icing on the cake”– a collection of new washes and new finishing techniques which included Jerome’s signature vintage center crease line that made both a flair and boot leg look slim and sophisticated.

In 2002, Jerome would learn the most important lesson of his life, teamwork. As he tells it, “no matter how great an idea may be, without the right team and support around you, you will not achieve your goal.” Unfortunate for Jerome, he did not have the right team at 7 For All Mankind.

Regardless, sometimes adversity can be turned to an advantage, and that’s exactly what Jerome did. Jerome took the opportunity to create a new brand –Citizens of Humanity– the brand that has brought him the success that he enjoys today.

In 2007, Jerome made an important decision when he convinced Adriano Goldschmeid, a long time mentor and one of the few others in the industry to match Jerome’s passion and creativity, to join forces and bring Goldsign and Citizens of Humanity together.

Jerome believes that creating a stimulating and fun atmosphere is essential to keep his creative juices flowing. He attributes his success in large part to the fact that he loves what he does. “If you’re not pure of heart and have a motive other than being passionate and extremely creative, my advice is you better start running, and you better run fast, very fast, because any good fortune you may receive will not last for long.” Jerome explains, “I have been having fun designing the product with some great people, and I am fortunate for the financial rewards that have come my way. My success is owed in no small part to people like my friend, Gary Freedman, who believed enough in me to provide the support that has been the hallmark of Citizens of Humanity for almost nine years.

Jerome also knows that you can never rest on your success. “I need to design more than a product. I can set a vision, but the true DNA of the company is made by those who participate day in and day out to make our product the best it can be. That means creating a team of people who work closely together, one no more important than the other. This is what I choose to do and how I want to get there. I want to work with people who share my vision and energy, people I can feel close to and who stimulate my passion. It’s not a lot of people, but it is those who remember that we are all Citizens of Humanity.

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