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Scheltens & Abbenes X Epoi: Separate As One

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Photographers Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes did this beautiful art publishing project called ‘Separate As One’, gracefully assigned by Japanese luxury leather goods brand Epoi, and for which I had to honor to deliver the necessary copy. It happened to be inspired by one of my all time favorite artists: Alexander Calder.


The art photography couple Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes have worked unwaveringly for nearly a decade and a half, carving out their unique identity as image makers. Whether commissioned by brands or magazines their work is persistently autonomous. Only the actual characteristics of the objects in front of their camera are directional for their creative process. Structures, colours, shapes and the nature of the materials used are the key elements in their photographic compositions that play with the eye.

For Epoi Scheltens & Abbenes created a series of six photographic works using the leather parts for Epoi bags to be. Inspired by famous mobiles they allow these parts and their shadows to find their own balance inside the photographic frame, freed from gravity and air circulation. ‘Separate as one’ is an ode the ‘sum of parts’ of great design.



At their studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Scheltens & Abbenes create their photographic work for a choice list of brands including Hermes, Chanel, Balenciaga, Kenzo, Maison Martin Margiela, Uniqlo, Vitra, Pastoe and Arper, as well as for top magazine titles such as Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman, Pin Up Magazine, Modern Design Review and T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine. Although the work is considered applied art as it results from these assignments, many of these series have been shown at prominent galleries and museums around the world, including Three Shadows Gallery in Beijing, Art Institute Chicago, Huis Marseille and Foam in Amsterdam, Kunsthal in Rotterdam and Danziger Gallery in New York.

In Japan Scheltens & Abbenes had exhibitions at Louis Vuitton, Limart and IMA in Tokyo, and they are currently working with Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings on a book for the contemporary porcelain project 2016/, part of the 400th anniversary of Arita Porcelain.

Modebelofte 2013 ‘Future Fashions’

Monday, October 28th, 2013

During Dutch Design Week, from october 19 till 27 in Eindhoven, my lovely client – the award winning concept store You Are Here – organized the magnificent fashion talent exhibition ‘Modebelofte 2013 – Future Fashions’ in the historic and yet to be renovated barracks of the military police. The handsome location called Kazerne got a great kick start to it’s new life as a cultural hotspot. It was an honor to collaborate – copy wise – on the ‘Modebelofte 2013 – Future Fashions’ exhibit showcasing the phantasmagorical new tech and hyper crafted works by designers Ana Rajcevic, Duran Lantink, Jef Montes, Matija Cop, Mi-Ah Rödiger, Pauline van Dongen, Sadie Williams, Silvia Romanelli, Stephanie Baechler, Volker Koch, Wim Bruynooghe, Xiao Li, Dewi Bekker, Jantine van Peski, Jenny Postle, Laerke Hooge Andersen, Minju Kim, Winde Rienstra, Anastasia Radevich, Anne Vaandrager, Cat Potter and Rianne Suk. For this year’s Modebelofte, the team from You Are Here collaborated with Glamcult Studio, curator Hanka van der Voet and producers Lenn Cox and Gerard Koot. Photography courtesy of Dirk van den Heuvel.

Matija Cop

exhibition text by Mo Veld

Wim Bruynooghe (left), Pauline van Dongen (shoes and dress) and Yoram Tomasoha


Nadine Goepfert and Xiao Li

Maiko Takeda and Duran Lantink

Alfhild Sarah Gulper

Jantine van Peski

Minju Kim (left), Dewi Bekker and Raffaela Grasspointer

Volker Koch (leather accessories left) and Stephanie Baechler

left to right: David Laport, Heleen Blanken (movie), Miriam de Waard and Jaimee Mckenna

Rejina Pyo at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

On Friday September 28 I was invited to the opening dinner in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, in honor of the opening of Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012 winner Rejina Pyo’s breathtaking exhibition. The Han Nefkens Fasion Award jury panel, including Viktor & Rolf, Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin, fashion lecturer José Teunissen and mecenas Han Nefkens himself, selected the young Korean born Central Saint Martins Fashion Master graduate as the lucky talent to be granted 25.000 Euro’s to realize a new collection and putting it up in a show at the wonderful Boijmans van Beuningen art temple in Rotterdam. Rejina Pyo’s work is overwhelming in it’s sculptural perfection. Niels Klavers and I returned shortly after for a field trip with the Gerrit Rietveld fashion department (which also included a tour by Monique van Heist of exhibition about workwear in the Zeeuws Museum).

Vlisco X designer collabs for Orange Babies

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

It is with pride that I make myself useful as a copywriter for the great cause of the Amsterdam based Orange Babies foundation, whose hands on initiatives help to fight HIV in Africa. The most recent occasion was the Orange Babies Gala 2012, a high profile fundraising auction event which took place on June 23rd. As part of this year’s Chic ‘n Soul themed gala the famous Dutch wax print company Vlisco, with it’s vast African connection, collaborated with some 30 young and established designers to create exclusive accessories for auction. My Eindhoven-connection, fashion and design concept store You Are Here, helped recruit an army of wonderful young design talents to collaborate in this colorful exercise. Besides the many many colorful and perfectly covetable bags, ties and bow ties here are a few gorgeous examples by Thera Hillenaar, Turina Jewellery, design studio RenS and MATTIJS. The night’s auction made a neat total of 527.805 Euro’s for the Orange Babies cause by the way.


Thera Hillenaar X Vlisco


Sandra Turina X Vlisco


Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren of Studio RenS X Vlisco


In the category CLASSLESS RIP OFF’S

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Long overdue since the lovely Sammy at C.Cruden mailed me this pic, but here it is, at last, in a category I do not even have on my site but I might just start it right here. Check out this classless rip off act by a Dutch brand called Ruby Tuesday of this other Dutch brand C.Cruden’s wonderful ‘Leather Lace’. The folks at Ruby Tuesday even ripped off the packaging as you can clearly make out for yourself. As Ruby Tuesday, a tiny venture in ‘iconic fashion pieces that complement your wardrobe’ state on their site: “We love being inspired by the “little things” in life. Be it the simplicity of Scandinavian furniture design to  Farrow’s hairdo in Rosemary’s Baby.” Or C.Cruden’s marvelous multi functional Leather Lace in this case… tired, very tired indeed.


Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Following the same minimalist approach of their summer 2011 collection, Niels Klavers and Astrid van Engelen set out to maximize effects for winter. The overall look is that of a beautiful piece of fabric thrown on the body by a gentle breeze. Adding knitwear to the Klavers van Engelen line for the first time, in downy and weightless mohair, as well as a deep dyed curly goat fur, they further explored their signature purist design principles.

Minimal interventions causing maximum effect. Two different rectangular pieces of fabric sandwich the body to make a top or dress, a mohair knit in front and a washed silk for the much shorter back. Complexity and ease merge in dresses and trousers with large integrated square shaped shawls that can be worn loose over the shoulder or tied around the neck creating a sophisticated draped top. Loose shapes such as caftan tops and dresses or a kimono like trenchcoat mirror the great fashion decade of bohemian ease and femininity, yet executed with razor sharp minimalist constructions. (more…)

Wilbert Das interview for Blend

Friday, August 6th, 2010

On June 4th, 2010, a sunny friday afternoon in Amsterdam’s romantic zoo Artis, I had this lovely interview with Diesel’s former creative kingpin Wilbert Das, for Blend magazine. A recommended read if you’re into those 3 P’s, People, Planet, Profit, yet without the inflated Preacher ego. He’s just a great guy with great people skills who’s loving his new Brazilian eco-resort Uxua Casa.

one of the stylishly handcrafted UXUA Casas

one of the stylishly handcrafted UXUA Casas


Wilbert Das (born 1963) has been ‘the Dutchman at Diesel’ for just about as long as we all know about this Italian über-brand. Twenty-one years to be exact. When news hit that he was stepping out from behind Renzo Rosso to leave the iconic company he helped create as its 360 degrees creative director, all heads turned to his ‘holiday-hobby project’, the Uxua Casa Hotel in Brazil. Like: now we’re talking successful living.

The Uxua Casa Hotel in Trancoso, a tiny coastal village in Bahia, northeastern Brazil, is a cluster of eight separate ‘casas’ and a treehouse, all renovated, rebuilt and restyled using local craftsmen and amplified traditional techniques. Hidden in lush tropical gardens with a full 5-star infrastructure including restaurant, spa, private beach lounge and a healing quartz pool, this luxurious eco-loco getaway is little short of a paradise. A very personal paradise no less, realized by someone who, when it comes to fashionably styled hotels for one, has pretty much seen it all. If Uxua is Wilbert Das’s next step after everything he created at Diesel, which is not just the many clothing and accessories lines, but also the campaigns, showrooms, flagship stores, the Miami hotel, fragrances and in the end furniture, it looks and feels like quite the antidote to all the brash young and trendy violence he’s been responsible for all his professional life. With all the time in the world on his hands these days it wasn’t hard to lure him to the retro-romantic Amsterdam zoo Artis for a good long Style of Life chat.


Fashion Blogs

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

On June 24 the book Fashion Blogs – on musings about personal taste to style reports around the globe – will be launched at SPRMRKT, one of Amsterdam’s greatest fashion stores.


photography by Krista van der Niet

photography by Krista van der Niet

Writer Kirstin Hanssen, designer Felicia Nitzsche and co-writer Elina Tozzi invited me to write the introduction to one of Fashion Blogs chapters called ‘seen on the streets’ to which I happily obliged. Now I’m finally holding a copy in my hand I must say, although books like this tend to be outdated by the time they hit the shelves, this is a great ‘time capsule’ document, not to mention the first on the subject, exploring the international fashion blogging pioneers. Apart from the profiles and interviews with a cross section of today’s influential bloggers in various niches, some 600 fashion blog url’s are listed. Naturally it is published in english, so if you spot a copy, do have a peek!