I'm always super excited to share the gorgeous leather bags by shop favorite Dutch designer Ellen Truijen. Introducing her deluxe tote bags -the ultimate leather tote for work, play and everything in between. Plus we've restocked her classics along with small leather goods this fall season. Loving all the beautiful wallets! And check out our interview with Ellen as well as travel tips for her hometown of Maastricht, Netherlands.
Minimalist coziness and comfort came to mind when I came across the new collection by Danish interior and design company Hubsch. With a company motto "Where the Happiness lives", it would be delightful to be surrounded by their new Occasion 2014 collection-so beautiful in its simplicity with dose of texture and warmth.
Lookbook images from Hubsch
Jessica Bell's work via Pinterest and was instantly drawn to her use of colors and geometric forms. She integrates different media from textiles, paint to paper to create a diverse body of work. The textures and materials used bring both a visual and tactile experience. My favorites though are her collage-like pastel creations.
All images from Jessica Bell
|Ellen at her brandstore opening|
It's still summer here at home and given the unbearable heat, I'm definitely dreaming of a fall getaway. And what better time to share part 2 of our interview with shop fave bag designer, Ellen Truijen. While most people visit the big city in the west, I was excited to get some travel tips for Ellen's hometown of Maastricht in southern Netherlands. Plus she just recently opened her brand store in the city featuring her beautiful collection as well as products from some of her favorite brands.
|Ellen Truijen Brand Store|
|Ellen Truijen Fall Collection|
You are currently based in Maastricht Netherlands. What are "must see" things or "must do" for those visiting your hometown or southern Netherlands?
Maastricht is not that big, so stroll around the city, visit the little streets or public squares, drink tea in a cafe or enjoy a glass of wine on a terrace in the sun.
|Sint-Servaasbrug-oldest bridge in Holland|
What are off the beaten path local hangouts? Favorite neighborhoods, parks, etc.?
The Jekerkwartier, a neighborhood with small little shops and nice bars.
The little streets in between the Vrijthof are also worth a visit or Wyck, the area
behind the old bridge.
Favorite places to shop: boutiques or outdoor markets:
From the same owners, there are Traders Pop, Muchachas and Kinsjasa. Traders Pop has both men and women's clothes, second-hand, books and magazines. Muchachas is for the ladies, with nice brands such as A.PC., Monique van Heist (a Dutch designer) and Isabel Marant. Kinsjasa is shoe heaven where I bought my favorite K. Jacques sandals last summer.
I also recommend Festen, this funny store that has a lot of accessories, home stuff, gadgets and more. It's perfect place to find a present. And there is Conflict store, which is focused more on (Dutch) design, lamps and home goods.
Favorite places to eat or type of food:
I love to go to Cafe Sjiek, it's low key and cozy with good food.
For lunch I go to Take Five bar, with the best club sandwich in town.
Easy day trips from Maastricht-cool places to see right outside the city:
Liege is a nice city to visit and just a 20 minute drive from Maastricht. And visit their really cool station as well.
|Liege-Guillemins Station by Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava|
Favorite local designers or makers:
Lena Berens is one of my favorite local designers. She makes beautiful, simple clothes, in neutral colors and shapes.
I know you’ve traveled to many places, any suggestions? What are some of your favorite places you’ve visited? Where would you like to travel next?
I really enjoyed visiting Berlin and Copenhagen and would love to go to New York!
Thank you so much Ellen for sharing a little piece of your hometown! I really enjoyed learning about about your city rich in history (one of the oldest in Holland) as well as its significance in modern times (Maastricht Treaty). It's definitely on my growing list of top places to visit!Hope to travel there soon.
Lookbook and brandstore photos from Ellen Truijen
Although it feels anything but fall here at home and definitely not sweater weather, I'm still coveting the new collection by Spanish label Diarte. Founded in 2010 by designer Ana Diarete, the line is known for its elevated knits (with beautiful textures and prints!), quality materials and clean tailoring. Committed to sustainability and local production, the entire collection is designed and produced in Spain using natural fibers.
Lookbook Photos via Diarte