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Kipling x Natalie Joos

Kipling x Natalie Joos

As a Belgian, I will always have a soft spot for luggage brand Kipling. Growing up, my first schoolbag was Kipling. It came with a matching pencil case to which I attached a number of fluffy monkey – because the more monkeys, the better, obviously. So whenever I see a Kipling store twenty-something years later, it brings me right back to my childhood and a ton of happy memories. Through writing this blog I’ve been very lucky to reconnect with the brand […]

June 28, 2014 × 0 comments

Belgium, Events, London

This Was My London 2012 part 1

This Was My London 2012 part 1

The Olympics are over. *sob* It was a long, 7 year wait, a long, slow build-up of anticipation and then – BOOM! – it was over in the blink of an eye. I honestly had the best 2 weeks ever -I was lucky enough to get tickets to several events, cheered like a madwoman in front of my TV, proudly waved my Belgian flag even when no Belgians were competing, bonded with people from all over the world in the […]

August 15, 2012 × 5 comments

Fashion, Shopping

Belgian accessories label Delvaux lands at Selfridges

Belgian accessories label Delvaux lands at Selfridges

Age is an interesting little thing. Growing up in Belgium in my teens, I always thought accessories label Delvaux was a bit… well, let’s be honest, old-fashioned. At almost 180 years old, it’s the world’s oldest luxury accessories label after all. For as long as I can remember my grandmother has had a Delvaux bag and in fact, pretty much every other grandmother I know in Belgium proudly carries one. It is a classic label, but just not very “cool”. […]

July 9, 2012 × 3 comments

Art, Design & Music, Belgium, Events, Fashion

Christophe Coppens to sell over 450 items through auction

Christophe Coppens to sell over 450 items through auction

When a few weeks ago news broke of Belgian milliner Christophe Coppens shutting down his company as he struggled with the effects of the financial crisis, I must admit it completely came out of the blue for me. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Coppens in the past, and his passion and dedication was really inspiring, but sadly, that’s just not enough. He was on the verge of opening another boutique, in Paris this time, celebrities and royals all over […]

June 20, 2012 × 4 comments

Belgium, Events, Fashion

Ice-Watch launch F*** Me I’m Famous range

Ice-Watch launch F*** Me I’m Famous range

A few weeks ago (when there was still glorious sunshine… remember that?) I went to the launch of the Ice-Watch collaboration with Cathy Guetta (as in, David’s wife), who run the popular F*** Me I’m Famous clubnight in Ibiza every summer. Cathy transformed designed 6 watches: 4 colourful rubber ones with bright graphics for the daytime, and 2 classic black and white ones for the evening. On the rooftop terrace of the lovely Aqua Nueva we were treated to a […]

April 20, 2012 × 3 comments

Belgium, Fashion

Breaking News: Raf Simons to take over at Dior

Breaking News: Raf Simons to take over at Dior

At last! After a year in limbo, Dior have finally appointed a replacement for John Galliano – and it’s a surprising choice! Belgian Raf Simons, formerly at Jil Sander, is to fill Galliano’s big shoes, the New York Times just confirmed. To say I’m a bit surprised is an understatement. Over the past year, some big names like Marc Jacobs and Alber Elbaz were thrown into the rumour mill, so the relatively “unknown” (outside the fashion crowd, that is) Simons […]

April 9, 2012 × 3 comments

Belgium, Fashion, Interviews

5 Minutes With… Filles à Papa

5 Minutes With… Filles à Papa

When I first started this blog, I loved doing little interviews with young designers. Somehow along the way, I must have gotten a bit distracted and I realised it’s been ages since I last did one. So, I’m bringing them back under the title “5 minutes with…” and the first instalment is a chat with the two sisters behind edgy Belgian label Filles à Papa (Daddy’s Girls). Their fun and easy rockchick pieces are already being stocked in boutiques worldwide […]

April 3, 2012 × 4 comments

Catwalk, Events, Fashion

Showroom Belgium comes to London Fashion Week

Showroom Belgium comes to London Fashion Week

As part of the first International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week, 19 countries will open their embassies and cultural centres to the press and the public to introduce some of their finest young designers. My home country of Belgium is one of the participating countries, and at Showroom Belgium they will present the collection of 4 young talents: menswear designer Cédric Jacquemyn, WOLF. by Sofie Claes (above), a.KNACKFUSS and OMSK. The showroom at Somerset House (East Wing, Ground Floor) […]

February 15, 2012 × 4 comments

Me Me Me

A tale of two white beaches…

A tale of two white beaches…

As I mentioned earlier, I spent the Christmas break in 2 rather extreme places. First there were the snow-covered beaches in Belgium, then there were the turquoise waters and white beaches of the Caribbean islands. The latter may have been slightly more exotic, but both of them were equally photogenic in their own way, so I took the opportunity to take zillions of pictures. Everything in Belgium was subdued and grey, other than the bright white of the snow, then […]

January 11, 2011 × 3 comments

Art, Design & Music, Fashion, Shopping

Gustav, Knokke

Gustav, Knokke

It’s been over a week since I last updated the blog, which I feel really bad about. I spent some time with the family back in Belgium, in my new adopted hometown of Knokke, a lovely seaside village. Knokke is a pretty unique place in Belgium; for one it is the only town in the country where shops are allowed to be open on a Sunday. There’s a great selection of high-end boutiques and is packed with art galleries. In […]

July 12, 2010 × 8 comments

Fashion, Interviews, Shopping

Alex meets… Christophe Coppens

Alex meets… Christophe Coppens

The designs of Belgian Milliner Extraordinaire Christophe Coppens have graced the heads of many Beth Dittos, Roisin Murphys and Royal Families over the years. His creations are sold worldwide, from boutiques in London, Paris and Tokyo as well as in his very own salons in Brussels, where he lives and works. This March Coppens opened his first shop in Antwerp, Belgium’s fashion capital. Rather than choosing a stand-alone shop like his others, he opted for a shop-in-shop in the exclusive […]

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March 12, 2010 × 0 comments