“Local Goods Market” – an absolute must go in Amsterdam

“Local Goods Market” – an absolute must go in Amsterdam

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Food, clothing, books… and a lot of surprising designs! That is what you will find at the Local Goods weekend market in Amsterdam. Every two weeks, the passage of de Hallen throbs with life thanks to the original work of the many local artists and brands who sell their multi-coloured creations to the visitors. From handmade decoration items to modern 3D-printing techniques in the fabrication process of jewellery, the pleasant walk through the venue is a constant delight.

The spirit behind this beautiful initiative, started by the platform Packhuis de Zwijger, is well-explained in the following paragraph taken from their brochure:

“In these times where there are so many flagship stores and the world is dominated by mass production, the Local Goods Store (founded following the success of the Local Good Market) gives a new voice to young entrepreneurs. The products are made by local, independent makers, who want to share their story with you.”

Some of the brands presenting their creations on the first weekend of March in this inviting atmosphere were:

  • Studio Hamerhaai. One of our favourites due to their amazing robot-shaped lamps and mini-wardrobes made out of wood that had previously protected paintings during a museum renovation.
  • Winter in Holland. Focusses on creating exceptional fabrics, both handmade and -dyed.
  • Benjamin Spoth. We loved his incredible upcycled lamps made from leftover wood.
  • Atelier Am. Founded by Amber Rep, a young local artisan who produces porcelain products.

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Complements that feel like compliments

Complements that feel like compliments

 
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“By recycling we contribute to a cleaner atmosphere. Furthermore, we save energy, prime materials and natural resources. Ultimately we help preservate the environment and do our share towards a more sustainable world.” (Sandra Catalán)

We created this photo story in collaboration with Biribiro Handmade Lovers, a young brand that was born in Bristol (UK) almost one year ago and sells different kinds of complements – which are mostly made out of recycled fabrics. From necklaces, brooches or headdresses, to toiletries, crochet-knitted purses and scarfs. You can see a sample of their fresh and colourful designs on the photo-gallery we have prepared for you!

· Click here to read the complete interview with Sandra Catalán, founder of Biribiro.

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Interview with Sandra Catalán, founder of Biribiro Handmade Lovers

Interview with Sandra Catalán, founder of Biribiro Handmade Lovers

Driven by the difficult economic situation Spain is currently undergoing, Sandra Catalán headed towards Bristol in June 2014. Once having arrived there – and at the same time that she is learning english-  this young biologist decided to make a strong bet on crafts, one of her great passions. All through the following lines Sandra answers to our questions and tells us every single detail concerning the recent creation of Biribiro Handmade Lovers. This new brand that sells complements offers a mix of colour, quality and respect for the environment. Who says we cannot have it all?

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Flower inspiration. // PHOTO: Biribiro Handmade Lovers.

When did you start breathing life into Biribiro Handmade Lovers? Where did the idea to start a project like this come from?

Crafts have always been present in my life ever since I was a little girl. My mother loves sewing and my father also makes handicrafts, so I have grown up surrounded by fabrics. I remember going shopping and coming back home with empty hands just because I wasn’t able to find the kind of complements that would match my style. So ended up designing them myself. Little by little my designs started to be very well received among my friends, and they encouraged me to establish my own brand. But it wasn´t until I arrived in Bristol that I gave a professional approach to it with the creation of Biribiro Handmade Lovers. Read more

A shop full of stories // Una tienda llena de historias

A shop full of stories // Una tienda llena de historias

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Vintage Fabrik is Tabitha Gopp’s first shop; a longtime dream of hers that came true last year in March 2014. The store combines original antique furniture from the 1920s’ to the 1970s’ with handmade pieces of jewellery, rich and varied decoration items made out of recycled materials, tons of postcards…and even fair trade chocolate! Once you go inside there is no possible rest. The space is so packed with all kinds of curious objects that your eyes jump from one to another without even giving you the time to process the information.

Located in Nordstraße, one of Düsseldorfs most lively streets, the concept underneath the shop is to offer unique decoration pieces, coming from different corners of Europe, that can be found nowhere else in the city. In this sense, when it comes to getting the furniture in good conditions to be sold again, their modus operandi includes also minor restoration works. In the small studio of the shop, Tabitha and her assistant take care of the delicate cleaning process and pay attention to other details – like the surfaces – so that the items can be fully usable. A task not always easy to complete due to the fact that some of these furnitures were used in fabrics that haven’t existed anymore since decades. Read more