StoryDress – A dress that takes you anywhere

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Wearable memories are often around us and are getting more important to us. We want to save our special memories and create something tangible around it. At ‘StoryDress’ you can create your own custom made silk dress from a picture of your choice and make your story come to life.

What is it?

Every dress tells a story. What’s yours? The collection of StoryDress takes you on a journey through the rich history of Italian sericulture. At StoryDress, digital printing methods and the finest silks are merged in handmade dresses. Each design tells its own story and makes you dream of ‘La Dolce Vita’.

Every season StoryDress designer Suzanne Meijer travels to capture its story, its charming authenticity and its forgotten craftsmanship. She takes photographs of iconic places, but she also finds herself in the hidden and forgotten treasures.

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Why is it cool?

It’s cool, because Suzan Meijer has interwoven authenticity and new technologies into cloths. As a result, a new world of possibilities will be created. You can give it your own dimension, its own identity.

We can all see that virtualization is becoming more essential in our society. People bring more things into the picture. In the future this will increase.

Besides, cultural diversity where looking for your roots and wings, is a trend that makes this signal attractive and inspiring. You can bring certain elements of a culture into cloths. Who knows where this could be more integrated in the future…

In short, things are more possible in our society and the urge to create something will rise. Like StoryDress would say: “…don’t just follow the Stories, Create your own.’’

Sources:

I went to the Masters of LXRY fair, where I received information about this dress. Besides I found an article in the ‘Beurscatalogus Masters of LXRY 2014’. 

I’ve also taken a look at: http://www.storydress.com

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The Darling – A sugar sweet shopping paradise

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Nowadays experiences with friends are more important. They are closer to the heart and less over-marketed. It’s not about rushing but resting. Rather than megastores shops are getting smaller and homely to be intimate with each other. The city becomes our living room where we want to feel at home as well. Feeling home while shopping? Go check out ‘The Darling’ in Amsterdam: a great example of ‘ wonderlust’ and the ‘living room society’.

What is it?

The Darling is a shop where you really don’t know where to start, because it evokes a ‘candy store feeling’. The collection exists of a mix of unique affordable brands, own designs and some vintage stuff. They have clothes, jewelry and other accessories. Apart from that, the store also sells pieces of ‘Things I like Things I love’.

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It has a candy store feeling, because besides shopping, you can experience a delicious coffee, tea pots and fresh juices with cupcakes and macarons to take away or to sit and relax in the store. The Darling created cozy spots where everyone can cozy up. You can sit outside, or inside on the lower and upper floor.

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The Darling also offers different workshops and events like knitting, customizing clothes, making jewelry, pimping cupcakes, living room theatre and open stage. Bookings can be made through their event book on their webpage. The workshops and events are held at the Cupcake Café in the store. Last but not least, they want to inspire people with their daily blog.

You can find this sugar sweet shopping paradise in one of the Nine Streets in Amsterdam at Runstraat 4.

Why is it cool?

It’s cool, because The Darling is a super homely, intimate and less over-marketed place for those who can appreciate rest over rush. It’s a place where you can think about the small things in life and that helps their customers and visitors to improve quality of life. The Darling certainly plays well to the trends ‘ wonderlust’ and ‘living room society’. No doubt you’ll feel yourself at home!

Another reason, why it’s cool is because of the ‘candy store feeling’. Take a cupcake and enjoy shopping or sit and relax in one of the cozy spots.

For shops to have future growth potential, I think they’ll need to create ‘The Darling’ like concepts. We live in a continuous busy world, where a moment of silence and joy is appreciated. Shops should show us their authenticity and craft. If not, I’m afraid online sales will grow even faster, so we might lose many beautiful and tangible stores. Wouldn’t that be a sin?

Sources:

Offline: On 11-11-14, I went to Amsterdam for this coolhunt and visited the store at Runstraat 4.

Online: After visiting the store in Amsterdam. I looked on the Internet for some extra information about The Darling.

http://thedarlingamsterdam.nl

http://youtu.be/p17Ip-l5F4k

MCHL – A design store full with innovative and experimental 3d-printed products

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First 3d-printing products were expensive and maybe a little bit uncommon. But now 3d-printing becomes part of our daily life and you see it more often. Stores that have this kind of products are hot and we all know a little bit of this manufacturing process. In the experience economy we are living in, the story behind the product is becoming more important. Especially for the serendipity seekers, people that discover and explore for new experiences and make room for fortunate accidents. They also focus on process versus product. You can say, that there is an increasing demand and need for authenticity. Now there is a store where you can find experience in the products, it’s called MCHL.

What is it?

MCHL is a brick ‘n mortar shop located in Utrecht at Oudegracht 254. The shop has opened just a couple of months ago and might be one of the first shops in the Netherlands to sell only 3d-printed products.

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You can find products that are one-of-a kind. All the products are made by a 3d-printer and Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen designs them. Cornelissen is engaged in digital manufacturing, technologies such as 3d-printing that can manufacture complex products without the need for large investments. This is also reflected in his designs in the shop, where he merges special user products with the technology of 3d-printing. In the shop you can find jewelry, interior products and electronic accessories for example. 

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Some special products are One In A Million Bird, Happy Bird, 36 Pencil Bowl en E 5.55. They all have a special story. But the story behind the E 5.55 is charming.

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The E 5.55 is a necklace made of 3d-printing and 111 five-eurocent coins. This idea is designed by the fact that Cornelissen was intrigued by the beauty of some of the things we take for granted, In this example the five-eurocent coins, that are little industrial gems. It’s a project that wants to show us the intricate geometries and flexible behavior that is possible with 3d-printing by holding 111 five-eurocent coins firmly in place to create a gorgeous necklace. You can buy the E 5.55 as a complete necklace with coins, or make it fun by buying it as a DIY (do it yourself) project. This is an unique and special jewel with a beautiful story behind it.

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If you want to know more stories behind the different kinds of products, take a look at http://www.michielcornelissen.com/home.html or visit the store in Utrecht.

Why is it cool?

It’s cool, because design, production and sales are closely linked now. It also seems like there’s something new to experience in MCHL every week. If you’re looking for a cool present or just something fancy for yourself, you will find some unique products here. Normally design isn’t affordable, but the products from MCHL are.

Besides the experience in the product, serendipity seekers and authenticity, wonderlust is also an important thing you can see in some of the products in the MCHL store. Wonderlust means, see the extraordinary in the ordinary. People that feel connected with wonderlust, want to amaze and wonder, reflect and appreciate, but also want to see the small things in life. The E 5.55 is a good example of appreciating the small things in life.

Behind every kind of product is a story and that’s what makes it so special and why people feel connected with the products. This might be a good reason that the products from Michiel Cornelissen has future growth potential.

In short, it’s not only affordable. It’s also unique, has a story and is innovative and durable.

Sources:

Offline: I went to Utrecht to search for some coolhunts on 14-11-14. I found this shop walking down the Oudegracht in Utrecht.

Online: After visiting this brick ‘n mortar shop, I looked on the internet for some extra information about MCHL.

http://www.michielcornelissen.com/home.html

http://youtu.be/196ps2tO-e8