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Fashion Around Europe, Literally- Episode 3

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Previously on the land behind the glam… the last episode ended in Antwerp, a city all 3 of us visited for the first time so we couldn’t wait to explore it.

Found some really interesting fashion stories during our stay, discovered the city, and of course as always, we did #feelfeeric.

Taking about fashion stories… We met Facon Jacmin , a story of 2 twins who joined forces to create a modern denim wardrobe for women. „The brand proudly breaks the restraints of fashion by diversifying and sophisticating denim” and most important, in a sustainable form that stood, which sits at the base of their brand. Read their story and never forget to RECYCLE!

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On the same sustainable note we met Helder Antwerp and big was our surprise when we found out the designer behind the brand is Romanian, same as us. Proud of her accomplishments and especially of her vision focused on sustainable processes, which she says is as important as the final product (and I agree).

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Found the time to also explore the city even if it was hard to leave our cozy room at U eat & sleep

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Back to the hotel where I found something I would like you to take a moment to read. Another way of „talking to the walls” haha.

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So I ate & slept.. now it’s your time to Eat & Sleep in Antwerp! 🙂

 

Hope to see you again Antwerp!

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Next day my team took me to the airport as I had to fly to Ljublajana for Society Soto conference where I was talking about Feeric Fashion Week and the steps that made it the greatest fashion week in Eastern Europe. I had a blast and I am so grateful for meeting so many professionals of the fashion industry alongside all the promising designers.

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Spent 2 great days there and then off to Brussels where the team was waiting for me. Got to say, I was starting to miss them but not for long… as The Hotel Brussels offers literally everything to their guests. We felt so comfortable there that we didn’t even go out to discover the city until the next day. So if you know us, that says a lot. We had the perfect time together and on top of it all… we had a million dollar view that will be hard to forget any time soon.

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Highly related to fashion, such friendly staff, coziness level beyond imagination and there’s more The Hotel Brussels had to offer. Guess what! Took my #feericteam for some pampering time. First, a moment at the spa, and later on some great time at the bar where Fabian van Roy prepared for us Globetrotter, which was voted the best cocktail in Belgium.

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Globetrotter                                                    Fabian van Roy

 

Probably we would still be in the hotel if it wouldn’t have been for the meetings we planned for the following day.

Had the big pleasure to meet Alain Mukendi, a revolutionary designer that offered us a different perpective of… shoes, literally!

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I was happy to see the care of the next designers Catalina J and Ireene B for the environement and the things they are doing in order to help maintain a better eco system.

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Ireene B

 

 

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Catalina J

 

Next stop on our route was in Gent at the School of Arts where we had the privillege to interview Bram Jesper, Head of Fashion Department, about the opportunities offered to their students.

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On our way to the Loire Valley, we did some stops to discover the beauties around. But first, The Hague for some more pampering…

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Essential Aesthetics 

 

Allow me to share some beauty encountered on our route!

Brussels:

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Gent:

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Rotterdam

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Giethoorn

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Zaandam

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Leinden

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Couldn’t be in the Netherlands without passing by  Amsterdam, where first, the beauty of the city mesmerized us, and then… designers left us speechless with their creativity.

 

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First, we met Acide that was born 10 months ago and is already one of the most known brands in the country. We felt so welcome and loved to hear all her words, strategies, plans for the future and see such dedication and passion!

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Another story we fell in love with was the one of  Tess van Zalinge . Taking vintage wedding dresses and upcycling them in what you will see next, is something I found more than fascinating. Kept at the Fashion for Good museum in Amsterdam, the perfect location to show off the collection that focuses on sustainability, craftmanship and innovation.

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Off to Knokke Heist now where Felipe was waiting for us to arrive at his… paradise: B2B Luxury Apartments

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Now this was a place that offered us more than a stay. It offered us a friend and after having a quality time with Felipe and meaningful conversations we cannot wait for our paths to cross again in the very near future.

We thank him for the time spent together, the kindness and the energy he offered us.

 

If you tought we had enough of this country well, I still have one more city to add to the list. And that is Bruges.

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Such a full week! Such intersting stories that stand behind the hard work of all the people we met on our way.

And imagine that we are not even midway through our journey!

 

Until next time, yours truly!

Landiana
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