Monday, February 28, 2011

OnStreet: Streetblend

Check out this street-stylish lady. She was in our Antwerp store recently, we loved her tights and sneakers combo so we took this little snapshot. Things all went so fast that we forgot to ask her name (shame on US!) and the pic turned out a little blurry. Now we hope that she just might take a look at herself on the blog. Then would you please fill us in with a little bit more information? Thanks a bunch!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

InStore: Delish Delvaux

For all Flemish readers, this post must be pretty straightforward: one big feast of 7 great bags from THE famous Belgian brand Delvaux. For everyone not living in Belgium a little explanation might come in handy: Founded in 1829 in Brussels, Delvaux is the oldest fine leather luxury goods company in the world. The leather items are all made from hides of the finest quality. And ALL BAGS are 100% handmade in their design studio in Brussels and some region in the French Alpes. This is the creme-de-la-creme-de-la-creme of the Belgian luggage, that's why new they cost any where from 700-3500 euros. Here's the batch that just arrived in our Antwerp store:

Dark blue (half circle) € 175,-
Taupe/brown bag € 255,- > € 195,-
Classic (small dark blue) € 350,-
Black bag € 450,-
Black with golden buckle € 275,-
Classic (small black) € 295,- > € 239,-
Small beige/brown handbag € 195,-

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

InStore: Peacock bag battle

OMG! What are the odds: turns out our Antwerp store currently has a very similar beaded peacock bag in store! Only 5 minutes after posting last blog post, I received a little message: "we have a peacock bag in the store, come to Antwerp if you want it!" Unfortunately I will be stuck in Haarlem for the rest of the week, so if you want the bag: you have 5 days to get it ;-) I have plenty of great bags, so do not feel sorry for me, feel PROUD.

As quick as our colleague Ans can be, she rushed to the store to take a little snapshot for us. She even changed into a matching blouse and necklace.

blouse € 29,-
necklace € 20,-
bag € 49,-

OnStreet: Lily's beadcock bag

This bag gives you pride where ever you go. LOVE the peacock in beads and the colors.
Lily does not like being in the picture much, but carrying this bag she simply could not escape from the camera. If you ever find a bag only remotely like this one, I would be very proud of you if you would give me a ring?! Oh, and eternally grateful of course! ;-)

OnLine: Lost in translation

Recently we received a message with a link to a blog post of a Korean girl who supposedly wrote about our Antwerp store... I say supposedly, because non of us are able to read Korean so before we would just put this link on our own blog, we did a little research. We caught up with our Korean friends, ate some yummy spring rolls and delicious kimchi, danced to crazy Korean punk version of the backstreet boys and then: time for TRANSLATION! A big big thank you to our friends Ji Nam Hee and Seulki Choi for making sure we can all understand what was written, just too bad it was not so much about the store as about shopping vintage in Antwerp. Anyway, the pictures are definitely fun to scroll through.

Antwerp is the paradise of shopping, even Europeans admit it.
When sale period comes, branded designer shops offering nice discounted products to shoppers.
There are small and big shops together, and it's easy shopping because there are not too many tourists like in Paris or London, the big cities.
Here we can experience the moment which we usually just watched expensive bags, clothes, and shoes with '50~70% off' tag, becoming ours.
Today, I want to introduce a shop called Vintage or Second-hand shop among lots of shops in Antwerpen.
For example, I always go to vintage shops, but not really buy or pick something nice.
Models wear anything and this way it became really fancy, but when I wear vintage things, it became shitty. But there is various quality and ages (there's also lots of things that don't look too much from the 80's). You can find a lot of styles lined up in Antwerpen. Because of that, people will feel like they want to buy more.

Even, weather was nice today.

At first, I will introduce the shop where you can find lots of nice clothes to wear for these days. This shop called JUTKA & RISKA is not only in Antwerp, also in Amsterdam and other places.
If you choose well, you can buy high quality items for cheap prices compared to the others (because vintage shopping is not cheap!)! If you choose well.....

This girl works there and became my model with a smile and with the shops business card when I asked to take a picture for the blog. hihi
And she told me to check the website of this shop.

Thank you for posting us on your blog! (I should get this THANK YOU translated to Korean.... better call the ladies...coming soon ;-)

Friday, February 18, 2011

InStore: meet Nathalie!

Ladies and gentleman we are proud to present to you, the lovely Nathalie, our latest addition to our Antwerp store team. Nathalie joins us as part of her styling internship. Of course she had to start straight away by picking her outfit for her introductory blog post picture. Here she is and isn't she looking lovely in these powdery shades? She also brought her Leonard shopping bag, ready to go shopping at Leonard Vintage... sounds like a dream come true. Welcome Nathalie, have a great time and hope to see much more of you on our blog soon!

Stars necklace 'by second female' € 55,-
White bag 'Louis Féraud' now from € 85,- > € 65,- (!)
Sunglasses € 10,-
Studded bracelet € 30,-
Black CHANEL shoes € 310 euro (unfortunately already SOLD)
Vintage pink plaited shirt € 25,-
Belt € 25,-
Minty green pants € 29,-
Striped sweater € 35,-

Saturday, February 12, 2011

InStore: How to become a Valentine

"Delvaux" bag € 250,-
"FAB" studded bag € 99,-
"D&G" belt € 32,-
Frog brooch € 12,-
Birds necklace € 25,-
Ring birds € 20,-
Ring peacock € 20,-
Feather necklace € 20,-
HEART necklace € 7,-
Bracelets € 8,- 9,-

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

InStore: Love is in the air...

Yessss, Monday February 14th is coming incredibly close now, start paying extra attention to your mailbox, because you never know who is applying to become your Valentine this year. Don't feel like a Barbie and Ken kind of love at the moment? Do as we do and simply fall in love with tons of clothes, bags and other accessories. Once carefully hand-picked, they will truly love you back!

And the winner is....

...AMSTERDAM! Surprising huh? Not really, anyone who has been following this blog for a while now probably wondered why it was taking us so long to count the votes to our winter competition. It did not. But what did take us quite some time was arranging a suitable award ceremony... We decided to wait until we would all be together (or at least most of the employees of all 4 stores). So it was scheduled at our new years dinner party. When the night had finally come (about a week ago) and the trophy and everyone else was ready, guess what?! Our winning contestant was missing! Inge, our supermodel/ styling intern from our Amsterdam store could not make it :-(. So instead we passed on the big task of handing her the trophy to her closest colleagues. Luckily they took a picture of the happy winner. Here she is posing as a true champion, all vibrant and ecstatic. Well done everyone, there will be opportunities for revenge in the near future. And last but not least: THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bye Bye Veerle!

Remember our introductory post for our styling intern Veerle? Well, unfortunately time flew by and we hit the point of saying goodbye. We are sad. We can't help it. It's been a blast having Veerle around. No matter how sad we feel at the moment, we could not help but smile when we looked at Veerles farewell pics: her ultimate last attempt to cheer us up :-) A big thank you to you Veerle! See you around.

Veerle picked her favorite items for her final contribution to our blog:

Knitted sweater dress € 49,-
Pink 'Burberry' coat € 175,-
Necklace 'Club Manhattan' € 18,-
Scarf as dogleash 'Mimic Copenhagen' € 23,-
Bracelets 'Club Manhattan' € 35,-
Boots EU-size 38 € 69,-
YSL bag € 160,-

Go see the dentist!

One thing is for sure; next photo shoot will be from the uncomfortable chair of the local Antwerp dentist. We will have some serious cavities after munching on the super sweet content of this post. Despite of the high risk of glazing breaking off of your teeth, we just have to follow our inner sweet tooth. After all we're known to be compulsive cupcake eaters... just once a month though ;-) So when he heard about the new cake shop that had just opened a few doors from our store on the Nationalestraat in Antwerp, we simply could not resist. Here's Ilse and Noëmie wearing some of our favorite items that are currently in our store matching the equally adorable shop called Patty Cake. Get ready for a serious sugar high!

Ilse wears:
Salmon-pinkish vintage CHANEL dress with elephant print € 385,- (100% silk)
Chloé shoulderbag € 299,-
Pink boots € 65,-
Cream scarf (on bag) € 4,-
Heart necklace € 3,-
Bird bracelet "Rosie&Roses" € 14,-

Noëmie wears:
Jeansdress € 39,-
"Mimic Copenhagen" stars bag € 64,- (carries plenty of cupcakes!)
Grey pumps € 115,-
Scarf dots € 26,-
Brainy glasses € 10,-
Pink heart necklace € 5,-
Snake bracelet € 25,-
"Dutch watch department" watches in white, silver and pink € 79,- (Also available in black and gold)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

InStore: Stylish sunnies

These Armani sunnies just entered our Haarlem store (available for € 99,-). Until the weather is ready for them, we can search for a matching scarf to complete our Audrey Hepburn convertible look... Just daydreaming ;-)