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#ProudInMyCalvins
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#ProudInMyCalvins

Fashion Pride isn’t just a month, it’s a year-round celebration.   For Pride 2020, Calvin Klein will have an ‘always on’ approach. As brands continue to saturate Pride, we aim to break throughthe rainbow clutterwith an authenticcampaign that engages, inspires and supports conversion through a multi-channelprogram. They are excited to launch #PROUDINMYCALVINS together with an authentic, personal and motivating year-round storytelling. #PROUDINMYCALVINS   CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.     CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.     The campaign features many cool  talents: Pablo Vittar, Chella Man, Mary V, Reece King, Jari Jones, Gia Woods, Tommy Dorfman, Mina Gerges, Ama Elsesser.   Shop the collection now on calvinklein.nl - https://www.calvinklein.nl/pride   “Calvin Klein, Inc. partners with a consortium of LGBTQ+ organizations around the world both in celebration of its Pride collection, and in an ongoing capacity.” Pride isn’t just a month, it’s a year-round celebration.   For Pride 2020, Calvin Klein will have an ‘always on’ approach. As brands continue to saturate Pride, we aim to break throughthe rainbow clutterwith an authenticcampaign that engages, inspires and supports conversion through a multi-channelprogram. They are excited to launch #PROUDINMYCALVINS together with an authentic, personal and motivating year-round storytelling. #PROUDINMYCALVINS   CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.     CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.     The campaign features many cool  talents: Pablo Vittar, Chella Man, Mary V, Reece King, Jari Jones, Gia Woods, Tommy Dorfman, Mina Gerges, Ama Elsesser.   Shop the collection now on calvinklein.nl - https://www.calvinklein.nl/pride   “Calvin Klein, Inc. partners with a consortium of LGBTQ+ organizations around the world both in celebration of its Pride collection, and in an ongoing capacity.”

Chopard’s Journey to Sustainable Luxury
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Chopard’s Journey to Sustainable Luxury

Jewelry Chopard partners with the Swiss Better Gold Association on a ground-breaking project to source gold from Colombian artisanal miners.     Having achieved a 100% ethical gold supply chain since 2018, Chopard today announced another ground-breaking scheme as part of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury. In conjunction with the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA), this will see the luxury watch and jewellery Maison sourcing gold from the Barequeros in El Chocó, Colombia.      The “Barequeros”: El Chocó is Colombia’s second-largest gold producing region but also one of the country’s poorest. The Barequeros are artisanal gold miners of whom 46 percent are women. They use local traditional alluvial mining techniques with hand equipment such as sluices and panning. Their methods use no mercury, thus protecting the region’s biodiversity which is among the most unique in the world. To be legally registered, the Barequeros need to obtain a special permit that allows them to produce manually and sell up 420 grams of gold per year.  As part of this programme, the Barequeros will now supply gold as part of a fully traceable and responsible international supply chain. In line with its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, Chopard has partnered this exciting new initiative led by the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA). This value chain is part of a broader program supported by the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the SBGA to foster responsible and small-scale gold miners. The programme ensures that the Barequeros receive not only a competitive price but also a special SBGA Better Gold Incentive of 0.70 USD per gram for them to reinvest into improving their living and working conditions. In addition, this value chain allows them to know the exact destination of their gold. To date, five hundred Barequeros have received support from this initiative.      The Journey to Sustainable Luxury: Chopard has been supporting artisanal mining through its Journey to Sustainable Luxury since 2013 when, alongside Eco-Age, it forged a philanthropic relationship with influential South American mining NGO, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). The world’s first watch and luxury jewellery Maison to directly support mining communities by providing training, social welfare and environmental support, in 2018 Chopard announced that it had created a 100% ethical gold supply chain for all its watch and jewellery creations.       Caroline Scheufele, Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director said: “Sustainability is a moving target, it’s a Journey which never ends. And today, more than ever, it has to be our priority to protect the people on the ground who make our business possible.  I am honoured to have been able to partner with the SBGA on this extraordinary project and I look forward to seeing it grow over the years”.   Paola Córdoba, a Barequera from Istmina, Chocó, said: “In my town, the majority of inhabitants are artisanal miners, and most of us are women. My whole family works in gold mining, including my mother and my four sisters. Mining in El Chocó is the biggest source of work. It serves for our daily subsistence, for the education of our children, buys our clothes and, above all, it allows us to be free. It is the freedom that is the most important. I am so proud to be part of this responsible gold project that recognizes the work of artisanal mining, and I thank those buying our gold. Because it is the fruit of the work of our hands, each grain of gold is the result of a lot of effort and helps to support our families.”   Diana Culillas, Secretary General of the SBGA said: “The establishment of this value chain from El Chocó to the Swiss market was rich in learnings and many challenges had to be overcome before it could become a reality. On the ground, the Barequeros were progressing towards meeting the SBGA criteria and, in tandem, the SBGA was engaging with its corporate members to confirm their interest and commitment for this new supply solution.  Success requires all partners to work in coordination and synergy, and this experience paves the way for future development of similar initiatives.” Chopard partners with the Swiss Better Gold Association on a ground-breaking project to source gold from Colombian artisanal miners.     Having achieved a 100% ethical gold supply chain since 2018, Chopard today announced another ground-breaking scheme as part of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury. In conjunction with the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA), this will see the luxury watch and jewellery Maison sourcing gold from the Barequeros in El Chocó, Colombia.      The “Barequeros”: El Chocó is Colombia’s second-largest gold producing region but also one of the country’s poorest. The Barequeros are artisanal gold miners of whom 46 percent are women. They use local traditional alluvial mining techniques with hand equipment such as sluices and panning. Their methods use no mercury, thus protecting the region’s biodiversity which is among the most unique in the world. To be legally registered, the Barequeros need to obtain a special permit that allows them to produce manually and sell up 420 grams of gold per year.  As part of this programme, the Barequeros will now supply gold as part of a fully traceable and responsible international supply chain. In line with its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, Chopard has partnered this exciting new initiative led by the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA). This value chain is part of a broader program supported by the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the SBGA to foster responsible and small-scale gold miners. The programme ensures that the Barequeros receive not only a competitive price but also a special SBGA Better Gold Incentive of 0.70 USD per gram for them to reinvest into improving their living and working conditions. In addition, this value chain allows them to know the exact destination of their gold. To date, five hundred Barequeros have received support from this initiative.      The Journey to Sustainable Luxury: Chopard has been supporting artisanal mining through its Journey to Sustainable Luxury since 2013 when, alongside Eco-Age, it forged a philanthropic relationship with influential South American mining NGO, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). The world’s first watch and luxury jewellery Maison to directly support mining communities by providing training, social welfare and environmental support, in 2018 Chopard announced that it had created a 100% ethical gold supply chain for all its watch and jewellery creations.       Caroline Scheufele, Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director said: “Sustainability is a moving target, it’s a Journey which never ends. And today, more than ever, it has to be our priority to protect the people on the ground who make our business possible.  I am honoured to have been able to partner with the SBGA on this extraordinary project and I look forward to seeing it grow over the years”.   Paola Córdoba, a Barequera from Istmina, Chocó, said: “In my town, the majority of inhabitants are artisanal miners, and most of us are women. My whole family works in gold mining, including my mother and my four sisters. Mining in El Chocó is the biggest source of work. It serves for our daily subsistence, for the education of our children, buys our clothes and, above all, it allows us to be free. It is the freedom that is the most important. I am so proud to be part of this responsible gold project that recognizes the work of artisanal mining, and I thank those buying our gold. Because it is the fruit of the work of our hands, each grain of gold is the result of a lot of effort and helps to support our families.”   Diana Culillas, Secretary General of the SBGA said: “The establishment of this value chain from El Chocó to the Swiss market was rich in learnings and many challenges had to be overcome before it could become a reality. On the ground, the Barequeros were progressing towards meeting the SBGA criteria and, in tandem, the SBGA was engaging with its corporate members to confirm their interest and commitment for this new supply solution.  Success requires all partners to work in coordination and synergy, and this experience paves the way for future development of similar initiatives.”

Exploring Japan
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Exploring Japan

Travel Exclusive photo story shot by Neil Kryszak in Japan.     http://neilkryszak.com/ http://instagram.com/neilkryszak Exclusive photo story shot by Neil Kryszak in Japan.     http://neilkryszak.com/ http://instagram.com/neilkryszak

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In conversation with Iekeliene Stange
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In conversation with Iekeliene Stange

Culture #DenimForEarth: Artist/Model Iekeliene Stange makes costumes out of denim waste from G-Star RAW.   Imaginary forest-creatures, that’s what you get when you ask Iekeliene Stange (international catwalk model, muse of Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs, and cover star of e.g. Numéro) to create a costume out of denim remnants from G-Star RAW, in the context of Earth Day (22nd of April).    Denimbrand G-Star RAW, forerunner of sustainability in the denim industry, shares the same vision as creative agency The Visionary Lab. Hence, it embraced an innovative route to bring attention to the issue of textile-waste by forging a positive statement: ‘waste isn’t waste until you waste it’. In line with this, The Visionary Lab invited Iekeliene - and five other designers and visual artists – to create unique, one-off designs from denim scraps from G-Star RAW. The idea? Re-imagine, re-cut, re-create. The resulting designs form a powerful, arty and positive statement with an underlying message: waste isn’t waste until you waste it.    What is your vision on the current fashion industry? It goes so quickly, so fast. The result is a disposable culture with big retail chains, and collections that follow one another in rapid pace. That’s a shame. I miss the attention. The hand-made. The craftmanship. If it were up to me fashion would be more individualistic and less focused on the mass. I love it when things, clothing, have character. Uniqueness.   Is that something you look for yourself, when you go shopping for clothes? Actually, fashion doesn’t interest me so much. To me, it’s just a form of expression. I love it when clothes amuse me. That’s how I chose what I wear: what makes me feel good today?    Have you always been concerned with the wellbeing of the Earth, or did it come with the years?  I think I’ve always been conscious of the fact that we have to take care of our planet. But, I have to admit, I’m not perfect and sometimes I do use materials that are not exactly right. However, I try to limit that and make conscious choices.   For #DenimForEarth you created two designs out of denim waste. The message: waste isn’t waste until you waste it. What can you say about these creations? It was fun to work with denim. I love to re-use and it’s something I do often, but normally I work with materials I find on the streets or in thrift stores. I would describe my creative process as very organic; I create in the moment. So, when I get my hands on something, I set my fantasy free and see what happens. My inner-world is very colorful, so the creations I usually make tend to be colorful as well. But as I worked with denim, the result is a whole different version of my inner-world. I find that interesting!   You are part of Splitter Splatter, can you explain what Splitter Splatter is? Splitter Splatter is a platform, a collective, that wants to show people that everybody can create his or her own world. We want to encourage people to play more and think outside the box. The concept of #DenimforEarth is not very different: use your imagination, your creativity.   If you had a giant bullhorn and you could shout out for the whole world to hear, what would be your message? Oof, well, I’d probably make up some absurd nonsensical language?   But then no one would understand you… True, but that strikes me as pretty funny.   And if there was anything you could change about the fashion industry? What would that be? Then I’d make it less ‘fast’, less fleeting. I like craftsmanship and detail. Wouldn’t it be lovely if, from now on, people would only buy those pieces that make them go ‘Yes. I want this. This will make me happy for the next ten years.’, instead of people buying a hundred things only to toss them the next month.   On Earth Day, what makes you stop and think in particular? what really goes straight to your heart? That people reconnect with nature. That everything around us has soul, people seem to have lost that idea. When you’re more connected to your environment, then you treat it differently.   What can you tell us about the idea behind your ‘forest studio’ from the video? That was the first image that came to mind. In my imagination, that’s where my creatures are made. You know, I work very intuitively. I spend a lot of time in nature and it has a cleansing effect. Sometimes it feels like something takes a hold of me and creates things for me. Like some kind of funny beings that stop by and go like, hey, we’re gonna make this and that now. I truly believe that’s connected to nature.         #DenimForEarth: Artist/Model Iekeliene Stange makes costumes out of denim waste from G-Star RAW.   Imaginary forest-creatures, that’s what you get when you ask Iekeliene Stange (international catwalk model, muse of Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs, and cover star of e.g. Numéro) to create a costume out of denim remnants from G-Star RAW, in the context of Earth Day (22nd of April).    Denimbrand G-Star RAW, forerunner of sustainability in the denim industry, shares the same vision as creative agency The Visionary Lab. Hence, it embraced an innovative route to bring attention to the issue of textile-waste by forging a positive statement: ‘waste isn’t waste until you waste it’. In line with this, The Visionary Lab invited Iekeliene - and five other designers and visual artists – to create unique, one-off designs from denim scraps from G-Star RAW. The idea? Re-imagine, re-cut, re-create. The resulting designs form a powerful, arty and positive statement with an underlying message: waste isn’t waste until you waste it.    What is your vision on the current fashion industry? It goes so quickly, so fast. The result is a disposable culture with big retail chains, and collections that follow one another in rapid pace. That’s a shame. I miss the attention. The hand-made. The craftmanship. If it were up to me fashion would be more individualistic and less focused on the mass. I love it when things, clothing, have character. Uniqueness.   Is that something you look for yourself, when you go shopping for clothes? Actually, fashion doesn’t interest me so much. To me, it’s just a form of expression. I love it when clothes amuse me. That’s how I chose what I wear: what makes me feel good today?    Have you always been concerned with the wellbeing of the Earth, or did it come with the years?  I think I’ve always been conscious of the fact that we have to take care of our planet. But, I have to admit, I’m not perfect and sometimes I do use materials that are not exactly right. However, I try to limit that and make conscious choices.   For #DenimForEarth you created two designs out of denim waste. The message: waste isn’t waste until you waste it. What can you say about these creations? It was fun to work with denim. I love to re-use and it’s something I do often, but normally I work with materials I find on the streets or in thrift stores. I would describe my creative process as very organic; I create in the moment. So, when I get my hands on something, I set my fantasy free and see what happens. My inner-world is very colorful, so the creations I usually make tend to be colorful as well. But as I worked with denim, the result is a whole different version of my inner-world. I find that interesting!   You are part of Splitter Splatter, can you explain what Splitter Splatter is? Splitter Splatter is a platform, a collective, that wants to show people that everybody can create his or her own world. We want to encourage people to play more and think outside the box. The concept of #DenimforEarth is not very different: use your imagination, your creativity.   If you had a giant bullhorn and you could shout out for the whole world to hear, what would be your message? Oof, well, I’d probably make up some absurd nonsensical language?   But then no one would understand you… True, but that strikes me as pretty funny.   And if there was anything you could change about the fashion industry? What would that be? Then I’d make it less ‘fast’, less fleeting. I like craftsmanship and detail. Wouldn’t it be lovely if, from now on, people would only buy those pieces that make them go ‘Yes. I want this. This will make me happy for the next ten years.’, instead of people buying a hundred things only to toss them the next month.   On Earth Day, what makes you stop and think in particular? what really goes straight to your heart? That people reconnect with nature. That everything around us has soul, people seem to have lost that idea. When you’re more connected to your environment, then you treat it differently.   What can you tell us about the idea behind your ‘forest studio’ from the video? That was the first image that came to mind. In my imagination, that’s where my creatures are made. You know, I work very intuitively. I spend a lot of time in nature and it has a cleansing effect. Sometimes it feels like something takes a hold of me and creates things for me. Like some kind of funny beings that stop by and go like, hey, we’re gonna make this and that now. I truly believe that’s connected to nature.        

Cartier announces the finalists of the 2020 edition of the Cartier Women's Initiative
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Cartier announces the finalists of the 2020 edition of the Cartier Women's Initiative

Jewelry Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has helped these women reach their full potential by shining a light on their achievements and providing them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their businesses and build their leadership skills. The program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For the past 14 years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has accompanied 240 promising female entrepreneurs hailing from 56 different countries and has awarded over US $3 million to support their businesses.   21 finalists – women social impact entrepreneurs running the top 3 businesses per region – were selected amongst 1200 applications from 162 countries.  It is the first time that countries such as Australia, Benin, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden are represented in the program. The 7 laureates will be announced in early June 2020.     Sofie Blakstad, Denmark, Hiveonline Helps underserved micro-businesses get credit and access markets they couldn’t normally reach by creating a trust history based on facts and business actions. Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, Denmark, Female Invest Promotes financial gender equality by educating women on investing and personal finances. Dora Palfi, Sweden, ImagiLabs Creating a community and mobile-first tools that make programming fun and relevant for teenage girls.     “Creating opportunities for women and empowering them is not only what we believe is right, it also tells who we are: a Maison both anchored in reality and open to the world, thus perfectly aware of our responsibility. A responsibility all the more important given these uncertain times. At Cartier, we believe it is crucial to support young businesses and start-ups through to a more stable period. And this is what we intend to keep doing, fully aware that these women are making a concrete and durable impact, therefore paving the way for a better future.” - Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International   The laureate from each region will take home US $100,000 in prize money; whereas the second and third runner-ups will receive US $30,000.  Finally, the 7 laureates and 14 finalists will all benefit from financial advisory services, 1:1 strategy coaching, media visibility and international networking opportunities,  as well as the opportunity to join an INSEAD executive education program.   For more information on the program and footage of the fellows, please visit: www.cartierwomensinitiative.com Since 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has helped these women reach their full potential by shining a light on their achievements and providing them with the necessary financial, social and human capital support to grow their businesses and build their leadership skills. The program is open to women-run and women-owned businesses from any country and sector that aim to have a strong and sustainable social and environmental impact as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For the past 14 years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has accompanied 240 promising female entrepreneurs hailing from 56 different countries and has awarded over US $3 million to support their businesses.   21 finalists – women social impact entrepreneurs running the top 3 businesses per region – were selected amongst 1200 applications from 162 countries.  It is the first time that countries such as Australia, Benin, Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden are represented in the program. The 7 laureates will be announced in early June 2020.     Sofie Blakstad, Denmark, Hiveonline Helps underserved micro-businesses get credit and access markets they couldn’t normally reach by creating a trust history based on facts and business actions. Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, Denmark, Female Invest Promotes financial gender equality by educating women on investing and personal finances. Dora Palfi, Sweden, ImagiLabs Creating a community and mobile-first tools that make programming fun and relevant for teenage girls.     “Creating opportunities for women and empowering them is not only what we believe is right, it also tells who we are: a Maison both anchored in reality and open to the world, thus perfectly aware of our responsibility. A responsibility all the more important given these uncertain times. At Cartier, we believe it is crucial to support young businesses and start-ups through to a more stable period. And this is what we intend to keep doing, fully aware that these women are making a concrete and durable impact, therefore paving the way for a better future.” - Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International   The laureate from each region will take home US $100,000 in prize money; whereas the second and third runner-ups will receive US $30,000.  Finally, the 7 laureates and 14 finalists will all benefit from financial advisory services, 1:1 strategy coaching, media visibility and international networking opportunities,  as well as the opportunity to join an INSEAD executive education program.   For more information on the program and footage of the fellows, please visit: www.cartierwomensinitiative.com

Yamazato, Amsterdam
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Yamazato, Amsterdam

Food Yamazato, a traditional Japanese restaurant located in Hotel Okura Amsterdam, is the first traditional kaiseki restaurant outside of Japan that is awarded with a Michelin star. Executive Chef and Manager Masanori Tomikawa, who is behind the authentic Japanese haute cuisine, prepares the multi-course experience for the guests with traditional Japanese ingredients in a minimalistic style. The typical Japanese materials and interior of the restaurant give you an instant feeling of being in Japan.   1. Chef Tomikawa, you took over as the executive chef and manager of the Michelin star winning restaurant Yamazato in 2010 from chef Oshima. How does it feel to be in charge of the first Michelin star winning Japanese restaurant outside of Japan? Being the Executive Chef & Manager of the first Michelin star winning restaurant outside of Japan, makes me very proud. Our restaurant is one of the few high level authenic Japanese cuisines in Europe, so that is also a surprise for the people.  About 20 years ago the Japanese cuisine was not that popular in the Netherlands, except from sushi and tempura. Nowadays, everybody is aware of the Japanese cuisine, also due to the fact that it became a popular destination.I go to Japan four to five times per year and I noticed that it’s not just Japanese people anymore who are travelling to Japan. More and more Europeans, also Dutch people, are travelling to Japan. When I ask them if they have been to Japan, you will ofter hear that they've been twice already.    2. When and how did your interest for cooking develop? Did you always  know this is something you wanted to do? My interest in food started at an early age. I was around10 years old and my parents, owning their own book store, didn’t have much time to cook so we went out for dinner a lot and got acquainted to many different tastes and dishes. Also, my mother was mostly cooking fish, asshe was born near the sea coast.When I started school, I worked part-time at Hotel Okura Tokyo as a porter. Here I saw the chefscookingall the time andthis inspired me a lot.This was the moment I started thinking, maybe I'd like to be a chef someday.   3. Tell us more about the development of your career, before and since you moved to Amsterdam.  Iinitially started working at Hotel Okura Tokyo, where they also have Yamazato Restaurant and I got the opportunity to do a one-year training course in the kitchen. Curious to learn more about Europe, I decided to continue my career in Amsterdam in 1984. For 17 years I worked with chef Oshima. I have learned a lot from him, especially techniques, skills and speediness.In 2002 I returned to Japan to gain knowledge and experience. During that time I visited the Okurain Kyushu island to learn about their cultures and about the fish. In 2005 I came back to Amsterdam as Chef de Cuisine of Yamazato. Since 2010 I am responsible for the traditional Japanese Yamazato Restaurant and Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka, Okura’s other Japanese restaurant.    4. Can you tell us a little bit more about the difference between the Japanese cuisine and Kaiseki ryori? Usually when talking about Japanese cuisine, people think of Japanese food in general, like sushi. Kaiseki Ryori is the most authentic type of Japanese cuisine and it focuses on the purity of traditional Japanese ingredients in a minimalistic, balanced style. At Yamazato, we have three Kaiseki menus – Aoi kaiseki, Yuki kaiseki and Hana kaiseki. They are more like course menus, offering a complete experience when combined with sakes or wines, selected by the sommelier.    5. What are the inspirations behind your dishes?  I certainly get inspired by the season. In the kaiseki cuisine it is crucial to create dishes that are in absolute harmony with the season. The connection with nature is very important in the Japanese culture, which is why we don’t use only traditional Japanese ingredients, but also incorporate Dutch seasonal food into our menus – such as white asparagus in our spring menu. Each season provides us with different ingredients and because of that our menus change very often. This goes beyond the seasonal menus that you will find in most restaurants in Europe. Moreover, the connection with nature can also be found in the decoration of a dish, e.g. the brilliantly coloured autumn leaves in our autumn menu and the beautiful cherry blossoms during spring. Seasons are really important to us, not only our menus are influenced by it, also the flowers in the dining areas, tableware and kimonos of the waitresses change according to the season.    6. How would you describe your culinary style? And how would you describe its development throughout your career? Mostly classic. When Hotel Okura Amsterdam, and simultaneously Yamazato Restaurant, opened its doors in 1971, the Japanese culture was still fairly unfamiliar in the Netherlands and poorly understood. The first years were hard as the Japanese chefs found a food culture that was rather different than they had been accustomed to. Many products, including rice, vegetables and fish were flown in from Japan. Because of the cost involved, this was not a sustainable solution in the long run, also because kaiseki ryori tends to pay homage to local ingredients. The chefs did their best to find sufficient European products and where necessary, they helped food producers to upgrade the quality of their produce. The attention that was given to acquiring the highest quality ingredients, as well as the total dedication given to the preparation and presentation, finally conquered the hearts of the Europeans. Nowadays, the Japanese culture has greatly evolved in Europe and the Netherlands. Not only in the restaurant scene but also in the supermarkets you can find Japanese products. At Yamazato Restaurant, we serve the authentic Japanese haute cuisine, like how it’s served in Japan.     7. Which is your favorite ingredient that you use in your dishes and why? Dashi. People know about Umami, which is a flavour that is obtained from dashi. This ingredient isused a lot at Yamazato Restaurant and we can’t do without it. It creates balance and harmony in a dish.    8. So far, which memory or moment in your carrer as a chef stands out the most to you? Taking over the management of Yamazato, a Michelin star restaurant, in 2010 from chef Oshima.    9. What would you say is the most special thing about Yamazato restaurant for the guests? Yamazato Restaurant is situated in Hotel Okura Amsterdam. A lot of international guests are coming here. Our cuisine is not fusion, it's really authentic. So I like to keep it this way, to show more of the Japanese culture. Not onlyis the cuisine very authentic, but also the setting is typical Japanese. It feels like entering a different world and creates more understanding for the Japanese culture, including traditional Japanese festivals that are celebrated at Yamazato as well.    10. What can we expect from you and Yamazato in the future? I'd like to show more of what Japanese cuisine has to offer. Show more of Japan to the guests. But it's still a challenge for us to bring all the ingredients here. I hope in the future it will become easier to transport these from Japan to the Netherlands.   for more information and bookings please visit their website:www.okura.nl/yamazato Yamazato, a traditional Japanese restaurant located in Hotel Okura Amsterdam, is the first traditional kaiseki restaurant outside of Japan that is awarded with a Michelin star. Executive Chef and Manager Masanori Tomikawa, who is behind the authentic Japanese haute cuisine, prepares the multi-course experience for the guests with traditional Japanese ingredients in a minimalistic style. The typical Japanese materials and interior of the restaurant give you an instant feeling of being in Japan.   1. Chef Tomikawa, you took over as the executive chef and manager of the Michelin star winning restaurant Yamazato in 2010 from chef Oshima. How does it feel to be in charge of the first Michelin star winning Japanese restaurant outside of Japan? Being the Executive Chef & Manager of the first Michelin star winning restaurant outside of Japan, makes me very proud. Our restaurant is one of the few high level authenic Japanese cuisines in Europe, so that is also a surprise for the people.  About 20 years ago the Japanese cuisine was not that popular in the Netherlands, except from sushi and tempura. Nowadays, everybody is aware of the Japanese cuisine, also due to the fact that it became a popular destination.I go to Japan four to five times per year and I noticed that it’s not just Japanese people anymore who are travelling to Japan. More and more Europeans, also Dutch people, are travelling to Japan. When I ask them if they have been to Japan, you will ofter hear that they've been twice already.    2. When and how did your interest for cooking develop? Did you always  know this is something you wanted to do? My interest in food started at an early age. I was around10 years old and my parents, owning their own book store, didn’t have much time to cook so we went out for dinner a lot and got acquainted to many different tastes and dishes. Also, my mother was mostly cooking fish, asshe was born near the sea coast.When I started school, I worked part-time at Hotel Okura Tokyo as a porter. Here I saw the chefscookingall the time andthis inspired me a lot.This was the moment I started thinking, maybe I'd like to be a chef someday.   3. Tell us more about the development of your career, before and since you moved to Amsterdam.  Iinitially started working at Hotel Okura Tokyo, where they also have Yamazato Restaurant and I got the opportunity to do a one-year training course in the kitchen. Curious to learn more about Europe, I decided to continue my career in Amsterdam in 1984. For 17 years I worked with chef Oshima. I have learned a lot from him, especially techniques, skills and speediness.In 2002 I returned to Japan to gain knowledge and experience. During that time I visited the Okurain Kyushu island to learn about their cultures and about the fish. In 2005 I came back to Amsterdam as Chef de Cuisine of Yamazato. Since 2010 I am responsible for the traditional Japanese Yamazato Restaurant and Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka, Okura’s other Japanese restaurant.    4. Can you tell us a little bit more about the difference between the Japanese cuisine and Kaiseki ryori? Usually when talking about Japanese cuisine, people think of Japanese food in general, like sushi. Kaiseki Ryori is the most authentic type of Japanese cuisine and it focuses on the purity of traditional Japanese ingredients in a minimalistic, balanced style. At Yamazato, we have three Kaiseki menus – Aoi kaiseki, Yuki kaiseki and Hana kaiseki. They are more like course menus, offering a complete experience when combined with sakes or wines, selected by the sommelier.    5. What are the inspirations behind your dishes?  I certainly get inspired by the season. In the kaiseki cuisine it is crucial to create dishes that are in absolute harmony with the season. The connection with nature is very important in the Japanese culture, which is why we don’t use only traditional Japanese ingredients, but also incorporate Dutch seasonal food into our menus – such as white asparagus in our spring menu. Each season provides us with different ingredients and because of that our menus change very often. This goes beyond the seasonal menus that you will find in most restaurants in Europe. Moreover, the connection with nature can also be found in the decoration of a dish, e.g. the brilliantly coloured autumn leaves in our autumn menu and the beautiful cherry blossoms during spring. Seasons are really important to us, not only our menus are influenced by it, also the flowers in the dining areas, tableware and kimonos of the waitresses change according to the season.    6. How would you describe your culinary style? And how would you describe its development throughout your career? Mostly classic. When Hotel Okura Amsterdam, and simultaneously Yamazato Restaurant, opened its doors in 1971, the Japanese culture was still fairly unfamiliar in the Netherlands and poorly understood. The first years were hard as the Japanese chefs found a food culture that was rather different than they had been accustomed to. Many products, including rice, vegetables and fish were flown in from Japan. Because of the cost involved, this was not a sustainable solution in the long run, also because kaiseki ryori tends to pay homage to local ingredients. The chefs did their best to find sufficient European products and where necessary, they helped food producers to upgrade the quality of their produce. The attention that was given to acquiring the highest quality ingredients, as well as the total dedication given to the preparation and presentation, finally conquered the hearts of the Europeans. Nowadays, the Japanese culture has greatly evolved in Europe and the Netherlands. Not only in the restaurant scene but also in the supermarkets you can find Japanese products. At Yamazato Restaurant, we serve the authentic Japanese haute cuisine, like how it’s served in Japan.     7. Which is your favorite ingredient that you use in your dishes and why? Dashi. People know about Umami, which is a flavour that is obtained from dashi. This ingredient isused a lot at Yamazato Restaurant and we can’t do without it. It creates balance and harmony in a dish.    8. So far, which memory or moment in your carrer as a chef stands out the most to you? Taking over the management of Yamazato, a Michelin star restaurant, in 2010 from chef Oshima.    9. What would you say is the most special thing about Yamazato restaurant for the guests? Yamazato Restaurant is situated in Hotel Okura Amsterdam. A lot of international guests are coming here. Our cuisine is not fusion, it's really authentic. So I like to keep it this way, to show more of the Japanese culture. Not onlyis the cuisine very authentic, but also the setting is typical Japanese. It feels like entering a different world and creates more understanding for the Japanese culture, including traditional Japanese festivals that are celebrated at Yamazato as well.    10. What can we expect from you and Yamazato in the future? I'd like to show more of what Japanese cuisine has to offer. Show more of Japan to the guests. But it's still a challenge for us to bring all the ingredients here. I hope in the future it will become easier to transport these from Japan to the Netherlands.   for more information and bookings please visit their website:www.okura.nl/yamazato

Moco Museum
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Moco Museum

Art Moco Museum in Amsterdam is a boutique museum with a wide range of inspiring modern and contemporary art, focusing on bringing modern and contemporary art to the general public. After opening its doors in 2016, Moco has committed to exhibiting iconic works by internationally renowned artists. The collection consists of unique street art pieces and modern, and contemporary art by Daniel Arsham, Banksy, Basquiat, Haring, Hirst, JR, Koons, Kusama, KAWS and many more exciting artists with which they  offer visitors an unparalleled collection of subversive art in which irony and humour are used to reflect on modern society. A one-of-a-kind experience aimed at a wide audience, a visit to Moco is a true eye-opener among being a must place to see in Amsterdam. Moco Museum uses the power of art to challenge the norm, to reveal the truth, to broaden consciousness and to challenge the world around them.  The Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum has made its home in Villa Alsberg, a townhouse overlooking Museumplein in the heart of Amsterdam. The building was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, nephew of the renowned Pierre Cuypers who designed Amsterdam’s Central Station and the Rijksmuseum, which is at the opposite end of the square. This privately-owned residence was one of the first family homes built along Museumplein and retained this function until 1939. Subsequently, the house was let to priests who taught at the Saint Nicolas School in Amsterdam, and later it was converted into an office for a law firm. Moco Museum is the private initiative of Lionel and Kim Logchies. For over 20 years, the art couple has worked with international art legends. From Picasso to Koons, from Hirst to Warhol. Creating the Moco Museum has allowed the entrepreneurial couple to display incredible works of art that would otherwise remain private and unseen to the general public. The majority of the art has been made available to the museum by an international network of collectors. A part of the MOCO earnings will be donated to charities that are close to the couple's hearts. The museum is truly a must place to see  for visitors as it includes a lot of incredible, fun and exciting art both indoor and on their exterior garden. The artist selection is wide and captures everyone's attention. The museum could not have any better location that it does, normally there are cues, however we suggest pre-buying the tickets online ansd skipping the line at the entrance. The building has 3 floors full of paintings, statues and incredible art instalations all around you everywhere you look inside; the museum also has many pieces presented on their beautiful garden surronding the building.  Moco Museum is known for hosting many great events through-out the year. While there also check-out their boutique on the lower floor with a big selection of art, posters, books that you can purchase for your own collection. Currently the museum exhibitions range from Banksy, Kaws, Arsham and many more; while incredibly exciting exhibitions are coming to Moco very soon including many female artists. More about it soon on our website and social media. for current exhibitions, tickets and more information go to mocomuseum.com and @mocomuseum on social media.   Moco Museum in Amsterdam is a boutique museum with a wide range of inspiring modern and contemporary art, focusing on bringing modern and contemporary art to the general public. After opening its doors in 2016, Moco has committed to exhibiting iconic works by internationally renowned artists. The collection consists of unique street art pieces and modern, and contemporary art by Daniel Arsham, Banksy, Basquiat, Haring, Hirst, JR, Koons, Kusama, KAWS and many more exciting artists with which they  offer visitors an unparalleled collection of subversive art in which irony and humour are used to reflect on modern society. A one-of-a-kind experience aimed at a wide audience, a visit to Moco is a true eye-opener among being a must place to see in Amsterdam. Moco Museum uses the power of art to challenge the norm, to reveal the truth, to broaden consciousness and to challenge the world around them.  The Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum has made its home in Villa Alsberg, a townhouse overlooking Museumplein in the heart of Amsterdam. The building was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, nephew of the renowned Pierre Cuypers who designed Amsterdam’s Central Station and the Rijksmuseum, which is at the opposite end of the square. This privately-owned residence was one of the first family homes built along Museumplein and retained this function until 1939. Subsequently, the house was let to priests who taught at the Saint Nicolas School in Amsterdam, and later it was converted into an office for a law firm. Moco Museum is the private initiative of Lionel and Kim Logchies. For over 20 years, the art couple has worked with international art legends. From Picasso to Koons, from Hirst to Warhol. Creating the Moco Museum has allowed the entrepreneurial couple to display incredible works of art that would otherwise remain private and unseen to the general public. The majority of the art has been made available to the museum by an international network of collectors. A part of the MOCO earnings will be donated to charities that are close to the couple's hearts. The museum is truly a must place to see  for visitors as it includes a lot of incredible, fun and exciting art both indoor and on their exterior garden. The artist selection is wide and captures everyone's attention. The museum could not have any better location that it does, normally there are cues, however we suggest pre-buying the tickets online ansd skipping the line at the entrance. The building has 3 floors full of paintings, statues and incredible art instalations all around you everywhere you look inside; the museum also has many pieces presented on their beautiful garden surronding the building.  Moco Museum is known for hosting many great events through-out the year. While there also check-out their boutique on the lower floor with a big selection of art, posters, books that you can purchase for your own collection. Currently the museum exhibitions range from Banksy, Kaws, Arsham and many more; while incredibly exciting exhibitions are coming to Moco very soon including many female artists. More about it soon on our website and social media. for current exhibitions, tickets and more information go to mocomuseum.com and @mocomuseum on social media.  

Sorry I'm late!
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Sorry I'm late!

Music Sorry I'm late! Allow me to introduce myself ; my name is Asma Emy El Ghalbzouri and i am the Music and Culture editor for Numéro magazine Netherlands. As we strive to make up for lost time when it comes to music we would love to give you a recap and a small taste of all thats coming in 2020.   Let's start at the beginning and honor some of the most amazing festivals this summer. Mojo has been a big player in Holland for some time now and Lowlands has been their pride and joy. Although the festivals features quite a bit of hip hop acts,it didn’t stop them from wanting to dabble in a full hip hop festival and with great success if you ask us. WOO HAH is a splendid gathering in the south of Holland with a wide selection of hip hop’s latest and finest.   Mysteryland never ceases to disappoint either. A wide variety of house,edm and techno djs, all of them being household names in their genre, grace the immaculate and beautifully decorated stages for energetic sets. I have always had a soft spot hardstyle and hardcore. it is the most fascinating part of Dutch culture and grew to be a worldwide phenomenon. Defqon being one of the coolest and most celebrated of them all really blew me away this summer.   We also visited some festivals abroad in a region that is finally celebrated and honored for its amazing musical talent ; North Africa. We have choosen to explore Morocco and the country has stolen our musical hearts. We spoke to different established and emerging artists and we were mesmerized. Loco Dice, Chromeo and Yesin Bey played Oasis festival and I was so delighted to find out that Dave’s mother is from Moroccan jewish decent. I remember walking the streets of New York back when I used to be a hairstylist and got to assist backstage at the seasonal hectic fashion frenzy also known as fashion week. Chromeo blasting in my ears with help of revolutionary item called the ipod. Dj Kicks (remix) is one of the coolest albums out there and i will fight you for it.   Moroccan dj’s Yasmean, Dris Bennis aka Casa Voyager and African kings Art Comes First played immaculate sets and took us through a magical journey that embodies progressive Africa at Oasis festival.As the night progressed Walshy Fire,Art Comes First and Chromeo decided to share a stage and played a back to back which I will forever cherish as one of the most enchanting musical moments in my life.   Atlas Electronic gave us hedonistic and gypsy vibes. Dj Gan Gah showed up and out as he plays a set featuring well known edited chaabi and reggada songs. I must say he is one of my favorite discoveries yet! Born in Morocco and now residing in Brussels,this Moroccan powerhouse mixes Moroccan folk music in techno and house edits making it possible to enjoy at any music festival. I would suggest you check out his Habib Tronics on Spotify,its the new wave chaabi music he created just for our enjoyment. Zohra Idrissi aka Gypzee seranedes us under a star filled sky with the sweetest funky songs. She reminds me of a young Erica Badu. Sassy and lyricly on point. This Moroccan beauty, who lives in London, has slowly but surely making her way in music and this time blessing us with this beautiful performance in this magical country she calls home as well.   The interviews with all these amazing artists and more are featured in our music and culture special about Morocco which will be posted in 2020!   We lavishly resided in excellent care at Riad 144 in the old town of Marrakech as owner Jean Witho opened his heart and home to wandering artists and reporters. This Riad has a few of the most exciting and beautiful rooms I have ever seen. Each one with a different theme displaying different sides and styles of Morocco. The Berber room displaying beautiful amazigh art or the more “modern” room if you will with African contemporary pieces. Tobias the turtle roams free in the communal area just to make sure all the guests have a good time and will join you for your afternoon tea or beautiful glass of wine.   We have some great interviews with legendary djs, producers, rockstars and rappers making its way to online and print. We spoke to the movers and shakers when it comes to innovation in sound, venues, managing artists and festivals. We had drinks with emerging artists and went to heaps of listening parties to share in their new found excitement.   We can't wait to share more and to inspire you to listen to great artists and visit different places around the world to change your “backdrop” as you dance the night away. We wish a very magical 2020! aftermovie of Oasis Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dx9DwpbEgM&feature=youtu.be  special thanks to Riad 144 - https://www.riad144.com/   Sorry I'm late! Allow me to introduce myself ; my name is Asma Emy El Ghalbzouri and i am the Music and Culture editor for Numéro magazine Netherlands. As we strive to make up for lost time when it comes to music we would love to give you a recap and a small taste of all thats coming in 2020.   Let's start at the beginning and honor some of the most amazing festivals this summer. Mojo has been a big player in Holland for some time now and Lowlands has been their pride and joy. Although the festivals features quite a bit of hip hop acts,it didn’t stop them from wanting to dabble in a full hip hop festival and with great success if you ask us. WOO HAH is a splendid gathering in the south of Holland with a wide selection of hip hop’s latest and finest.   Mysteryland never ceases to disappoint either. A wide variety of house,edm and techno djs, all of them being household names in their genre, grace the immaculate and beautifully decorated stages for energetic sets. I have always had a soft spot hardstyle and hardcore. it is the most fascinating part of Dutch culture and grew to be a worldwide phenomenon. Defqon being one of the coolest and most celebrated of them all really blew me away this summer.   We also visited some festivals abroad in a region that is finally celebrated and honored for its amazing musical talent ; North Africa. We have choosen to explore Morocco and the country has stolen our musical hearts. We spoke to different established and emerging artists and we were mesmerized. Loco Dice, Chromeo and Yesin Bey played Oasis festival and I was so delighted to find out that Dave’s mother is from Moroccan jewish decent. I remember walking the streets of New York back when I used to be a hairstylist and got to assist backstage at the seasonal hectic fashion frenzy also known as fashion week. Chromeo blasting in my ears with help of revolutionary item called the ipod. Dj Kicks (remix) is one of the coolest albums out there and i will fight you for it.   Moroccan dj’s Yasmean, Dris Bennis aka Casa Voyager and African kings Art Comes First played immaculate sets and took us through a magical journey that embodies progressive Africa at Oasis festival.As the night progressed Walshy Fire,Art Comes First and Chromeo decided to share a stage and played a back to back which I will forever cherish as one of the most enchanting musical moments in my life.   Atlas Electronic gave us hedonistic and gypsy vibes. Dj Gan Gah showed up and out as he plays a set featuring well known edited chaabi and reggada songs. I must say he is one of my favorite discoveries yet! Born in Morocco and now residing in Brussels,this Moroccan powerhouse mixes Moroccan folk music in techno and house edits making it possible to enjoy at any music festival. I would suggest you check out his Habib Tronics on Spotify,its the new wave chaabi music he created just for our enjoyment. Zohra Idrissi aka Gypzee seranedes us under a star filled sky with the sweetest funky songs. She reminds me of a young Erica Badu. Sassy and lyricly on point. This Moroccan beauty, who lives in London, has slowly but surely making her way in music and this time blessing us with this beautiful performance in this magical country she calls home as well.   The interviews with all these amazing artists and more are featured in our music and culture special about Morocco which will be posted in 2020!   We lavishly resided in excellent care at Riad 144 in the old town of Marrakech as owner Jean Witho opened his heart and home to wandering artists and reporters. This Riad has a few of the most exciting and beautiful rooms I have ever seen. Each one with a different theme displaying different sides and styles of Morocco. The Berber room displaying beautiful amazigh art or the more “modern” room if you will with African contemporary pieces. Tobias the turtle roams free in the communal area just to make sure all the guests have a good time and will join you for your afternoon tea or beautiful glass of wine.   We have some great interviews with legendary djs, producers, rockstars and rappers making its way to online and print. We spoke to the movers and shakers when it comes to innovation in sound, venues, managing artists and festivals. We had drinks with emerging artists and went to heaps of listening parties to share in their new found excitement.   We can't wait to share more and to inspire you to listen to great artists and visit different places around the world to change your “backdrop” as you dance the night away. We wish a very magical 2020! aftermovie of Oasis Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dx9DwpbEgM&feature=youtu.be  special thanks to Riad 144 - https://www.riad144.com/  

Interview with Xinyi Cheng : “Painting take a lot of planning but also a lot of accidents”
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Interview with Xinyi Cheng : “Painting take a lot of planning but also a lot of accidents”

Art It’s in Paris’s lively Belleville quarter that the Chinese artist has set up shop, where she paints the sensual portraits which won her this year’s Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel.   It’s in Paris’s lively Belleville quarter that the Chinese artist has set up shop, where she paints the sensual portraits which won her this year’s Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel.  

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