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In conversation with Rodney Lam
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In conversation with Rodney Lam

Fashion Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/ Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/

Introducing Island Water Scotch & Soda’s new fragrances
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Introducing Island Water Scotch & Soda’s new fragrances

Beauty A celebration of freedom and adventure, Scotch & Soda launches Island Water, two new fragrances for women and men this summer. Vibrant and uplifting, the scents evoke the feeling of endless summers and escapism. For women, sweet jasmine and coconut are combined with earthy patchouli, and punctuated with blackcurrant. The eclectic mix of floral, woody and sharp fruit notes results in a distinctive fragrance that is feminine and breezy. The men’s edition fuses fresh bergamot and Brazilian mango with warm sandalwood, clary sage, amber wood and musk to create an original fragrance that surprises with its unexpected energy and lightness.     Housed in minimalist bottles that mirror the contemporary mood of the fragrances, the women’s comes with a burnished gold round cap, the men’s with an oversized black stopper – finishes that nod to the brand’s love of playful detail. The perfumes have been created by Firmenich. Philippine Courtière and Amandine Clerc-Marie are the noses behind the women’s fragrance. Hailing from a distinguished family of perfumers, Courtière is an emerging star noted for her bold concoctions with woods and spices, while Clerc-Marie is renowned for her virtuosic way with new and unconventional ingredients. The men’s scent was created by Fabrice Pellegrin. Born in Grasse, the innovative spirit of the world’s perfume capital inspires his unusual blends, which were lauded by the industry when he was crowned Perfumer of the Year 2017. The campaign captures the free spirit of the fragrances, catching the moment a couple spontaneously decide to swim in the sea. Shot in Lanzarote, the infinite clear waters conjure a sense of limitless exploration. Starring rising models Indiah Lavers and Coco Roussel, the images have been taken by Sebastian SabalBruce, whose emotionally driven, cinematic portraits have featured in Vogue Germany, W Magazine and The New York Times’ style magazine, T. The New York-based photographer previously worked with the brand in fall 2019.     Available in 40ml (€39.95) and 90ml (€59.95), Island Water is launching in stores at selected retailers on May 20th and online on May 25th. Island Water joins a family of fragrances: the now iconic Barfly, introduced in 2010, and whose scent first defined Scotch & Soda stores; and Scotch & Soda ‘With Love’, which launched in 2019. A celebration of freedom and adventure, Scotch & Soda launches Island Water, two new fragrances for women and men this summer. Vibrant and uplifting, the scents evoke the feeling of endless summers and escapism. For women, sweet jasmine and coconut are combined with earthy patchouli, and punctuated with blackcurrant. The eclectic mix of floral, woody and sharp fruit notes results in a distinctive fragrance that is feminine and breezy. The men’s edition fuses fresh bergamot and Brazilian mango with warm sandalwood, clary sage, amber wood and musk to create an original fragrance that surprises with its unexpected energy and lightness.     Housed in minimalist bottles that mirror the contemporary mood of the fragrances, the women’s comes with a burnished gold round cap, the men’s with an oversized black stopper – finishes that nod to the brand’s love of playful detail. The perfumes have been created by Firmenich. Philippine Courtière and Amandine Clerc-Marie are the noses behind the women’s fragrance. Hailing from a distinguished family of perfumers, Courtière is an emerging star noted for her bold concoctions with woods and spices, while Clerc-Marie is renowned for her virtuosic way with new and unconventional ingredients. The men’s scent was created by Fabrice Pellegrin. Born in Grasse, the innovative spirit of the world’s perfume capital inspires his unusual blends, which were lauded by the industry when he was crowned Perfumer of the Year 2017. The campaign captures the free spirit of the fragrances, catching the moment a couple spontaneously decide to swim in the sea. Shot in Lanzarote, the infinite clear waters conjure a sense of limitless exploration. Starring rising models Indiah Lavers and Coco Roussel, the images have been taken by Sebastian SabalBruce, whose emotionally driven, cinematic portraits have featured in Vogue Germany, W Magazine and The New York Times’ style magazine, T. The New York-based photographer previously worked with the brand in fall 2019.     Available in 40ml (€39.95) and 90ml (€59.95), Island Water is launching in stores at selected retailers on May 20th and online on May 25th. Island Water joins a family of fragrances: the now iconic Barfly, introduced in 2010, and whose scent first defined Scotch & Soda stores; and Scotch & Soda ‘With Love’, which launched in 2019.

California Dream by Louis Vuitton
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California Dream by Louis Vuitton

Beauty California Dream, the new creation by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, is an olfactory marvel. The Master Perfumer gave himself no less a challenge than to capture the resonance of a sunset. Seizing the incandescence of the sun’s last rays, glorifying their seemingly in nite shades of pink and, nally, recasting the serenity of summer’s blue, evening sky.   “My starting point was to create warmth that envelops coolness,” explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud.   There’s always that contrast of how to blend explosive freshness with softer notes that will allow the paradox to express itself fully on the skin. The mandarin has as many facets as the sky at sundown. There’s citrus, but also a oral aspect in addition to the pleasure of the fruit. It creates a horizon that musks elongate with warmth. Ambrette has accents of moist earth and pear. Benzoin has a soft, crackling heat. It’s the last light of day that heralds the delights of the night to come.   California Dream harmonises with the polychromatic marvel of a setting sun. It corresponds with the day’s last moments, in the same melodious polyphony of chords. As ardent as the star that sinks below the horizon, mandarin has the incisive energy of its fruity and oral charms. While it is consumed by joyfulness, the musks of diaphanous ambrette extend its subtle warmth. And the evening gets underway as graceful, vanilla-tinged benzoin envelops the skin in an a ectionate balm, as light as a summer night. California Dream, the new creation by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, is an olfactory marvel. The Master Perfumer gave himself no less a challenge than to capture the resonance of a sunset. Seizing the incandescence of the sun’s last rays, glorifying their seemingly in nite shades of pink and, nally, recasting the serenity of summer’s blue, evening sky.   “My starting point was to create warmth that envelops coolness,” explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud.   There’s always that contrast of how to blend explosive freshness with softer notes that will allow the paradox to express itself fully on the skin. The mandarin has as many facets as the sky at sundown. There’s citrus, but also a oral aspect in addition to the pleasure of the fruit. It creates a horizon that musks elongate with warmth. Ambrette has accents of moist earth and pear. Benzoin has a soft, crackling heat. It’s the last light of day that heralds the delights of the night to come.   California Dream harmonises with the polychromatic marvel of a setting sun. It corresponds with the day’s last moments, in the same melodious polyphony of chords. As ardent as the star that sinks below the horizon, mandarin has the incisive energy of its fruity and oral charms. While it is consumed by joyfulness, the musks of diaphanous ambrette extend its subtle warmth. And the evening gets underway as graceful, vanilla-tinged benzoin envelops the skin in an a ectionate balm, as light as a summer night.

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Rewaxing your Barbour Jacket at home
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Rewaxing your Barbour Jacket at home

Fashion Did you know that a Barbour wax jacket can last for a very long time when looked after properly – making it one of the most sustainable pieces of clothing that you can own... It all began back in 1894 when John Barbour opened a shop in South Shields in the North East of England selling practical and hard-wearing oilskins that provided protection from the worst of British weather. Today the 5th generation family-owned business embraces the same values that the company was founded on by continuing to sell high quality, functional clothing that is fit for purpose and perfect for a life spent outdoors.   Rewaxing Facts: Globally over 100,000 tins of Barbour wax are sold each year. Customers can rewax their jackets themselves by using a tin of Barbour wax and following the instructions. Rewaxing means that Barbour jackets can last for a very long time, in fact they often become part of the family, passed down from generation to generation. The oldest jacket sent back to the Barbour archives dates from 1910 and it’s still in excellentcondition!     ​Rewaxing at home: All Barbour wax jackets are manufactured to the highest standards. It is recommended that a Barbour wax jacket is rewaxed at least once a year if worn regularly, to ensure that it always provides the best protection. The wax can become worn in areas of constant abrasion, such as shoulders, pocket edges, cuffs and elbows.   Preparations: Firstly you should pick an area that can be easily cleaned or lay down a dust sheet before you start the rewaxing process as it can be a little messy. Some people like to do thisoutside if it’s a sunny day. You should also gather together the equipment you will need: - sponge - kettle - hairdryer - bowl - hanger   Step 1 | Clean your jacket Clean the jacket using cold water and a sponge to wipe down the outside of the jacket. Avoid using hot water, any kind of soap and NEVER put the jacket in the washing machine, as this will remove the wax coating permanently and the jacket cannot be rewaxed.   Step 2 | Soften the wax Take a tin of Barbour Wax Thornproof dressing. Remove the lid, stand the tin of dressing in a container of water hot enough to soften the wax. It should take approximately 20 minutes to melt the wax into a liquid consistency.   Step 3 | Wax your jacket Using an old cloth or sponge, work the melted wax well into the jacket paying particular attention to seams, creases and dry patches. Wipe off any excess wax. You should keep the wax tin in the hot water while working in order to keep the wax softened. If the wax begins to harden top the container with more hot water. Ensure you keep the wax away from the corduroy collar, the inside of the jacket and inside of the pockets.   Step 4 | Dry your jacket To ensure you get an extra smooth finish blow over with a hair dryer to even the spread of wax.   Step 5 | Allow To Dry Overnight Once you've rewaxed the jacket, hang it up. Allow to dry overnight in a warm place away from other garments. Be aware the jacket may lose excess wax for a short while so take care not to get your newly waxed jacket near leather or upholstery.     Construction of a Barbour Wax Jacket: A Barbour wax garment is constructed with practicality and functionality in mind. Each wax jacket is renowned for its durability, weather resistant properties and a patina that just improves with age. Renewable and sustainable, it remains one of the toughest and most durable fabrics available. The base of a Barbour wax jacket is a densely woven cotton produced from a high-quality yarn. The mass of this material allows each garment to become extremely durable, resulting in the jacket withstanding many years of harsh weather conditions. Barbour’s wax garments feature a selection of wax coatings which create adifferent aesthetic to each style. The wax coatings provide a protective overlayer to the outerwear, strengthening the product’s longevity. The ability to keep rewaxing the jacket rejuvenates and extends the life of the garment, providing many years of faithful service.   Barbour Wax Coating: Barbour’s formulated wax has followed the same recipe for many years and is created using a mixture of hydrocarbon waxes. This special secret formula wax does not contain any harmful substances, making it completely safe and environmentally friendly. In 2016 Barbour developed a new resilient and longer lasting wax for lightweight 4oz garments using a Dry Wax. Creating the same look and aesthetic and offering the same protection against the weather, this new wax is dry to touch once applied to the product.   The Benefits of Rewaxing: Since 1894, one of the fundamental principles behind the Barbour brand has been to provide the best outerwear protection against the worst of the weather. A wax jacket is the perfect way to fulfil this principle – like water off a duck’s back – the water is repelled by the wax coating on the outer membrane. Depending on the weight of the fabric, 4 oz wax coatings will be suitable for light showers and 6/8 oz wax coatings are ideally designed to be worn during heavier rainfall. Rewaxing will extend the life of a jacket for many years to come. The colour will remain bold and the restoration of the jacket will leave the fabric looking less worn, ultimately resulting in a garment which is closer to its original colour and finish. Did you know that a Barbour wax jacket can last for a very long time when looked after properly – making it one of the most sustainable pieces of clothing that you can own... It all began back in 1894 when John Barbour opened a shop in South Shields in the North East of England selling practical and hard-wearing oilskins that provided protection from the worst of British weather. Today the 5th generation family-owned business embraces the same values that the company was founded on by continuing to sell high quality, functional clothing that is fit for purpose and perfect for a life spent outdoors.   Rewaxing Facts: Globally over 100,000 tins of Barbour wax are sold each year. Customers can rewax their jackets themselves by using a tin of Barbour wax and following the instructions. Rewaxing means that Barbour jackets can last for a very long time, in fact they often become part of the family, passed down from generation to generation. The oldest jacket sent back to the Barbour archives dates from 1910 and it’s still in excellentcondition!     ​Rewaxing at home: All Barbour wax jackets are manufactured to the highest standards. It is recommended that a Barbour wax jacket is rewaxed at least once a year if worn regularly, to ensure that it always provides the best protection. The wax can become worn in areas of constant abrasion, such as shoulders, pocket edges, cuffs and elbows.   Preparations: Firstly you should pick an area that can be easily cleaned or lay down a dust sheet before you start the rewaxing process as it can be a little messy. Some people like to do thisoutside if it’s a sunny day. You should also gather together the equipment you will need: - sponge - kettle - hairdryer - bowl - hanger   Step 1 | Clean your jacket Clean the jacket using cold water and a sponge to wipe down the outside of the jacket. Avoid using hot water, any kind of soap and NEVER put the jacket in the washing machine, as this will remove the wax coating permanently and the jacket cannot be rewaxed.   Step 2 | Soften the wax Take a tin of Barbour Wax Thornproof dressing. Remove the lid, stand the tin of dressing in a container of water hot enough to soften the wax. It should take approximately 20 minutes to melt the wax into a liquid consistency.   Step 3 | Wax your jacket Using an old cloth or sponge, work the melted wax well into the jacket paying particular attention to seams, creases and dry patches. Wipe off any excess wax. You should keep the wax tin in the hot water while working in order to keep the wax softened. If the wax begins to harden top the container with more hot water. Ensure you keep the wax away from the corduroy collar, the inside of the jacket and inside of the pockets.   Step 4 | Dry your jacket To ensure you get an extra smooth finish blow over with a hair dryer to even the spread of wax.   Step 5 | Allow To Dry Overnight Once you've rewaxed the jacket, hang it up. Allow to dry overnight in a warm place away from other garments. Be aware the jacket may lose excess wax for a short while so take care not to get your newly waxed jacket near leather or upholstery.     Construction of a Barbour Wax Jacket: A Barbour wax garment is constructed with practicality and functionality in mind. Each wax jacket is renowned for its durability, weather resistant properties and a patina that just improves with age. Renewable and sustainable, it remains one of the toughest and most durable fabrics available. The base of a Barbour wax jacket is a densely woven cotton produced from a high-quality yarn. The mass of this material allows each garment to become extremely durable, resulting in the jacket withstanding many years of harsh weather conditions. Barbour’s wax garments feature a selection of wax coatings which create adifferent aesthetic to each style. The wax coatings provide a protective overlayer to the outerwear, strengthening the product’s longevity. The ability to keep rewaxing the jacket rejuvenates and extends the life of the garment, providing many years of faithful service.   Barbour Wax Coating: Barbour’s formulated wax has followed the same recipe for many years and is created using a mixture of hydrocarbon waxes. This special secret formula wax does not contain any harmful substances, making it completely safe and environmentally friendly. In 2016 Barbour developed a new resilient and longer lasting wax for lightweight 4oz garments using a Dry Wax. Creating the same look and aesthetic and offering the same protection against the weather, this new wax is dry to touch once applied to the product.   The Benefits of Rewaxing: Since 1894, one of the fundamental principles behind the Barbour brand has been to provide the best outerwear protection against the worst of the weather. A wax jacket is the perfect way to fulfil this principle – like water off a duck’s back – the water is repelled by the wax coating on the outer membrane. Depending on the weight of the fabric, 4 oz wax coatings will be suitable for light showers and 6/8 oz wax coatings are ideally designed to be worn during heavier rainfall. Rewaxing will extend the life of a jacket for many years to come. The colour will remain bold and the restoration of the jacket will leave the fabric looking less worn, ultimately resulting in a garment which is closer to its original colour and finish.

Daily Paper’s Resort 2020 Collection Brings an Injection of Color to Springtime Ready Staples
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Daily Paper’s Resort 2020 Collection Brings an Injection of Color to Springtime Ready Staples

Fashion Daily Paper introduces its nostalgic take on elevated basics for their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring Summer 2020 collection. Designed for the warmer months that lay ahead, the collection consists of a range of colorful unisex co-ords crafted from classic sportswear and workwear fabrics in a variety of comfy easy wearing shapes.   Finally, we see the return of Daily Paper classics like cotton shorts, bucket hats, graphic tees and hoodies in neutral and vibrant colorways round up the collection of casual pieces making for an extremely wearable and dependable go-to collection for your functional yet fresh summer wardrobe for the lighter and brighter times ahead.    The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2020 collection is priced from €55 - €140 and will be available May 22nd, 12 PM CET, at both Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide. Daily Paper introduces its nostalgic take on elevated basics for their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring Summer 2020 collection. Designed for the warmer months that lay ahead, the collection consists of a range of colorful unisex co-ords crafted from classic sportswear and workwear fabrics in a variety of comfy easy wearing shapes.   Finally, we see the return of Daily Paper classics like cotton shorts, bucket hats, graphic tees and hoodies in neutral and vibrant colorways round up the collection of casual pieces making for an extremely wearable and dependable go-to collection for your functional yet fresh summer wardrobe for the lighter and brighter times ahead.    The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2020 collection is priced from €55 - €140 and will be available May 22nd, 12 PM CET, at both Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide.

At home with Sherry Shi
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At home with Sherry Shi

Lifestyle At home exclusively with top model Sherry Shi at IMG Models. Sherry self-shot and self-edited the images, captured during her quarantine times in NYC.   Who are you  and what is your profession? My name is Sherry Shi! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have two older siblings and two Chinese immigrant parents. I am a fashion model, but I would also consider myself a business woman. I am currently studying marketing online, however I learn the most from my experiences as a model. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to travel to so many incredible places, and to meet so many different people across the world. I would consider fashion models as business women for sure.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of the Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? E-Commerce is definitely going to be playing a bigger role now more than ever in fashion. Companies are now seeing warehouse space as a more valuable investment than in person stores. In terms of social media, there is no doubt we've all remained strong and hopeful. Supporting and uplifting others. Giving generously and loving genuinely. I also believe we've all become more aware and grateful for the little things. How fortunate are we to have a home and to be sheltered safely? I believe that once this has all passed, we will come back stronger than ever before, and more importantly, more loving. I also feel people tend to think of the fashion industry as just clothes and pretty faces. But it is so much more than this. We are a community. A team. We stand together.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Covid-19 and quarantine time definitely hasn't stopped my love and focus of creating. I actually find that I’ve been creating a lot more, and have been more active then I was  prior to quarantine. I have a lot more time on my hands these days since everyone including myself is social distancing and staying home!     What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling? My first memory with fashion was walking the Alexander Wang show. I had gone to New York once as a child, but going there as a 16 year old felt as though it were my first ever time really stepping out of my home or comfort zone in Texas. It felt like a whole new world in the city. As a child, my older sister was modeling with our mother agency, and after a few years, my family and I eventually decided to give modeling a try. I had the opportunity to meet my current agency, IMG Worldwide. After signing with IMG, I was on the way to a dentist appointment after school when I was given the news by my parents I was going to possibly walk for the Alexander Wang 2019 resort show! When I arrived in New York (which felt like a dream) I met the most welcoming team of agents and went to the Alexander Wang fitting! After a day or two, I was confirmed! It was my first ever time really in New York, and my first ever job. It’s been such a crazy but incredible ride living in New York since!    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? -Every night before I go to bed, I always wash my face with a mild dry skin face wash, and after stepping out of the shower, I apply a moisturizing facial lotion. I absolutely cannot go anywhere without my facial cleansing wash, face lotion, oatmeal body lotion, and lip balm. They are my must haves!    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I actually learned how to properly run! I always felt so free and unstoppable while running, but since I've been running more and more, I have actually discovered there is a certain form to follow if you want to run faster and more powerfully. Such as, never turn your head to look at what's behind you, because it disturbs your momentum and balance!     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV. I actually don't tell a lot of people this, but I love to sing. Something about letting out smooth or more powerful notes feels as if I'm letting a certain message or feeling come out of my body. Sounds weird! Haha, but I love to sing.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? Definitely a friend's only getaway trip to Seoul, Korea during holiday. I've always had a love and appreciation for the Korean culture, and just Korea in general. The Kdramas, the food, the shows, the cute guys, the energy, the music, the acting and kpop industry, etc. This is a trip I see as a must happen! I not only love the modern and sleepless asian city, I also absolutely love the nature and raw/natural landscapes of Korea. It is a dream to make the images in my head of exploring Korea with friends a reality.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us? On by BTS! I am obsessed with the Map of the soul: 7 album! I used to not really love kpop, but after getting to know BTS, hear their stories, and fall in love with not only them but their music, they have become my all time favorite band. I can't put into words how their performance makes me feel! It's a rush of energy and love each time seeing them.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? -The first thing, and yes, this is true mom! The first thing I do is open the blinds to get that natural morning sunlight as soon as possible, to reset my circadian rhythms. Next, I always make my bed. Psych and military experts have shown making your bed first thing in the morning everyday boosts productivity levels. It took a lot of nagging from my mom to be doing the second thing everyday, but I eventually grew up! Haha. The last thing i like to do before bed is to take a warm shower after brushing my teeth. I like to go straight to bed as when your body temperature starts to lower from the shower, you fall sleepier. If I dont go to bed right away after showering, I like to study or go on my electronics. On night shift mode for my devices at all times always of course.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence. I have actually surprisingly never been! However I have always wanted to go. Whenever I think of Amsterdam, I think of bicycles and fun times haha!   What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I have actually always been very skinny, tall, and lean. My whole family is this way, and it is how I was born. I will always be a very skinny but also very active person. So when I workout, I work for strength and a healthy lifestyle more than I do for losing weight. I actually gain more weight by staying fit, because getting that toned figure involves muscle.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far? The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo has always been a painting I've remembered. I feel it has inspired me through remembering we were all created with purpose and love. It gives me hope and faith. It humbles me. It has a message that has a lot to do with how my mind works, and what I believe in with all my heart.      What is your favorite recipe? And would you like to share one with our readers? My all time favorite recipe is one that hits the heart of home, and everytime I eat this dish I feel like I'm a kid again. I used to have this dish after every meal, and after playing in the chilly or cold outdoors with some friends in the neighborhood. It just warms your entire body on a cold day. Tomato egg soup (originally taught by my mom).   What is the best part of cooking for you and what is the first thing you first ever cooked (if you remember)? -The best part is that I get to learn from my parents. I get to learn authentic Chinese recipes from my parents, that I can later pass down to my future American generations, like my own children in the future. Even though I was born and raised in Texas, I still get to remember my roots, and have appreciation for all the  sacrifices my parents endured to provide a better life for us in America when I serve and taste these meals. My first ever dish I cooked wasn't actually Chinese. I was helping one of my neighbors cook spaghetti for a church event, and when I came home, I convinced my dad to bring me to the grocery store to make the sauce for a delicious spaghetti. After cooking for my family that night, I later on learned how to add my own twists to the sauce, and keep a wonderful backstory of it with me. I also learned how to make a delicious and crispy cheese, avocado, and ham sandwich from YouTube. I learned these recipes around the age of 10, and served them for my family on several occasions    What ingredients do you must have at home always and why? Spices. Spices, spices, and more spices. The flavor. The key is the flavor and quality. Traditional Chinese spices, garlic powder, Tony Chachere’s Original Creole seasoning, etc.        INSTAGRAM: @sherryramsayshi At home exclusively with top model Sherry Shi at IMG Models. Sherry self-shot and self-edited the images, captured during her quarantine times in NYC.   Who are you  and what is your profession? My name is Sherry Shi! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have two older siblings and two Chinese immigrant parents. I am a fashion model, but I would also consider myself a business woman. I am currently studying marketing online, however I learn the most from my experiences as a model. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to travel to so many incredible places, and to meet so many different people across the world. I would consider fashion models as business women for sure.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of the Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? E-Commerce is definitely going to be playing a bigger role now more than ever in fashion. Companies are now seeing warehouse space as a more valuable investment than in person stores. In terms of social media, there is no doubt we've all remained strong and hopeful. Supporting and uplifting others. Giving generously and loving genuinely. I also believe we've all become more aware and grateful for the little things. How fortunate are we to have a home and to be sheltered safely? I believe that once this has all passed, we will come back stronger than ever before, and more importantly, more loving. I also feel people tend to think of the fashion industry as just clothes and pretty faces. But it is so much more than this. We are a community. A team. We stand together.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Covid-19 and quarantine time definitely hasn't stopped my love and focus of creating. I actually find that I’ve been creating a lot more, and have been more active then I was  prior to quarantine. I have a lot more time on my hands these days since everyone including myself is social distancing and staying home!     What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling? My first memory with fashion was walking the Alexander Wang show. I had gone to New York once as a child, but going there as a 16 year old felt as though it were my first ever time really stepping out of my home or comfort zone in Texas. It felt like a whole new world in the city. As a child, my older sister was modeling with our mother agency, and after a few years, my family and I eventually decided to give modeling a try. I had the opportunity to meet my current agency, IMG Worldwide. After signing with IMG, I was on the way to a dentist appointment after school when I was given the news by my parents I was going to possibly walk for the Alexander Wang 2019 resort show! When I arrived in New York (which felt like a dream) I met the most welcoming team of agents and went to the Alexander Wang fitting! After a day or two, I was confirmed! It was my first ever time really in New York, and my first ever job. It’s been such a crazy but incredible ride living in New York since!    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? -Every night before I go to bed, I always wash my face with a mild dry skin face wash, and after stepping out of the shower, I apply a moisturizing facial lotion. I absolutely cannot go anywhere without my facial cleansing wash, face lotion, oatmeal body lotion, and lip balm. They are my must haves!    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I actually learned how to properly run! I always felt so free and unstoppable while running, but since I've been running more and more, I have actually discovered there is a certain form to follow if you want to run faster and more powerfully. Such as, never turn your head to look at what's behind you, because it disturbs your momentum and balance!     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV. I actually don't tell a lot of people this, but I love to sing. Something about letting out smooth or more powerful notes feels as if I'm letting a certain message or feeling come out of my body. Sounds weird! Haha, but I love to sing.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? Definitely a friend's only getaway trip to Seoul, Korea during holiday. I've always had a love and appreciation for the Korean culture, and just Korea in general. The Kdramas, the food, the shows, the cute guys, the energy, the music, the acting and kpop industry, etc. This is a trip I see as a must happen! I not only love the modern and sleepless asian city, I also absolutely love the nature and raw/natural landscapes of Korea. It is a dream to make the images in my head of exploring Korea with friends a reality.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us? On by BTS! I am obsessed with the Map of the soul: 7 album! I used to not really love kpop, but after getting to know BTS, hear their stories, and fall in love with not only them but their music, they have become my all time favorite band. I can't put into words how their performance makes me feel! It's a rush of energy and love each time seeing them.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? -The first thing, and yes, this is true mom! The first thing I do is open the blinds to get that natural morning sunlight as soon as possible, to reset my circadian rhythms. Next, I always make my bed. Psych and military experts have shown making your bed first thing in the morning everyday boosts productivity levels. It took a lot of nagging from my mom to be doing the second thing everyday, but I eventually grew up! Haha. The last thing i like to do before bed is to take a warm shower after brushing my teeth. I like to go straight to bed as when your body temperature starts to lower from the shower, you fall sleepier. If I dont go to bed right away after showering, I like to study or go on my electronics. On night shift mode for my devices at all times always of course.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence. I have actually surprisingly never been! However I have always wanted to go. Whenever I think of Amsterdam, I think of bicycles and fun times haha!   What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I have actually always been very skinny, tall, and lean. My whole family is this way, and it is how I was born. I will always be a very skinny but also very active person. So when I workout, I work for strength and a healthy lifestyle more than I do for losing weight. I actually gain more weight by staying fit, because getting that toned figure involves muscle.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far? The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo has always been a painting I've remembered. I feel it has inspired me through remembering we were all created with purpose and love. It gives me hope and faith. It humbles me. It has a message that has a lot to do with how my mind works, and what I believe in with all my heart.      What is your favorite recipe? And would you like to share one with our readers? My all time favorite recipe is one that hits the heart of home, and everytime I eat this dish I feel like I'm a kid again. I used to have this dish after every meal, and after playing in the chilly or cold outdoors with some friends in the neighborhood. It just warms your entire body on a cold day. Tomato egg soup (originally taught by my mom).   What is the best part of cooking for you and what is the first thing you first ever cooked (if you remember)? -The best part is that I get to learn from my parents. I get to learn authentic Chinese recipes from my parents, that I can later pass down to my future American generations, like my own children in the future. Even though I was born and raised in Texas, I still get to remember my roots, and have appreciation for all the  sacrifices my parents endured to provide a better life for us in America when I serve and taste these meals. My first ever dish I cooked wasn't actually Chinese. I was helping one of my neighbors cook spaghetti for a church event, and when I came home, I convinced my dad to bring me to the grocery store to make the sauce for a delicious spaghetti. After cooking for my family that night, I later on learned how to add my own twists to the sauce, and keep a wonderful backstory of it with me. I also learned how to make a delicious and crispy cheese, avocado, and ham sandwich from YouTube. I learned these recipes around the age of 10, and served them for my family on several occasions    What ingredients do you must have at home always and why? Spices. Spices, spices, and more spices. The flavor. The key is the flavor and quality. Traditional Chinese spices, garlic powder, Tony Chachere’s Original Creole seasoning, etc.        INSTAGRAM: @sherryramsayshi

Inspiring curated pages with Oumayma
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Inspiring curated pages with Oumayma

Style Getting inspired during quarantine can be a struggle. Thank god there are plenty of inspiring curated pages that you can find on Instagram. I've made a selection of visual pages to give you an inspirational boost:   TWOARABMINDS / https://www.instagram.com/twoarabminds A page that really reminds me of my childhood with a lot of nostalgic vibes and creative images to get inspired.   STYLE ME FRESH / https://www.instagram.com/stylemefresh Need some style inspiration? Make sure to follow Style Me Fresh for some fresh ideas and inspiring looks you can copy.   NEONTALK / https://www.instagram.com/neontalk Take me back to the 80’s! This page has all the 80’s and early 90’s aesthetics I’ve been looking for. From classic commercials to crazy interior ideas, they have it all.   VIRGOMOOD / https://www.instagram.com/virgomood This page is all about body inspiration from different models from the 90’s and 00’s. This page does not only feature all type of bodies but also remind us of how beautiful women from all around the world are.   SOMEWHEREIWOULDLIKETOLIVE /https://www.instagram.com/somewhereiwouldliketolive Dreaming away during quarantine is OK, let this page help you with that. They share the most extraordinary and beautiful living spots all around the world. I’m a huge fan.   FASHIIONGONEROUGE / https://www.instagram.com/fashiiongonerouge Simplicity is key. This page reminds me that with only key basic items I could create a variation of different kinds of looks.   JACQUEMUS https://www.instagram.com/jacquemus He is not only a designer as it turns out that he has a talent for creating mood boards as well. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and I’ve started loving him even more when he used his platform to call out different artists all around the world. Getting inspired during quarantine can be a struggle. Thank god there are plenty of inspiring curated pages that you can find on Instagram. I've made a selection of visual pages to give you an inspirational boost:   TWOARABMINDS / https://www.instagram.com/twoarabminds A page that really reminds me of my childhood with a lot of nostalgic vibes and creative images to get inspired.   STYLE ME FRESH / https://www.instagram.com/stylemefresh Need some style inspiration? Make sure to follow Style Me Fresh for some fresh ideas and inspiring looks you can copy.   NEONTALK / https://www.instagram.com/neontalk Take me back to the 80’s! This page has all the 80’s and early 90’s aesthetics I’ve been looking for. From classic commercials to crazy interior ideas, they have it all.   VIRGOMOOD / https://www.instagram.com/virgomood This page is all about body inspiration from different models from the 90’s and 00’s. This page does not only feature all type of bodies but also remind us of how beautiful women from all around the world are.   SOMEWHEREIWOULDLIKETOLIVE /https://www.instagram.com/somewhereiwouldliketolive Dreaming away during quarantine is OK, let this page help you with that. They share the most extraordinary and beautiful living spots all around the world. I’m a huge fan.   FASHIIONGONEROUGE / https://www.instagram.com/fashiiongonerouge Simplicity is key. This page reminds me that with only key basic items I could create a variation of different kinds of looks.   JACQUEMUS https://www.instagram.com/jacquemus He is not only a designer as it turns out that he has a talent for creating mood boards as well. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and I’ve started loving him even more when he used his platform to call out different artists all around the world.

At home with Marcos Fecchino
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At home with Marcos Fecchino

Men Exclusive images captured via Zoom by Zeb Daemen and a great conversation with Marcos Fecchino.   Who are you and what do you do?   Who I am? That’s a good question. I am Marcos Fecchino a passionate Argentinian living in New York who loves Art, Fashion, Architecture and Nature. I’m a sensitive, good friend who loves to dance. On the work side I’m a Producer and Creative Director in fashion. My job is basically to take a concept and, working together with a team, transform that concept into a unique final result.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   This Virus unfortunately is affecting all of us in the fashion industry in a big way. The affect is particularly dramatic in Fashion because it’s often considered a non-essential, and during an economic crisis consumers are saving money they’d typically spend on fashion in order to purchase essentials.  I think things will slowly pick up, and fashion will come back in force. It’s a durable industry and we’re survivors. There will definitely be a new normal – it’s not going to be the same. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think we should embrace change and focus on building a better and more sustainable industry.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   During quarantine I’ve been taking time to think about my priorities, how I’ve been distributing my time and my energy. It’s an opportunity to stop and think in depth about our lives and ask ourselves if there are ways we can improve and live a healthier and better life.  Normally I travel almost every week and it’s hard to find time to think about these things when you’re constantly on the run, so having this break has been a blessing in certain ways.   What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Career wise, I had many projects lined up, both short term and long term, but the pandemic has forced every single project to be canceled or postponed.  There is still uncertainty around how we will move forward and when, which makes my job very difficult. Many of my clients are in Europe and I think they might start working more locally and not traveling across the Atlantic for 24 / 48 hours for a shoot. Basically I’m having to assess changes in both my professional and personal life month to month, and I’m trying my best to exercise patience and be prepared when things start to open back up.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Well . . . In the morning I wash my face with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, then I use Hyaluronic Acid and a moisturizer with SFP(very important). At night I wash my face again, apply Vitamin C Serum and eye cream both from iS Clinical and last but not least a few times a week I use a toner from Biologique Rechere called P50 1970. When I am on the beach or during summer time I minimize the products I use, because skin typically doesn’t need too much in hot or humid climates, but washing your face during this time is so important.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I’ve learned a few things during Quarantine, including some new cooking skills, sewing, and even cutting hair.  It’s been fun. We’ve been sewing masks for a local hospital, and I’ve been cutting hair for family members which is exciting but definitely nerve-wracking.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV?   I smile more than people think. Also I used to compete in downhill skiing (my favorite sport!) when I was growing up in Argentina.   What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Japan! I’ve been planning a trip there for a long time, and had to reschedule because of the virus.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   “How Long” by Paul Carrack has been stuck in my head recently. I’ve also been listening a lot to Chet Baker and Stan Getz.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up I need to shower or wash my face right away. Before bed I like to read a book or a mindless article to calm my mind.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I haven’t and I cannot believe it due to how much I travel. I’d love to go though!    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   My go-to workout is a mix between weights and cardio, because I like the balance. Working out for me means that I am putting work into myself, both my body and my mind. Staying in shape is about more than having a good body. It keeps me balanced and reduces stress from work and travel.   What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t really have a favorite painting. I love art from all different periods and places. But I will say that one painting that changed the way I see things is “The Girls of Avignon” by Picasso. I saw this painting when I was a kid and it was my introduction to understanding and appreciating Art. It made me realize there is much more than what you see at first sight. The painting shows so much about what was going on during that period and why. Looking at art for me It’s like you traveling in time.   Can you please share with us  your social media:   WEBSITE:www.marcosfecchino.com          INSTAGRAM: @marcosfecchino Exclusive images captured via Zoom by Zeb Daemen and a great conversation with Marcos Fecchino.   Who are you and what do you do?   Who I am? That’s a good question. I am Marcos Fecchino a passionate Argentinian living in New York who loves Art, Fashion, Architecture and Nature. I’m a sensitive, good friend who loves to dance. On the work side I’m a Producer and Creative Director in fashion. My job is basically to take a concept and, working together with a team, transform that concept into a unique final result.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   This Virus unfortunately is affecting all of us in the fashion industry in a big way. The affect is particularly dramatic in Fashion because it’s often considered a non-essential, and during an economic crisis consumers are saving money they’d typically spend on fashion in order to purchase essentials.  I think things will slowly pick up, and fashion will come back in force. It’s a durable industry and we’re survivors. There will definitely be a new normal – it’s not going to be the same. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think we should embrace change and focus on building a better and more sustainable industry.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   During quarantine I’ve been taking time to think about my priorities, how I’ve been distributing my time and my energy. It’s an opportunity to stop and think in depth about our lives and ask ourselves if there are ways we can improve and live a healthier and better life.  Normally I travel almost every week and it’s hard to find time to think about these things when you’re constantly on the run, so having this break has been a blessing in certain ways.   What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Career wise, I had many projects lined up, both short term and long term, but the pandemic has forced every single project to be canceled or postponed.  There is still uncertainty around how we will move forward and when, which makes my job very difficult. Many of my clients are in Europe and I think they might start working more locally and not traveling across the Atlantic for 24 / 48 hours for a shoot. Basically I’m having to assess changes in both my professional and personal life month to month, and I’m trying my best to exercise patience and be prepared when things start to open back up.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Well . . . In the morning I wash my face with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, then I use Hyaluronic Acid and a moisturizer with SFP(very important). At night I wash my face again, apply Vitamin C Serum and eye cream both from iS Clinical and last but not least a few times a week I use a toner from Biologique Rechere called P50 1970. When I am on the beach or during summer time I minimize the products I use, because skin typically doesn’t need too much in hot or humid climates, but washing your face during this time is so important.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I’ve learned a few things during Quarantine, including some new cooking skills, sewing, and even cutting hair.  It’s been fun. We’ve been sewing masks for a local hospital, and I’ve been cutting hair for family members which is exciting but definitely nerve-wracking.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV?   I smile more than people think. Also I used to compete in downhill skiing (my favorite sport!) when I was growing up in Argentina.   What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Japan! I’ve been planning a trip there for a long time, and had to reschedule because of the virus.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   “How Long” by Paul Carrack has been stuck in my head recently. I’ve also been listening a lot to Chet Baker and Stan Getz.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up I need to shower or wash my face right away. Before bed I like to read a book or a mindless article to calm my mind.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I haven’t and I cannot believe it due to how much I travel. I’d love to go though!    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   My go-to workout is a mix between weights and cardio, because I like the balance. Working out for me means that I am putting work into myself, both my body and my mind. Staying in shape is about more than having a good body. It keeps me balanced and reduces stress from work and travel.   What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t really have a favorite painting. I love art from all different periods and places. But I will say that one painting that changed the way I see things is “The Girls of Avignon” by Picasso. I saw this painting when I was a kid and it was my introduction to understanding and appreciating Art. It made me realize there is much more than what you see at first sight. The painting shows so much about what was going on during that period and why. Looking at art for me It’s like you traveling in time.   Can you please share with us  your social media:   WEBSITE:www.marcosfecchino.com          INSTAGRAM: @marcosfecchino

Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1
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Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1

Design Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1 Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1

At home with Pietro Boselli
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At home with Pietro Boselli

Men Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it.  Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it. 

At home with Lou and Nils Schoof
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At home with Lou and Nils Schoof

Photography We spent some quality time and had a great conversation with Lou & Nils Schoof during these quarantine times.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   L&N: We are siblings. We share a lot of main elements in our lives such as the house we live in when we have time off work, the passion for food, sustainability and nature. Also, we love creating things together. We are in constant exchange, shoot eachother, give ideas, work on projects. That's what drives us!    L: It feels interesting to me, how this answer never is easy to answer on. Im ever changing and it is hard for me to define myself. Also typical for our time, where we want all doors to be open and the future to be unwritten. What is a red thread in my life is curiosity, I guess. Modeling brought me to the creative industry and I love finding new perceptions, projects and elements to play with.    N: Nils Schoof is my name, my life is built out of many facets. One of them is taking pictures and getting pictured. I try to learn and to live most of the time, but that does not work out all the time.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   L: We live in an overly informed, yet quite hesitant and passive society when it comes to acting upon information. Humans, I read, are good at deciding and acting when consequences lie in the near future. The urgency of climate change action for example - a relatively slow and long termed process- is harder to understand for the human brain.  Covid sets things in perspective.  The unimaginable all of a sudden becomes reality. People have to act now, change happens fast and as a direct reaction to information.  The unimaginable such as not flying, reduction of work and consumerism, focus on the presence and the direct world around us.  This all is doable, we experience.  Experience teaches. Change happens.  Personally, I made my decision about leaving the norm in the fashion industry last year, while actually spending some weeks in isolation in my northern german eco home. I since then only work with brands and on projects with authentic sustainable commitment. Slowing down processes and raising their quality is another big theme for me.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   L: I create nonstop and photograph so much since being quarantined. I love the process of finding inspiraton in solitude.  I spend quarantine riding my racing bike, jumping into lakes and baking bread. Also I lay around in the fields, the garden, the woods and on the beach with a book in my hands.   N: I spend most of the time studying for the university. In the end, I think that gives me even more drive to create. It is the same as with laughing in a church -if you are not allowed to or can not, you ABSOLUTELY have to! So in that way quarantine is pushing me in a very nice direction and brings back a natural force.    What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   L : I had plans before lockdown happened, but I guess my job is the best training to become a person living the moment and taking life day by day. Things change and that is good - if you are willing to do so too.  The last weeks have not been planned, yet been filled with unexpected and gamechanging experiences. I have grown without pursuing growth. Thats wonderful to realise.    N: I planned to go to several concerts this year and a bicycle tour from Germany to Italy with my bicycle i designed and built from scratch - if I cant do that, I will for sure find other things to do. In general, I don’t have big plans because I prefer to live now and not tomorrow   What is your favourite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   L: We have in fact been inspired by old angelic paintings for this shoot, such as Michelangelo's unimitable artwork in the sistine chapel.  Creating modern day paintings with a camera is a beautiful approach.    -What keeps you rooted?    L: To observe and re-experience the well known. to go deeper, basically like roots digging their way down to stand stable - and know their origin and surrounding.    N: What keeps me rooted is the knowledge that there are people who I love and they love me. Love and trust are fundamental things in my life.   -What gives you wings?    L: Ideas! New opportunities I create for myself, for the world around. The unexpected, the butterflies in the belly.    N: Two things on this earth let me take off from the ground. 1. People or myself burning for something and learn from each other- sharing moments - sharing point of views 2. Nature which is so old and powerful. You can go with every intention into nature and you will come back satisfied.   -What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   N: I learned to press myself out of the L-sit into the handstand-  I have been training for a while!   L: I will have my first ever singing lesson tonight! I am so excited!   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   L: Summer has arrived so I am barefoot and in my favorite shorts and tank tops.  Still wearing my favorite jewellery. My german countrylife uniform!    N: I join the uniform!   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   L&N: We grow our own vegetable garden. You can harvest pumpkin, herbs, zucchini, beans, potatos,  fennel, carrots, salad, garlic and a lot of fruits and nuts from the trees! Everything tastes so much better when fresh and plucked with your own hands.    What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   N: Before I started working in the fashion industry, I never thought about working there. I was always interested in dressing myself and try new things. At this point I am proud of having workded with some of my idols in fashion, art and phtography and having learned and observed people  working in such different and inspiring ways.    L: I have always been interested in photography and art, yet this world seemed very distant and abstract to me when I was younger. I got scouted and went straight to New York after finishing high school.  Im proud of that my life makes me reconsider, find new paths and truth now and then, grow in creativity. What makes me truly grateful are the unique people around me, the beauty of nature and my own strength.   What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   L: Some days ago, a friend sent me a small, self-written song that is about visiting and staying at our country home. Listening to it while sitting in my living room made me extremely happy.   N: The last weeks I really liked B2 from Bladehouse, it’s a small label which I found on soundcloud while working out. It is hard for me to find music which I can do sports to. This one allows me to think and focus, yet it is there for giving me motivation for the next sprint, set or jump!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   N: In the morning I have a quick snack and a coffee, then the day starts and I go from where I have to. Before going to bed I write my diary.    L: I have a coffee and then I do my yoga workout. Every morning.  Laying in bed at night, i prepare my wings to lift me up high, fly over the experienced day, create new realities. All night long and to inspire the next day.    How is it like being models and photographers both?   L&N: It adds so much! You get a deeper understanding for the different elements and people that only together make a good picture.  Capturing and being captured  Also, you start being more playful and open for perspectives, angles. Also shooting each other has given a new language to our siblings relationship.    You can follow them on instagram: @louschoof & @nilsschoof We spent some quality time and had a great conversation with Lou & Nils Schoof during these quarantine times.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   L&N: We are siblings. We share a lot of main elements in our lives such as the house we live in when we have time off work, the passion for food, sustainability and nature. Also, we love creating things together. We are in constant exchange, shoot eachother, give ideas, work on projects. That's what drives us!    L: It feels interesting to me, how this answer never is easy to answer on. Im ever changing and it is hard for me to define myself. Also typical for our time, where we want all doors to be open and the future to be unwritten. What is a red thread in my life is curiosity, I guess. Modeling brought me to the creative industry and I love finding new perceptions, projects and elements to play with.    N: Nils Schoof is my name, my life is built out of many facets. One of them is taking pictures and getting pictured. I try to learn and to live most of the time, but that does not work out all the time.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   L: We live in an overly informed, yet quite hesitant and passive society when it comes to acting upon information. Humans, I read, are good at deciding and acting when consequences lie in the near future. The urgency of climate change action for example - a relatively slow and long termed process- is harder to understand for the human brain.  Covid sets things in perspective.  The unimaginable all of a sudden becomes reality. People have to act now, change happens fast and as a direct reaction to information.  The unimaginable such as not flying, reduction of work and consumerism, focus on the presence and the direct world around us.  This all is doable, we experience.  Experience teaches. Change happens.  Personally, I made my decision about leaving the norm in the fashion industry last year, while actually spending some weeks in isolation in my northern german eco home. I since then only work with brands and on projects with authentic sustainable commitment. Slowing down processes and raising their quality is another big theme for me.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   L: I create nonstop and photograph so much since being quarantined. I love the process of finding inspiraton in solitude.  I spend quarantine riding my racing bike, jumping into lakes and baking bread. Also I lay around in the fields, the garden, the woods and on the beach with a book in my hands.   N: I spend most of the time studying for the university. In the end, I think that gives me even more drive to create. It is the same as with laughing in a church -if you are not allowed to or can not, you ABSOLUTELY have to! So in that way quarantine is pushing me in a very nice direction and brings back a natural force.    What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   L : I had plans before lockdown happened, but I guess my job is the best training to become a person living the moment and taking life day by day. Things change and that is good - if you are willing to do so too.  The last weeks have not been planned, yet been filled with unexpected and gamechanging experiences. I have grown without pursuing growth. Thats wonderful to realise.    N: I planned to go to several concerts this year and a bicycle tour from Germany to Italy with my bicycle i designed and built from scratch - if I cant do that, I will for sure find other things to do. In general, I don’t have big plans because I prefer to live now and not tomorrow   What is your favourite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   L: We have in fact been inspired by old angelic paintings for this shoot, such as Michelangelo's unimitable artwork in the sistine chapel.  Creating modern day paintings with a camera is a beautiful approach.    -What keeps you rooted?    L: To observe and re-experience the well known. to go deeper, basically like roots digging their way down to stand stable - and know their origin and surrounding.    N: What keeps me rooted is the knowledge that there are people who I love and they love me. Love and trust are fundamental things in my life.   -What gives you wings?    L: Ideas! New opportunities I create for myself, for the world around. The unexpected, the butterflies in the belly.    N: Two things on this earth let me take off from the ground. 1. People or myself burning for something and learn from each other- sharing moments - sharing point of views 2. Nature which is so old and powerful. You can go with every intention into nature and you will come back satisfied.   -What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   N: I learned to press myself out of the L-sit into the handstand-  I have been training for a while!   L: I will have my first ever singing lesson tonight! I am so excited!   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   L: Summer has arrived so I am barefoot and in my favorite shorts and tank tops.  Still wearing my favorite jewellery. My german countrylife uniform!    N: I join the uniform!   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   L&N: We grow our own vegetable garden. You can harvest pumpkin, herbs, zucchini, beans, potatos,  fennel, carrots, salad, garlic and a lot of fruits and nuts from the trees! Everything tastes so much better when fresh and plucked with your own hands.    What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   N: Before I started working in the fashion industry, I never thought about working there. I was always interested in dressing myself and try new things. At this point I am proud of having workded with some of my idols in fashion, art and phtography and having learned and observed people  working in such different and inspiring ways.    L: I have always been interested in photography and art, yet this world seemed very distant and abstract to me when I was younger. I got scouted and went straight to New York after finishing high school.  Im proud of that my life makes me reconsider, find new paths and truth now and then, grow in creativity. What makes me truly grateful are the unique people around me, the beauty of nature and my own strength.   What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   L: Some days ago, a friend sent me a small, self-written song that is about visiting and staying at our country home. Listening to it while sitting in my living room made me extremely happy.   N: The last weeks I really liked B2 from Bladehouse, it’s a small label which I found on soundcloud while working out. It is hard for me to find music which I can do sports to. This one allows me to think and focus, yet it is there for giving me motivation for the next sprint, set or jump!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   N: In the morning I have a quick snack and a coffee, then the day starts and I go from where I have to. Before going to bed I write my diary.    L: I have a coffee and then I do my yoga workout. Every morning.  Laying in bed at night, i prepare my wings to lift me up high, fly over the experienced day, create new realities. All night long and to inspire the next day.    How is it like being models and photographers both?   L&N: It adds so much! You get a deeper understanding for the different elements and people that only together make a good picture.  Capturing and being captured  Also, you start being more playful and open for perspectives, angles. Also shooting each other has given a new language to our siblings relationship.    You can follow them on instagram: @louschoof & @nilsschoof

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In conversation with Marie-Paule Minchelli

Fashion During this long lasting quarantine time we had a delight speaking with Marie-Paule Minchelli about the corona crisis as well as her newest activewear collection for Eres.    How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term? One thing is certain, there will be a before and after Covid-19, even in the fashion industry. At least in the next few months things will have to change. I think there is a general awareness on a lot of subjects... And the way of consuming is one of them. We are all currently dependent of factors that we cannot control.  The idea is to refocus the economy on local shops and for fashion it' s going to be, I think, a major idea: Consume less but better with good basics and think about our fashion fundamentals.   How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? I think the general perception of fashion is about to be turned upside down.  Digital will play an increasingly important role in the years to come. Especially in the way we present our products. Maybe there will be fewer fashion shows and we will have to find new ways to present the collections, and I believe strongly in digital for that.  I think we will also have to think about new customer experiences, perhaps with services that are closer to our customers, more personalized.   Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be ? As I said previously, I think we will see real changes. This period is so special and unprecedented, it is impossible that nothing change after this. Sometimes I wonder if our usual methods were "normal" after all ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I try as much as possible to establish a kind of "routine" for my days by keeping a daily work flow. A coffee to start my day, depending on my mood I do a sports class, either elliptical or a live one on Instagram.  Of course, on Wednesdays i'am used to follow  Julie Granger for her live performance on Eres Instagram.  In the meantime, every morning I take care to prepare myself as if I was going to the office: I dress, do my hair and make-up and above all I continue to wear my jewellery. I respect work days and weekend days, this is my "containment routine". As far as creation is concerned, the process is a little different. There are a lot of questions about current processes: the durability of products or collections over time. I think that today, more than ever, creativity lies in reflection. That's why I read a lot, both recent books and books from my personal archives. This has even allowed me to find hidden treasures at home! On the other hand, there is also the importance of keeping in touch with my team, it encourages creativity and reinforces cohesion within the studio. To do this, I receive a lot of fabrics and prototypes at home to share with my team.    What is in your planning for this year?  Firstly, I look forward to our collaboration with Bonpoint, just in time for the end of the lockdown. I can't wait to unveil our first children's model capsule. In June, we will be launching a collaboration with Palorosa to offer three models of baskets.  Then will follow the launch of our "Sunwear" line, a top-of-the-range line of swimwear and beachwear with exceptional materials. Everything is designed to match the colour scheme of the collaboration with Palorosa. I first made the baskets which then inspired me to create different models of bathing suits. Then I imagined a complete wardrobe by working on kaftans and dresses. The idea was to offer a complete high-end wardrobe, chic and full of savoir-faire.   What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? I always had a passion for the Impressionists, but I have a particular admiration for Monet. I love his poetry and his work on colour.  I also love Klint in the Viennese art.  That inspired me the tachist side for some of my prints: shapes without really being able to see them.   Tell us about your latest ERES Activewear collection ? This is a collection that was very important to me. The first line was launched in January 2019. The products have been thought as a meeting between the world of bath and lingerie. Two emblematic ERES universes. The iconic ERES « Peau Douce », the technicality of the materials and the refinement of details, such as lace braids worked for sport, in technical materials. This collection has been designed for the practice of soft sports, particularly for sports such as Bikram Yoga. To tell you the truth, some of our customers were already using our "Aquarelle" swimsuit as a sports body. So the idea remains to appropriate the pieces and turn them away from their initial uses. For example, I very often wear my activewear brassiere with my cashmere sweater.   What are the key items and materials in the collection? The key materials are our iconic Peau Douce and our technical lace logoed ERES. The main products are the high waist leggings with lace insert and the brassiere.  Personally, I have a big crush on the suit which I find very fashionable. I also had fun to decline our famous wild print to this line of activewear to  put it in a fashionable approach.    Do you practice yoga? I practice several sports including yoga and pilates. That's why the creation of this line was dear to me. I also like to discover new sports, combined with cardio..   During this long lasting quarantine time we had a delight speaking with Marie-Paule Minchelli about the corona crisis as well as her newest activewear collection for Eres.    How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term? One thing is certain, there will be a before and after Covid-19, even in the fashion industry. At least in the next few months things will have to change. I think there is a general awareness on a lot of subjects... And the way of consuming is one of them. We are all currently dependent of factors that we cannot control.  The idea is to refocus the economy on local shops and for fashion it' s going to be, I think, a major idea: Consume less but better with good basics and think about our fashion fundamentals.   How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? I think the general perception of fashion is about to be turned upside down.  Digital will play an increasingly important role in the years to come. Especially in the way we present our products. Maybe there will be fewer fashion shows and we will have to find new ways to present the collections, and I believe strongly in digital for that.  I think we will also have to think about new customer experiences, perhaps with services that are closer to our customers, more personalized.   Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be ? As I said previously, I think we will see real changes. This period is so special and unprecedented, it is impossible that nothing change after this. Sometimes I wonder if our usual methods were "normal" after all ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I try as much as possible to establish a kind of "routine" for my days by keeping a daily work flow. A coffee to start my day, depending on my mood I do a sports class, either elliptical or a live one on Instagram.  Of course, on Wednesdays i'am used to follow  Julie Granger for her live performance on Eres Instagram.  In the meantime, every morning I take care to prepare myself as if I was going to the office: I dress, do my hair and make-up and above all I continue to wear my jewellery. I respect work days and weekend days, this is my "containment routine". As far as creation is concerned, the process is a little different. There are a lot of questions about current processes: the durability of products or collections over time. I think that today, more than ever, creativity lies in reflection. That's why I read a lot, both recent books and books from my personal archives. This has even allowed me to find hidden treasures at home! On the other hand, there is also the importance of keeping in touch with my team, it encourages creativity and reinforces cohesion within the studio. To do this, I receive a lot of fabrics and prototypes at home to share with my team.    What is in your planning for this year?  Firstly, I look forward to our collaboration with Bonpoint, just in time for the end of the lockdown. I can't wait to unveil our first children's model capsule. In June, we will be launching a collaboration with Palorosa to offer three models of baskets.  Then will follow the launch of our "Sunwear" line, a top-of-the-range line of swimwear and beachwear with exceptional materials. Everything is designed to match the colour scheme of the collaboration with Palorosa. I first made the baskets which then inspired me to create different models of bathing suits. Then I imagined a complete wardrobe by working on kaftans and dresses. The idea was to offer a complete high-end wardrobe, chic and full of savoir-faire.   What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? I always had a passion for the Impressionists, but I have a particular admiration for Monet. I love his poetry and his work on colour.  I also love Klint in the Viennese art.  That inspired me the tachist side for some of my prints: shapes without really being able to see them.   Tell us about your latest ERES Activewear collection ? This is a collection that was very important to me. The first line was launched in January 2019. The products have been thought as a meeting between the world of bath and lingerie. Two emblematic ERES universes. The iconic ERES « Peau Douce », the technicality of the materials and the refinement of details, such as lace braids worked for sport, in technical materials. This collection has been designed for the practice of soft sports, particularly for sports such as Bikram Yoga. To tell you the truth, some of our customers were already using our "Aquarelle" swimsuit as a sports body. So the idea remains to appropriate the pieces and turn them away from their initial uses. For example, I very often wear my activewear brassiere with my cashmere sweater.   What are the key items and materials in the collection? The key materials are our iconic Peau Douce and our technical lace logoed ERES. The main products are the high waist leggings with lace insert and the brassiere.  Personally, I have a big crush on the suit which I find very fashionable. I also had fun to decline our famous wild print to this line of activewear to  put it in a fashionable approach.    Do you practice yoga? I practice several sports including yoga and pilates. That's why the creation of this line was dear to me. I also like to discover new sports, combined with cardio..  

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