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Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I: A Tribute to the Cultural Legacy of the Great Aztec Ruler
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Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I: A Tribute to the Cultural Legacy of the Great Aztec Ruler

Accessories Limited Edition collection honours the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of Aztec culture, and the influence of one of its great leaders.   With its origins in the culture of writing, Montblanc is actively engaged in the promotion of arts and culture. Part of this engagement has been to recognize the exceptional contributions of modern-day patrons of the arts around the world for the past 28 years with an annual award. Every year, to coincide with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, Montblanc introduces a Limited Edition writing instrument that pays tribute to the cultural legacy and patronage of a historical patron of the arts. Created in the Montblanc Artisan Atelier from precious materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen with great care and dedication, the new Montblanc Patron of Art Edition celebrates the life and influence of Moctezuma I (c. 1398-1469). In partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico, the four limited editions tell the story of the cultural achievements of Moctezuma Ilhuicamina who was elected ruler of the great Aztec Empire in 1440 and reigned for nearly 30 years during its golden age. In addition to expanding the borders of his empire all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, he is credited for shaping the image of the Aztec state that has endured to this day, one rich in culture and mythology. The capital city Tenochtitlán, today’s Mexico City, blossomed under his rule with the construction of new buildings, sculptures and lush botanical gardens. Among his many building projects, he paid particular attention to the renewal of the Templo Mayor, which he reconstructed magnificently.     Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition 4810 In honour of Moctezuma’s credentials as a great warrior, the shape of the edition is inspired by the atlatl, an Aztec spear-throwing weapon used to propel spears or darts over long distances. The cap features a gold-coated design reminiscent of the atlatl’s thread-wrapped handles. The lacquer colours of the cap and barrel – petrol and carmine red – evoke the colours of Aztec culture and the royal cloak in particular. The pattern on Moctezuma I’s cloak, a symbol of his high rank, is represented on the cap underneath translucent lacquer. The cap is embellished with two Aztec glyphs taken from the Mendoza Codex that indicate the years in which the reign of the great Aztec king began and ended. The decoration on the cap top ring and upper part of the clip is inspired by Aztec jewellery. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather at the top and crowned by a red triangular-cut stone. The shape of the cone, refined with a hammer finish, is based on a traditional Aztec sacrificial knife with an obsidian blade. The Montblanc emblem in precious resin on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 888 The colours of this edition – turquoise and carmine red – were favoured in Aztec culture and used in royal garments. The engravings on the Ag 925 sterling silver cap represent Moctezuma’s weapons, skulls and traditional Aztec’s ornaments. The lacquered turquoise barrel is engraved with a pattern reminiscent of his cloak, a symbol of the high rank of Moctezuma I, and features four lines of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold, evoking the cardinal directions that radiated out from the Templo Mayor. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather and set with a triangular-cut green jade. The forepart of the writing instrument and the cone with its distinctive hammering optic are crafted from Ag 925 sterling silver, contrasting with the precious 750 champagne-tone gold fittings and the handcrafted solid gold nib adorned with the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls. The Montblanc emblem made of mother-of-pearl on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 Limited to just 87 pieces in homage to 1987, the year when the Templo Major was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 is richly decorated with turquoise, a stone favoured in Aztec decorative craftsmanship. The turquoise mosaic in Aztec style on the cap is handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail and an artistic sensibility that makes every one of the 87 pieces in the edition slightly different. The mosaic is refined with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays set with jade cabochons and a central Aztec motif symbolising the ‘five suns’ creation myth. The gold on this edition is specially treated to create a vintage look similar to the distressed appearance often found in ancient artefacts. The barrel is crafted from precious Central American cocobolo wood, a reference to both the material used to make the traditional atlatl and to the famous El Sargento tree in Mexico City, planted during the reign of Moctezuma I. The barrel is embellished with the four stepped solid gold bands as a special reference to the Templo Mayor. The mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem on the cap top is embedded in an engraving of an Aztec sun disc. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the heart, a symbol for sacrifice. A further glyph engraved on the forepart represents the second name of Moctezuma I: Ilhuicamina (meaning ‘he who shoots an arrow into the sky’).     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 8 The limitation number of just 8 pieces is inspired by the ‘stone of Moctezuma I’, the only remaining piece of the great Templo Mayor excavated in 1988 and featuring eight rays. Moctezuma I ascended the throne as the fifth king of Tenochtitlán in exceptional splendour, guided in great state to the high temple where he was given the turquoise-coloured, red-bordered royal cloak, the xiuhtilmatli, and a diadem of gold. This magnificence is captured in the design of this rare edition with a cap made of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold and an elongated shape set with diamonds, garnets, green tsavorites and multi-coloured sapphires. This writing masterpiece is decorated with an artistic hand engraving of the winged Huitzilopochtli, patron god of the Aztecs. Three-dimensional engravings of the symbolic eagle and cactus represent the foundation myth of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, while the two double-headed snakes that frame the artwork are Aztec symbols of renewal, fertility and luck. A reference to the highly mythologised sacrificial rituals of the Aztecs, the barrel of the writing instrument is made of dark red precious jasper and enriched with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays. The spear-shaped clip is embellished with a triangular-cut green jade. The cap top is crowned with a Montblanc Diamond embedded in an engraving inspired by an eight-rayed Aztec sun disc. To coincide with the release of the four Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Editions, Montblanc is introducing a fine stationary notebook in red calfskin Saffiano leather embossed with traditional Aztec motifs, as well as a Homage to Moctezuma I ink in a bright turquoise inspired by the traditional jewels and cloths of Aztec emperors. Statesman, ruler and patron of art, Moctezuma brought Aztec culture to its pinnacle. With every intricate design detail and through the beauty of fine craftsmanship, Montblanc tells the fascinating story of this great figure who made a lasting cultural impact on human civilization.   Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition is available from April 2020 at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online. For more information visit www.montblanc.com Limited Edition collection honours the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of Aztec culture, and the influence of one of its great leaders.   With its origins in the culture of writing, Montblanc is actively engaged in the promotion of arts and culture. Part of this engagement has been to recognize the exceptional contributions of modern-day patrons of the arts around the world for the past 28 years with an annual award. Every year, to coincide with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, Montblanc introduces a Limited Edition writing instrument that pays tribute to the cultural legacy and patronage of a historical patron of the arts. Created in the Montblanc Artisan Atelier from precious materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen with great care and dedication, the new Montblanc Patron of Art Edition celebrates the life and influence of Moctezuma I (c. 1398-1469). In partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico, the four limited editions tell the story of the cultural achievements of Moctezuma Ilhuicamina who was elected ruler of the great Aztec Empire in 1440 and reigned for nearly 30 years during its golden age. In addition to expanding the borders of his empire all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, he is credited for shaping the image of the Aztec state that has endured to this day, one rich in culture and mythology. The capital city Tenochtitlán, today’s Mexico City, blossomed under his rule with the construction of new buildings, sculptures and lush botanical gardens. Among his many building projects, he paid particular attention to the renewal of the Templo Mayor, which he reconstructed magnificently.     Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition 4810 In honour of Moctezuma’s credentials as a great warrior, the shape of the edition is inspired by the atlatl, an Aztec spear-throwing weapon used to propel spears or darts over long distances. The cap features a gold-coated design reminiscent of the atlatl’s thread-wrapped handles. The lacquer colours of the cap and barrel – petrol and carmine red – evoke the colours of Aztec culture and the royal cloak in particular. The pattern on Moctezuma I’s cloak, a symbol of his high rank, is represented on the cap underneath translucent lacquer. The cap is embellished with two Aztec glyphs taken from the Mendoza Codex that indicate the years in which the reign of the great Aztec king began and ended. The decoration on the cap top ring and upper part of the clip is inspired by Aztec jewellery. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather at the top and crowned by a red triangular-cut stone. The shape of the cone, refined with a hammer finish, is based on a traditional Aztec sacrificial knife with an obsidian blade. The Montblanc emblem in precious resin on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 888 The colours of this edition – turquoise and carmine red – were favoured in Aztec culture and used in royal garments. The engravings on the Ag 925 sterling silver cap represent Moctezuma’s weapons, skulls and traditional Aztec’s ornaments. The lacquered turquoise barrel is engraved with a pattern reminiscent of his cloak, a symbol of the high rank of Moctezuma I, and features four lines of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold, evoking the cardinal directions that radiated out from the Templo Mayor. The spear-shaped clip is refined with an engraving of a Central American quetzal’s feather and set with a triangular-cut green jade. The forepart of the writing instrument and the cone with its distinctive hammering optic are crafted from Ag 925 sterling silver, contrasting with the precious 750 champagne-tone gold fittings and the handcrafted solid gold nib adorned with the Aztec glyph for the city of Tenochtitlán: a three-armed cactus with a royal diadem and two scrolls. The Montblanc emblem made of mother-of-pearl on the cap top is embedded in the engraving of an Aztec sun disk honours the ruler’s diverse architectural constructions and ornamentation in the cities of the Aztec empire.     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 Limited to just 87 pieces in homage to 1987, the year when the Templo Major was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 87 is richly decorated with turquoise, a stone favoured in Aztec decorative craftsmanship. The turquoise mosaic in Aztec style on the cap is handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail and an artistic sensibility that makes every one of the 87 pieces in the edition slightly different. The mosaic is refined with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays set with jade cabochons and a central Aztec motif symbolising the ‘five suns’ creation myth. The gold on this edition is specially treated to create a vintage look similar to the distressed appearance often found in ancient artefacts. The barrel is crafted from precious Central American cocobolo wood, a reference to both the material used to make the traditional atlatl and to the famous El Sargento tree in Mexico City, planted during the reign of Moctezuma I. The barrel is embellished with the four stepped solid gold bands as a special reference to the Templo Mayor. The mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem on the cap top is embedded in an engraving of an Aztec sun disc. The handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib is adorned with a fine engraving inspired by the Aztec glyph for the heart, a symbol for sacrifice. A further glyph engraved on the forepart represents the second name of Moctezuma I: Ilhuicamina (meaning ‘he who shoots an arrow into the sky’).     Montblanc Patron of Art Limited Edition 8 The limitation number of just 8 pieces is inspired by the ‘stone of Moctezuma I’, the only remaining piece of the great Templo Mayor excavated in 1988 and featuring eight rays. Moctezuma I ascended the throne as the fifth king of Tenochtitlán in exceptional splendour, guided in great state to the high temple where he was given the turquoise-coloured, red-bordered royal cloak, the xiuhtilmatli, and a diadem of gold. This magnificence is captured in the design of this rare edition with a cap made of Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold and an elongated shape set with diamonds, garnets, green tsavorites and multi-coloured sapphires. This writing masterpiece is decorated with an artistic hand engraving of the winged Huitzilopochtli, patron god of the Aztecs. Three-dimensional engravings of the symbolic eagle and cactus represent the foundation myth of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, while the two double-headed snakes that frame the artwork are Aztec symbols of renewal, fertility and luck. A reference to the highly mythologised sacrificial rituals of the Aztecs, the barrel of the writing instrument is made of dark red precious jasper and enriched with Au 750 solid champagne-tone gold inlays. The spear-shaped clip is embellished with a triangular-cut green jade. The cap top is crowned with a Montblanc Diamond embedded in an engraving inspired by an eight-rayed Aztec sun disc. To coincide with the release of the four Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Editions, Montblanc is introducing a fine stationary notebook in red calfskin Saffiano leather embossed with traditional Aztec motifs, as well as a Homage to Moctezuma I ink in a bright turquoise inspired by the traditional jewels and cloths of Aztec emperors. Statesman, ruler and patron of art, Moctezuma brought Aztec culture to its pinnacle. With every intricate design detail and through the beauty of fine craftsmanship, Montblanc tells the fascinating story of this great figure who made a lasting cultural impact on human civilization.   Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Moctezuma I Limited Edition is available from April 2020 at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online. For more information visit www.montblanc.com

The Filippa K core collection contains all the essentials for your wardrobe
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The Filippa K core collection contains all the essentials for your wardrobe

Fashion During this time when people are at home and work from home, it is possible that the wardrobe becomes a real problem. Many items of clothing are no longer worn, which gives the closet an unorganized, untidy feel. However, well-selected items may assist to tiding up your wardrobe and giving it peace of mind. With the core collection of Filippa K you will be provided with all garments that match a sustainable, tidy wardrobe and reward you with a soothing feeling.   Filippa K has launched a new core collection consisting of essential key items. Timeless colors, silhouettes and comfortable fits are used. As a result, the core pieces are specially designed to serve every season, year after year, and can be combined with the rest of your wardrobe. This ties in well with Filippa K, of which mission focuses on conscious consumption. A long life of Filippa K items therefore plays an important role in achieving this mission.   Filippa K's core collection can be described as iconic, timeless and minimalistic. In combination with the major role that sustainability plays in all processes of Filippa K, there is no need to look any further for garments that you must have in your closet. With this core campaign, the men, women and the Soft Sport collection are supplemented. During this time when people are at home and work from home, it is possible that the wardrobe becomes a real problem. Many items of clothing are no longer worn, which gives the closet an unorganized, untidy feel. However, well-selected items may assist to tiding up your wardrobe and giving it peace of mind. With the core collection of Filippa K you will be provided with all garments that match a sustainable, tidy wardrobe and reward you with a soothing feeling.   Filippa K has launched a new core collection consisting of essential key items. Timeless colors, silhouettes and comfortable fits are used. As a result, the core pieces are specially designed to serve every season, year after year, and can be combined with the rest of your wardrobe. This ties in well with Filippa K, of which mission focuses on conscious consumption. A long life of Filippa K items therefore plays an important role in achieving this mission.   Filippa K's core collection can be described as iconic, timeless and minimalistic. In combination with the major role that sustainability plays in all processes of Filippa K, there is no need to look any further for garments that you must have in your closet. With this core campaign, the men, women and the Soft Sport collection are supplemented.

Dekmantel Festival 2020
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Dekmantel Festival 2020

Music This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl

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Yves Saint Laurent presents: Y EAU FRAÎCHE for men
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Yves Saint Laurent presents: Y EAU FRAÎCHE for men

Beauty Yves Saint Laurent Beauté is proud to present the newest offering in its masculine Y fragrance range: Y EAU FRAÎCHE. The coolest answer yet for the guy with the why. Because all the best things in life start with a question. Because in 2020, as we roll into a new decade, it’s time to get back to the origins of self-accomplishment. The chase for inspiration. The reason why we go ahead.   Y EAU FRAÎCHE expresses that first, energizing rush of creativity with a shot of crisp, icy notes – lemon and geranium splashing against clean, strong peppermint and cedarwood. Y EAU FRAÎCHE offers a fresh, energizing take on the masculine fragrance launched in 2017 by YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ for the seekers and makers of Generation Y. Turning the first letter of Yves Saint Laurent’s name into a question, Y EAU DE TOILETTE moved forward by going back to the very start of the brand’s history. In 2020, Y gets a cool new inspiration with Y EAU FRAÎCHE.   Bracing as an ocean breeze on a California beach, Y EAU FRAÎCHE captures the spirit of a man on a quest for self- accomplishment. Young, e ortlessly cool, yet deeply driven by his creative journey. Always on the brink of a new idea. Always meeting the world with fresh eyes. Chasing inspiration. Experimenting. Eager to find his purpose. To give meaning to his quest. Because everything starts with a question. How do I live? Where do I go? What do I love? Who do I want to be? Because everything in life that’s worth pursuing starts with a question, he’ll go on asking them. And he’ll find his answer by forging his own path. He knows he’ll have a story to tell in his own, unique voice.   Music is his fuel. His deep-set drive. Where talent and passion meet. Chasing inspiration is what keeps him going. The only way he feels fully himself. That’s why he sings. That’s why he lives. Adam Levine is the guy with the “why”. The L.A.-born performing artist renews his collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, fronting Y EAU FRAÎCHE a er a first stint in 2018 as the ambassador of Y EAU DE PARFUM. In the print campaign shot by Loïc Peoch, the black-clad lead singer of Maroon 5 stands against the cool blue sky of Venice Beach under the balmy winter sun. The new digital campaign showcases the gritty California cool embodied by the black-clad Levine. A palm tree seen from a rushing convertible, tall and sleek against a sunny sky. The crashing chords of a black & white guitar. As an ice-blue skateboard inscribed with the letter Y rips through crystal-clear ocean waves lapping on white sand, white geranium flowers, yellow lemon slices, green peppermint leaves and tawny slivers of cedar bark burst through blocks of ice... Vivid visual cues of all the ingredients of Y EAU FRAICHE that bring the scent’s vibrant freshness alive to the senses. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté is proud to present the newest offering in its masculine Y fragrance range: Y EAU FRAÎCHE. The coolest answer yet for the guy with the why. Because all the best things in life start with a question. Because in 2020, as we roll into a new decade, it’s time to get back to the origins of self-accomplishment. The chase for inspiration. The reason why we go ahead.   Y EAU FRAÎCHE expresses that first, energizing rush of creativity with a shot of crisp, icy notes – lemon and geranium splashing against clean, strong peppermint and cedarwood. Y EAU FRAÎCHE offers a fresh, energizing take on the masculine fragrance launched in 2017 by YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ for the seekers and makers of Generation Y. Turning the first letter of Yves Saint Laurent’s name into a question, Y EAU DE TOILETTE moved forward by going back to the very start of the brand’s history. In 2020, Y gets a cool new inspiration with Y EAU FRAÎCHE.   Bracing as an ocean breeze on a California beach, Y EAU FRAÎCHE captures the spirit of a man on a quest for self- accomplishment. Young, e ortlessly cool, yet deeply driven by his creative journey. Always on the brink of a new idea. Always meeting the world with fresh eyes. Chasing inspiration. Experimenting. Eager to find his purpose. To give meaning to his quest. Because everything starts with a question. How do I live? Where do I go? What do I love? Who do I want to be? Because everything in life that’s worth pursuing starts with a question, he’ll go on asking them. And he’ll find his answer by forging his own path. He knows he’ll have a story to tell in his own, unique voice.   Music is his fuel. His deep-set drive. Where talent and passion meet. Chasing inspiration is what keeps him going. The only way he feels fully himself. That’s why he sings. That’s why he lives. Adam Levine is the guy with the “why”. The L.A.-born performing artist renews his collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, fronting Y EAU FRAÎCHE a er a first stint in 2018 as the ambassador of Y EAU DE PARFUM. In the print campaign shot by Loïc Peoch, the black-clad lead singer of Maroon 5 stands against the cool blue sky of Venice Beach under the balmy winter sun. The new digital campaign showcases the gritty California cool embodied by the black-clad Levine. A palm tree seen from a rushing convertible, tall and sleek against a sunny sky. The crashing chords of a black & white guitar. As an ice-blue skateboard inscribed with the letter Y rips through crystal-clear ocean waves lapping on white sand, white geranium flowers, yellow lemon slices, green peppermint leaves and tawny slivers of cedar bark burst through blocks of ice... Vivid visual cues of all the ingredients of Y EAU FRAICHE that bring the scent’s vibrant freshness alive to the senses.

BOSS to expand Responsible Tailoring collections
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BOSS to expand Responsible Tailoring collections

Fashion This Spring/Summer 2020 season, BOSS underlines its commitment to a more sustainable approach to fashion, with a focus on premium tailoring. The brand is building on the success of its Traceable Wool designs by adding womenswear pieces to the range, and launching a fully vegan suit, free of all animal-based materials, as part of its menswear collection.   The women’s designs in traceable merino wool offer vivid spring blues and traffic- stopping red alongside timeless navy. A perfectly cut single-button jacket showcases the impeccable tailored aesthetic of BOSS Womenswear, and can be paired with a choice of wide-leg, cropped, or tapered pants in the same fabric. Pinstriped navy tailoring – two jackets, a skirt, pants, and a dress, all designed to be mixed and matched – completes the capsule.   Highlights of the men’s collection for Spring/Summer 2020 include a pinstriped wool jersey suit with drawstring pants, a summary lightweight slim-fit suit, athleisure- inspired tapered pants with cuffed hems, and an elevated polo design. This season, BOSS Menswear offers more responsibly tailored styles than ever before.   The newly introduced vegan suit is a modern slim-fit design with a lightweight construction. Available in three colors – light beige, dark blue, and black – it is crafted in Germany from pure certified organic European grown linen. All components which, in a traditional premium suit, would contain materials such as wool or horsehair, have been omitted or replaced with vegan alternatives. This ensures that the entire item is free from animal-based materials.   This Spring/Summer 2020 season, BOSS underlines its commitment to a more sustainable approach to fashion, with a focus on premium tailoring. The brand is building on the success of its Traceable Wool designs by adding womenswear pieces to the range, and launching a fully vegan suit, free of all animal-based materials, as part of its menswear collection.   The women’s designs in traceable merino wool offer vivid spring blues and traffic- stopping red alongside timeless navy. A perfectly cut single-button jacket showcases the impeccable tailored aesthetic of BOSS Womenswear, and can be paired with a choice of wide-leg, cropped, or tapered pants in the same fabric. Pinstriped navy tailoring – two jackets, a skirt, pants, and a dress, all designed to be mixed and matched – completes the capsule.   Highlights of the men’s collection for Spring/Summer 2020 include a pinstriped wool jersey suit with drawstring pants, a summary lightweight slim-fit suit, athleisure- inspired tapered pants with cuffed hems, and an elevated polo design. This season, BOSS Menswear offers more responsibly tailored styles than ever before.   The newly introduced vegan suit is a modern slim-fit design with a lightweight construction. Available in three colors – light beige, dark blue, and black – it is crafted in Germany from pure certified organic European grown linen. All components which, in a traditional premium suit, would contain materials such as wool or horsehair, have been omitted or replaced with vegan alternatives. This ensures that the entire item is free from animal-based materials.  

Filling Pieces travels to Dakar, Senegal to explore it's new collection
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Filling Pieces travels to Dakar, Senegal to explore it's new collection

Fashion Amidst one of the most challenging times across the globe Filling Pieces drops their Spring Summer collection themed ‘Family’. Within this collection family is defined as a bond between human beings that is based on spirit and mutual beliefs, rather than blood. Right now that connection is more important than ever. The collection is designed around a set of fictional family members that challenges the status quo and stereotypes. As a matriarchal structure, the ‘CEO Mom’ is head of the family to the Worker Father, Rebel Cousin and Preppy Brother. Each with their own definitive style.   Within this editorial, Shot by photographer Miftha Bahardeen, Ready To Wear designer Dieylane Cisse, travels back home to Dakar Senegal, to shoot his first collection designed for the brand. He explores the story of BOYHOOD, where he has casted all the models and is translating the different ages and generations throughout the designed apparel pieces.   For the first time, the Dutch fashion brand unveils its first ever dress shoes alongside this season's ready-to-wear release in their continued mission to bridge the gap between streetwear and hi-fashion. The ‘Waspy Dress Up’ - assigned to the Preppy Brother, is amongst the first of these styles to be released for SS20. The formal, surprisingly lightweight silhouette boasts features including distinctive, stainless steel snap buckle-fastener and sole plate, complete with FP branding.   Filling Pieces SS20 drop one is available online now, with the second drop to follow later this month. Amidst one of the most challenging times across the globe Filling Pieces drops their Spring Summer collection themed ‘Family’. Within this collection family is defined as a bond between human beings that is based on spirit and mutual beliefs, rather than blood. Right now that connection is more important than ever. The collection is designed around a set of fictional family members that challenges the status quo and stereotypes. As a matriarchal structure, the ‘CEO Mom’ is head of the family to the Worker Father, Rebel Cousin and Preppy Brother. Each with their own definitive style.   Within this editorial, Shot by photographer Miftha Bahardeen, Ready To Wear designer Dieylane Cisse, travels back home to Dakar Senegal, to shoot his first collection designed for the brand. He explores the story of BOYHOOD, where he has casted all the models and is translating the different ages and generations throughout the designed apparel pieces.   For the first time, the Dutch fashion brand unveils its first ever dress shoes alongside this season's ready-to-wear release in their continued mission to bridge the gap between streetwear and hi-fashion. The ‘Waspy Dress Up’ - assigned to the Preppy Brother, is amongst the first of these styles to be released for SS20. The formal, surprisingly lightweight silhouette boasts features including distinctive, stainless steel snap buckle-fastener and sole plate, complete with FP branding.   Filling Pieces SS20 drop one is available online now, with the second drop to follow later this month.

Lardini's Event Collection for Spring & Summer
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Lardini's Event Collection for Spring & Summer

Men The collection dedicated to ceremony is also better defined by the term EVENT, a more contemporary expression denoting different occasions for use; menswear proposals in this sense have been conceived and expanded for the first time in the spring summer 2020 Lardini season. An ample selection of suits and jackets which develop different types of collars and lapels: shawl collar, notched or peak lapels and piping variations too. Drops which pander to all public requests, drop 4, 6, 7 and 8 in the single-breasted and double-breasted models. Morning dresses and tailcoats are also ubiquitous.   Available in a vast range of fabrics, along with numerous exclusive wool/mohair/silk or wool/linen proposals. Four-season fabrics make garments suitable for wear on all occasions. In addition to classic plain colours like ivory, navy, grey and black, men who prefer a more original style will also find proposals characterised by tone-on-tone houndstooth or Glen Check patterns. For a total look which fully reflects the Lardini man, the collection also features different types of shirts, a vast selection of bow ties and ties, cummerbunds and refined flower-shaped cuff links for more special occasions. The right event suit for every age and every type of man. This is why Lardini has developed a more extensive proposal, responding to individual requirements in the best possible way. The collection dedicated to ceremony is also better defined by the term EVENT, a more contemporary expression denoting different occasions for use; menswear proposals in this sense have been conceived and expanded for the first time in the spring summer 2020 Lardini season. An ample selection of suits and jackets which develop different types of collars and lapels: shawl collar, notched or peak lapels and piping variations too. Drops which pander to all public requests, drop 4, 6, 7 and 8 in the single-breasted and double-breasted models. Morning dresses and tailcoats are also ubiquitous.   Available in a vast range of fabrics, along with numerous exclusive wool/mohair/silk or wool/linen proposals. Four-season fabrics make garments suitable for wear on all occasions. In addition to classic plain colours like ivory, navy, grey and black, men who prefer a more original style will also find proposals characterised by tone-on-tone houndstooth or Glen Check patterns. For a total look which fully reflects the Lardini man, the collection also features different types of shirts, a vast selection of bow ties and ties, cummerbunds and refined flower-shaped cuff links for more special occasions. The right event suit for every age and every type of man. This is why Lardini has developed a more extensive proposal, responding to individual requirements in the best possible way.

Tommy Hilfiger #StayHome
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Tommy Hilfiger #StayHome

Fashion Now that everyone is working from home, it seems like the leggings and sweatpants have become the new work uniform, especially with all these new at home work-out and yoga initiatives.   Get yours at Tommy.com Now that everyone is working from home, it seems like the leggings and sweatpants have become the new work uniform, especially with all these new at home work-out and yoga initiatives.   Get yours at Tommy.com

Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen launching a new collection
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Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen launching a new collection

Jewelry Behind every successful woman is a supportive man – or maybe more. Proudly unveiling a new collection of men’s and unisex jewellery, Charlotte Lynggaard pays tribute to the men closest to her. Each piece in the collection was originally a gift for a male member of the Lynggaard family.   Michel: The stunning braided cuff bracelet was originally a gift to Charlotte Lynggaard’s husband of 25 years, company CCO Michel Normann. The original wide silver bracelet has grown into a selection of open bracelets and open rings, masterfully crafted from Sterling silver and 18K white and yellow gold. Designed to t men and women alike, the braided trophy bracelet is available in two widths.   Julius: The designer created the stamped cuff bracelet as a Christmas present for her son, Julius. Each tiny stamp subtly greets one of the men in the Lynggaard family. The sh re ects Julius’ personality – attentiveness and love of the ocean. The scull is a favourite motif of Charlotte Lynggaard’s brother, brand CEO Søren Lynggaard. Another stamp illustrates founder Ole Lynggaard’s love of nature. The evil eye stamp is meant to protect and watch over the person wearing the bracelet. All Julius bracelets are available in silver and 18K white and yellow gold. The selection also includes a wide ring, elaborately stamped and crafted from 18K gold.   Life Bracelets: Developing her vastly successful collection of Life bracelets, Charlotte Lynggaard’s new and bigger addition to the Life family is indeed larger than life. The perfect addition to a watch or styled with an open bangle, the new Life bracelet is designed with a large hook lock crafted from 18K yellow or white gold. The hand-knotted string bracelet is slightly thicker than smaller Life bracelet.   Founder's Keepers: Founder Ole Lynggaard is a classic gentleman, who prefers classic gentleman’s jewellery. His sculptural cuf ink designs are beautiful gifts for quality-conscious men of all ages.   Men’s Collection is available with retailers and in agship store worldwide from May 2020. Behind every successful woman is a supportive man – or maybe more. Proudly unveiling a new collection of men’s and unisex jewellery, Charlotte Lynggaard pays tribute to the men closest to her. Each piece in the collection was originally a gift for a male member of the Lynggaard family.   Michel: The stunning braided cuff bracelet was originally a gift to Charlotte Lynggaard’s husband of 25 years, company CCO Michel Normann. The original wide silver bracelet has grown into a selection of open bracelets and open rings, masterfully crafted from Sterling silver and 18K white and yellow gold. Designed to t men and women alike, the braided trophy bracelet is available in two widths.   Julius: The designer created the stamped cuff bracelet as a Christmas present for her son, Julius. Each tiny stamp subtly greets one of the men in the Lynggaard family. The sh re ects Julius’ personality – attentiveness and love of the ocean. The scull is a favourite motif of Charlotte Lynggaard’s brother, brand CEO Søren Lynggaard. Another stamp illustrates founder Ole Lynggaard’s love of nature. The evil eye stamp is meant to protect and watch over the person wearing the bracelet. All Julius bracelets are available in silver and 18K white and yellow gold. The selection also includes a wide ring, elaborately stamped and crafted from 18K gold.   Life Bracelets: Developing her vastly successful collection of Life bracelets, Charlotte Lynggaard’s new and bigger addition to the Life family is indeed larger than life. The perfect addition to a watch or styled with an open bangle, the new Life bracelet is designed with a large hook lock crafted from 18K yellow or white gold. The hand-knotted string bracelet is slightly thicker than smaller Life bracelet.   Founder's Keepers: Founder Ole Lynggaard is a classic gentleman, who prefers classic gentleman’s jewellery. His sculptural cuf ink designs are beautiful gifts for quality-conscious men of all ages.   Men’s Collection is available with retailers and in agship store worldwide from May 2020.

Laauw create masks and support Dutch hospitals
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Laauw create masks and support Dutch hospitals

Accessories We are aware of the scarcity of face masks in Dutch hospitals, so – because every contribution has been nicely included – they donated 1,000 facial masks to the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch. At the time of writing, these masks are produced by their supplier. In addition, Meike, their junior designer who works at their design studio (in their flagship store) in Den Bosch, has time to spare. The sales floor is very quiet, which makes Meike a bit restless. In the time that she now had to spare, she got creative. And there, of course related to these times, a design for a face mask originated. A good example that this virus blocks and hurts a lot, but that creativity cannot be stopped.     Comment from the founders: This damn virus, it affects all of us. We need to stay indoors as much as possible – just as spring is arriving -, social contacts are suspended until we-have-no-clue-when and the virus is spreading, making people in the care sector working overtime.  Right now our store is empty, appointments are being rescheduled and various productions have been stopped. We can’t and shouldn’t do anything, but we found out that we just can’t sit still. So we started looking for what we can do. For ourselves, for our environment and just in general in this whole situation, to make something positive out of it.    For more visit their website: Laauw.com We are aware of the scarcity of face masks in Dutch hospitals, so – because every contribution has been nicely included – they donated 1,000 facial masks to the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch. At the time of writing, these masks are produced by their supplier. In addition, Meike, their junior designer who works at their design studio (in their flagship store) in Den Bosch, has time to spare. The sales floor is very quiet, which makes Meike a bit restless. In the time that she now had to spare, she got creative. And there, of course related to these times, a design for a face mask originated. A good example that this virus blocks and hurts a lot, but that creativity cannot be stopped.     Comment from the founders: This damn virus, it affects all of us. We need to stay indoors as much as possible – just as spring is arriving -, social contacts are suspended until we-have-no-clue-when and the virus is spreading, making people in the care sector working overtime.  Right now our store is empty, appointments are being rescheduled and various productions have been stopped. We can’t and shouldn’t do anything, but we found out that we just can’t sit still. So we started looking for what we can do. For ourselves, for our environment and just in general in this whole situation, to make something positive out of it.    For more visit their website: Laauw.com

Sculptural Bodies by Claudio & Tomas.
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Sculptural Bodies by Claudio & Tomas.

Fashion Exclusive editorial by Claudio and Tomas.   TEAM CREDITS: SHOT BY CLAUDIO AND TOMAS STYLING BY JERMAINE DALEY CASTING BY BRENT CHUA HAIR BY TAICHI SAITO MAKEUP BY AYANA AWATA MODEL: ALEXI CHAPARRO @ NEXT STYLING ASSISTANT: ORE ZACCHEUS PHOTO ASSISTANT: ANDRES JANA Exclusive editorial by Claudio and Tomas.   TEAM CREDITS: SHOT BY CLAUDIO AND TOMAS STYLING BY JERMAINE DALEY CASTING BY BRENT CHUA HAIR BY TAICHI SAITO MAKEUP BY AYANA AWATA MODEL: ALEXI CHAPARRO @ NEXT STYLING ASSISTANT: ORE ZACCHEUS PHOTO ASSISTANT: ANDRES JANA

In conversation with Ferry Corsten
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In conversation with Ferry Corsten

Music   Hailing from Rotterdam, Ferry Corsten’s illustrious career is exemplified by a passion for music that began as a hobby and spiralled into a full-blown profession, as he continues to push the boundaries of trance music, rising 15 places to #59 in last year’s DJ Mag Top 100 poll. While synonymous with dance music and songs primed for the dancefloor, Ferry has always harboured a love for the more stripped back forms of sound, be it cinematic, orchestral or ambient, highlighted by him completing his first film score for David Gleeson’s 2018 thriller ‘Don’t Go’, which was released as a soundtrack early last year. Ferry continues to explore the more ambient side of his creativity with a new album under his FERR alias, ‘As Above So Below’, which was released last Friday, and sees Ferry reveal some of his most personal work to date, coming at a perfect time when people around the world are looking for ways to keep their cool.  Alongside hit global exploits as a DJ, chart scaling achievements in the studio, Ferry continues to have a day-to-day involvement in his Flashover Recording simprint, who recently announced they will be partnering with Armada Music for future releases. Launched back in 2005, Ferry’s label enables him to scour the world for fresh talent and release music by cutting-edge producers, giving them a voice on the world stage, alongside hosting his own label parties everywhere from Amsterdam Dance Event to Miami Music Week.   We had the opportunity to speak with Ferry about his change in direction, the inspiration behind the album, and the current situation the world is facing.   Could you tell us more about your new ‘As Above So Below’ album that is released this week? It’s a far cry from your previous output, what was the reasoning behind this change in direction? I’ve always had a big passion for this type of music. I love to listen to it myself when I want to disconnect from the usual music productions. Sometimes, I find myself having an hour here and there that I can use to just create other music than the usual thing. I noticed at some point that I had accumulated a lot of tracks that I had been making over time and thought of sharing this with the rest of the world.    What did you want to achieve with this new album? Was there a creative vision that you wanted to realise or was it a completely blank canvas? It was a completely blank canvas. I specifically told myself not to switch back into auto pilot…meaning the formulated, structure way of producing that I do for a lot of my dance stuff. This album was completely free reign and literally going with the flow.     After so many years in the industry, what keeps you motivated? I think I’ve managed to remain for so many years in this industry because I really love what I do. I am one of the very lucky people in this world to have been able to make my hobby into a fully-fledged career. I’m also very lucky that people enjoy what I produce and play. Without them I would not be able to do what I do. Although it is a dream job, every job has its difficulties and this job is no different than others. You are constantly on the go, always working. You don’t have as much family time as you wish. But knowing as well that there are people that want to hear your music and watch you play definitely keeps me (and my family) motivated.   What is the most exciting part of releasing this new album to the world? The most exciting part is that it is what people never expected from me and seeing their reactions to it.      What is the message you are trying to send with this new album, which feels especially important with the difficult times we are going through at the moment?  Yeah, the timing seems impeccable but of course the release date was planned months before. I could never have foreseen a world that we are in today. The whole motivation behind this album and this music is to tell people that it’s ok to slow down every once in a while. To sit back, relax, zone out, and recharge.   What were your inspirations for the album? Can you name a couple of recommendations for people new to this sound who may want to explore a bit deeper? A good reference is the music you can find in my stillpoint by Ferry Corsten playlist. This playlist features artists that are in this same realm of music, notably Olafur Arnulds, Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins, to name a few.     How do you find new sources of inspiration and musical discovery to keep your music fresh?   Keeping your music fresh starts with a big imagination. The sky is the limit. I like to listen to different genres that are somewhat close to my original style of music and look for elements that I can bring in to my own genre.     What is next for you after the new album release? I’m currently working on my new Ferry Corsten album. At the minute I’m using the time that I have being locked up during these hard times as an opportunity to work on this!           Hailing from Rotterdam, Ferry Corsten’s illustrious career is exemplified by a passion for music that began as a hobby and spiralled into a full-blown profession, as he continues to push the boundaries of trance music, rising 15 places to #59 in last year’s DJ Mag Top 100 poll. While synonymous with dance music and songs primed for the dancefloor, Ferry has always harboured a love for the more stripped back forms of sound, be it cinematic, orchestral or ambient, highlighted by him completing his first film score for David Gleeson’s 2018 thriller ‘Don’t Go’, which was released as a soundtrack early last year. Ferry continues to explore the more ambient side of his creativity with a new album under his FERR alias, ‘As Above So Below’, which was released last Friday, and sees Ferry reveal some of his most personal work to date, coming at a perfect time when people around the world are looking for ways to keep their cool.  Alongside hit global exploits as a DJ, chart scaling achievements in the studio, Ferry continues to have a day-to-day involvement in his Flashover Recording simprint, who recently announced they will be partnering with Armada Music for future releases. Launched back in 2005, Ferry’s label enables him to scour the world for fresh talent and release music by cutting-edge producers, giving them a voice on the world stage, alongside hosting his own label parties everywhere from Amsterdam Dance Event to Miami Music Week.   We had the opportunity to speak with Ferry about his change in direction, the inspiration behind the album, and the current situation the world is facing.   Could you tell us more about your new ‘As Above So Below’ album that is released this week? It’s a far cry from your previous output, what was the reasoning behind this change in direction? I’ve always had a big passion for this type of music. I love to listen to it myself when I want to disconnect from the usual music productions. Sometimes, I find myself having an hour here and there that I can use to just create other music than the usual thing. I noticed at some point that I had accumulated a lot of tracks that I had been making over time and thought of sharing this with the rest of the world.    What did you want to achieve with this new album? Was there a creative vision that you wanted to realise or was it a completely blank canvas? It was a completely blank canvas. I specifically told myself not to switch back into auto pilot…meaning the formulated, structure way of producing that I do for a lot of my dance stuff. This album was completely free reign and literally going with the flow.     After so many years in the industry, what keeps you motivated? I think I’ve managed to remain for so many years in this industry because I really love what I do. I am one of the very lucky people in this world to have been able to make my hobby into a fully-fledged career. I’m also very lucky that people enjoy what I produce and play. Without them I would not be able to do what I do. Although it is a dream job, every job has its difficulties and this job is no different than others. You are constantly on the go, always working. You don’t have as much family time as you wish. But knowing as well that there are people that want to hear your music and watch you play definitely keeps me (and my family) motivated.   What is the most exciting part of releasing this new album to the world? The most exciting part is that it is what people never expected from me and seeing their reactions to it.      What is the message you are trying to send with this new album, which feels especially important with the difficult times we are going through at the moment?  Yeah, the timing seems impeccable but of course the release date was planned months before. I could never have foreseen a world that we are in today. The whole motivation behind this album and this music is to tell people that it’s ok to slow down every once in a while. To sit back, relax, zone out, and recharge.   What were your inspirations for the album? Can you name a couple of recommendations for people new to this sound who may want to explore a bit deeper? A good reference is the music you can find in my stillpoint by Ferry Corsten playlist. This playlist features artists that are in this same realm of music, notably Olafur Arnulds, Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins, to name a few.     How do you find new sources of inspiration and musical discovery to keep your music fresh?   Keeping your music fresh starts with a big imagination. The sky is the limit. I like to listen to different genres that are somewhat close to my original style of music and look for elements that I can bring in to my own genre.     What is next for you after the new album release? I’m currently working on my new Ferry Corsten album. At the minute I’m using the time that I have being locked up during these hard times as an opportunity to work on this!        

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