Over the past weeks I have been struggeling with the layout of my blog as you might have noticed Also preventing me from writing my weekly diary posts that always trigger a lot of positive responses. I think for the next couple of months, this is it. Just another bunch of blogpost underneath each other. Boring, but clean and clear. I’ve been in contact with my boy Sjoerd again to create a new series of outfit posts also!
Last week started on Monday 31st, final day of March. You might have noticed that I ran a lot in March and finished at just under 220k for the month. Felt a bit guilty in the end for not running on Monday morning, but hey, 220 is quite enough. Due to a cancelled appointment in Blaricum I left fot our Purmerend Headquarters to work on administrative stuff most of the day; in between Martijn and I received two kind gentlemen for a possible buying project for the future.
On Tuesday morning, I had called for a meeting with the full creative team (buying and marketing) to present the autumn winter collection for 2014 for them and us. It is of great importance that these teams work together as well as they can to cover the general view and feel of Oger every season. Responses were great I took the chance to also present them with a major change in marketing strategy for the upcoming seasons. Stay tuned Afterwards we took off to Purmerend to work on the window displays. Viewing the weather predictions we decided to go on a summer look: lots of sand colors, cottons and linens. Great responses during the week. Most unfortunately, I got a distressing call from Boukje about her 93 year old ‘granny’; she had passed out and had been taking to hospital so I left around 5pm to join her family in the AMC. She survived the first nights but unfortunately passed away on Thursday evening around 9pm. Luckily surrounded by her loved ones…
Both Wednesday and Thursday I worked partially in Purmerend and partially in the Amsterdam store for different appointments and obligations. Couldn’t find energy to run on these days. I was happy to show a new colleague around the store on Thursday. Maurits is a great guy with a background at SuitSupply and Nike and another good addition to the Oger team!
My day off on Friday started with work, work and work in the morning as I was approached with many questions by the marketing team I needed to lose some energy and thus went for a 15k run crossing the canals and Westerpark. Together with Boukje, we grabbed a coffee and went for a walk in the afternoon only to have a simple dinner in the evening because I needed to get up early on Saturday morning.
The train to Rotterdam, on that early morning, was guided over all sorts of different villages due to heavy works on the line. I arrived just after 9am and explained the team that I was there to make illustrations of our customers over the day. In the end I was able to create four illustrations; customers were really pleased about the extra service. I didn’t finish them on the spot, but made a good set up so I can work on it during the week and ship the illustrations signed by Oger and myself to the customers. Due to a busy schedule at the made-to-measure departments I had to leave Rotterdam early in the afternoon to join that team at the last hours of the day. I was needed…
And I was needed again on Sunday, taking away my free day of finding myself on the couch with tea and cookies, watching the ‘Ronde van Vlaanderen’ aaaaallll day long. But, good colleague that I am ;), I supported Diederik and Sam measuring and fitting suits between noon and 5 pm. I was a wreck at the end of the day. Happy to see Bouk create some good couscous for dinner
And here’s week 15! Enjoy yours!