item . no label derby shoes

In a world where we are slowly but surely replacing the oxford shoe with the derby shoe I ran into a pair of suede derbies the other day. The pair is made by Dutch upcoming – made to measure – menswear label NO LABEL.

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The derbies are made in a tough short haired dark brown suede and are laced up with your standard round cotton laces. I love the orange colored heelless sole that creates a casual look. Although there’s not much lining inside the shoes didn’t need that much hours of walking before they became comfy. I think this pair easily goes together with your average semi-casual combo of cotton trousers and sports jackets, but I also love to wear the shoes with a suit in more or less casual way. Patch pockets, turnups, Oxord shirt (and Scaglione vest) combo: the Italian way to go!

Check out the NO LABEL website and Tumblr for some great inspiration!

Cheers,

Menco

diary routine . week 16

From Monday untill Thursday my days were filled with regular work. Creating new window displays, working with the marketing team et cetera et cetera. I also dedicated two days to work with my old team – the Made to Measure guys in the Amsterdam Boardroom – to take away their work load a bit. In the meantime I had a couple of meetings with brand contact but I do need to mention the visit of Atte, the guy behind Dress Lika A. I showed Atte the store on Wednesday afternoon going through all the departments explaining the thought behind the brands and products. I’m sure Oger will be named at Dress Like A in a short while! Reminder: I need to visit Helsinki!

As you might have noticed in earlier posts, Friday is my fixed day off and for this particular week it was booked for an appointment for my check-up at the dentist. This might sound like not much ado, but this dentist is located close to Maastricht, over 2oo kilometers away. It’s because I consider this guy one of the best and one of the nicest! So after my early morning check-up – it was all fine – Boukje and I drove on to arrive in Maastricht around noon. We had a short walk through Wyck, a lovely little neighborhood with plenty of small nice shops, and than went for a good hamburger lunch at Hotel Derlon. A glass of wine was next on the list and we drank one at the fantastic Kruisheren Hotel, a church that has been rebuild into ¬†design hotel hosting a great wine bar. Off course we took plenty time to visit the nice stores in Maastricht. Just to name a few: Woolrich¬†(nice collection including Barracuta), Sissy Boy Homeland (fantastic store layout), Shoes & Shirts (huge top end shoe collection) and last but not least Montulet (total look, including brands like John Sheep, Mazzarelli and Bark). We took off back to Amsterdam around 6pm to arrive back home early in the evening.

On Saturday I worked at Oger The Hague for the day. I was able to assist in the measuring of a couple of customers and also took the time to create some customers illustrations. I love to work in The Hague; the team is really nice and there’s such a relaxed atmosphere. The team, some customers and I had a couple of nice glasses of white wine afterwards making me slender to the train a bit later than expected… Boukje made some homemade ravioli when I arrived home. Spinach filled ravioli with a Parmesan cheese sauce. Nice!!!

Easter came early this year as I woke up at 5:30am. The fact that I had fallen asleep on the couch the evening before only to wake up at 2am wasn’t really helpful. I took the early hours to work work on my Instagram and Tumblr and read a series of blogs I hadn’t visited for a while. Breakfast was the next thing on the mind and for Easter we put some effort in it with fresh croissants from the oven, mango and kiwi juice and yogurt with blended fruits. Nearly forgot coffee. I asked Bouk to go on a bike ride with me so before we knew it we we were off to the Amsterdamse Bos to have a soda and her dad’s place in Amstelveen to have a tea. Weather was lovely by now so my turtle neck and wool overcoat were overdone. Never mind. Enough reason for a lovely sandwich at ‘t Kalfje, right beside the Amstel enjoying a couple of glasses of wine as well. Great afternoon! At arrival back home – this was a 35k bike ride! – I was just in time to see Gilbert win the Amstel Gold Race and when writing this I’m watching PEC Zwolle – Ajax, the Dutch Cup Final. Somehow PEC leads 3-1 in the 22nd minute…

Cheers,

Menco

illustration routine . easter 2014

easterEnjoy these days!

Menco

work routine . modeling

A couple of weeks ago our marketing team at Oger and I sat together and decided to do a series of internal photo shoots to upgrade our online communication; both in emailing and through social platforms like Facebook and Instagram. The picture on top is one of the photos that Ray took during the five hour shoot. For the next weeks you will be updated on the Oger Facebook page with new inspring outfit.

In this top picture I’m wearing:

Check out the Oger blog for the best updates!

Cheers,

Menco