Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Great shops in Germany: Kentaurus

When you visit Germany I recommend these favourite places:

Kentaurus in Cologne.
Shop specialised in horse leather jackets. And many more treasures can be found here, one nicer and more stylish as the other!!

It's located in the western part of downtown, about 15 minute walk from the Dom.

Uwe van Afferden in Dusseldorf.
Uwe is the man behind The Heritage Post, therefore a visit to his store is like going to the holy temple of taste. He knows exactly what's nice and every time he has a few new discoveries  showcased in the store. The shop is located  just a little south of the city centre and easy to reach by tram or taxi.

REYN SPOONER: Hawaii Style Shirts, more than just flowers!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

An Ideal Shopping Day in Paris including Great Food.

Earlier this year I was in Paris after an absence of 5 years (way too much) and noticed a lot of changes in men's shopping spots. Here are a few of my favorite places:

As in most cities these days one kind find a lot of Vintage fashion.
Around Les Halles vintage is everywhere, scroll around and head for
They have a great collection and by talking to one of the staff members I got some great tips on the latest shopping hot spots!

My next stop was the 3rd Arrondisement. (many people told me to skip the Marais (the 4th Arr), it's is too touristy and has lost most of the local charmes)
One of the best stores of this trip was the ROCKER SPEED SHOP,  it has a great collection of the brands you find elsewhere in this blog.
Rare brands from Japan and good old Europeand and North American classics.  

After that I biked south towards Place de La Bastille and found this great little treasure store called Symbolique on Rue de Cotte where I found a vintage suit including knickerbocker/plusfour. 

Now you are just a few steps form the Marche d' Aligre and you could decide to eat something at one of the bakery's or have a meaty lunch at Restaurant Boucherie Les Provinces. 
(only open for lunch until 2.30 PM!)

After this head further south towards Montparnasse, on Rue Mayet 16 you will find T-Bird, a great little store with motor theme style quality clothing.
You can find some rare treasures for your wardrobe here!

Finally for good French meal I recommend Restaurant L' Ambassade d'Auvergne.
Order Aligot, a mix of mashed potatoes with cheese, it's to die for!
See picture below.

Or go to Restaurant A la Biche au Bois and feel Parisien!!
Both places are great for good food and wine.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Laboureur workwear.

Vintage Tweed

While waiting for a table at Restaurant Boucherie Les Provinces near the Marché d’Aligre in the 12th arr. in Paris I met Laurent. Laurent was wearing exclusive vintage clothing and could me attention immediatly. 

It turned out he had recently opened a very small but very exquisite vintage store Symbolique on the Rue de Cotte, just around the corner. 

After the great lunch we walked over to Laurents place and found a shop for of treasures. We admired the great pieces Laurent offers. All of a sudden I see the suit I ahd been looking for during the last two years: a real vintage tweed suit including breeks, or as I would call them in Holland: knickerbockers!! The suit is made by Mears Ltd. in England. The tweed is made by Haggarts of Aberfeldy in Scotland. 

People who follow me know how much I wanted to have this piece of heritage clothing, and this one is perfect. It's not too wide, not too long, it's just right. 

Symbolique is a true hidden gem in Paris! Laurent's business card says: Vintage and Creations. One thing is for sure Laurent is a creative person with a very personal and extraordinary taste and style!

And ladies, 80% of what Laurent has got to offer is female clothing, but your husbands can also find great stuff. Laurent concentrates on older clothing, I believe he said all items are made before 1970, starting as early as he can get it. He seemes to have the right network, many pieces are so exclusive, they could be transferred to a museum directly!

Merci Laurent and all the best with the greatest little shop in the world!

16 Rue de Cotte, Paris (12th Arr)