Hutspot Interviews | Jungle of Oz

If you’ve been to our van Woustraat store, there’s a big chance you’ve already seen her or her products. We’re talking about Ozzie, our employee for already quite some time now who started a brand for herself, and it’s called Jungle of Oz.

How did your brand come about?
One and a half year ago, I started to love plants. I was buying lots of plants for my house. I wanted to make the plant family bigger and bigger. At one moment I needed to stop buying plants for my house, because my little apartment in Amsterdam was getting crazy. So I started to buy plants for my friends and I was helping them with turning their houses into a jungle. Since it really became an addiction for me, my dream was to to have a pop up store and travel with all my plants around the world. I work at Hutspot since almost day one, and I thought that the best place to start Jungle of Oz is at Hutspot!

How did it feel when someone bought one of your products?
It felt so awesome! I took a picture of the first three customers. They were happy and I was even happier.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Having my own plant shop in a city that has a lot of sun, green and ocean.

What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact that I started this journey, and how fast these past few months went by. There was a lot of time pressure. I’m also really proud of the amount of people who really like it. You’ll never know if people are going to like it or not. But that’s the risk you take for something that you really love to do.

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Where do you get your inspiration?
I was buying lots of plants for my house so I met a lot of plant people. I also went to Australia where I met more plant people. There was one girl and she was a plant stylist. I never heard of that before so I started a research about being a plant stylist. After that moment I wanted to become one.

If you could work with any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
Johnny Depp. Because I think that all the girls around the whole world would come to my plants to buy them.

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What is your advice for other young entrepreneurs or artists?
Nothing is impossible, and never stop doing what you love! And do everything to build what you want.

And how do you see your future at Hutspot growing?
Lovely. I hope that we can make more out of this little plant corner of mine!

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How did working at Hutspot inspire you to start something for yourself?
I have been working at Hutspot for quite some time now, and I was always working with nice brands around me. It inspired me because I could see that all those brand owners were doing something that they love.

Imagine your working space is burning & you can only save 3 things from it – What would these 3 things be?
My laptop, my camera and my Elizabeth Arden lipbalm. Maybe some plants but they’re heavy, haha.

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Ozzie’s Jungle of Oz is available at our Hutspot van Woustraat store. 

Hutspot Interviews | Inge de Leeuw of IFFR

Meet Inge de Leeuw: a feature film programmer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She studied Cultural Studies in Rotterdam and Film & Television Studies in Utrecht, and that combined with her experience in film production got her the job! She started working at IFFR’s programme department in 2005, becoming a programmer in 2010. Inge selects feature films for IFFR from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland.

 

Hi Inge! What intrigues you about film?
I’d have to say the creativity and the way film combines all different disciplines and visual culture in one experience. I’m also really interested in doing research of new forms of filmmaking for the future.

What is your favourite part of working for IFFR?
Definitely the fact that I get to see a lot of beautiful films, made by a lot of young, creative and very talented filmmakers and artists. Also the ability to share these films that may never be shown otherwise with the people of Rotterdam (and the rest of the Netherlands of course!)

What is your favourite thing about Rotterdam?
My favorite thing about Rotterdam is that you can feel all the creativity all around you. That, combined with the fresh energy and space, makes Rotterdam perfect for me.

 

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Where can we find you when
 youre not busy with work, and what’s you’re favorite hangout in Rotterdam?
Probably drinking the best coffee of Rotterdam, at de Zeeuwse Meisjes at Deliplein!

What do you like about the Hutspot concept?
I have always liked curated shops, where you can find unique products that are chosen with care and  vision. I think Hutspot is exactly this kind of store and it’s great that they are now in Rotterdam too.

Can you name a few films that we should look out for during the IFFR?

Hermia and Helena by Matias Piñeiro and António Um Dois Três by Leonardo Mouramateu
Both films create worlds where you don’t exactly know where reality ends and fiction begins. Two very charming films, about modern day romance, theatre and everyday life in Portugal, New York and Buenos Aires.

Park by Sophia Exarchou
Beautiful portrait of a lost generation. Equally coming-of-age drama and social realism.

Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog by Julian Radlmaier
Very fresh, funny political comedy on living and filmmaking – with magical twists.

Paterson by Jim Jarmusch
A beautiful film about the love and the poetry of normal life.

Moonlight by Barry Jenkins
I think this may be the best American film that has been made this year. It’s very poetic, beautifully shot and it’s about the life of a black man as he grows up and struggles with the exploration of his identity and sexuality. Won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and is an Oscar favourite as well.

Prevenge by Alice Lowe
I love Alice Lowe, she is a great actress and with this debut film she also shows she is a wonderful director and great screenwriter. It’s a humorous, feminist horror film that makes mincemeat of romantic notions of pregnancy.

Make sure to keep an eye out on the website of IFFR because they will be announcing their complete program this Wednesday and the ticket sale will start Friday the 20th!

 


Inge is wearing:

Jacket – Won Hundred
Skirt – Side Party
Shirt – Selected Femme

Available at all our stores

Hutspot x EYE

After a very successful edition of “spending the night” at Foam, we decided to end this year with another edition, this time at EYE. And last thursday, Jill Vink and her grandmother Roelien were the lucky ones to spend the night at this unique location. Together with our partners muun, Zo Goed Als Oud and HAY we decorated the room and turned it into a beautiful suite. Also W Hotel Amsterdam supplied them with towels, bathrobes and a lot more to make the night complete. Jill’s letter stood out because we thought it was special that she wanted to take her grandmother with her, who she’s really close with. Their motto is “One can always dream”, so it was such a pleasure that we were able to make a dream become reality.

Upon the arrival of Jill and Roelien, we welcomed them to EYE with a nice tour in and around the building. They had dinner in the EYE restaurant, afterwards enjoyed the movie Neruda and of course had a lovely night of sleep (we even heard that they haven’t slept that well in months). Below you find some images of how the room was decorated! Also would love to win a night in such a unique location? Make sure to keep an eye out, because in the new year we will turn more spaces into beautiful suites for a night.

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Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the brands that we sell at Hutspot.
Vase and pillows by Fest Amsterdam

Book by MENDO
Cups by Bone Amsterdam
Plant by Pikaplant
All brands available at all our stores.

Christmas gift suggestions

Christmas is already right around the corner, and besides for it being a lovely time and a moment to be with your loved ones and family it can also be a stressful time. Because what to give your mother, brother or lover? Don’t worry, that’s where we come in. We’ve selected some Christmas gift suggestions which you can find below. De-stress and easily shop our our selected gift ideas at one of our stores. (And perhaps, you’ll have some extra time and money left to treat yourself on something nice).

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Christmas shopping at Hutspot Rozengracht

The days before Christmas are always the best. To get you in the Christmas mood the day before Christmas eve, we want to do something extra for all you christmas shoppers. From 16:00 to 19:00 the Thomas Wessels Quintet will be playing some live jazz at our Rozengracht store. Also Sir Edmond Gin will be present to give you a taste of their flamingo flavored gin.

If you’re having trouble finding some Christmas gifts for your loved ones, we have created a Christmas gift guide for you! Take a look here.

See you the 23rd!

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Hutspot Tips | December

Dum Dum Palace

The newest Hotspot in Amsterdam just opened their doors, and it’s called Dum Dum Palace! It is located in the heart of Amsterdam’s China town, de Zeedijk. Expect some good asian food that is made for sharing.

The guys from “Hot Mama Hot” and “Mooie Jongens” had a shared dream, and that is opening their own restaurant. They started from scratch, and in only two months time they completed the concept and finalized the restaurant. The staff has had a special wine course to give the best wine advice.


 

Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibition at Foam

On the 16th of December a new exhibition opens at Foam, one of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. The exhibition is called Black Box, and shows an overview of his best artworks from his most famous series.

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The exhibition, curated by Philip Larratt-Smith, consists of thirty-four artworks that all together show more than 40 years of Sugimoto’s work as a photographer. Some of the series aren’t even finished yet, and the exhibition gives you an opportunity to have a preview of what’s coming in the future. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s exhibition at Foam is open from December 16th till March 8th

 


 

Harry Potter bookstore Utrecht Central 

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, something that we all dreamed of when we were little kids just became reality… A real Harry Potter bookstore! The bookstore is an initiative by AKO, a bookstore chain.

 

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The pop-upbookstore was opened at midnight to celebrate the release 0f the latest Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Besides books of course, there’s much more to it: in the store you’ll find a mini maze and some of the spaces are build like scenes from the book. The bookstore is open for 9 3/4 weeks, and it’ll close on the 31st of January.



Amsterdam Lights Festival

Every year, it’s a true ‘highlight’: Amsterdam Lights Festival. For almost two months, Amsterdam lights up the city center and its canals with 35 art installations of international artists, designers, and architects.

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There are 2 routes that you can follow to see the artworks. one over water, which is called Water Colors. And one walking route, the Illuminade. Both tours have their own artworks that relate to a unique theme per route. Almost all the light installations are especially made for the Amsterdam Light Festival. A lot of participating artists use concepts and techniques that they have never applies before. Every year the technical team from the festival supports the artists in the development and implementation of their concepts.


Kino Rotterdam

KINO is a new cinema in the center of Rotterdam. The historical building at the Gouvernestraat is together with KINO already a fact in the Rotterdam film industry.

But KINO isn’t just your ordinary cinema. There’s a bar, restaurant and last but not least… a creative workspace for people that work in the audiovisual industry. If you want, you can spend the whole day at KINO. You can work, eat, have some drinks and of course watch a movie. And there’s always something for everyone. Arthouse, blockbusters, short movies and classics. You can find KINO Rotterdam at Gouvernestraat 129 – 133.

 


 

We hope you enjoy our monthly tips. Do you have a tip about what you think is worth to visit, watch, eat at or listen to? Please let us know by sending an email to rsvp@hutspotamsterdam.com, and who knows we might include your tip in our next list.

Hutspot Interviews | Xaviera Altena

Meet Xaviera Altena: a young illustrator from Rotterdam. We sat down with Xaviera to talk about her art and how she became a designer at a young age. Keep your eyes out for this one, because we expect to see a lot more from her!

When did you decide to become an entrepreneur/designer?
I was born and raised in the center of Rotterdam in the mid 90’s, which played a huge role in the decision to become an illustrator. Rotterdam is known for it’s rich cultural diversity. I grew up in the middle of it in between all these mixed cultures and ideas. I think that in an early stage of my life I started to be interested in colours, images and people. Since the age of 10 I knew I wanted to be an illustrator, that feeling never went away, so I followed that dream, and I am still following it!

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What have been the ups & downs of having your own business?
The hardest thing for me is, is that you sell what you love. If people are disapproving your work, it feels like they disapprove your ethics/aesthetics and style. And that makes it sometimes really hard to separate business from personal emotions. So there hasn’t been any specific ups and downs, but it’s the emotional rollercoaster that sometimes needs reflection, thank god that all my friends are in the creative business so we can talk and relate to eachother.


Where do you get your inspiration?
I love to read about modern day’s issues/happenings and (r)evolutions which speak to me personally, for example feminism, social movements, news facts and societies. I also really love artists who work with these subjects. For example Laura Callaghan or Lena Dunham. Next to this I also feel inspired by 90’s- and modern popculture, and how this influences the youth and the way we behave. I am a people’s observer really.

 

 

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If you could work with any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?

I believe everyone changes overtime and you adapt new ideas and visions about what you want to learn or communicate. However right now I am focusing on a colourful, playful yet simple style with my illustrations. Within that style I am trying to reflect on today’s issues which speak to me as a young female artist. And in that case I would love to work with artists like Robyn, Santigold or other female frontiers who decided to not give a shit and have a voice that needs to be heard.

 

What is your advice for other young entrepreneurs or artists?
The best thing I learned so far is to let people or things go if they hold you back from doing the best you can, if you are being able to do that new doors and opportunities will follow. That, and to NEVER apologize for your enthusiasm, NEVER.  

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Right now I just entered a really cool agency in Amsterdam, so I am hoping to make some beautiful stuff together. Next to that I am always in a search for interesting magazines/partners to collaborate with. I need to do this to keep growing and learning. So in 5 years I hope to be better, bigger and bolder.

 

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What was your biggest mistake/failure as an entrepreneur?
I did not made any big mistakes yet. But I did do some things that I slightly regret, but I think those are part of growing and developing as an artist. For example: loving a design you made and order 2000 business cards with that design on it, and then realize two weeks later it’s not that awesome, and you are already drawing other things (there was a period my work developed really quickly from style to style). I know you never have to apologize for your enthusiasm to other people, but to yourself you owe a explanation with this kind of stupid money spending when it’s totally not necessary. So always have a good night sleep and then make a solid decision.

What would you be doing if you wouldn’t have your brand?
I have a few options.. I would be a chef in my own cooking show, a veterinarian or a detective. These professions may sound random to you, but they all represent my favourite hobbies. In my spare time I love to cook and learn about food. I try to prepare a fresh meal everyday, and my oven is my best friend. I also love pets and animals.. I don’t think I need to explain that, because who doesn’t love them? And the detective part represents my interest in solving problems and exploring things. I have always been an adventurer, and I love crime series and thrillers. So I guess if the illustrayon job doesn’t work out, I have plenty of options to follow.

 

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What do you do when you’re not working?
Well, not to sound like a complete nerd, but I am always working. Next to my studio I am always on the look out for new projects and other jobs to keep on going. And if I am not looking for jobs or projects, I am instagramming and drawing to stay on track and to keep developing as an artist. My brain never stops thinking so it’s hard to stop creating and expressing myself. I have a book full of ideas which are not worked out yet…  

Imagine your working space is burning & you can only save 3 things from it – What would these 3 things be?
I thought this would be a though one, but actually it isn’t.. Because I work mainly digital it’s very simple: the first thing I would grab is my Hard Drive, second thing my boyfriend, since we both work in the same studio, and the third thing would be my cellphone.  Then I will have everything to start illustrating again as soon as possible!


Xaviera’s illustrations are available at our Hutspot Rotterdam store. 

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Hutspot interviews | Solaris Houtatelier

Meet Rob, the owner and founder of Solaris Houtatelier. At his studio he makes wooden music boxes, but not too long ago he had a completely different lifestyle. He left his safe an secure job to chase his dreams; making products made of local wood. And since Hutspot is always looking for local goods, we are excited to have a chat with Rob about his brand and products, that are made in Utrecht, and only sold in Utrecht.

 

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How did your brand come about?
My brand is “Solaris Houtatelier”. Solaris means “As the sun”, and to me, wood is like gold made by the sun. Trees always grow towards the light of the sun, and it conserves its energy. So, wood doesn’t only give warmth when you put it in the fireplace, it’s like a quality that’s inside wood. And that’s why I love it.

Last year, I discovered Stadshout (an organization that recycles trees that are being cut down). Since then, I only work with local wood and make music boxes out of it! What I like about it is that you know where this wood is coming from.

Remember the 1st time someone bought 1 of your products? How did that feel?
I remember that the first box was sold through Etsy.com, a website for small designers. The music boxes were just online on Etsy and pretty quickly I got an email saying “Congratulations, you have sold your first item!”. That made me feel really happy of course. With Etsy you can reach a big audience, and since then I get orders from all over the world.

I remember very clearly the first first music box that I made… Now I’m almost reaching music box 600! The first box I gave to friends for the birth of their daughter. The music boxes are really typical to buy as a gift, so in my opinion it would be best to give the first one as a gift from myself.

What have been the ups & downs of having your own business?
For me, it definitely has two sides. I very much enjoy the freedom it gives me. No fixed structure, every day is different and the days go by very naturally. But on the other hand, it also means an empty bank account and an empty fridge! Insecurities and feeling restless because I don’t have a steady income. My freedom comes with a price, but it’s totally worth it! Luckily, my business has been way better than when I started back in 2014.

What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of the fact that I took the risk to quit my secure and safe job to chase my dreams and not knowing if it’ll work out. And despite all the setbacks, empty bank accounts, and other difficulties I knew how to keep my positive attitude, and that’s something  I am really proud of.

Where do you get your inspiration?
The music boxes are not world changing or necessary, they’re just fun and nice! I see that when i’m selling the boxes at a market in Utrecht. people look at them, smile and carry on. Perhaps it’s the beauty of simplicity; Natural wood with a tiny mechanical music instrument and a sweet melody. In hectic times like these,  where technology keeps you busy for most of the day it’s nice that these nice boxes can make you calm and happy. Besides that, it is a sustainable product because the wood is taken from local trees that instead of being shredded are now made into something nice. In a way, the wood has been ‘given back to the city’.

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If you could work with any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
With a genius! Someone that can inspire me by means of their originality and would tell me; “Why don’t you do it this way?” and then I would say; “What a great idea, I never would’ve thought of that myself!” Collaborations are nice when you’re able to inspire each other. It could be Leonardo da Vinci, but perhaps a young child. Children still have that sparkling fantasy that adults lost once they got older.

What is your advice for other young entrepreneurs or artists?
Be original and authentic! don’t let money be your motive to start a business, but just go with the flow and totally go for it. You need to have fun in realizing your products, and day-by-day you’ll see what direction you’ll go into.


 

You can find the awesome solaris music boxes at our Hutspot Utrecht store

Ontour and Legends

Winter Is Coming.. Yes, we all know the quote of Game of Thrones. But it is true, so we figured to select a few items that will keep you cozy and warm. A new addition to the Hutspot family is Legends, a Danish brand that has the typical Scandinavian look and feel that we love.

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Photo no. 1 | Legends checked shirt €100,- | available at all our stores
Photo no. 2 & 7 | Legends grey shirt €100,- | Legends white t-shirt | available at all our stores | Samsoe Samsoe pants €129,- | availabe at our Amsterdam & Rotterdam stores
Photo no. 3 & 6 | Won Hundred denim jacket €190,- | available at all our stores
Photo no. 4 | Ontour trench coat €220- | Won Hundred sweater | €145,- | Legends white t-shirt €30,- | available at all our stores
Photo no. 5 | Ontour wool shirt €100,- | Ontour €85,- | available at all our stores
Photo no 6 | Won Hundred denim jacket €190,- | Legends white t-shirt €30,- | available at all our stores | Samsoe Samsoe pants €129,- | available at our Amsterdam & Rotterdam stores