Our Neighbor’hut

Since our store opened in van Woustraat, it is quite an eye catcher in that area. But the traditional van Woustraat is long, so we are in pretty good company! In the new category Our Neighbor’hut we want to highlight some of the street neighbors that we really appreciate.

 

Genco Versshop

In times where every restaurant, café or even grocery stores try to be stylish and cool, it’s really nice to have still some places that aren’t trying to be something, which they are not. One of those shops is definitely Genco Versshop. The authentic Turkish supermarket is in business for many years and has a few stores in Amsterdam. With their huge selection of oriental spices, veggies, fruits & meat, Genco is perfect for everyone who wants to broaden their food horizon beyond what you can find at Albert Heijn. Have a look the next time after you’ve been shopping at Hutspot.

 


 

Wash-O-Matic

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If you’re following our blog this place might seem familiar to you. Because not only helps Wash-O-Matic to keep your clothes so fresh and so clean, but also is it a perfect location for a Photo shooting. The Laundromat is right across the street from Hutspot and we’re shooting out “Doing the Laundry” series there. Needless to say that we’re big fans of Wash-O-Matic’s look, service & the chill atmosphere. So the next time you got some smelly T-shirts, grab some coins and swing by Van Woustraat 7.

 



Coffeeshop Ibiza

Of course what would Our Neighbor’Hut category be, without a proper coffeeshop. And let me tell you, with Ibiza we have a real original. Since 1989, the shop offers a big range of herbs and the staff is super helpful while picking the right stuff for you, so make sure to be open and communicative during your visit. Also Ibiza has big TV screens, some cardboard games as well as arcade games. What more could you ask for?


 

 

Café van Wou

Café van Wou has more to offer than just coffee. As a matter of fact, I’ve never even seen a coffee there! But for a unique interior, drinks with your friends or a round of billiard, Café van Wou is the place to go. What we love most about the remarkable Café is that it attracts young as well as old people in a natural way. If you haven’t been there, it’s a must see in the van Woustraat.

We are Copenhagen and Selected Homme

With WEARECPH and Selected Homme we want to highlight two impressive nordic brands at Hutspot, which will prepare you for the approaching Fall. The danish company WEARECPH just joined our ranks and offers you clean designs with well choosen details. As a suitable extension Selected Homme presents their timeless collection in the brilliant colors for the upcoming season.

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Photo no.1 |  WAC jacket and RVLT tee | €159 | €29,95
Photo no.2 | Selected homme sweater | €49,95
Photo no.3 | WAC ecru shirt, Selected homme camel bomber and grey pants |€45,- | €149,95 | €59,95
Photo no.4 | Selected homme grey pants and grey sweater | €59,95 | €39,95
Photo no.5 | WAC kaki suede jacket and WAC striped shirt | €229,- | €59,-
Photo no.6 | WAC navy polo | €59,- |
Photo no.7 | WAC jacket | €159,- |

All items are available at our Amsterdam and Utrecht stores

 

 

Hutspot Interviews | DIY Soap

If you’re curious about the ingredients of your skincare products, the dutch self-made woman Erica Linger and her self-made soaps have the answer. DIY Soap provides organic skin and hair care which you’ll finish at home. That way the cosmetics are always fresh and you know exactly what they’re made of. Each product contains all the ingredients and instructions. Easy, Fresh, Fun.

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Hi Erica, could you tell us a little bit about the woman behind DIY Soup?
Of course. I’m Erica Linger, mother of two beautiful daughters, wife of a guitarist and I’m a participant of the city council in Leiden. Politics often frustrate me but the most rewarding thing for me is when I can truly make a difference. In my spare time I’m a basketball coach for a local kids team and started my own business DIY Soap in 2015.

How did DIY Soap come to be?
I always wanted to start a business for myself. The freedom to be able to make my own choices and create something myself had always been my dream. For years I’ve been making body cream from natural ingredients for my oldest daughter. Because of her sensitive skin I couldn’t find a cream that worked for her. Making my own cream was fun but finding the right ingredients in the right amount took ages. Once I needed certain ingredients that only came in huge quantities. I thought how great it would it be if I could just order the right amount of ingredients at one place to make exactly one jar of cream at home myself. My business idea was born.

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Do you remember the first time someone bought one of your products? How did that feel?
Yes I remember very well. Of course friends and family had already bought some products straight from the beginning but when the first Internet order from a total stranger came in, I was so excited, happy and nervous at the same time! I waited for a couple of days for a reaction but of course nothing came, so I guess everything was fine. I also had problems letting the products go. Products which I put so much love and effort into. Finally the customer has it and can enjoy using it. By now I’ve gotten used to that.

What have been the up- and downsides of having your own business?
What I like most is being my own boss, set my own goals and pursuit them. It’s incredibly empowering when your own plans succeed. A downside is the large amount of work, especially the hands on tasks that I have to do by myself. Sometimes I have to work till 1 or 2 o’clock in the night to get things done. Another downside is to keep yourself motivated during setbacks. Of course friends and family can support you but in the end they are not going to do the work for you. You have to do it yourself.

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What are you most proud of?
Probably the fact that I had an idea, I worked it out and I started. I created something out of nothing. I am also very proud of my partnerships with other local entrepreneurs like a local beekeeper and a daycare center for special needs people. Most of my products are made by hand in the daycare center. I love coming there for a chat and to see how they are producing products for DIY Soap. Most of the time they have so much fun and the atmosphere is great!

If you could work together with any person, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
That would be Saul Alinsky (1909-1972). He was an American community organizer and writer. His organizing skills were focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across North America. He helped structuring those areas, so that they could create a backyard revolution in their own cities. Alinsky is such an original thinker. He was never scared to be controversial, but always acted a certain way to achieve his goals and strive for more equality in society. It would be an inspiration to see him at work but I doubt if he’d be an easy person to work with.

What is your advice for other young entrepreneurs or artists?
Dream, do it, stumble, fall and pick yourself up again. Don’t keep on talking about your plans but act out your plans. Be prepared to work, work, work. But always keep in mind what your priorities are. In your work and in your private life.


You can find the a variety of  Erica’s DIY Soap products at our van Woustraat location.

Interview – Haro Kraak

Meet Haro Kraak. He is a 29 year old journalist who works at the daily newspaper de Volkskrant, where he writes about media, pop culture and literature. Last week was a festive week for Haro, because his first novel just came out, which he launched Thursday evening at Hutspot. On and off, he worked for almost four years on his book Lekhoofd. The bulk of it was written on a two month trip to Cape Town last year.

It’s a story about a young boy, Noah, who has a rare neurological condition called synesthesia, which means he experiences his senses intertwined. Noah can actually taste and see sounds, and letters and numbers have colors for him. He talks to no one about this, until he meets Teun, who is a year older. Together they undertake an expedition of the senses to explore the boundaries of their perception. Meanwhile Noah’s restrained and secretive family collapses.

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First of all, why synesthesia? Do you have it yourself?

Well, I don’t really, but I do associate numbers with colors. When I was a kid I decided that 4 was yellow and 5 was blue, and so on. One day, about 7 years ago, I was walking through the halls of my university and there was this note saying: ‘Are these numbers and letters in the right colors according to you?’ It caught my eye and I checked: no, the colors were wrong. ‘Participate in a study into synesthesia’, it said. At home I read all about this phenomenon and I got obsessed with it.  

And why did your main character need to have it?
To me, it was clear Noah should have synesthesia because I wanted to tell an original story about this universal phenomenon: the development of a consciousness in a young person’s mind. Every teenager will sooner or later realize that the way he or she looks at the world might differ from somebody else. I can still recall the shock when I was a boy and I realized that I would never escape myself, I would always perceive the world through my own eyes and never know how someone else experiences life. We’re all stuck in our own unreliable heads, which is probably the reason why we sometimes can’t even understand our best friends. For a person with synesthesia this shock must be much more intense: he literally perceives the world differently than other people. 

How do people generally find out?
The stories differ, but mainly they say something weird sounding like: ‘This number is not in the right color.’ Of course, the person they are speaking to will ask them what the hell they are talking about. When I was telling people about my book, and during my research, I saw this happening a couple of times, which is quite amazing to see. When I discussed synesthesia at my work a designer said she had it too, and she never spoke about it with anyone, except her parents. There is a certain shame in it, you know? People will think you’re crazy or craving for attention. One woman even told me she saw colors when she had an orgasm. But the best story came from my girlfriend, who was telling a colleague about my book. The colleague was shocked and showed her note books from music school: she drew the notes of the composition in the right color to her. Which helped her to remember the notes when practicing the music. She was about 30 years old and had never heard of synesthesia.

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You were talking about shame. A lot of your characters seem to struggle with shame. Why?
Well, when I was writing the book, I was thinking a lot about my own childhood memories, and one thing that struck me about them was that my earliest most vibrant memories are all moments of shame. It’s probably not strange, because you experience shame when you first get to be aware of yourself and what other people think of you, of course these things will stick with you most as your mind matures. I remember a fight at kindergarten, I must have been about 4 years old: I pulled someone from the swing set while he was in full motion, and then I ran away, which was a cowardly thing to do, of course. I can’t remember one single lesson from that time, but I can still recall the look on that boy’s face exactly. Unfortunately, all the good times of your childhood fade away and blend into one big abstract feeling, you know? There’s no need to remember them, because there was nothing wrong then.

Finally, do you have some advice for any young writers out there?
Read a lot. Copy your heroes relentlessly, until you feel confident to do it on your own. Don’t think about a reader when writing. Don’t try to impress anyone, it always shows, in a bad way. And most of all: listen to the voices in your head, argue with them. When you do that correctly, you’re either schizophrenic or a writer.

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Get Haro’s book here.

Won Hundred and Wood Wood

Even though we have been spoiled with some lovely summer weather the past days, autumn and winter is coming closer. To make this transition as smooth as possible, we like to introduce you to some new collections that just arrived our stores. Here’re a few awesome items you can find in the new Won Hundred and Wood Wood collection worn by the lovely Hutspot employee Manouk.

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Photo no.1 |  Wood Wood short-sleeve shirt | €125 | available at Woustraat and Utrecht
Photo no.2 | Won Hundred Teuta pants and shirt | €160 each | available at all our stores
Photo no.3 | Wood Wood Charlene coat | €470 | and Eve classic jeans |165| available at Woustraat and Utrecht
Photo no.4 | Wood Wood short-sleeve shirt | €125 | and Eve classic jeans | 165 | available at van Woustraat and Utrecht
Photo no.5 | Wood Wood Felicia top | €70 | available at Woustraat and Utrecht
Photo no.6 | Won Hundred shirt | €190 | and pants | €145| available at all our stores
Photo no. 7 | Won Hundred velvet jacket | €175,- | available at all our stores

Hutspot Tips | September

Frank Ocean – Blonde

After many years and delays, the moment music lovers all over the world been waiting for happened last month. Frank Ocean has finally released his new album Blonde.

Unlike his 1st album Channel Orange in 2012, Blonde features a big variety of famous artists like André 3000, Beyoncé, James Blake, Jamie xx, Jazmine Sullivan or Yung Lean. After the confusion about his 45 minute film Endless, which appeared on his website a couple weeks ago, it’s hard to believe the project is finally here. We couldn’t be happier about it. Check out the very powerful visual for his first single Nikes.

 



Bring Your Own Beamer

On September 29, the Netherlands Film Festival and SETUP turn the former Utrecht post office at De Neude, into a one night media canvas called “Bring You Own Beamer”.

1 night, 1 empty space and a lot of beamers transform the white walls of the art space into a dynamic new kind of exposition. The entrance is free and the exhibition starts at 20.00. As an extension of BYOB, Hutspot Utrecht gives an exclusive preview of what to expect. The store joins the action by showing selected clips from September 8th to 30th. Visit Hutspot this month and if you like what you see, you know where to be on the 29th.

 


 

Wooden Chess Board by FOLK 

Unlike in a museum, the design chess board by FOLK allows you to touch and even play with their artpiece.

British menswear label FOLK has collaborated with niche artisan brand Wooden & Woven on this exceptional chess set. Handcrafted from ash wood, it comes with sycamore and walnut pieces that are beautifully sculpted in contemporary shapes. If you concider that this item is hand made and also includes a suede sleeve and presentation box, 560,- is quite a good deal for this sophisticated product. Chess mate!

 


 

BredaPhoto 2016

For the seventh time the city of Breda will becomes a world of photography. From the September 15 to October 30, BredaPhoto Festival has over 70 outspoken photographers, Dutch and from abroad, exhibits their work outdoors and in art centers in town.

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And this edition is all about YOU! Since the DIY culture is growing, startups are being founded and more and more people try to make societal changes themselves, the focus is on the individual. BredaPhoto’s theme “You” will reflect the ups and downs of this development. The project offers workshops, art and talks for everyone from young to old. Have a look for more info and tickets on the official website.

 


 

FC Hyena

Everyone knows this: You’re at the cinema, the movie is over, you walk out and have the post movie talk: story, actors, scenes, etc. But a cozy setting or near location for that is often missing. FC Hyena solves this problem.

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The founders of the restaurant Goudfanzant opened the movie theatre FC Hyena, which includes two extraordinary cinemas with an integrated bar, and a restaurant for the perfect follow-up talk. The restaurant serves different wines and a variaty of snacks from tacos to grilled oysters. The movie selection is done by the founders, so expect a wild mix of art house productions as well as blockbusters. Check their upcoming movies and menus.

Hutspot Interviews | IJsmanschap

Within the last steps of summer, the weather is really turning up again and what better way is there than to celebrate those sunny days with some fine quality ice cream. IJsmanschap is not just any kind of Ice cream. It is the first popsicle bar in the Netherlands. We decided it was time to have a chat with owner/founder Martijn to hear all about his company.

 

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Hi Martijn, could you tell us a little bit about the man behind IJsmanschap?
I am Martijn Doets, father of two beautiful boys and founder of IJsmanschap, the first Popsicle bar in the Netherlands. Before all this I was a pension consultant working for pension funds and insurance companies but I needed a change. I came up with the company and on the Opening day of the shop my second son was born. Some things are difficult to plan, I guess.

Why exactly an ice cream company? How did that come about?
Well first of all, I’m a real foodie, always had been and always will be. But I worked as a clerk and wasn’t really happy with it and started dreaming about having my own business. I read a professional book about the technical aspect of ice cream and was sold straight away. The theory behind ice cream is so interesting. I wanted to learn more and went to Italy to learn how to make gelato. On the March 15 I opened my Popsicle bar IJsmanschap in Amsterdam-West. The opening of the shop was a day later as planned because of the birth of my youngest son Nathan.

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Tell us a little bit about the popsicles, what kinds can we expect?
The popsicles we offer are all handcrafted without any artificial flavouring and colouring. Our mission is to create a great and delicious treat that is worth the calories. While selecting the raw ingredients we take the flavour and quality of the ingredients into account. Our popsicles is the perfect treat for any moment.

What have been the up- and downsides of having your own business?
Having your own business is great and had been on my wish list for many years. The creativity, the energy it gives you, the power to make your own decisions on strategic level is really nice. One of the downsides is that as an entrepreneur, you always have the burden of the financial risk. You work 7 days a week and still the work is not done. I do look forward to the moment I must work only 5 days a week.

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What are you most proud of?
I’m the most proud of myself for realising my dream. Of course I m not there yet, but I’m glad I had the confidence to change career by starting a gelato business.

What flavours are on your still on your list to try and offer?
There are endless different combinations to create. I just created a Hopsicle in collaboration with my buddy Sebastiaan from the Amsterdam Brewboys. It is a Popsicle made with their double IPA beer in combination with a blend of citrus fruit. The result is absolutely unique and delicious.

What is your advice for other young entrepreneurs or artists?
Follow you dream wisely. I read an important message in a book about entrepreneurs that I never forget. My greatest fear is that my fear will paralyze me. Don’t let this happen and take control.


Come and try a IJsmanschap popsicle at our van Woustraat location, and we can guarantee you will come back for more

Shopping & Drinks

In the month of August we want to offer all our customers at Hutspot Utrecht something extra. Therefore each one of you will receive a free Gin Tonic when spending more than €50,-. So after all that shopping you can sit back, relax and enjoy your drink.

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By spending over €50,- at Hutspot Utrecht, you receive a voucher for one free Gin Tonic, which you can redeem every Thursday after 18.00 at our Hutspot Utrecht Cafe. It’s going to be a chill atmosphere with some lounge music and our store will still be open for you to browse around. So it’s the perfect occasion for an after work drink or some evening shopping and socializing.

 

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Renard x Hutspot – A Close Encounter

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 – A close encounter –

Hutspot and Renard are very excited to present their collaboration ‘A close encounter’ – an image clip shot at Hutspot van Woustraat, where we captured the classic and refined spirit of Renard’s watch collection as well as highlight various elements of our store. This post shows some movie stills from the clip, which will be online very soon. Martijn Pots and Bo Maerten are starring in this clip, creating a beautiful dynamic even thought they never meet. The only things connecting them are space and time.

 


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Bo is wearing:

Selected Femme pants available at all our stores (now on sale with 40%)
TIL TIL top available at Hutspot van Woustraat and Hutspot Utrecht

Martijn is wearing:

Won Hundred slacks available at all our stores (now on sale with 50%)
Won Hundred shirt available at all our stores (now on sale with 50%)

Watches by Renard, of course. Here is a little more about the brand:
In an era where smart technology dominates time management they offer an elegant, analogue companion for your consideration.
Renard – or fox in French – is a graceful, wild and intelligent creature that perfectly embodies the spirit of their new brand of watches, which
are available at all our stores.

Hutspot Tips | August

So many things to do but so little time! That’s why each month Hutspot picks places, food, artists, music or companies that you should experience. Here are our Hutspot Tips of August.

 



Birch Water

For just two to three weeks of the year, forests across the northern hemisphere fill with a silent burst of activity as hundreds of litres of water flow through each mature birch tree in preparation for the spring. Tapped straight from the tree, companies like Birch WTR bring the new refreshing drink that charges your batteries for the entire day.

Because of its natural health benefits the ancient drink from Eastern and Northern parts of Europe is getting more and more popular. Before winter starts the birch trees store vitamins and nutrients in their roots. In spring the trees absorb water from the soil they grow upon which naturally enriches and filteres the water for the coming period of growth. That is also the time when the water get removed from the tree using the same process that drains syrup from a maple tree. Like Coconut water, Birch water is becoming a popular refresher with the only difference that Europeans could drink from a more local ressource, rather than have it imported from the Philippines. But have a taste of Birch WTR yourself, the next time you’re at Hutspot Van Woustraat.

 


 

Stranger Things

There is a new Netflix serie you must see! Stranger Things is an ode to movies like E.T. or Stand by Me and seems like the show Steven Spielberg and Stephan King made but forgot to release. The production design, the spot-on hairdos and clothes are fantastic and even Winona Ryder makes a comeback in this new serie.

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Set in the 1980s Indiana, a young boy named Will disappears into thin air and the search for him that includes Will’s best friend Mike, leads to top secret experiments and a strange little girl in the woods. The more unusual things are happening the more locals begin to understand that there’s more going on. The story is full of classic sci-fi elements but with a the great acting it is far from being cheesy. There are a lot of great things to watch this summer, but we guarantee this thrilling show will keep you holding your breath. So Netflix and no Chill!

 


 

Second Life Toys

The lack of child organ donor is a world wide problem, especially in japan. However, organ transplant for children is something not widely discussed currently. Akira Suzuki and Togo Kida want to address this issue with Second Life Toys. The project gathers old, damaged and abandoned stuffed animals as donors and transplants necessary parts to revitalize them.

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Whoever donated a stuffed animal will receive a special message from the recipients as a sign of their gratitude. Not only symbolizes the idea the lives, saved through organs transplants, but also generates it awareness for the low rates of organ transplant donations in Japan. By putting extra attention to the added part in a playful, Akira and Togo wanted to show that a transplant can be an enhancement rather than an compensation. So with support of a Tokyo NGO, an elephant received a new trunk, a whale was pimped with some fresh fins and mister rabbit got his hearing back.

 


 

De Parade

We know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. But nethertheless, Hutspot wants to say ‘De Parade is in town again’ and we are super excited! For the 26th time Theater Festival De Parade is moving through the Netherlands stopping in Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and having the grand finale in Amsterdam from the 12th to the 28th of August.

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The traditional parade’s final stop takes place in Martin Luther Kingpark in Amsterdam. Every year, a huge number of different theaters and individual artists participate in the event and prepare new music, dance performances or shows for the visitors. So, no matter if you’re 1 or 100 years old, Dutch or tourist, De Parade offers something for everyone to experience. The performances that are suitable for foreigners are even indicated with a LNP logo(Language No Problem). Of course a wide range of drinks, cocktails, soul food, BBQ ‘s and much more delicious surprises are waiting for you. Unless you are allergic to fun and colorful tents, at least one day of De Parade is mandatory.

 


 

PurePods

As our lives become more and more hectic, the idea of taking breaks away from the fast pace city life is getting more and more appealing. But back-to-basics camping doesn’t appear to everyone, especially if you like your home comforts. With PurePods you can get closer to nature than ever before and you don’t even have to bring a tent.

The company was founded in New Zealand in 2012 and has been expanding ever since. Located in isolated countryside, these glass cabins let you experience all the charm of the great outdoors, but from inside your room. Each Pod has a flushing toilet, shower, lighting and heating, as well as a small kitchen and BBQ set for sunny afternoons. After the sund goes down, when you done discovering the wildlife, you can stare up through the glass roof at a blanket of stars. PurePods even provide a telescope and a star map to help you lose yourself in the great beyond. Currently all PurePods are located in New Zealand with the option of adding a local food package. Each PurePod will continue to have its own distinct location, whether it has sea views, overlooks a winery or is surrounded by hills.

 


 

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.