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.


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.




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.


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.



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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!



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.




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.






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.




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. 

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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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.




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, 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’.


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.







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

First detail photos of Hutspot Rotterdam

We are very excited to be showing you the first details of our brand new store in Rotterdam. In these photos we want to highlight what the basis of our store, the lines, designs and color palette we worked with. The store will open this Thursday and we can’t wait to share the final result with all of you.











Sleepover at EYE x Hutspot

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night at EYE Museum? Well, stop wondering and participate with us! On the 15th of December Hutspot will decorate a room on the top floor of EYE. Our valued partner Zo Goed Als Oud will take care of the furniture. You will sleep on a mattresses by muun which is a new brand from Germany and boy these are not just like any other mattresses. The well known Danish brand HAY will provide a state-of-the-art bedframe. And maybe you will even find a Christmas tree with some small gifts in the room… Sounds pretty perfect right? Now you are most probably wondering what you have to do to win this…

You need to send us a motivation to the question “Who is joining you on this adventure and why?”

Be creative and go crazy, the most original motivation wins a special prize – you guessed it – an overnight stay for two people at EYE!

You can participate in five easy steps:
1. Open the e-mail here

2. Use Hutspot x EYE as subject
3. W
rite your motivation (make it short and sweet)
4. Enter your details (full name(s) + phone number)

Entries can be send in until the 28th and the winner will be announced on 30th!

Upon arrival, at 19:00, we will bring you to your special hotel room with best view overlooking the IJ canal. A
t 19:30 your are invited to have a dinner-for-two at the EYE restaurant. Around 21:00 a movie starts, after seeing the movie, you can still go for a drink at the bar if you like. A guard will be there to make sure all is save during the night. Between 08:00 and 09:00 you will get breakfast on bed, and checkout will be at 10:00. Of course you’ll have access to EYE for the rest of the day! We will also give you two disposable cameras so you can capture your adventure at EYE.

This night is a collaboration between Hutspot and EYE
But wouldn’t be made possible without Muun, HAY and Zo Goed Als Oud.


Hutspot editorial | Matchpoint


Meet Annabel Smit, an 18-year-old blogger and model from the Netherlands passionate about photography, traveling, fashion, branding and writing. She has a successful Instagram page (@modellbusiness) where she wants to inspire others to broaden their interests. We shot her at a tennis court at IJburg, which is designed by the great Rotterdam based architects MVRDV. It was lovely playing some ball with Annabel and to hear about her plans. Take a look at the photos we shot and the things we talked about that day.

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You’re an aspiring model. Is this the first time you’re doing a photoshoot?
This is actually one of the first more professional photo-shoots I’ve done. For the past year, I’ve been working on creating a strong portfolio with my modeling agent. The pictures featured in my portfolio are therefore mostly from shoots I’ve done with my agent. I’ve just graduated high school, so hopefully I can fill my portfolio with many more results from professional photo-shoots soon!

We heard that you’re planning on traveling. What places would you like to visit?
Yes, I’m definitely planning on traveling! I’m currently taking a gap year and I am going to use this year off to see more of the world. I would love to travel to anywhere in South-East Asia, to Cape Town, Marrakech, Australia and to experience the South American culture.




Models travel a lot for work too. Is that part of the reason why you’re pursuing a career in modeling?
Yes, definitely. I hope that one day I’ll be able to travel for my work. My favorite fashion destinations are Paris and London. Modeling career wise, I would really love to go to the high fashion capitals such as London, Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo.

What do you think of the location for today’s shoot? Besides today’s weather of course…
Haha, yeah the weather wasn’t ideal but I really loved the location. Personally I’ve never played tennis as a sport but I do think that the tennis court is a great backdrop for fashion pictures. The red colour of the tennis court just matches with every outfit perfectly.

If you could work with any person you can think of, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I really wish to work with fashion photography legend Peter Lindbergh. This is because he really portraits women as he sees them, nothing more and nothing less. Most of his pictures are in black and white, but still they manage to capture your attention instantly. They tell a story, or they make it possible for you to create your own version of the story behind each picture.



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You’re dressed in outfits from Hutspot. Can you tell us what you are wearing and how these outfits fit your style?
I’m wearing various brands, such as Won Hundred, Jutka&Riska and Selected. My personal favorite were the denim overalls, so cute! These outfits fit my style perfectly because they’re simple and clean but also have a little something quirky going on.

Could you tell us the worst trend that you’ve ever tried?
I’ve actually only started following trends since 2014 I think… Before that year I just wore what I liked and where I felt comfortable in, I actually still do. Therefore I can’t really tell you the worst one but I can however tell you the best one. Which is the dress over a (white) T-shirt trend. I absolutely love this trend. And the choker trend obviously.



We saw you have quite some Instagram followers, how did you manage to get so many?
I’ve started my Instagram blog Modellbusiness approximately 3 years ago. As embarrassing as it is, it started off as a Cara Delevingne fan account. After a while, I started posting more fashion, lifestyle, inspirational and travel pictures. Eventually for the past year I’ve been posting more and more personal pictures: pictures of me or images taken by me.

So it all started as a fan page! How are you planning to grow from now on?
I guess the followers came and are still coming naturally as I am growing in my account and personal style as well. I’m very picky and critical when it comes down to what I’ll be posting on my Instagram and I think that this and staying true to your own style builds a loyal following for your blog or Instagram.


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What’s the first thing that’s on your bucket list.
Buying a WTC-ticket (World Ticket Center) with no less than 10 stops.
This gives me a really good reason to visit the Cook Islands and Fiji.
Where do you see yourself in one year?
In one year I see myself studying and living in Amsterdam with hopefully a modeling career on the side. Currently I’m interested in studying Informatics, Multimedia & Management (IMM), and doing a more creative course aside, such as a photography course. I would also love to continue with my blog Modellbusiness. There’re many things that I want to do and achieve, for now the future is still quite unsure but for some reason I’m totally okay with that.


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What projects are coming up for you? Where can we expect to see you soon and where can we find more of you online?
I have some very important and exciting castings coming up and hopefully you’ll see me walking the streets of one of the fashion capitals soon! You can find her portfolio online at Annabel’s mother agency’s website:

Instagram @modellbusiness
Youtube Annabel Smit



Photo no. 1 & 12|  Side Party striped top €45 | Samsøe & Samsøe denim overall  €149 | available at all our stores
Photo no. 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11 | Won Hundred jeans  €160 | Won Hundred sneakers  €220 | Won Hundred sweater €120 | available at all our stores
Photo no. 4 | Selected Femme sweater €49,95 | available at all our stores
Photo no. 5 | Selected knit rib turtleneck  €49,95 | Jutka & Riska dress €64 | Won Hundred sneakers €220 | available at all our stores
Photo no. 9 | Won Hundred top €120 |Won Hundred men jacket €305 | Won Hundred pants €175 | available at all our stores
Photo no. 10 | Stieglitz bomber €219 | available at our Amsterdam stores | Won Hundred sweater €120 | available at all our stores
Photo no. 13 |Won Hundred dress €250 | Won Hundred sneakers €220 | available at all our stores | Stieglitz black bomber jacket €219 | available at our Amsterdam stores


Hutspot Tips | November


Museumnacht Amsterdam

Every first Saturday in november, Museumnacht takes place in Amsterdam. This night, more than 50 museums open their doors from 19:00 till 02:00 with a special program inspired by their collections and exhibitions. It’s a great initiative, started as the Dutch version of “Die Lange Nacht der Museen” which is a well known concept in Berlin. The aim of Museumnacht is to stimulate youngsters to go to museums.

After 2 o’clock there are many afterparties (that are definitely worth a visit too!)

Something we are looking forward to is Re(as)sisting Narratives. This exhibition focuses on the colonial history between South-Africa and the Netherlands, and contains artwork from both countries. They deal with matters such as race, gender and remembering their shared history. 22Tracks will be at the van Gogh museum to showcase the best tracks collected from 4 european cities; Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris. And it’s very fitting that Vincent van Gogh lived in all these cities!

Interested in a fun and cultural night out? Tickets available here.


Harewood Bakery Amsterdam

There’s a donut shop in town! It’s called Harewood Bakery, and situated at the Albert Cuypstraat. The devoted owner of the shop Kim Hasebos used have an office job, but then decided to change up her life. She went to England to do a patisserie course and got inspired to open her own donut shop.

On monday and tuesday she bakes all the donuts. She comes up with amazing flavors, like crème brûlée or peanut butter and chocolate. We can’t wait to try one! Harewood Bakery is opened from Wednesday till Sunday, at the Albert Cuypstraat 62.



If you’re looking for an interesting way to spend the night, HIHAHUT is exactly what you need. You can choose between a small cabin or tent, that completely blends with the environment, all designed differently and placed in different places in the Netherlands.


There are 4 different cabins to choose from at HIHAHUT. We really like the the one that is situated in a bird spotting area, with windows places all around to get the best view. Another one is made for watching the stars, with a glass dome on top to fall asleep with the stars above you. If you’re interested in booking one, click here.


Perfetti Sconosciuti 

Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) is an Italian movie about a group of friends that come together for a dinner party. As a game, they decide that they will all put their mobile phones on the table and all the messages that come in will be shared with the group. They want to show each other that they don’t have any secrets. Or do they?


Perfetti Sconosciuti will be in cinemas from the 17th of November. Watch the trailer here.



Reflecting Holons

After seeing this at the Dutch Design Week last month, we were immediately a big fan of this project. It’s made by two designers, Jetske Visser and Michiel Martens. The Reflecting Holons are a bit like soap bubbles, but without having to blow them yourself, and they last longer too! 


By putting the Holons in motion, the slender plastic strips turn into a whole. It creates reflection, light and color. It’s definitely mesmerizing to look at!

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