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How cool is that | June 2018

We bring you each month our coolest places to go, food we love and experiences we enjoy. We will also share with you news about inspiring artists, designers & entrepreneurs. Here the list of our 5 June favorites:

Viktor & Rolf | Kunsthal Rotterdam
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Dutch luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal organizes a large exhibition in collaboration with the Dutch designers and Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. Around 60 works from Viktor&Rolf’s haute couture collections give an insight into their unconventional and conceptual approach, also showing that they have never shied away from criticizing the fashion industry (of which they are a part themselves). With regard to form and materials – the interplay of lines, volumes, bows, collars, ruffles etc. – their creations are stunningly beautiful and technically perfect.

Viktor&Rolf have carved a contradictory identity that pushes the boundaries between art and fashion, often contrasting romance and rebellion, exuberance and control, classicism and conceptualism. The 1999 Russian Doll show, for which Viktor&Rolf draped nine layers of clothing around a single woman, meant their international breakthrough and is – for me – absolutely the highlight of the exhibition.

Upgrade your visit to the exhibition to a fabulous experience by booking the V&R-hotel package including an overnight stay with surprising extra’s in the 5 star Design hotel Mainport like wellness, a champagne breakfast buffet, a poster and signed catalogue by Viktor&Rolf. This luxury design hotel is located on 5 minutes walking distance from the Kunsthal, at the Maas in the city centre of Rotterdam.

Open from 27 May, 2018 – 30 September, 2018.


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RAIBU | Amsterdam
In Japanese RAIBU means ’in the moment’ and in this moment women across the world are feeling their power, embracing their creativity and expressing their uniqueness like never before. The RAIBU label collection is a reflection of this exciting time as it features original and distinctive pieces that escape the boundaries of the mainstream brands.

Founder and creative director, Sau-Han Wong travels through Europe and Asia taking inspiration from Scandinavian, Japanese and especially South Korean design styles, to create an unique fashion label. The result is a minimalistic and serene look with a surprising twist. ‘I was born with a strong sense of wanderlust and RAIBU is greatly influenced by the creativity and culture I experience when I travel. No matter where I visit I’m always impressed by the different ways womanhood is expressed and that is exactly the essence of RAIBU the fashion label’. The items are produced on a small scale in both South Korea and in her Amsterdam based studio.

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Sale at the souterrain | Rotterdam
This inimini concept pop-up store is hidden in the souterrain of  INCONCEPT, in the vibrant heart of the city and has a focus on vintage, pre-loved fashion, natural cosmetics and contemporary art. You will find darling deals of one-of-a-kind items with an unique story, from handmade to design, from vintage to avant-garde. From that one and only flower-power dress to the freshest biological bath-soap  Almost all of the products are handmade, vintage or restyled. No chemicals, but always 100% organic.

The collection is based on the philosophy to be well aware of our environment and to strive to zero waste and self-sufficiency.

Recycling fashion items from the previous millennium is of course a lot of fun – all the trends that have passed over the decades, some more interesting than others – and mixing them together gives even a deeper layer and new meaning of fashion communication – but is is also sustainable, making ’vintage’ no longer a trend but a necessity.

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Cityprints | Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Europe’s coolest city? The Netherland’s second largest city is experiencing a facelift with striking architecture. The founders of Cityprints, all graduated from the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam, honor these Rotterdam icons with cool and contemporary line drawings.

The concept arose from the street, in the tram to be precise, talking about the many beautiful buildings in the city. Looking for prints of Rotterdam buildings for home, they discovered there were not any cool ones. That is how their new company started. The prints are designed and printed by themselves. On luxurious Tinteretto paper, making the art print a stylish addition to any interior. The collection Rotterdam – available at the Inconceptstore, Coolsingel 83 Rotterdam – consists of the Cruise Terminal, Erasmus Bridge, De Hef, Euromast, Hofbogen, Cube Houses, Markthal, De Rotterdam, Witte Huis, Hotel New York, Central Station, and not to mention Stadium Feijenoord! What is your favorite drawing and which one you miss right now?

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Festival in a bottle | Rotterdam
It’s hot out, meaning time to mix yourself up a refreshing, cool cocktail. Here is our favorite recipe! All you need is a Wine Festival and a bottle of a – slightly sweet – white wine (0.7L). Add the white wine to the carafe with fruits and spices and place it in the fridge for about 60 minutes, stir each 20 minutes and it’s done. Serve the sangria in chilled, ice-filled wineglasses. Cheers!

Festival in a Bottle is a young company (2015) based in Rotterdam, producing DIY bottles filled with different combinations of the finest dried fruits and spices without additives They are inspired by the traditional 18th century recipes for making liqueurs and turned that into a modern concept. It invites you to create your own variation, simple by adding your favorite rum, vodka, gin or wine. The result is a pretty cool Sangria or Liqueur with a beautiful color and a tempting scent. Perfect for degustation, shots or as a base for great cocktails. FYI: all necessary information about the products are in the instruction booklet attached to the bottle and btw, they make perfect holiday, housewarming or hostess gift, too. Available at INCONCEPT or online.

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