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Milan shopping_Antonio Marras

As you all know I visit every year Milan Design Week to sense the new vibes, not only on design & art level but also the new shops, the international crowd, the food, the resto’s… Enfin a yearly energy boost. I also check out with friends, get together and by doing so you sometimes arrive in a hidden gem that’s worth talking about to you guys. Leen Hilde is a friend who lives in Milan for several years, has a Milan boyfriend and kids there, so we can say she’s a local. We wanted to see each other so we agreed to have coffee at NONOSTANTEMARRAS, the flagship & headquarters of artist & fashion designer Antonio Marras. Not your average shop, not a mainstream collection. But what a great garden (with flower shop and lunch terrace), and what a great poetic shop. Check it out for yourself. The images speak for themselves. When in Milan, Antonio Marras NONOSTANTEMARRAS shop is a must go. For Milan Design Week, the Nonostante Marras space hosted a light installation, the outcome …

Holy breakfast! Meet the “All-day Breakfastarians”

At StockmanVerstraete we spotted this trend all ready a while ago: breakfast, as one of the main eating moment of the day,  is getting more and more important in people’s life. People always loved breakfast, they sure do. But that’s not what this trend is all about. The game changer here is the fact that people start asking to have breakfast all day long and smart inspired entrepreneurs respond to that demand. Last year I went to New York on a food safari with a client, and I had breakfast at the fab bar Five Leaves in Brooklyn, a tip from my friend Niels, living in the neighbourhood. All the hippest breakfast dishes of the moment were served here and it was clear that something was going on. For example I had thick artisan sourdough bread toast, with vegetables and a poached egg and another toast with an entire Asian noodle dish dressed on top of it. We also had beautiful scrambled eggs with some parmesan cheese and truffle and the obligatory pancakes with maple syrup. …

Tried & enjoyed: Allpress, the London coffee aroma

When in London, it’s always good to have an extra day, just to enjoy ‘The City’. Always new hotspots to discover,  interesting new retail and inspirational little venues that we just love: almost new, just opened, evergreens and forgotten places…     During our day in Shoreditch, we found this no nonsense roastery & cafe in Redchurch Street. Following the magnificent scent of fresh roasted coffee circling in the surrounding streets brought us to Allpress. We loved the outside of the building: people sitting on some outdoor benches (like everywhere in London), an open door and a very welcoming staff smiling like as you’re a good friend. We had a delicious breakfast: a plate with smoke salmon, avocado, some goat cheese, very tasty cherry tomatoes, 2 slices of roasted organic bread, farmers butter, a soft boiled egg and a cucumber 🙂 The coffee? Great. Fresh roasted, strong and hot. An extra? The hot coco with slowly melting chocolate. Mmmmmmm… The Allpress crowd? Really all sorts sit together on simple wooden tables: local business or gallery people, families with young children, …

Tried & enjoyed: The Hoxton Hotel in London Shoreditch

Last week I needed to be in London for a trend seminar. So looking for an inspiring spot to stay, I bumped into The Hoxton Hotel-an award winning a boutique hotelsituated in the heart of Shoreditch. The Hoxton Manor theme room The Hoxton Hotel bar and lobby was packed with young Shoreditch hipsters, lobby-working locals and relaxed visitors from all over Europe. The very helpful and most friendly staff (all mixed nationalities, nice!) surprised me with an unexpected ‘upgrade’ to one of the “very demanded, but o so sold-out” theme rooms.   We got the ‘Hoxton Manor’, a quite small but very fun room on the top floor. The theme of this one tries to catch the unique feel of the Shoreditch area: the use of traditional, honest materials, such as brick, timber and ceramic are wittily blended with classic English eccentricity and an arty styling. Do not take this room seriously, see it as a step into the past, with 80 ties inspired street art and wall stickers, a super-sized bed with heavenly soft pillows, …