7 Summer Essentials from Rotterdam Designers
In Rotterdam we know how to enjoy summer weather like no other (probably because we don’t experience it very often…), and are crowding the terraces as soon as a few rays of sunlight pierce the cloudy sky. With these 7 items you will be completely summer-proof to enjoy the urban outdoors. Big plus: they’re all from Rotterdam designers!
1. ‘Yana’ sunglasses, Time for Wood, € 89,95
A cool pair of sunglasses is of course top priority during this time of year. With this wooden pair in the timeless ‘Clubmaster’ design from Time for Wood you will be safe in that department. Time for Wood is a Rotterdam label that sells not only wooden sunglasses, but also phone cases, wallets and other accessories. They’ve partnered with Trees for the Future, so your shopping experience at Time for Wood is eco-friendly as well.
2. Berry short sleeve top, Charlotte Kan, € 59,-
Charlotte Kan designs sophisticated garments with a minimal, yet feminine feel to it. Her collection is designed, developed and produced in limited editions in her Rotterdam studio, and most pieces are made of organic, fair trade and/or sustainable fabrics. (What is not to love, really?) I especially like the color of this top, and the draped design looks good on everybody.
3. Tiny Ruby Casing necklace, Fashionology, € 85,-
Looking for a great piece of jewellery to compliment your newly acquired Charlotte Kan top? Then this silver and ruby necklace from Fashionology is the way to go. Fashionology was started by Rachel Duister in 2009, and since then her designs have been featured in numerous magazines. All pieces are handcrafted in the Fashionology studio in Rotterdam.
4. Bucket bag, Augusta Wind, € 159,-
Augusta Wind creates handcrafted bags, purses and other accessories. The brand offers timeless and practical designs for everyday use, but also throws in the occasional funkier and more fashion forward limited edition pieces, such as this trendy bucket bag in nude and mint.
5. Striped ‘Belle’ dress, Joline Jolink, € 169,-
Originally from Amsterdam, Joline Jolink did the only sensible thing you can do in such a case (just kidding…. slightly) and moved her store to Rotterdam in 2013. Her eponymous brand offers high-quality, ethically produced garments that you can wear again and again. Her collection is sold exclusively in her online shop and in her store at the Nieuwe Binnenweg. My personal favourite is this coral and cream striped dress.
6. ‘Burano’ sneakers, VICO, €160,-
These extremely comfortable handmade soft nubuck sneakers from Rotterdam shoe brand VICO are a steal, considering their quality. Its name deriving from the Latin word ‘vicus’ (meaning ‘in the street’ or ‘ in the neighbourhood’), the label gets its inspiration from travelling and neighbourhoods from around the globe (for which you obviously need comfortable, yet stylish shoes). You can purchase VICO at their concept store at the old train station Hofplein (better known as the Hofbogen) or in their online shop.
7. Navy pantsuit, Dutchess, € 139,50
If you take just a quick look around you on the streets you will notice that jumpsuits are definitely making a comeback right now. And no wonder: they are elegant, easy to style and very comfy! (The only downside is of course that you have to take the entire thing down to go to the bathroom, but such things are manageable…)
This jumpsuit from Dutchess’ S/S ’15 collection is now on sale. I especially love the combination of the laidback design and the chic navy color. Dutchess is the contemporary label of Gwen van den Assem. Her studio is located in the Van Nelle Design Factory in Rotterdam. You can buy Dutchess in variety of stores in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Italy, France Hong Kong and Japan, and of course in the Dutchess online shop.