september 12th, 2013

At Blue Blood we never get enough of art and creativity. Wendel Design, Furniture Design & Art Store will open the expo season with two young creatives; Hilke Olga and Roos Soetekouw.

Detroit Splendor is the first exhibition of a series in which several artists, who do not know each other, cooperate intensively and therefore come to new and innovative end results. The artists depart from reality to emphasis the beauty of transience of the lost industries from the past few years. The use of different materials and consistency by various starting points of each individual artist gives a complete new perspective on their own work.

Hilke is a photographer specialized in portraits and architecture. A selection of her work is available via Gallery Qlick Editions. Her motto: Tender includes size, editions, and certificate of authenticity and is always without engagement. Framing is optional.

Roos Soetekouw Design is a textile and interior design agency, founded in 2010 by Roos herself, a graduate from Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). The agency develops interior concepts and fabrics for hotels, hotel rooms and public areas as well as for exclusive private residences. If you would like to get to know Roos and her work better, stop by at her studio in Amsterdam. As from tomorrow you can find Hilke and Roos at the Rijnstraat 195 in Amsterdam, showing from September 13 until October 14, 2013.

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september 10th, 2013

Last week a part of our team visited Hong Kong for some denim inspiration! Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong’s strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea has made it one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities.

Hong Kong as we know it today, was born when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated during the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. For 60 years, Kowloon, the New Territories and 235 other outlying Islands were also leased to Britain. However, the history of the more than 1100 square kilometres that Hong Kong now occupies predates the events of the Qing dynasty by more than a thousand years. As you explore the city’s colourful heritage, you will discover stories of powerful clans, marauding pirates and European traders…

Despite all its reinventions, Hong Kong’s spirit has never changed. In fact, the same energy and dynamism that turned a group of sleepy fishing villages into a crossroads of international trade is now taking Asia’s world city into the 21st century. Experience that spirit and Hong Kong’s story yourself by exploring the city’s rich culture and heritage.

Hong Kong is very compact. As a visitor, you are never too far from major shopping areas and other cool and impressive attractions. Getting around is very simple via Hong Kong’s extensive, reliable and affordable public transport system. Looking for a place to stay? Most hotels are located close to the ‘harbour-front’ in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and North Point on Hong Kong Island, and in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui East and Hung Hom in Kowloon. You can also find plenty of accommodations within Kowloon’s busy areas of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok and there’s are also a growing number of resort-style hotels in the New Territories and the Outlying Islands that offer more relaxing alternatives.

Captivated? Here are some of our personal snapshots we would like to share with you. Enjoy!

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september 4th, 2013

We would like to introduce a new women’s label; Blackbird by Nanette. The style of Blackbird is clean and sober, with influences of architectural lines. The pieces are fashionable without an expiration date. The base of Nanette’s inspiration for the AW13/14 collection is the central station of Antwerp. The eclectic style of the train station’s building, combined with the steel platform roof and the marble floors gave her both a beautiful color palette as an inspiration for design. This is also what influences the designer in her everyday life. You can find Blackbird from today at our PC142 store and CS18 store in Amsterdam.

See you there!



september 2nd, 2013

At Blue Blood we love to read a good book and collect the best of the very best. We have made a selection of our current favorite books. Some of them are quite affordable, others a true investment…

Stefan Sagmeister managed to publish his personal sayings all over the world, in spaces normally occupied by advertisements and promotions, such as billboards, projections, light-boxes, magazine spreads, annual report covers and fashion brochures. In this (book) presentation Sagmeister shows a lot of his designs and a little art together with a pinch of psychology and a dash of happiness. It is surprisingly good. The book, Things I have Learned In My Life So Far was published in Spring 2008, but will be re-released this month… And what hasn’t changed is the unique packaging, now with 18 unbound booklets in a laser-cut slipcase. Very unhandy, but very, very cool!

We have found a book that is amusing for kids as well as for kidults! Toys and sweets are just not enough for our children today. With an insatiable appetite fornewthings, children are eager to explore and learn. They are the most open-minded and spontaneous audience, who are at all times building and living in a world of their own imagination. What can be more interesting? Just Kidding! presents today’s most serious designs that not only look endearing, but are also creative, instructional, useful, and safe for children to play and interact with. At last, children are the most open-minded and spontaneous audience, who are at all times building and living in a world of their own imagination.

At Blue Blood we absolutely appreciate good food. Whet My Appetite – Culinary Graphic Design is a book that showcases the newest and freshest graphic design for restaurants worldwide, only the crème de la crème of recent design for restaurants that are pushing the boundaries of taste. A good chef, a couple of comfy chairs and friendly waiters won’t do the trick in today’s culinary world. Restaurant guests only except the tip of the top. Whet My Appetite, presents these restaurants, bistros, bars, cafes and sweet shops that know how to brand their believes. With this book, eating out sure becomes one of the supreme pleasures in life.

Books about houses, you can never have enough of them, right? That is why we would like to remind you to the third volume of Taschen’s Architecture Now Houses series. This third edition includes 60 of the most dramatic new residences around the globe. More than any magazine or website, this new book allows you to explore the most beautiful and spectacular houses, both inside and out. Think of floating ceilings, massive glass walls, stunning light plans and breathtaking views. New to this series is the fact that the book has a hardcover. This hardboard costs you an extra ten bucks, but it has improved the entire feel of the book.

Since we are inspired by the heritage, skill and craftsmanship of old workwear, we need to share this collectors item with you; Elvis and the birth of Rock and Roll. This literal huge book contains  only 1.706 numbered copies signed by the photographer Alfred Wertheimer and brings together Wertheimer’s most remarkable Elvis shots from 1956, along with a selection of his historic 1958 photo’s of Elvis being shipped off to an army base in Germany. Nearly half of the photographs in the book have never been published before! As for the graphic design junkies amongst us, each chapter is illustrated with an original poster created for this book by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest letterpress print shops in America.


augustus 30th, 2013

Next to the new Blue Blood collection you can also find some fine pieces from our spring/ summer collection at great discount prizes! If you are looking for T-shirts to enjoy the last summer days, a cool sweater to wear at night; to start the fall season or an ageless denim, there are still some great sale pieces left.

Come visit one of our stores and we are happy to help you find your next favorite, Blue item(s)…

Hope to see you around!