Here’s a brief recap of what one of those trips looks like. At least, from what we can remember…
Act I – Private Tour of the Rijksmuseum
This was a special tour of the famous Dutch Art and History museum since it had just opened after a ten-year, €375 million renovation.
Act II – Presentation of Suit Supply S/S 2014
In the final hall of our museum tour, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection was awaiting us.
A roster of models (also Dutch) were placed in front of the iconic works, which just so happened to serve as the season’s color inspiration.
The presentation was clever, the visuals were epic, and the clothes were a healthy mix of style-forward and everyday wearable.
Suit Supply CEO, Fokke de Jong (who started the booming brand by selling suits out of the back of a car in Amsterdam roughly a decade ago) addressed the crowd and spoke briefly about the upcoming collection and the future of the brand.
Act III – The Canals
And now drink, smoke, and socialize as we ride through Amsterdam’s beautiful canals toward a secluded abandoned-warehouse-like restaurant.
We met some great fellow menswear writers – like Wendell Brown here from Esquire.
A couple fellow Canadians – Coleman and Lance of Sharp magazine (left) with my man Jian of Complex.
Act IV – Nish’s Mission
Nish, a phenomenal host, stops the boat to run down some additional drinks and party favors…
We followed him through the narrow streets as he’s greeted by locals and friends – this guy is like the unofficial mayor of this place.
Act V – Dinner
This was a heated game of pre-meal table tennis. In the end tho, my man Reza‘s topspin was too much.
We then sat down for a European-style five course meal with a steady flow of red wine.
Full on seafood and half-drunk on vino, it’s convos about the state menswear, American vs European tailoring, the business of blogging, and, of course, where to explore next in Amsterdam.
Act 6 – Early Morning
We slowly left dinner and headed back to Fokke’s speedboat, where the party continued with a late night cruise toward the club district.
At this point, though, Alex was in no shape to shoot any more photos…besides, what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam ;)
Yours in style,