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Like most of us, Lou-Lou van Staaveren misses the joys of her pre-pandemic life – of drinking in Amsterdam’s buzzing bars, of dining in noisy restaurants, and of pottering around its excellent museums. But in an unassuming plot of land in Aalsmeer – just to the south of the city – Lou-Lou has found a welcome distraction from a year of tough restrictions. Here, her green-fingered family are busy cultivating the garden of their dreams – which doubles as a backdrop for a range of intriguing creative projects.
Looking back on a long career, an archive of magazines – Elle, Glamour, Vogue – chronicle Martien Mellema’s rich contributions to the Amsterdam fashion scene over the years. From the outset, her unique professional outlook was built upon open-mindedness, collaboration, curiosity, and a deep appreciation for interacting with people. Community is also central to Martien’s love affair with IJburg: a dynamic yet tranquil neighbourhood under constant construction, just a scenic cycle from the heart of the city.