Marcus Rothkowitz was a painter, born in Russia whom eventually moved to New York City. Just like so many of his (Jewish) peers did for obvious reasons. He went on to be one of the most famous and legendary modernistic painters of the twentieth century, by then using the alias Mark Rothko.
From time to time we ask a more or lesser-known user of the New Shoppingbag about his or her life. This time: Dutch professional surfer Yannick de Jager.Yannick, describe yourself as briefly as possible.‘Well, I guess I am a 27 year old man who made his greatest passion in life...
Along with our new collection Horizons Susan Bijl also presents a new company logo. Previous logos were designed by artist duo De Humobisten and design company Studio Beige, both based in Rotterdam. The new image was designed by the company 75B – a renowned collective of designers that take graphic design and corporate identity just a little step further.
In Europe, not many people are acquainted with the work of Carl Hiaasen, writer in Florida. From the early eighties, Hiaasen has worked on a remarkable body of work. His novels always start with a protagonist that is part of some sort of environmentalist group or will become active in such a thing as the story develops. They have a title of two words, take place in Florida and involve criminals. The plots of his books are regularly inspired by detective novels. His work has a resemblance to that of the Coen brothers.
Each month we ask a known user of The New Shoppingbag about their experiences with the bag and with some aspects of life in general. In this episode it’s Wendela van Dijk. Wendela is the creative force behind one of the most original shops in Rotterdam or even The Netherlands! Selling brands such as Christian Wijnants, Maison Martin Margiela, Paul Smith, Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant.
This spring Susan Bijl brings you a brand new collection of The New Shoppingbag. It was named Horizons and offers you a total of 24 new colour combinations to brighten your world. But how does one choose one colour over the other? And why the title Horizons? A little look inside behind the scenes at Susan Bijl.
Isn’t Wes Anderson probably everyone’s favourite filmmaker? His great, unique imagination at least applies to a large chunk of the contemporary cinema crowd. De Texan filmmaker, now in his forties, started out in 1996 with Bottle Rocket – a low budget heist-comedy. It starred Owen & Luke Wilson, who are both in about everything Anderson has put to celluloid since. Martin Scorsese named Bottle Rocket ‘one of the great films of the nineties’ – after that Andersons career exploded.
Each month we ask a known user of The New Shoppingbag about their experiences with the bag and with some aspects of life in general. In the second episode: Mary Hessing. Mary is editor-in-chief of “Eigen Huis & Interieur”, a well known magazine on interior design. She lives together with her husband Toon Lauwen and their 3 children (13, 8 and 5 years).
Everybody knows Jerry Seinfeld. Together with Larry David he brought us Seinfeld. Almost 25 years after it first aired, it’s still innovative and deadly funny. A show about nothing? Try a complete, relentless mocking of Western upperclass society of the nineties instead.
Taking food seriously is the fastest course to a vast and healthy diet. Minimizing your intake of sugars, fat and all kinds of artificial additives will give you a good chance of leading a life filled with energy. It will probably keep you (and therefore your surroundings) happy, too. Of course – everybody knows this, but it’s not always easy to maintain disciplined. The flesh is only as strong as we allow it to be, in the end.
They sometimes say: ‘the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn’t exist’. Well, that might be true, but there is one trick even more impressive: resurfacing after years of inactivity. It’s comparable to the golden rule every magician knows: audiences do not applaud for making something or someone disappear. They cheer when you bring it back. It’s the part of a magic trick that is named ‘the prestige’. It’s the most important part of any act of illusion.
Our friend Hidde van Schie (1978) is a master of many domains. His main output is that of an artist. He has been gaining attention and recognition with his paintings, collages and installations for over ten years now. Besides that, he is an acclaimed singer-songwriter. He released a double LP named Dusty Diamond Eyes this year. He frequently collaborates as a musician with his peers, and in the past he was an actor, performing with some of the finest theatre groups The Netherlands has to offer. Like we said: a versatile man.
Each month we ask a frequent user of The New Shopping Bag about their experiences with the bag and with some aspects of life in general. In the first episode: a short conversation with writer Ernest van der Kwast (1980).