This week I had the opportunity to meet the designer behind the Vlieger & Vandam accessory brand Hein van Dam. The beautiful studio based in the centre of Amsterdam has an airy and bright feel to it, and you can feel the passion for what they do as soon as you enter.
The accessory label was founded in 2004, and they focus on small leather goods for both men and woman. My favorite is the ‘Hitchcock’ resembling bag ‘Gardian Angel’. It’s naughty and daring. An easy carry around for the power woman on –the –go. If you think the bag is a little too much of a Hitchcock iconographic thriller Psyco, opt for the gorgeous clutch instead…
The nicest thing is they create limited editions therefore unique pieces. The bags are of the highest quality. Even a hat makers machine was transformed to emboss the leather panels for their bags: Guardian Angel and Diamond.
The bags became a great hit a few years ago, and even the MoMa Museum of Modern Arts in New York included a Gardian Angel bag in their exhibition. Now MoMa has the Guardian Angel bag as a central piece in their permanent collection.
In this picture Rihanna was spotted out and about NYC just a few days before her sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. Dutch actress Victoria Koblenko, and Fashion Designer Bas Kosters appreciate this unique brand, and have been spotted on several occasions. As you can see ‘Rihanna’ is a great fan. What about you?
Vlieger & Vandam is sold at more than 70 boutiques and department stores worldwide. From Beams and Land of Tomorrow in Tokyo , to Fortnum & Mason in Londen , Four Two Four in LA en department store Bijenkorf in Amsterdam. I am definitely loving my ‘Hitchcock’ Gardian Angel’.
Get inspired, and check out the bags and the clutches at one of the selling points. And don’t forget your kick – ass red lipstick, like Tom Ford’s.
From September 2011 a brand new collection will be presented. This season the Guardian Angel collection will be launched in sturdy matte black leather. New in the collection is the ‘Guardian Angel’ Large Soft, a supple variant of the Guardian Angel Large.