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Jewels of Madrid: the city is also for summertime

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It’s true there’s no beach here. And while we know Madrid isn’t the world’s no. 1 summer destination, with its high temperatures and scarce swimming pools, one thing is certain: you’ll never get bored. There’s always something new to discover, and there are those who take advantage of the summer months to explore the city in a more relaxed way, with no crowds, long lines, or traffic jams. Suddenly, you fall in love with the city all over again, despite the 97° heat. We at UNOde50 want to show you that the city is also for summertime. Don’t believe us? Check out all it has to offer.

 

Jewels of Madrid to enjoy in the summertime

 

OUTDOOR CONCERTS

Music is an essential part of summertime in Madrid. At night, the city fills with outdoor concerts to fight the high heat. Musicians of all kinds gather at a unique venue, the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Gardens, for Noches del Botánico. Flamenco, reggae, pop, rock… there’s something for every musical taste.

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SUMMER CINEMA

Setting aside the typical outdoor summer cinemas, another interesting option for cinephiles is the drive-in, a novel plan for hot summer nights in the city. Madrid’s drive-in, Autocine Madrid Race, spans 27,000 m2 with capacity for 300 cars. It has a giant 250 m2 screen with digital projection. The venue also features a new hammock area during the summer months and dining options.

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MUSEUMS

Spending the summer browsing the city’s best museums is an appealing plan. You avoid the heat, the crowds, and the endless lines. You can also check out some museums that are less well-known but equally as interesting as the Prado and the Reina Sofia, such as the Garment Museum, the Museum of Science and Technology, and the Decorative Arts Museum.

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SHOPPING

Another perfect plan for summer is a shopping spree. Skip the lines and find great discounts at many stores. One shopping hotspot is Calle Serrano, also known as the Golden Mile, where shops of all kinds are interspersed with restaurants and cafés. One mandatory stop on Calle Serrano is UNOde50. Why not?!

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Madrid may not have a beach, but it has everything else!

Don’t forget your jewelry and sunscreen: 6 tips to packing your bags for vacation

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As vacation time approaches, we wonder about what new people, places and adventures await us, but most of all, we wonder what to pack. Two things are clear: we can’t forget our favorite jewelry or the sunscreen. But what about the rest? Here are 6 tips for packing the perfect beach or mountain-bound suitcase.

6 tips to packing your bags for vacation

  1. Roll your clothes: this technique is a classic among expert packers. Instead of folding your clothing the conventional way, we recommend rolling it up. This way you’ll not only save space, your clothes will arrive with fewer wrinkles.
  1. Choose compatible clothing: for example, skirts and shorts that you can wear with different tops. Ideally, all your clothes can be mixed and matched. And when packing your suitcase, only take what you know you’re going to wear.
  1. Important!: make a list of everything you want to take. Everything! Passport, cell phone charger, plane tickets, ID… take the list with you so on your return you can be sure not to leave anything behind.
  1. Preparing your toiletry bag: there are some tricks that can save you a lot of space in your toiletry bag. First: pack only the essentials. You can always buy what you need at your destination in the event of an emergency. Second, buy travel-size containers and fill them with your favorite shampoo, cleanser, moisturizer, etc.
  1. Choose well: if you’re going to buy a new suitcase for your trip, check how much it weighs and choose the lightest option. It seems obvious but we typically tend to prioritize other aspects like design or capacity.
  1. And most importantly, don’t forget your jewelry!: use a travel jewelry case or organizer to store them carefully. Separate the most delicate necklaces, bracelets and rings and carefully protect them to avoid scratching. Pack them in your carry-on. If your suitcase goes astray, you’ll be relieved to know you haven’t lost them.

Try these simple tips and start enjoying your well-deserved vacation as soon as possible.

Unique beaches in the world: Five exclusive destinations to enjoy on the seashore

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What are the most beautiful beaches in the world? These days at UNOde50, we have left everything behind and we have gone to enjoy our new pieces of jewelry on the seashore. With our latest campaign, Every Summer Has a Story, we bring our designs to the beach so you can find the perfect bracelets, rings and earrings for your next seaside vacations. Start getting your suitcase ready because your trip begins now.

Five unique beaches in the world

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  • Cala Macarelleta. Menorca (Spain). As a handcrafted Made in Spain brand, we begin this route with one of the most irresistible beaches in our country. This small cove is located in a beautiful enclave of the island of Menorca. White sand, turquoise waters and magnificent rocks surrounded by a wild pine forest.

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  • Anse Sur d’Argent, La Digue Island (Seychelles). A spectacular and incomparable destination within the paradisiacal archipelago of Seychelles. Guaranteed peace and quiet in an area that is hard to reach and where corals and tropical fish can be seen almost on the shore of the beach. The granite rocks contrast with the fine sand and crystal clear waters.

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  • Cannon Beach, Oregon (United States). This area of the US coast retains its natural beauty thanks to the fact that it has become a protected area. Surrounded by mountains and stretching up to 10 miles long, it is perfect for long walks and enjoying the incredible image created by the rocks that emerge from the ocean.

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  • Playa Bonita, Samaná (The Dominican Republic). On the Dominican coast is this beach which stands out for its simplicity: sand, clear water and palm trees. An ideal destination and with few tourists, perfect for resting with lots of peace and quiet.

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  • Sarakiniko, Milos Island (Greece). The Greek islands are full of stunning beaches, but Milos Island is in this wonder of white volcanic rock that is known locally as “moon beach.” The shapes of the rocks that have been created for centuries by the effect of the water and wind make it an unforgettable coast.

This is our selection of unique beaches. Which beach will be the setting of your summer story? Whichever one it is, don’t miss out on our selection of pieces of summer jewelry that are featured in Every Summer Has a Story by UNOde50.

You’ll fall in love with the new Valentine’s Day Collection from UNOde50

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The day of love is approaching and, like every year, UNOde50 joins the global phenomenon with a collection full of passion, simplicity, and sophistication. Each piece in the new Valentine’s Day Collection conveys a clear message of love without limits.

UNOde50’s creativity is reflected in this Valentine’s Day collection that breaks with convention. The line distinguishes itself with its romantic style, combining silver-clad models with leather to showcase a characteristic irregular heart. This range of comfortable, lightweight necklaces, bracelets, and rings add a bold touch to any look.

 Valentine’s Day collection: Jewelry you’ll fall in love with

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Whether you plan to treat yourself or someone else, these bracelets are perfect to wear every day. Silver and leather combine to create two pieces with their own individual style.

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Broken heart

With its unique style, this original, silver-clad necklace is easy to combine and will add a bold touch to your look.

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Soul mate

These heart-shaped earrings have special charm. Though small, they convey a clear message and are the perfect accessory for any look.

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First date

This lightweight heart-shaped ring symbolizes love without barriers. With its sophisticated style, this piece will transport you to moments full of magic.

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Discover the entire Valentine’s Collection in our website!

Glastonbury or Rock in Rio? 10 UNOde50 items to rock at your favorite festivals

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Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, Pitchfork, Rock en Seine, Bilbao BBK Live, Rock in Rio… The season of music festivals has arrived and it’s time to plan your look. Flower crown, cut-offs, and a cropped top? Though the hottest garments vary from year to year, festival style is a trend in and of itself that returns every summer. In terms of jewelry, UNOde50 designs are a perfect way to add a unique bohemian touch to your concert style.

We present 10 perfect items of jewelry to rock at the next music festival or to complement your summer looks with festival flair. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings with unique designs in leather, handcrafted glass, and silver.

10 UNOde50 items for a unique festival look

Roots necklace: leather and handcrafted green glass beads. Pair it with a white sundress, or a camisole with mini shorts.

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Heaven and earth: a design that works with any festival style, for example, a head-to-toe denim get-up.

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Let’s go for it ring: a unique design with mini-charms, another of the season’s hottest trends that will add the perfect touch to your festival ensemble.

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Ibiza bracelet: an icon of ours that fits any music genre.

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Nefriti anklet: a festival MUST, whether you wear sandals or sneakers.

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Attacked earrings: asymmetrical, reflecting the 2017 summer trend. Combine them with a denim romper for a knockout look.

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2001 bracelet: If you’re looking for an accessory that makes a statement, this bracelet is for you.

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Skalator necklace: Part of our new Gold Collection, this piece is original. Are you brave enough to combine it with a yellow top?

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Swagy ring: a double ring that you won’t take off for the entire 3-day event.

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Liana earrings: fun and original, in leather, silver, and handcrafted glass, our hallmark materials that go great with everything.

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Valentine’s Day 2017: this year it’s time for a brave gift

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Flowers or chocolates? No, thanks. Love is too precious to continue celebrating Valentine’s Day with the same old gifts. The classics are a safe bet for February 14 but they minimize the surprise factor. Because UNOde50 is brave and creative with our jewelry and our campaigns, we suggest a Genderless Valentine’s Day (no gender, no rules) that celebrates a love that transcends convention and prejudice and encourages us to share it.

In keeping with the idea of love without rules, we present 5 unique options that you can share with your partner on a day of love without limits. Enjoy them.

 

5 brave gifts to share this Valentine’s Day

1. A symbol of love to share:

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Our Genderless collection of unisex bracelets is designed by José Azulay, creative director of UNOde50, to be shared as a couple and to symbolize love without barriers. All of the designs that comprise the collection come in a special case so you can present your gift in the best way possible. Dare to celebrate a love without rules with our jewelry.

 

2. A magical dinner at home, without stepping into the kitchen:

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With the help of your smartphone and many apps you can order what you want from practically any restaurant in your area. Serve your favorite restaurant dishes on the dining table and relax in a romantic setting. This dinner may become your most intimate date yet. To make the evening truly unique, add a special piece of jewelry from our Valentine’s Day collection.

 

3. Travel back in time to your favorite moment:

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Whether you’ve been together for a few months or 25 years, happy memories always create a bond. Why not recreate your first date, a special trip, or simply a fun and exciting night that the two of you will remember forever? It’s as easy as booking a table at the restaurant where you sipped your first cocktails together, repeating that trip to Rome, or getting two tickets to see Bruce Springsteen again.

 

4. The handmade reigns:

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Relax, we’re not talking about cutting hearts out of red construction paper. The idea is to create something for your partner that is made by you especially for her. It could be a photo shoot with your analogue camera, a funny audio recording of her favorite song, or an amazing brunch prepared by you.

 

5. Forget conventions with a “Yes to everything” day:

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What does “Yes to everything” mean? On this day your partner makes the rules and you can’t say no. If skydiving is on the menu but you’re afraid of heights, you’ll have to overcome your fears. If she wants to stay in and watch a movie but you’re dying to go out, you have to accept it. Or if she asks for a set of UNOde50 New Collection jewelry, you’ll have to head to our store without hesitation. The word “NO” is off limits for one day.

Valentine’s Day can be modern, fun, and brave. We suggest you be creative and reinvent the occasion according to your own rules. Do you have any other suggestions about how to celebrate the day of love? Share them with us!

Makers Movement: craftsmanship as a global trend

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At UNOde50 we identify 100% with the term “handmade.”  The artisanal and the handmade are part of our DNA. That’s why we’ve declared ourselves admirers of the Makers Movement. But…

Who are the “makers”?

This global trend advocates a return to making objects with our hands. In a world where the digital prevails in many aspects of our lives, this movement champions a return to the tangible.

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It can be defined as a generation of people who create physical objects with their hands, without resorting to computers or screens.

Although the movement as such emerged in the 1970s in North America, it has recently transcended borders. In major cities like New York, London, and Berlin, “makers” have become increasingly important in recent years.

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Jewelers, shoemakers, artists, and even robotics professionals have joined a movement that could be labeled the digital version of Do-It-Yourself.

It is the Internet generation—raised in an environment where new technologies are essential—that has made the “doers” what they are today. Members of the movement use digital tools in the management and communication of their manual labor.

Welcome to a new era that fuses tradition and modernity.

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At UNOde50, the majority of the process of designing and manufacturing our jewelry is executed by hand in Spain. From drafting the preliminary sketches and creating prototypes to the assembly of the final pieces, everything is done at our workshops in Madrid.

The act of creating our jewelry collections by hand adds value to each of our pieces and makes them unique. Involved in the production process is a great team of people who take tremendous care in each step of the process until the final piece is created and sent to our stores. This approach to manufacturing is the key to ensuring that each of our rings, necklaces, and earrings is one-of-a-kind.

8 Must-see exhibitions this fall

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Autumn is a great time for art, for all kinds of art all over the world (at least in the northern hemisphere where temperatures drop), and there is no better plan than a delightful stroll from one gallery to the next, discovering fine art and taking shelter from the cold. This fall Europe is a haven for art lovers with a number of incredible must-see exhibitions. Here are some of our recommendations:

René Magritte: La Trahison des Images (The Treachery of Images)

Paris is well worth a visit, and even more so when the city hosts one of the most ambitious Magritte retrospectives to date. An icon of French surrealism, the artist is the subject of an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou that runs through January 23. What better way to take refuge from the rain along the banks of the Seine than under one of René’s famous umbrellas!

Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents one of the most profound retrospectives of the artist Francis Bacon. A total of 90 works will be on display at the museum overlooking the estuary. From the outset, the artist’s career was clearly influenced by Picasso and his triptych depicting Pope Innocent X, passed through the filter of the Malagan master, is one of the pinnacles of the show. On display through January 8, 2017, it’s the perfect excuse for a getaway to Bilbao, a city that is constantly modernizing and evolving.

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The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam

The Tate Modern, on the south bank of the Thames River in London, hosts an exhibition of one of the 20th century’s most iconic contemporary urban artists, who assumed the techniques of modernism developed in the Western world. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Centro Pompidou in Paris and the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. Museumgoers can explore the artist’s remarkable oeuvre through January 8, 2017.

Marcel Broodthaers: A retrospective

Once again the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid has partnered with the MoMA in New York to create one of the season’s most anticipated shows. This is the largest retrospective to date of the Belgian artist, Marcel Broodthaers, who set the tone of art in the 1960s and 70s. With 300 works on display, visitors will be dazzled by the volume of references to Belgium and be transported by these canvases without leaving the gallery. The exhibition is on display through January 9, 2017.

Dada Africa: Dialogue with the other

In the year in which we mark the centenary of the birth of Dadaism, the Berlinische Galerie aims to delve into the movement outside of Europe. The exhibition features 120 works from public and private collections created in Asia, Oceania and Africa, continents typically omitted from any discussion of the vanguard. If you plan to be in the German capital before November 7, we recommend visiting a show that is a must-see for lovers of unusual art.

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Sorolla and the Paris Years

Until November 7, the Musée des Impressionnismes in Giverny exhibits an extensive retrospective of one of the most important Spanish artists of the 19th century, Joaquín Sorolla. With strong ties to France, the Valencian painter is the subject of an exhibition that traces his influential years in Paris, where he lived from 1885. Visitors can also take the opportunity to tour this small town in Upper Normandy, where Monet’s breathtaking gardens are located.

Fine works of art, both modern and contemporary, are on display throughout Europe. So if you’re the intrepid type who doesn’t want to miss a single show, pack a bag and prepare for the adventures that await you. In addition to comfy shoes and your most flattering (and warmest) clothes, don’t forget to add the right accessories, and the Creative Winds collection from UNOde50 is ideal for this cultural expedition. With its organic shapes and meticulously detailed finishes, your look will rival the works of art that adorn the gallery walls.

The nightlife is being reinvented: discover the latest trends

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The nightlife is being reinvented, moving into spaces hitherto reserved for other purposes in order to attract more diverse crowds.

If, during the construction of Frontón Madrid in the early 20th century, its creators had known that the jet set would be dancing at what would become a speakeasy, they would have been very surprised. What is today known as the Cha Chá Club is an example of a space designed for one purpose, then reconfigured as the kind of indispensible nighttime hotspot that is popping up in the world’s major capitals.

If we look back in time, we discover a church that was the hippest club in New York in the 90s, depicted so well in the movie Party Monster. The venue, initially called The Limelight—a beacon for the city’s underground scene—and later renamed Avalon, was an Episcopalian church where the Big Apple’s libertines congregated.

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The story of The Limelight prompted many venues that didn’t necessarily specialize in live music to organize DJ sessions and concerts. At the editorial offices of El Imparcial, on calle Duque de Alba, there is a restaurant and a club that operates under the same name. The building was the editorial office of a newspaper and now is a gathering place for those who want to refuel before heading out on the streets of Madrid’s La Latina district or simply enjoy a drink in good company.

This is quintessential nightlife, but what is considered ‘nighttime’ has also shifted a few hours on the clock. What once started at 10 p.m. now takes place at daybreak, as exemplified by the morning clubs that host parties before work in both New York and London (and are looking to expand to places like Miami).

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In lieu of alcohol, guests are treated to a hearty breakfast, though the real magic happens on the dance floor as partygoers surrender to the music and dance ‘til they drop. These types of events are held at Verboten, a club in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), three times a month between the hours of 6-10 a.m.

Dancing is also what Brunch in the Park has offered for years in Barcelona and Lisbon. At this event, clubgoers and their kids can enjoy typical nighttime activities outdoors starting at 1 p.m., a somewhat late brunch but with an excellent turnout in Barcelona, where it has been popular for several seasons.

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The migration of conventional ‘nighttime’ is a global reality. With licensing becoming increasingly complicated and overcrowding on the rise, it was only a matter of time before DJs and concert organizers sought to arrange events at innovative locations and off-peak hours.

However, this new concept of a night on the town may complicate the process of getting ready. After years of going out after dark, it now seems that neon lights are on par with sunshine and many of us may be confused about what to wear. Nevertheless, since before Studio 54, gold has been a mainstay at major events, whether dancing in a renovated church or at a pre-work rave, the Gold Collection from UNOde50 will add that touch of sophistication and glamour to your ensemble that will make you shine even brighter.

Festivals aren’t just for summer

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Watching the sunrise with the waves lapping at the seashore, while listening to your favorite band, is one of the most gratifying experiences for true music fans. However (or inevitably), times like these have always been limited to summer. Or they were, because there are increasingly more festivals taking big cities by storm at the most unusual times of year. Although they aren’t normally outside, the venues that host them have the same charm—or more—than their summertime counterparts. If you aren’t quite ready to write off the summer yet, we’ll give you the best options for whetting your appetite for live music.

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Coinciding with Halloween for the last several years, the most indie side of the music industry comes together in Paris, with some of the year’s hottest artists in this genre. The line-up for 2016 includes MIA —who finally has a new album—, Bat for Lashes, electronic duo Mount Kimbie, Moderat, Suuns and Warpaint, to name just a few. Many of them have already toured during the summer, but this is the perfect excuse to see them again, calling in sick for an extra-long holiday weekend and flipping out with the choices the guys from Pitchfork have ready for us on 27 to 29 October.

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Iceland Airwaves

You may have noticed that Facebook is filling up with photos of Reykjavik, and may realize that Iceland has become more fashionable than ever before.  For years now, the capital’s artists have all converged at this festival, and Iceland Airwaves is one of the best and most popular. The festival program tends to focus on Scandinavian artists, something that definitely provides an added spark that sets it apart. However, at this year’s event—starting on 2 November—we can see well-known musicians from around the world, like Santigold, FM Belfast, Lush and Mabel, London’s newest up-and-coming star.

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The Meadows Music Festival

Across the pond, they also have their share of oddball festivals. In New York’s effervescent Queens neighborhood, the organizers of the famous Governors Ball have created this new event, offering the most exclusive bands and solo artists. We’re talking about groups like Miami Horror, Borns, Savages and Yeasayer, greats of the mega-festival circuit. However, one headliner who tends to shy away from the big venues is Kanye West, who is bringing his Saint Pablo Tour to the shores of the Hudson River (and if you’ve heard his latest disk, you know it’s worth it). You can get your tickets now, because 1 and 2 October will be here before you know it.

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The city of Utrecht (Netherlands) gives us the chance to bid farewell to festivals until 2017. It’s this festival’s 10th anniversary and the programming for the stages has been done by other big names. This year, Wilco, Julia Holter, the Savages and Suuns were given the task of rounding up their favorite bands—or at least some of them—to get us dancing from 10 to 13 November. Rain is almost a certainty on these dates in the Netherlands, but the music is so good, so appetizing, that we bet it will heat you right up.

Fall definitely seems to be on the way and, although some of us might not be happy about the cold, this season does give us a plethora of fun options when getting dressed. New bohemians eschew the traditional, travelling the world seeking alternatives and reflect this spirit in their incredibly elaborate festival looks. If you’re one of the few who swims against the current, choosing the unexpected and want everyone to know it, we’re sure you’re going to love The Special Ones, our new collection that stands up for individuality and is sure to make you stand out from the crowd to become a shining star, wherever you may be.