Besides the collection, the evening was aesthetically decorated by the visual art of 4 of our good friends, Ines Vansteenkiste-Muylle, Maarten De Laet, Silke Rys and Sebastian Schaevers. Ines, our talented House photographer, visualized our collection with analog images as well as magnificent buildings around Paris and Brussels. Maarten’s promising work, focused on the concept of escapism and the surrealistic elements that surround this subject. Silke Rys designs functional art, with the focus on textile and carpet art, that blends seamlessly with every surrounding. We also displayed our first capsule video shot by Sebastian Schaevers, a multitalented camera operator from Belgium. The pictures displayed in the article are the work of Mart Heylen. She captured the evening with its many interesting encounters and aesthetically pleasing set-up. She is an up-and-coming photographer, whose craft is as inspiring as her personal journey. As we applaud aspiring creatives, we want to share her work on our journal. Go take a look on her social platform: JuleMart.fotografie

The atmosphere was musically complemented and enriched by the selection of funky grooves and Housey Beats from Mano Jai & Adrian Baiets, two unconditional brothers who’ve supported us since the beginning. With all these pieces coming together we look back with gratitude at this touching experience.

At this moment the pause button has been pressed in society. The current pandemic impacts our lives in various ways. Through different communication channels we hear people spreading awareness about the common health, the load on necessary services that are still active and the financial hardships many of us are confronted with. Furthermore, these times of isolation limit us in our ability to work, to engage and have social freedom. However, for a fortunate part of the population it also eases the daily grind and gives us the opportunity for self-reflection.

The older we get the more it tends to feel as if time passes us by unnoticed. Routines, busy schedules and the absence of new experiences blur the boundaries between days and can make us feel rather disconnected in our daily encounters.

This is a subjective experience that often solely asks a shift in our focus in order to reflect on it and change it, because what the mind focuses on becomes our world. We surround ourselves with so many engagements and distractions that some individuals lose sight over their passions and ambitions. Adding to that are the endless choices we’ve been given, resulting in the loss of interest. Too many choices make people unhappy.

Let us all take a step back, don’t look forward, don’t look backward, now is the perfect opportunity to look inward.

Change your focus, set clear boundaries and use this period to create new things for yourself that might result in passionate future endeavors.

We find ourselves in an isolation paradox that requires “Social distancing” to prevent infection, but loneliness can make us sick too. In times of isolation and despair it’s important to continue sharing love and feeling the good vibes. Relive the Pop-Up Store Opening Night through photography and music as they are known to be the best mediums to reminisce ideas, feelings and memories.

Mano & Adrian share their love with the curation of our first RENÉ playlist to color our days. A thoughtfully chosen selection of groovy rhythms and easy vibes that’s just one click away:  

Thanks to the artists, our supporting friends and family and everyone who showed up and made this  this evening one of a kind. Take care and hopefully we can REconNÉct soon.

Sun, Feb 22 2020

22/03/2020 — René Journal