Design & Craft fair this weekend in Amsterdam

Me and my bag (1 van 2)When you are addicted, you should not go to places where you know you are going to be tempted. I know. My shopping addiction or, if you want to sugar that, my love for beauty  😆  forced me to go on a financial diet. One which I had vowed to stick to for 5 months. I lasted 5 weeks. Because of this bag. When you are in The Netherlands this weekend, you should go to the Design & Craft fair in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Below you will find all of my photos. I do appologize for the poor quality. If you want to see better ones and get more information (in English and Dutch), click on this link. I will put the designer’s name with nearly every picture I took and you can find all their stuff for sale in the webshop, which is unfortunately only in Dutch. Never mind … you know what a euro is, you can see the designer’s name and you can see the item… what more do you need? 

Let me start with something very Dutch… raincoats. The stall of Waterdicht (translation: waterproof) was the first thing you saw, even before entering the fair. It is not easy to find nice looking raincoats and as we chatted I found out I had already bought one of their previous collection.

Below: in the left photo you see a lady behind me. That is Hedy d’Ancona, a formidable lady in politics. She was just leaving, having bought the raincoat I am wearing. I have to say, it looked even better on her. Top right photo below: Judith of Waterdicht is styling me. I could do with that more often.Waterdicht raincoats Below: when I entered the fair I was welcomed by a very warm atmosphere. The stalls looked nice, the food and coffee were excellent (so rare on a fair) and the lighting was warm and inviting.Design and craft fair (1 van 1)Below: first stall with bags and boots by JK (Joaney Korevaar).Joaney KorevaarBelow: the always perfect bags by Hesther van Eeghen. That little red one, below right… so cute.Hester van EeghenBelow: krabbĂ© + akerboom. Their cutlery is folded from 1 piece of aluminium. Very Japanese, real craftmanship. And they had jewellery too.krabbĂ© + akerboomBelow: designer Judith Bloedjes makes lovely hand turned porcelain jewellery and vase objects. I loved that clip she is wearing.Judith BloedjesBelow: bag… handmade, hand pleated leather by Mrs Rosehip. The handle looks a bit funny due to my crude photoshopping. There was something distracting in the picture I had to get rid of. Gosh I so wanted that bag… especially the one that was slightly bigger than this one. But being on a financial diet and spending almost € 800….. was still too much of a conflict. I am not saying it is not worth it, far from it.Mrs Rosehip pleated bagBelow: lovely scarves and wraps were also to be found. Sorry, forgot to write down the names of the designers.Design and crafts fair (2 van 6)

Design and crafts fair (4 van 4)Below: there were several lamp and furniture designers, but as they don’t have my real interest I forgot to write down their names too. I am a lousy reporter.Design and crafts fair (1 van 4)Below: an object, but also a vase. By Esther Stasse.Esther StasseBelow: again an object but also a vase. By Mooi keramiek (Rita Spaan Klauss). You can remove the little lid.Mooi Keramiek Rita Spaan KlaussBelow: Isn’t this cute? It is called WoodyBag, model RONDO, made by Eilard Meier.Eilard Meijer Woody BagBelow: very fine twine braiding by EsmĂ© Hofman (ESH Vlechtwerk) a dying art.EsmĂ© Hofman ESH VlechtwerkBelow: masks by our famous Dutch artist Ans Markus. Very talented, very beautiful and also a nice person.Ans MarkusBelow: a lot of visitors were looking pretty good as well, like this lady.Design and crafts fair (5 van 6)Below: more jewellery (think Audrey Hepburn style). By DRKS.DRKSBelow: the designer Iris Nijenhuis, wearing one of her necklaces, made by using laser technique. How about the jacket??? To die for.Iris Nijenhuis laser workBelow: not your ordinary clothes hangers. There is a special process for making these. By House of Hermeta.House of HermetaBelow: then I turned around and held my breath. Love at first sight for the bags by Marck&Mo. My resolutions were shaking. Marck&Mo (1 van 1)Below: I tried both the small one and the big one. I tried, I talked and I walked away.Marck&Mo and meBelow: this was something I had never seen before. Over the shoe covering. By Pepavana. Designer Pepa in the right corner below. I couldn’t get a good shot of her as there was not enought light near her stall.PepavanaBelow: turning the corner, there were necklaces designed by using old jewellery pieces. Made by Marianne Moerman (right corner below) of VJR Jewels. VJR JewelsBelow: another big temptation. The necklaces of Paulien Wiertz. Even our queen Maxima is wearing one.Paulien WiertzBelow: the stall next to her was full of glass objects. By Bibi Smit.Bibi SmitBelow: I immediately spotted this very good looking lady when she came in and I secretly started to photograph her. When I asked her whether I might use the photos for my blog, she got out her reading glasses!! I thought she was about 28, but no.. she is over 40.Beautiful womanBelow: bag by Wies & Els, through the Leather Design Foundation by Hesther van Eeghen. I think the black things spell “fragile”.Wies & ElsBelow: hand made wall paper by Snijder&Co. Top left you see a scale model of a room. It might be too much for a whole room, but above the chimney above the fire place…. (for those who are fortunate enough to have one).Snijder&CoBelow: these ladies were well over 40 and looked so good, I had to show them to you.  The lady on the right said she got the beautiful little bag as consolation for her injured arm.Design and crafts fair (6 van 6)I had a lovely cappuccino and thought it over…. was I going to leave without the bag or not? As I was about to receive some money back from the insurance company I convinced myself it was OK (the poor excuses women come up with haha. I know I am not the only one who does this).

Below: the one I bought.Me and my bag (2 van 2)Lots of photos, but I hope you enjoyed them. And I bet you will agree there was a LOT of temptation. Having bought one bag is not even that bad, right? 😀


No Fear of Fashion



  1. 28 November 2015 / 14:00

    OMG thanks for sharing Greetje, I wish I could have been there with you!!! I love the boots in the first pic at the top. As well as those red handbags. Nice choices 😉 When it comes to dealing with the weather, water and rain you guys just know how to handle it….since we spend a lot of time at the Dutch coast (zeeland:)) and in Northern Fryslan I got myself a white raincoat a while ago that I just adore. You look very stylish in your black top and green boots. Have a sunny weekend. I am off to the Christmas market now. Sabina | Oceanblue Style

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 22:43

      Oh Christmas market… Germany is famous for those markets. Enjoy. And I am glad you liked my little report.

  2. 28 November 2015 / 14:16

    What a great post. So creative designers, and so unique bags and other things.
    You look so good in jeans and shirt, as always.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 22:45

      It wasn’t easy to come up with a “new” outfit that was comfortable too (which means flat shoes).

  3. Anke
    28 November 2015 / 15:35

    It was a pleasure to read Greetje! Most of the things I very much liked, especially the Red Rosehip bag and the necklaces of Iris Nijenhuis. And ofcourse, the bag you bought?. Did you buy the big one or the small?

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 22:40

      The necklaces of Iris are affordable. And I bought the small bag. You were right, that is a better looker.

  4. 28 November 2015 / 18:20

    Lovely bag Greetje and so nice we met yesterday in Amsterdam. I bought a hat designed by Ans Wesseling, I’ll post a photo soon on my blog.
    Have a nice weekend

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 22:46

      Let’s meet again soon. Anja is back in town as well.

  5. Katie
    28 November 2015 / 19:01

    OMG! The first thing I noticed was the bag! It is gorgeous! I am sooooo glad it’s yours……it will be in a happy home for sure!xxxxxxKatie

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 22:48

      More people notice the bag… even sales men in a shop haha. I think I have a winner here.

  6. 28 November 2015 / 19:32

    What fun! We also went to an artisan show yesterday. I was tempted with original art, handmade scarf and my husband bought a wallet made from a 1972 Cadillac interior. So cool!

    I am a sucker for purchasing art and handmade items because I’m an artisan myself. I sold at shows like that for years. I know how important it is to support handmade local items. I posted quite a few photos on my Instagram of what I picked up.

    So no, I’m not going to lecture you on your spending.

    I have to mention I love the booties you are wearing. The colour is wonderful!

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 22:53

      I thought about the outfit carefully, knowing it would be in this post. It had to be “new” as in “never before did I show these items together on the blog” and I needed flat shoes. Did alright hah? And I am all for supporting local shops and artisans.

  7. 28 November 2015 / 19:34

    You’re lucky you got out of there alive! Fantastic bag. All the things you have shown us here are absolutely stunning. I also love the photos of some of the stylish women who attended the fair. I think the photography doesn’t need any excuses – it’s great. And I love what you wore too, comfortable, stylish, and ready for some guilty pleasure. Heh. Wish I could have been there – but then you would have bought more.

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 23:00

      I deliberately wore a black top… which makes anything look good. Which is not a good choice if you really don’t want to buy anything haha.

  8. Kathy
    28 November 2015 / 20:08

    A great post. What fun! I’m so glad you got the purse, it made perfect sense to me.

    • Greetje
      28 November 2015 / 23:01

      It makes sense to you eh? That is because you are a woman haha.

  9. 28 November 2015 / 20:49

    that bag was made for you! the proportions, the colors and the style are perfect on you!!!
    and you did something good with your money – you gave it to an artist – not to a sweatshop company!
    as long as i do not win the lottery i have to stay away from such events. very dangerous for our tiny budget. but thank you for the report – so i can enjoy from the safety of my couch 🙂

  10. Greetje
    28 November 2015 / 23:05

    Glad I could entertain you. I usualy justify my spendings by saying I keep the economy going. Single handedly haha.

  11. 29 November 2015 / 03:31

    What a great event!

    The bag is beautiful! I think only buying one item at such an event with so many great thins isn’t bad at all!

    I also enjoyed the photos of all the stylish ladies! Thanks for sharing!

    • Greetje
      29 November 2015 / 09:43

      Indeed Andrea… I could have gotten home with lots more bags and jewellery. I was temped many times.

  12. 29 November 2015 / 05:34

    Lots of eye candy Greetje! Very, very talented artisans. I love that you support these gifted creatives. A few weeks ago I went to Vancouver’s biggest artisan fair, Circle Crafts, and bought a treasured piece of metalwork. It means more knowing it was made in B.C. by an individual.

    • Greetje
      29 November 2015 / 09:45

      I just love to buy beautiful things. But of course it is nicer to buy from an individual than from a chain store. Most of the artisans have a shop or sell online, but still they are the ones that made the pieces.

  13. nancy
    29 November 2015 / 10:22

    You are the only women who seeks for excuses like that!? i so enjoyed this article! What a beautiful pieces! Just everything is gorgious! I m going to look until when that fair is. The Westergasfabriek is a great location, i had some fashionshows there when i still worked. You got a great bag!

    • Greetje
      29 November 2015 / 20:10

      I am not the only woman who seeks excuses… I know los of women like me. The fair was until 18.00 hrs today. Big temptations.

  14. Marianne
    29 November 2015 / 13:41

    Great report. The visitors and of course you look very arty and well dressed. They are not wearing clothes you can buy in every shop. I like that, and your handbag is certainly a treasure. Well spend money dear. Thank you for sharing a piece of dutch craftmenship.

    • Greetje
      29 November 2015 / 20:11

      And I invested in the Dutch craftmenship by buying an item. Win-win. Glad you like it.

  15. 29 November 2015 / 13:45

    Lovely post and what a great fair. I would have loved it as I so enjoy unique design. As Suzanne will know unique designed jewelry by independent designers is very tempting to me! For that reason I have not visited any of these fairs, simply because I’m too busy and I have too few occasions to wear all my beautiful pieces and I have plenty already. The disadvantages of working from home! Rest assured, when I’m in The Netherlands again this summer I’m ready to spend big haha! Love your outfit Greetje. Your are wearing my favorite shoes and that new bag fits perfectly with your outfit.

    • Greetje
      29 November 2015 / 20:13

      That bag does go well with my United Nude boots doesn’t it.
      I could have bought the whole lot at the fair. What a beautiful things.

  16. 29 November 2015 / 14:50

    I love all these designs – so creative, and the bag you came home with is a beauty! I love that you photo us women over 50 and give us the style credit we deserve! xox

    • Greetje
      29 November 2015 / 22:07

      More power to women!! I remember that text from the seventies haha.

  17. 29 November 2015 / 18:03

    Wow, what exceptional products. I like the fragile bag. And I’ve never heard of over-the-shoe coverings before.

    • Greetje
      29 November 2015 / 22:07

      I had never seen the over the shoe coverings either Ally. They were a bit strange. But on the other hand ….

  18. 29 November 2015 / 22:08

    Wow. What a great show and tell that was. It’s good to know that I’m not alone with the dilemma of to spend or not to spend. I must admit that your choice of bag was perfect – great size too. Thank you for showing all these stylish ladies as well as all of the products. Oh, and I love those booties!
    Anna’s Island Style

    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 10:51

      It was my pleasure entirely. Took me quite a bit of time but I loved doing it.

  19. 29 November 2015 / 22:53

    A really interesting post. I am interested in your look, casual and nice. I like your blouse and your turquoise suede shoes. I like your new raincoat, it is beautiful and elegant. And I really like to participate in this wonderful design fair, because I really admire beautiful pieces, many. And I also admire very interesting, beautiful and elegant people in mature age, the object and purpose of our blogs. You have a keen eye to find them, or perhaps that Amsterdam gathers a wonderful set of elegant mature women.

    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 10:54

      Amsterdam is indeed a good place to find mature and elegant ladies. Especially at this fair, which was a bit more upmarket. It is not difficult to find them. You turned around and think “oh my.. she looks great” LOL.

  20. Happiness at Mid Life
    30 November 2015 / 02:49

    What a great fair to attend, there’s so many great artist and so many unique designs. I need to go on a badly needed shopping diet (a food one too!) and think I need to reduce my month spending rather than cut myself off completely. 5 weeks is a good start and this purse is worth breaking the diet for.


    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 10:56

      I knew I was getting some refunds from insurances, so I allowed myself this bag. But now it is back on the diet again. Both financially and foodwise.

  21. 30 November 2015 / 02:51

    So much to admire and buy … my idea of heaven!

    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 10:56

      It was like being a kid in a candy store. Which is heaven indeed.

  22. 30 November 2015 / 05:52

    That bag you bought is stunning! I am so glad you bought it. I also thought that pleated red bag was gorgeous. The fragile bag was so cool, also. Fabulous finds, and I love your raincoat and green boots!
    What a treasure trove, thanks for sharing
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 10:58

      I didn’t buy the raincoat as I already have one of their previous collection. The red bag was on my wishlist too. But € 800,- was a bit much for a girl on a financial diet. LOL

  23. 30 November 2015 / 06:40

    I love the bag and great with those cool shoes. So fun to get a window into a showing of fine crafts and fashion at an art fair in Europe. We did shows like this for years here in the US as exhibitors. Looks like you had a enjoyable time looking meeting people. This bag was a good unique purchase especially with that contrast of bold red!

    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 11:01

      It is indeed a unique bag. They made only one. The fair was a bit more upmarket than usual, which I liked. Which meant that the prices were a bit higher too. Sigh…. That red pleated bag was on my wishlist. But € 800 was a bit too steep for me.

  24. 30 November 2015 / 13:59

    What a fabulous craft fair – the quality is SO impressive! And I love seeing all of the chic and cool shoppers – the ladies of Amsterdam always inspire me with their style.

    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 21:46

      It was a more upmarket fair this time. Higher quality, higher prices. Nice atmosphere. Took me three hours to do the whole ground and it wan’t even that big. Did not photograph everything, just what I liked.

  25. 30 November 2015 / 18:23

    As always Greetje – beautiful images. While viewing them, I felt as if I was smack-dab in the middle of the event. So many tempting pieces on display. Oh my, I would have failed my spending freeze too.

    • Greetje
      30 November 2015 / 21:47

      I was lucky to get away with only one bag. There is just one remedy for not spending… don’t go near such temptations.

  26. Rebecca
    1 December 2015 / 02:01

    What a fantastic crafts fair. I especially loved the beautiful bags. Yours is gorgeous! Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    • Greetje
      1 December 2015 / 18:20

      I could have bought soooo many other bags too haha.

  27. 1 December 2015 / 19:47

    It is a very interesting fair and yes, a very temptating place!
    I love the white and green jewelry by DRKS and the laser cut necklace. The shoe covering is a soooo lovely idea! and Wierz’ s necklace with those blue peanuts is beautiful too … to be honest I am also in love with those black and white vases and the wall papers …

    I understand you couldn’t go away without the bag and , on the contrary am very surprised you made just one purchade!!!

    • Greetje
      2 December 2015 / 11:26

      I kept repeating to myself that I needed to save money. But all the bills I was expecting in december and january were lower than estimated. Which meant ai had a little bit of money. So the one bag I could justify (….). Contrary to what everybody thinks, there is a “stop” switch in my head haha. But oh… that red pleated bag. And indeed the necklace with the peanuts…

  28. Mrs C
    3 December 2015 / 15:09

    I got excited just by looking at the pictures! I love art/craft fair! We have something similar here monthly, but sometimes it is so crowded I fail to enjoy it to the fullest. Anyway, I love your ensemble. I have a similar top but unlike you I look as if I was swimming in it. I think I need to have it altered since I do not have extra inches like you 😉

    • Greetje
      4 December 2015 / 10:23

      Welcome back dear. So good to “hear” you again. The top is actually a dress with a raised waist. Which makes me look ridiculous and childish. By knotting the belt a bit lower (on the hips) and hoisting the dress up, above the belt, I make it into a top (not my idea, somebody told me).

  29. 6 December 2015 / 23:13

    Definitely some gorgeous stuff there, especially the bags (and I don’t get that excited about handbags). There is a large craft sale that happens twice a year in Toronto (close to me) and I cannot allow myself to attend as I have no will power when it comes to events like that. I think you did very well by just buying one bag when surrounded by so many beautiful things.

  30. 2 January 2016 / 10:00

    My favorites of what you showed are: Iris Nijenhuis, the shoe covers, Pauline Wiertz, the Wies & Els bag and finally the wallpaper.

    I would have loved to accompany you, as you suggested. Next year?

    • Greetje
      2 January 2016 / 12:38

      No idea whether there will be another fair next year. And if you are in The Netherlands then. But if so, I would love to go with you.

  31. 4 January 2016 / 16:33

    Since I was 7 years old, European design has always struck a chord with me for its deceptively simple and sleek lines. Ahhhh, to be living there and up close with all those bags and shoes. Then again, perhaps it’s best to view them from afar, through the confines of my laptop screen. Financial diet would be words nonexistent in my vocab otherwise. Until I make my first million, I shall live vicariously through you, Greetje xoxo

    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 22:24

      Shoot Sheela, I never noticed this comment of you on my Designers Fair post and the bag I bought. You may live vicariously through me my dear. And I will go bankrupt for you…

  32. Nina T
    25 February 2016 / 03:54

    The first photo of the black top is the perfect example of the round neck embellishment I spoke about on the other post. The round neck is a bit larger and you have that excellent chunky necklace to off set it. PERFECT! Do that more often.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2016 / 22:31

      See, sometimes I get it right by accident. Now you gave me theory behind this idea. I will really bear your tip in mind.

  33. 24 October 2016 / 07:57

    Hello Greetje,
    How nice to stumble up your blog and experience it all over again. I hardly had time to visit my fellow designers on Meesterlijk because of the ongoing visitors at my stall:) You were excited about the Pepavanas (accessory for high heels) and I am looking forward to meet you again in the Westergasfabriek next moth!
    For your information, and your blogfans, the shoe covers are all made to measure, to be found on my website, just email me.
    Thank you for the nice words en pics,

    Pepa | Pepavana

    • Greetje
      24 October 2016 / 08:49

      To be honest, I don’t think I dare come again. Everything was so tempting!!!! And I am having a financial break-down at the moment haha.
      Wishing you lots of fun and sales next month.

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