Born in 1983 in East-Berlin, David and his parents fled from the communistic system in the GDR in 1989 just moments before the fall of the Berlin wall. They settled down in the south of Germany where he’s still living now. His love for drawing caused him to choose an artistic education in which he found the best way of expression in photography. After an apprenticeship in photography, he moved to Amsterdam to assist Erwin Olaf. Back in Germany, he’s now running his own studio in Karlsruhe, producing art- and commisioned work
David’s latest series, ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Confessions’ will be put at disposal at FOUR by the Amstel Gallery. The six pictures from Confessions are each showing men and women in their bedrooms looking at themselves in a mirror. Different kind of people, who all have something in common as they all break social taboos. Confessions captures the reactions that these people show while looking at their mirror image.
‘Mirrors’ shows the contradictory view our society has on beauty in eight pictures. Four beautiful young girls looking very insecure and in doubt. Even though they are almost perfect, they observe themselves in a very strict way and criticize every single flaw on their body and face. The four guys are a contrast when compared to the girls. They aren’t perfect at all, but they do look very confident at themselves and don’t care about any beauty ideals. They are not pristine, but they are satisfied.
Exhibition David Kretschmer at FOUR
Opening (invites only): May 17 – 18:00-21:00
Exposition: May 18 – June 16
Thom Browne: The Oxford shirt
“Jeans and a T-shirt have become establishment, everyone’s dressed down. So actually putting on a jacket is the anti-establishment stance.” This sums up the entire thought behind Thom Browne his men’s line. The line has strong, classic tailoring as it’s base, but always with some playful, seasonal details added. The Oxford shirt is one of the foundation of a men’s wardrobe and one of the most important items in every Thom Browne collection. The shirt, which is named after the fabric it’s made of, returns in white with the typical red-white-blue placket every season. For SS13 some brighter variations have been added, like the checked multi color version.
Onitsuka Tiger x Mita
Giant pandas Ri Ri and Shin Shin are the inspiration for a limited-edition collaboration between Japanese lifestyle brand Onitsuka Tiger and Tokyo‘s famed Mita Sneakers store. The bamboo-eating carnivores, whose names emphasis vitality and innocence, are national icons in Japan.
To re-imagine Onitsuka Tiger’s classic FABRE BL-L basketball shoe, Mita looked to its neighbour, the Ueno Zoo, home to Ri Ri and Shin Shin. Ueno first received giant pandas as a diplomatic gift from China 40 years ago and is celebrating its 120-year anniversary. The zoo is dedicated to the conservation of the nearly extinct species.
Originating from China, giant pandas are symbols of peace revered for their spiritual qualities and ability to ward off evil spirits. Their black and white fur is believed to represent harmony between two opposing Yin and Yang forces.
The FABRE BL-L is a high-top, ankle-supporting basketball shoe first worn by the NBA’s “Most Valuable Player” and Boston Celtics’ center, Dave Cowens, in 1973, soon after pandas first arrived in Japan. ABRE, an abbreviation of the basketball move “FAstBREak”, is an Onitsuka Tiger model that pioneered on-court performance footwear by giving basketball players unprecedented ‘stop & start’ manoeuvrability.
On the Mita shoe, black and white acrylic fur imitates the panda’s colouring. Real suede on the upper and back give the sneaker a premium touch, while the Mita Sneakers’ logo printed on the shoelace adds to the finish, along with its ‘CHAIN LINK’ graphic printed on the in sole.
The price for the MITA limited edition is €120. It will available at FOUR from 27 April.
Common Projects SS13
Art director Mr Prathan Poopat and creative consultant Mr Flavio Girolami established common Projects in 2004. What started as a simple idea to create a classic, minimal, well-made sneaker for themselves, blossomed into a mini empire of shoes, but also bags and other accessories. This season brings some exceptionally fresh colors and designes, mixed with some of Common Project’s well known, never out of style classics like the famous ‘Achilles’.
Not all available models are displayed at F-O-U-R.com
Raf Simons SS13
Androgynous mixed with prints and a touch of Grunge is how to describe Raf Simons SS13 collection at best. A mix between fashion and street. Further more the designer stated the he loves eyes. This is clearly expressed by the huge painted faces from L.A. artist Brian Calvin which are printed onto t-shirts. Another eye-catcher in the SS13 collection is the pair of chained sneakers. We always like it when a designer presents something different, something with a twist and that is exactly what Raf Simons did this summer.
‘A day with 3Sixteen’
After a three year hiatus, 3Sixteen is happy to present the third segment of their ongoing video series entitled “A day with 3sixteen.” Filmed on March 6th, 2013, Kellen Dangler tailed the Denim guys for a day as they went about their tasks and captured a work day at 3sixteen from his perspective.
Tom Ford SS13
“I want to make beautiful clothes for women and men who appreciate detail and quality. The product must be the best but this is almost secondary to the service the customer will receive.” – Tom Ford
Tom Ford’s SS13 collection is bright, vibrant and a little cheeky. All the traditional elements are there, but the designer gave them a fresh look by using different patterns, fresh colors and sharp silhouettes. Of course the famous traditional Tom Ford Tuxedo is included in the collection as well, together with some exquisite bags and shoes that match your look.
Together with the new season, Tom Ford found a new brand ambassador in Justin Timberlake. Tom Ford and Justin Timberlake collaborated to create the refined style that is reflected in Justin’s new album ‘The 20/20 Experience’. The artwork for the first single from the album, ‘Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z’ features a Tom Ford tuxedo with satin peak lapels, pique front shirt and oversized satin bowtie, a signature look of the Tom Ford menswear collection. Ford worked closely with Timberlake and his team to provide Made-to-Measure tailoring, including eveningwear, suiting, shirting, ties, shoes and accessories that will be a focal point of the ‘The 20/20 Experience’. The designer said: “I adore Justin. He has innate style and enormous talent. It has been such a pleasure and honor to work with him throughout this entire creative process.”
Levi’s Made & Crafted SS13
140 years ago, Levi Strauss invented a simple blue jean that would forever change the way America, and the rest of the world, dressed. Levi’s® Made and Crafted™ builds on this legacy by designing tomorrow’s classics using today’s best materials and construction techniques.
The Missoni Men’s SS13 collection takes its influence from a traveler absorbing foreign and regional cultures together. The characteristic polo shirts, pulls and cardigans are inspired by the marriage and reworking of ethnic textiles from South East Asia. The collection includes classic items that form a base for a contemporary and modern men’s wardrobe that are further enhanced by the Missoni heritage knits.
G-shock Aviation collection
Are you ready for the next level. Meet the Aviation (premium) collection of Casio G-shock. 5-motor driven Though Movement in a super-tough body that resists powerful gravitational forces. Including in this series is an 30th Anniversary edition in black/gold. In the gallery you will find a selection of watches now available in-store.
Onitsuka Tiger x Andrea Pompilio
From this Saturday the Onitsuka Tiger and Andrea Pompilio collaboration sneaker will be available at FOUR. For this SS13 collection both brands have worked together and co-designed an iconic sneaker which will represent a key style in the new Andrea Pompilio SS collection. The single style is a light weight sneaker taken from the Onitsuka Tiger archive and reworked for the modern man.
About the designer:
Born in Pesaro on july 29 1973, Andrea has lived in a creative environment. His father is an architect and his mother a passionate of painting. He grew up in his grandmother’s fashion shop and at 8 he decided he wanted to be a designer. After getting a diploma in fashion design at the institute of art in Pesaro, he went on to achieve a master’s degree in fashion design at Marangoni, Milan, in 1995. Soon after graduation, he went straight into the world of fashion where he developed his Italian sensitivity, international vision and refined high design skills. He has worked for some of the most important Italian and international fashion and luxury brands, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Prada, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, developing a sophisticated and at the same time relaxed style, with a strong focus on high quality. In January 2010 he launched his first eponymous autumn/winter 2011 mens start-up collection.
The sneaker is available in a single variation: white/neon/reflective. Only 12 pairs will be available for the Netherlands. Six of these will be sold at FOUR.
NEW LOVE CLUB SS13
New Love Club is a modernist image based brand from the UK. The clothes feature prints of hand-drawings, manipulated photography and bold geometry with interwoven themes of retro graphics, amateur women and abstract art. Whether in black and white or vivid color, all prints have the feeling of nostalgia with a modern interpretation
3.1 Phillip Lim SS13
Brazil is home to the second-largest population of Japanese in the world. That culture clash appealed to Phillip Lim, and for Spring, he took inspiration from those so called Nipo-Brasileiro sub-cultures and mixed it with inspiration from traditional Baroque. Combing the minimal discipline of Nipo-Brasileiro with the notions of the Barroco culture the ornate is abstracted into a modern context. Resulting in a display of purist sensibilities consisting of strong lines, playful textures and youthful elegance.
Mr. Bathing Ape SS13
A recently released photo editorial by Mr. Bathing Ape shows Toshimi Watanabe wearing a range of items from the SS13 collection. He participated in the first World Wide BAPE Heads Show all the way back in 1997, being one of the original members of the Japanese Hip-Hop formation TOKYO No.1 SOUL SET. For it’s SS13 collection, Mr. Bathing Ape delivers a range of items which maintain the dandy sensibilities of the label mixed with some signature A Bathing Ape characteristics like the BAPE head logo and the use of colorful prints.
The Suits – Roger Elsten – Antwerp
Antwerp based menswear label The Suits is designed by Roger Elsten and delivers what its name implies. It’s suits are clean, fitted, rock ‘n roll inspired and made for men who like to wear suits again. All suits have a clean finish with slim lapels and no unnecessary stitching. The silhouette is slim and the fit is comfortable through the use of fabrics with a little stretch. In the SS13 collection there is something for every man. There are the grey and the black suits, but also a dark, surprisingly light weight, denim suit. The brand succeeded very well in combining a man made look with a rock star feeling. Or as they say: Gentleman meets Rock Star.
Pentax K-01 by Marc Newson
Pentax teamed up with Sydney born, London based designer Marc Newson to create the K-01. Internationally known for designing a wide range of furniture and household items such as bicycles, cars, aircraft and yachts, various Marc Newson collections have been on display in The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City as well as many other major museums. Featuring a contemporary yet classic style, the K-01 provides discriminating photographers with a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features in a camera body with remarkable form and function. Available in Newson’s signature yellow colors, the new K-01 features the designer’s autograph logo stamp on the bottom of each camera.
The famed designer’s touch also is evident in a new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS interchangeable lens. As the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens, the new 40mm combines with the PENTAX K-01 camera body to deliver a unique mirrorless ILC system that is perfect for photographers who are as keen on design as they are on performance. Together, the K-01 and 40mm lens system mark the intersection where high technology and high design meet. Any additional info can be found on the Pentax website.
The Marni SS13 collection is strong, bright and has Marni’s known eye for detail. When you want to add straight silhouettes, patterns or prints to your wardrobe, then Marni is your brand. The Marni Men’s SS13 features a special collaboration with Dutch artist Rop van Mierlo. Blotchy shapes of animals (a donkey, a tiger, a parrot and an ostrich which has been created by the artist exclusively for Marni) are printed onto t-shirts. The subjects are part of van Mierlo’s book Wild Animals, worth a Best Dutch Design Award in 2011.
‘Trickers’ 3.1 Phillip Lim SS13
To launch the Men’s Spring 2013 collection 3.1 Phillip Lim released an exclusive short film featuring the undiscovered art of “Tricking.” Created by 3.1 Phillip Lim and celebrated fashion photographer Jacob Sutton. The short showcases the Spring 2013 Men’s collection in flight, on real life battling ‘Trickers’ Jason Mello and Micah Karns.
Tricking is a combination of gymnastics, martial arts, and b-boying or bread dancing. The martial arts components take disciplines from taekwondo, capoeira and wushu or kung fu consisting of a combination of kicks, flips and twists pushing the boundaries of creativity in what the physical body can do. A cult phenomenon still relatively untapped – ‘Trickers’ from around the world gather in underground spaces to battle using their best moves.
Creative Director: Phillip Lim - Director: Jacob Sutton - Trickers: Jason Mello & Micah Karns
Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi
Taka Hayashi is a self taught painter, illustrator and graphic designer who was born in Japan and moved to the U.S at the age of 10. There he lived in Santa Monica where the 80’s skateboard scene had a big impact on his life and his art. His collaboration with Vans Vault has produced a wide collection of many memorable silhouettes.
In these pictures:
Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault TH Sierra Dune LX
Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault TH Sierra Trek Hi LX II
Zarb Champagne was launched in 2009. The name Zarb derives from the French slang for ‘bizarre’. Zarb, then, is no traditional champagne brand, but rather traditional champagne with an unconventional look, based on an unconventional idea. Because why drink champagne only at times that tradition prescribes? Why not when your boat is sinking? At your ex-girlfriend’s wedding? While waiting for a bus? During confession? Or because it’s Tuesday? Everywhere. Always. Here. Now.
Of course, a champagne brand for any day does not have to be an everyday brand. That’s why Zarb breaks with the outward clichés of traditional champagne bottles and is available in collections of fashionable bottles made by internationally acclaimed artists.
Zarb Champagne is produced by the Baron family in the village of Charly-Sur-Marne, on the western side of the Marne Valley in Champagne. It’s dominated by the Meunier (55%), bringing fruitiness and delicacy to the cuveé, blended with the finesse of the Chardonnay (30%) and the strength of the Pinot Noir (15%).
Alexander Mcqueen SS12
Slowly the store is filled with all the Spring/Summer 2013 collections. Starting with Alexander Mcqueen. The collection is filled with blue, red, orange and grey tones. The sweaters are light, trousers are white and perfectly combined with a colored polo or the jeans shirt with leather details. Of course the must -have key items like the skull t-shirts, umbrellas and scarfs are also present in this collection. FOUR favorites are the ‘God save Mcqueen’ scarf and sneakers with leather covered studs. Not all the items sold at FOUR are present in the pictures.
Mark McNairy SS13
Mark McNairy is a busy guy. He has his own clothing line, multiple collaborations and is designing the Billionaire Boys Club’s ‘Bee Line’ together with Pharrell Williams. Besides that he also has his own line of footwear, which offers playful silhouettes based on classic menswear designs. McNairy’s influence is clearly present in the use of many material combinations and different color-blocking schemes which is most present in the soles.
Premium watch maker Nixon claims to make the little things better. Those things you have that aren’t noticed at first, but can’t be ignored. At Nixon they pay attention to it. They argue about it. They work day and night to make those little things as good as they can be, so when you wear them, you feel like you’ve got a leg up on the rest of the world.
Dita was founded in 1991 by life long friends, Jeff Solorio and John Juniper. It’s design studio and world headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California. All Dita frames are hand made in Japan and use only the highest quality materials: titanium, 18K gold, white gold and the finest Japanese zyl acetates. Dita’s quality and attention to detail at each frame is unmatched. Simply holding a pair of Dita’s may seduce you for life..
Vans Vault x Diemme Buffalo Boot LX
Vans Vault has partnered with Italian shoe manufacturer Diemme to design the Buffalo Boot LX. The boots are hand made in Italy by Diemme and take their inspiration from their Roccia Vet design. This hiking inspired limited release has a durable Vibram outsole, metal hardware, water proof suede and gusseted tongues. The Vans Vault x Diemme Buffalo Boot LX is available at FOUR in the Black/Mouton colorway.
FREE THE ATM
On december 1st we will celebrate the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum’s one year anniversary at FOUR. You can watch Henk Schiffmacher and Chris Danley work live in our pop up tattoo shop and you can even go home with a tattoo yourself!
Maybe you’ve heard some other news about the museum as well. As a result of a disagreement with the museum’s investor Schiffmacher’s collection is held hostage. This means that Henk and his crew can not get access to the museum. Absurd? Yes! Another reason to visit the event this saturday? Yes!
We at FOUR love to celebrate the ATM’s first year, but how cool would it be if we could have a second celebration next year!? Because this next celebration might be in danger we will collect money during the event in the following ways:
- We will sell a special edition FOUR x ATM T-shirt. Half the amount of its selling price will go to to the museum
- You can get tattooed by Henk Schiffmacher or Chris Danley for a €100,- (max the size of a cigarette pack).
It’s also possible to make a personal donation when you can’t be there: firstname.lastname@example.org
So come to FOUR, celebrate, get tattooed and fight with us for the museum’s existence.
FREE THE ATM.
Human Made FW12
Japanese label Human Made draws most of its inspiration from vintage American workwear combined with influences from the 50’s. The Fall/Winter 2012 collection is one with many classics, but as usual with a modern and unexpected twist. That twist presents itself in the use of fabric, cuts, details and prints. To present an image of the collection Co-founder NIGO makes his usual appearance in the brands seasonal look book, which is presented on the Human Made website.
All Freshfiber cases are made through 3D printing. A digital file made by the designer is fed into a 3D print machine. Layer by layer, this machine fuses the base material into the shapes defined by the digital file. After a while of printing, the product comes out of the machine in the most complex shapes one can imagine. Which results into a case for your phone with a sweet history attached, because it actually came out of a printer.
At FOUR we offer a broad selection of designs for the Iphone 4S, Iphone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. There even is a special FOUR Amsterdam case available.
FOUR x Amsterdam Tattoo Museum
World renowned Californian tattoo artist ‘ little’ Chris Danley and Dutch tattoo legend Henk ‘Hanky Panky’ Schiffmacher give you the opportunity to get tattooed at FOUR.
Saturday December 1st the tattoo shop will open its doors for just one day. This will be the kick of to a series of events to celebrate the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum’s one year anniversary. Johnny and the Gangsters of Love, also known as ‘The fastest Rock ‘n Roll band on the road’, will open the shop at 13:30 with a dazzling performance in style. Followed by Henk and Chris tattooing live on you or your friends…
Then there’s only one question left to be answered: How to make an appointment? You simply can’t. Just be there Saturday December 1st at 13:30 and get your tattoo immediately. Or keep an eye on our Facebook page and you might be the one that wins a free tattoo.
Tattooing will take place on december 1, 2012 at FOUR by Azzurro (P.C. Hooftstraat 127, Amsterdam) between 14:00 and 18:00.
Participants have to be at least 18 years of age
Tattoos may not be bigger than 10x5cm
Tattoo artist will be picked at random (either Chris Danley or Henk Schiffmacher)
Click here for more info about the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum or their one year anniversary that will take place December 8.
Artwork by Rupa Charan van Teylingen.
Rockarchive Amsterdam is a photo gallery based in the city center of Amsterdam with a growing collection of classic rock and jazz images, taken by worlds leading music photographers. Its collection contains the work of more than 50 renowned photographers from around the globe, who contributed their finest images to the collection.
The Rolling Stones, Mexico City 1998
Photographer: Fernando Aceves
100 copies worldwide
A large group of photographers was fighting for the best shot of Mick Jagger during the first three songs of the ‘ Bridges of Babylon’ tour. Fernando Aceves escaped from the group and ran all the way to the very right side of the stage. Standing there, Keith Richards suddenly turned his way. Sometimes the best shots just aren’t made right in front of the artist…
David Bowie, Mexico City, 1997
Photographer: Fernando Aceves
100 copies worldwide
Before the start of his concert in Mexico City, David Bowie asked Fernando Aceves to do a shoot with him. While visiting the ‘ Palacio de Bellas Artes’, he stopped to take a closer look of a wall painting made by Diego Rivera. All of a sudden Fernando Aceves understood why some people call him the Chameleon…
Visit Rockarchive Amsterdam for more info.
Neighborhood mastermind Shinsuke Takizawa started the brand in Harajuku, Tokyo 1994. Back then he was involved in motorcycling and its surrounding counter culture, which became the base for all Neighborhood products. These elements are still clearly visible in the 2012 Fall/Winter collection. This collection is striped down to its basics. It has no direct theme and shows us the true Neighborhood characteristics. All items are classic designs with excellent quality, based on a casual American style, motorcycling, the military and the outdoors.
window 9 till 15 nov
FOC standing lamp €769, table lamp €399, Missoni jacket blue €799, Maison Martin Margiela sweater grey €359, sweater brown €495, Vans Vault boot €249, Vans Vault sneakers €159, Sorel boots €195.
M1: Valentino shirt €305, Marni bodywarmer €559, Alexander Olch tie €129, Wtaps pants €249, Maison Martin Margiela shoes €385, Neighborhood backpack €589, G-shock watch €99.
M2: Maison Martin Margiela shirt €265, Missoni jacket €1385, Missoni scarf €175, 3×1 jeans €395, Sorel boots €195.
M3: Canada Goose x Loro Piana jacket €2179, Raf Simons shirt €209, Alexander Olch tie €129, Alexander McQueen jacket €1535, pants €495, Sorel boots €249.
window 1 nov till 8 nov
M1: Alexander Wang sweater €249, Philip Lim jacket €815, Philip Lim leather jacket €1725, 3Sixteen jeans €235, Adidas sneakers €135, Balenciaga tote & duffle €1049
M2: Adam Kimmel hat €125, Neighborhood glasses €455, Jil Sander shirt €245 size 41, Martin Margiela jacket €2255 size 50, Raf Simons tie €129, Alexander McQueen pants €415, Adam Kimmel socks €29, Common Project shoes €299
M3: Human Made shirt €165, Jil Sander suit €1425 size 50, Martin Margiela belt €275 size 95, Saucony sneakers €65, Porter bag€575
M4: Neighborhood hoodie €469, Neighborhood shirt €385, Mosley Tribes sunglasses €549, 3×1 pants €435 size 32, Mark McNairy boots €359
Zik by parrot
With the Zik, Parrot has provided us with the ultimate solution for listening to music and handsfree calling. Zik has integrated a sensitive touch panel, providing intuitive access to the various features. Sliding your finger vertically on the touch panel adjusts the volume while sliding your finger horizontally plays the next track or returns to the previous one. To take us a step further in to the future, The Zik is also equipped with a unique motion detector that allows you to put your music on hold by simply removing the headphones from your ears. Brand new technologies like Active Noise Reduction, Digital Sound Processing and a jaw bone sensor brings you a clarity in sound never heard before and all of this in a sleek and cool design for the man on the go.
Now available in-store at FOUR EUR 379,-
pharrell: places and spaces i’ve been
The first monograph on the fashion and design of the musician and producer Pharrell Williams.
Lavishly illustrated with over 400 sketches, concept renderings and photographs, this book features Pharrell Williams’ prolific body of work in his unique graphic language, including apparel from his Ice Cream/Billionaire Boys Club clothing Line, his jewellery and accessories designs for Louis Vuitton, his furniture designs for Domeau & Pérès, as well as other product design, limited-edition toys; graphic designs, skate graphics and collaborations with Moncler, Marc Jacobs, the artist KAWS, and with architects Zaha Hadid and Masamichi Katayama/Wonderwall.
This comprehensive book also explores Pharrell Williams musical career in depth, from his role as producer for the Neptunes to the band N.E.R.D, and his collaborations with friends Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and other hip-hop royalty. One of the few artists to successfully weave together his varying talents and interests, Pharrells unique body of work uses elements of music, fashion, street art and product design to create an industry, with one segment both supporting and inspiring the others. Critical essays lend context and position Pharrells work within contemporary visual and material culture. With sections examining his design work, his music career, his collaborations and his inspirations, this volume gives readers insight into the synergetic process which has brought the artist such success.
New Balance 576 RBT
New Balance 576 RBT
This shoe has been designed in tribute to cutting room craftsman Roy Bell. Employee of 22 years and valued member of the U.K. factory workforce. New Balance celebrates 30 years of manufacturing in the U.K. with this release. Later this month another 576 release with red accents will follow. Now available in store!