Food, wine and sneakers
Yesterday evening the Hunters were at a special island in Amsterdam, REM eiland. The former radio station in the North sea is now in Amsterdam close to central station. We were invited by Fashion Club 70 and D.A.T.E. to get to know this brand and the collection better while enjoying dinner. The evening started with a aperitif at pont 13. At pont 13 there was the opportunity to see the collection and to speak to Paolo one of the founders of the project D.A.T.E. The Hunters were familiar with the brand but didn’t know that much about the brand, the history and the shoes. The story how the brand is created is really funny. D.A.T.E. is founded by four guys who were feeling dissatisfied with their working lifes and decided to make a change and started the ambitious project to create their own range of sneakers. They thought the first collection was a success, but the agents in Italy had a different thought about that. They did not take much notice and there were only less than 700 pairs sold. The guys didn’t want to give up and started to manufacture the first shoes themselves. Based on the experience from two of the guys who worked at Paul Smith and Escada they succeed in getting started. In January 2006 they managed to get themselves invited to show their collection on a stand at Pitti Immagine Uomo. The public was enthusiastic and they sold more than 8.000 pairs in three days. As of than they started to develop. Nowadays D.A.T.E isn’t only a success in Italy but also developing outside Italy and Europe. They sell more than 250.000 pairs of sneakers a year. This story proves you have to believe in yourself and your dreams. After hearing this inspiring story and seeing the collection we moved to restaurant REM eiland to have dinner. The lcoation of the restaurant is amazing. This restaurant is build on a platform in the water and from the restaurant you have an amazing view on the IJ and the Minerva port. It was a cozy evening, great food, nice to chat with the other bloggers and to get to know the people from Fashion Club 70 and D.A.T.E. better. Curious about the shoes, stay tuned at Lifestylehunters. The Hunters got a pair of D.A.T.E. sneakers themself and will show them shortly to you. Food, wine and sneakers were the perfect match this evening.