Nice that you are here again and read our weekly blog. Since last month we have something new here in the blog and we ask 8 questions to an ATFriend every first Friday of the month and this month it is Marianne van Voorthuysen.
I got to know Marianne in person during 1 from our qualitative studies here last year in the showroom. But I had known her for a long time, in other words; I had known her name for a long time because she had sent me a crazy photo of her zebra bag years ago that I used for an enormous amount of purposes; I made posters of it for the Paris stock exchange, I used it on FB and Insta, but also in our webshop. Later Marianne mailed more photos, always very beautiful (many of the photos below you might already recognize from Facebook), Marianne is always very enthusiastic on FB and Instagram And she personally ensured that we have a sales point in Hoofddorp since this summer, That is why Marianne is speaking this month:
1. What was your first ATF item?
My 1e item was the big zebra shopper a few years ago. My eye fell on the zebra print, the pink inner lining and the material, my 'golden oldie' still goes everywhere with me and you can see that in the user tracks. In the meantime my ATF collection has grown quite a bit, my last purchase is the key ring with the small bag, really ideal for change / paper money cards etc.
2. What do you use your ATF shopper (s) for the most?
I use the shoppers most often for weekend breaks, they go to the boat, my son's spare parties, not to mention hand luggage. A stewardess recently asked me: is that an All-time Favorite? She came across them more and more often on board, she said and was happy with all the different prints, how nice!
3. What is your all-time favorite activity?
My favorite pastimes are the things that make me happy and the shoppers are always there. Sail with friends and family through the canals of Amsterdam or enjoy the beach and stay until the sun sets, glad we live so close to the beach.
4. We often hear that ATF generates a kind of feel good feeling. Do you recognize that? And what makes you even more happy?
The shoppers certainly give me a feel good feeling and that has also been skipped to friends and recently 2 colleagues who received the zebra shopper + the toilet bag as a gift. The reaction they gave when unpacking was very recognizable, great to see! The beautiful weather makes me very happy, we have been enjoying the sun, sea, beach & beach for weeks ... what more does a person want?
5. Which holiday destination is your all-time favorite and why?
My favorite holiday destination is Spain, the versatility of the country, the beautiful cities such as Valencia, Malaga, Madrid and of course not to mention the islands such as Mallorca have been favorite for years and Ibiza, last May been to Formentera, the color of the sea is so special, incredible. My friend shot a picture of me there with the big shopper neoprene, everything was in the bag that we needed that day on the island, ideal!
6. At ATF we like a drink, which is your favorite?
My favorite drink at the moment is Aperol Spritz, wonderfully fresh and slightly bitter.
7. What color / print do you still miss in the ATF collection?
I think the zebra and the leopard are the most favorite prints at the moment. I think there are few prints that can surpass this, but perhaps a polkadot or a BB diamond will also be great. The print that you now see a lot on the nice beach dresses, the Keffiyeh print, I love that.
8. Is there anything you would like to ask us? -> Brechje, where do you get your inspiration from and will you ever produce nice ATF beach shoes again?
Phew .. where do I get my inspiration from? I am always looking around me, I have an eye for details & trends. So by just paying attention I often get inspired. I also look a lot on Instagram where I follow many foreign labels, but what is a real mecca for me is the net-a-porter app. There you have the editorial page and I browse through the most beautiful reports and shoots. Magnificent. Holidays and traveling also always do me good. Then I have peace and space in my head for new ideas plus: when abroad people dress a little differently and that also gives me ideas. Regarding shoes, I really have to disappoint you, they will probably never be added to the collection. But I also have good news for you: in the new summer 2019 collection there will be a sort of Keffiyeh print; a small shopper in black and a large one in red, both with pompoms on it. Really very nice AND ... there is also a matching bath towel. Stay tuned!