Change the Game
We are an entrepreneurial family tribe from Amsterdam with four kids. For more than 12 years we have been working in the hospitality business in our beautiful city, creating unique meeting places on special locations and organizing uncountable events. The Covid crisis gave us the wake up call we needed, to organize and prioritize our life in a different way. We decided to sell our businesses and house in Amsterdam and pregnant of number four, start a new life in Portugal. A life that is further away from the system and closer to nature. A life in which we still have space to manifest our dreams independent of banks or financial investors. A life that is closer to our children, closer to nature and closer to our hearts.
BUSINESS IN AMSTERDAM
Canvas Amsterdam from the outside
Big letters of Vrijland festival Roest
Vrijland festival Roest Amsterdam
In 2012 we started with a new Dutch liberation festival on the 5th of May. The day we celebrate the liberation from the second world war. Even though this day is only a banking holiday every one in five years, we decided a cause a great as freedom deserved some special attention. We organized Vrijland twice on Roest’s location and after that we moved to IJburg. After the last edition in 2017 we weren’t able to arrange new permits for a suitable location within the city of Amsterdam. So let’s seen if, when and where another edition of Vrijland might appear.
In 2015 Nadia started a sustainable fashion shop with her friend and designer Blazinbell. Bell has been a fashion pioneer for over 15 years. She mastered the technique of patchwork, because of the ease in which you can recycle pieces of fabric. Patchwork and the use of recycled denim, became her trademark has the famous colored trackpants, probably the most known and popular item. Nadia was so inspired by Bell’s artistic and sustainable vision about fashion that the started working together. After a year of traveling around with their Mercedes Hanomag camper shop, they decided it was time for a real home base. Re-bell Shop was born on the Czaar Peterstraat in December 2016. A beautiful street in Amsterdam with specialty shops only. On the top floor of the shop was a atelier where all the clothes for the home brand Blazinbell were produced. Alongside the shop became known for the customized orders, funky repairs, and beautiful pre selection of several conscious fashion brands. The shop will close by the end of January 2023. The partners decided not to push on more sales, but to shift focus to sharing knowledge about sustainable fashion and the art of sewing, in workshops. Both online and offline.
Bar of the Quarantine
Restaurant The Quarantine
In 2018 we started a small cafe restaurant Bombarie around the corner from Roest. It was situated on the ground floor of the former Quarantine building next to the Lloyd hotel. Thijs’ parents had squatted this building in 1981 when his mother was pregnant with him. So when this place was for sale, we jumped right in. After the lockdowns we transformed Bombarie into the Quarantine. A little deli shop with our own Sangria line and regular dissident parties. Luckily we were able to sell this soon after we made the decision to leave Amsterdam. We had our last party on the day the C-pass was introduced into the Dutch hospitality business. Some things happen for a reason.