Love Notes #4 Series by Lisa Goudsmit & Laila Cohen

We love our fashion. Noted. 

Love Notes is a joined project by fashion writer Lisa Goudsmit and photographer Laila Cohen. The series exists of editorial photographs, created with the help of stylist Anne Mertens, and  – of course – love notes. Those small letters express the deep feelings we have for the objects we shine a light on in the photos. Our favourite jeans for example, the ever-perfect striped top, and the parka that makes us feel like we can make it through the rain. (You can start singing here Mariah) Appreciating the items that surround us were status quo decades ago – as was saving for that one piece you really, really wanted to get for your wardrobe. Nowadays, many consumers seem to have lost the contact with the clothing on their backs. And with the bags on their back, for that matter. We want to rejuvenate that sentiment for our wardrobes, especially for the items we invest in. Enjoy these Love Notes and go ahead, write your wardrobe one as well.

Ree projects

Dear bag,

Let me be honest: I never thought I would feel naked without a seemingly simple bag and I never imagined simplicity could be this sophisticated. Growing up, all I wanted were bright-coloured, glittery, girly bags. They – to the 13-year old me – were the most feminine of all. (Side not: I thought Lance Bass of *NSYNC was the most masculine of them all, so god knows my judgement wasn’t fully developed yet. Or perhaps I was ahead of my time.) Anyway, now that I am a grown up woman, I couldn’t disagree with my last-century-self more. You see, first of all: black will always be the new black. Second of all: glitters and tassels didn’t turn out to be my long-lasting friends. Just like the boys of *NSYNC weren’t. Minimal shapes are. So here it is, a big thank you to you. Thank you for showing me the beauty of pure forms. Thank you for making me see that perfect details don’t need colour. Thank you for always having my back. Thank you for being big enough to hold all my necessities: my lipstick, notebook, water bottle, pen and phone. Thank you for being small enough to be elegant. Thank you for smelling like leather, but not having that –figuratively- bad smell of cheapness. Your richness and wealth lies in the fact that you are handmade of vegetable tanned leather of the best quality. You my dear bag, are one sophisticated lady. Hence, you make me look like one. Because we all know I am not – not just yet.


“Thank you for always having my back.”


Hair & Make-up by Erika Nuijten for Charlotte Tilbury & Shu Uemura @ Angelique Hoorn management

Modelling by Tyvanni @ Matt Models  and Amber Max Models

Special thanks to Studio OHK


Suit handmade, vest vintage, Boots Martin Margiela

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