Monthly Archives: May 2014

EMTC2014Basel – Day 2

cubesToday was a short night, it was a normal working day after all and the first lectures would begin promptly at 9am. If anyone lives by the clock the Swiss are, or would that be because of all those beautiful clocks they make and sell here. In other words when in Rome do as the Romans.

Besides lectures and a workshop there’s also a mini-fair on the program and the also very important comparative models show. It is after all these years that I can say (since 2003), this work is still fascinating how different people create something totally different from the same cloth. I not only do I see it internationally, but also on a national level we have comparative models made by the five Dutch regions.

franjeThe lectures that one could follow were the following :
• The Jakob Schlaepfer company – how a company who was mainly known as a traditional hand weaving and embroidery workshop turned in the course of a hundred years into one of the leading Haute Couture weavers. Sometimes they just make 9 meters (30 feet) of the product and other times fort heir Pret-a-porter collections, miles and miles. Among their clients are big names like Dior, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. They were also with present with a stand, I hope you can understand how it on… paper towels were available for people who dribbled.

schelpenOther lectures were:
• Silk, velvet and steel – the corset from the Baroque period to the present day .
• How can I get a (new) customer and keep him/her? – About how the connection is between the work that one does, the expectation of the customer and the persuasiveness of the seller/creator.
The sales pitch was another theme
• Fashion illustration through the ages .
• The creation of a new piece.
• Pattern making using CAD, this was about the computer drawing program GRAPHIS version 10.
And last, but not least, in the eyes of the customer/consumer is very important part: The optimal fit.

To conclude the whole there was a panel discussion, normally this goes totally wrong and down the drain but the subject this time was the right one and everyone was well covered.

Later that night at the Radisson Blu hotel dinner was served followed by a free evening. Of course this will turn into a free morning/afternoon as well.

See you tomorrow !

EMTC2014 Basel – Day 1

Basler-LeckerliAfter a good night’s sleep (what a nice bed !), the day started early again. Retrieving the conference documents could be done as early as 11 AM and we walked as cattle along with the crowd. It did not really matter if you just arrived three hours later, but… if that stuff is handled you can just paint the town red. And the well stocked goody-bag, with Basler Leckerli and ‘mountains’ of Toblerone can count as emergency rations. Many of the conference participants just went their own way..

There are more than 120 people signed up for these days, the only absentee is South Tyrol . They can’t come because in this period many marriages and fests are planned and somebody has to make costumes and outfits. Just remember that the South Tyrol region is the province of Trentino and contains only a handful of tailors. In two years time in Austria they hope to be there again, the Congress is then also in early May.

Even though we see our colleagues only once every two years during an EMTC event, or in the odd years at a World Convention, the atmosphere between these two international meetings is totally different. The EMTC feels like a warm bath, visitors are like family, and everyone gets right back to memories of previous years. They also ask us immediately if we will be organizing this event in 2016 and whether it will be held in Amsterdam, unfortunately… we have to wait until 2018. First it’s Austria’s turn.

museum-kulturenThe official opening was performed in the courtyard of the Museum der Kulturen ‘Museum of Ethnology’ While enjoying a glass of wine, beer or juice and snacks. Hans Luginbuhl, president of the Swiss Tailor Association opened, with his trademark comic speech the Congress. Not only the organizers were thanked, but also the three female presidents of Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, but also all the tailors present, partners and interested people.

Afterwards there was a visit to the museum, which was kept open especially for this occasion. At half past seven we were invited to the restaurant of the museum where dinner would be served. While enjoying a glass of wine… or two… a tasty meal was served. Before we knew it, it was already 10 PM.

After a short tram ride -yes, we know which line number we need to take- some of us reached the hotel. The rest is still painting the town red. Dutiful as I am, (ahumm) I’m writing my report and put it online.

And then… tired but satisfied I will roll in my bed. Tomorrow will be another day! There are eight different readings that can be followed, technical issues such as working with CAD-CAM programs, and to how to deal with a customer, but also fashion drawings and the best fit will be discussed. And of course the show of compairing models. Each country will receive the same materials only the end result will be different.

See you tomorrow !

Salad Time #6

Salad-time Mojito Fruit Salad

Makes 6 servings

Prep: 20 minutes
Chill: 60 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 150 gr or 1 cup cubed seeded watermelon
  • 160 gr or 1 cup seedless grapes
  • 160 gr or 1 cup cubed cantaloupe
  • 150 gr or 1 cup hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 175 gr or 1 cup peeled and quartered kiwi
  • 145 gr or 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint, chopped
  • 8 gr or 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 45 ml or 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

mixed-fruitTO MAKE:

  1. Mix the watermelon, grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, and kiwi in a bowl with a tight-fitting lid; top with the blueberries.
  2. Stir the mint, sugar, and lime juice together in a bowl, crushing the mint with the back of a spoon while mixing to extract flavors.
  3. Before pouring over the fruit mixture, take out the mint leaves.
  4. Seal the bowl with lid and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  5. Just before serving, gently flip the sealed bowl several times to coat the fruit with the dressing.

Note 1: I’d strongly suggest tasting the dressing before adding it and adjusting the amounts to your preference, how sour your limes were, and so on.
Note 2: Take out the mint leaves, they leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Note 3: Next time include mango and raspberries as well to add even more flavors.


Amount Per Serving Main recipe.
Calories: 83
Total Fat: 0.6g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 7mg
Total Carbohydrates: 20.7g
Dietary Fiber: 2.6g
Protein: 1.3g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20140529-Mojito-Fruit-Salad

EMTC2014 Basel – Day Zero

Basel-city_240-animated-flag-gifsBasel, May 28, 2014 – Tomorrow the tailors convention starts, but some of us like relaxed driving and so you just leave a day early. At 6.15 am we left from Alphen aan den Rijn towards Basel. In one way or another ‘Claire’ (the voice of the Garmin planner) wanted to send us to Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels. However, our drive , a tough cookie, did not budge and we continued our way to ‘s – Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, Venlo and beyond.

Finally we have arrived . 8 hours later at our destination, after the peaceful route, far from the traffic jams of Düsseldorf, Cologne and Karlsruhe. Even though we sometimes asked ourselves whether we were on the right track. Germany, little piece of France and then Germany again.

After checking into the hotel, unpacking suitcases, bags and garment bags, we went to visit our colleague Oliver Häberli in the St. Alban Vorstadt where he has his shop and workshop. A nice quiet street, old houses – one has 1440 on the facade – with specialty shops and restaurants. Oliver is also one of the organizers of the conference which starts tomorrow.

After visiting the company and some directions from the owner , we walkled to the center of Great Basel. As in Amsterdam, Basel is a kind of open-air museum, beautiful old buildings, tinkling super long trams, no ‘canals’ except the one that crosses the city, the Rhine River.

Basel-country_240-animated-flag-gifsOn a terrace , we enjoyed the beautiful weather, the rain we had left behind around Koblenz. Later we were joined by two other conference delegates from the Dutch southern Region, Even the organiser found us at this relaxing bar..

Later we went to a restaurant on ‘Barfi’ or the Barfüssplatz. We are fashion makers so to stay in the theme we went to “Zum Braunen Mutze” Beerhall. Unfortunately, a “Mutze” is not a hat but a bear, again we learned something!

One of the hotel amenities is a card for public transport. This transport is not checked as we know it by officials, but the penalties for jumping the bus are high. We had heard that line 6 would bring us to the hotel and back. So we boarded on Barfi and we would figure out where we needed to get off. First to the end of the line and then back, but at the super modern Messe, on the other side of the river we disembarked. Line 2 brought more outcome and put us after 7 stops in front of the hotel. At least we saw some more of the city and the outskirts of town.

The black flag above is that of Basel City and Basel Country is the one in red. They both show the culmination of a crosier. Since 749 Basel is a a cathedral city.

More tomorrow!

Published in Dutch on the BMA website.