and raised in small town Wisconsin, this week’s Guest Hunter, Jamie Fisk headed to New York City in 2001 to finish up her schooling at F.I.T. She ended up spending the next 7.5 years living in the city or Brooklyn and designed Menswear at Tommy Hilfiger. In 2008, Jamie was offered the pretty amazing opportunity to pack up her belongings and head to Europe to work out of their office in Amsterdam. Needless to say, she took the position, and in true Jamie Fisk fashion, has been taking full advantage of living abroad. She travels a ton – one of her favorite trips was Iceland, where she was climbing a mountain 4 miles away from an erupting volcano. In addition to travel, she’s inspired by cooking (she’s missing the Food Network, but loves her cookbooks and food blogs), music (going to shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam is apparently THE BEST!), sports, nature, and uses her bike as her main source of transportation.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Jamie’s not your typical “girl in fashion”, she grew up a tomboy and was more into sports and running around with her brothers and the boys than playing with dolls. Even now, you’re more likely to find her taking part in some sort of activity on a weekend than sipping champagne a fancy hotel. Don’t get me wrong, the girl will drink her champagne! To sum it up, she’s got energy, style, a laugh that’s infectious, is down for anything, and we’re psyched to have her along for a week of hunting. Oh, the best part? Jamie’s moving back in the New Year!
The last time I was in New York City, I had to meet a friend near her apartment. To kill time, I stopped in the store Extraordinary and found these serving platters made out of old bottles. I love how quirky they are and the multiple uses they offer (cheese platter, kitchen spoon holder, etc). I also love that some guy is going around collecting bottles (or drinking mass amounts of gin) and melting them down into these little gems.
I’m not a super girly girl, so not normally one to talk about cosmetic things, but I think this product is really fantastic. It’s not overly oily (so gross when it leaves a film on your eyelid!), but you also don’t feel like you’re scraping your face off when you use it. I stock up whenever possible!
As a menswear designer who has 4 brothers, you’d think this category would be easy for me…but it wasn’t! Maybe because there’s so many choices? I love all things Mister Freedom, as well as Nigel Cabourn. I love utilitarian gear that’s also fashionable. So, when I can find a lot of those things in one shop, and that shop happens to be located in my college hometown, what could be better!? I find that Context in Madison, WI offers a great variety of cool things for guys. (Though I have to be honest; I’ve never been in the actual shop!) But to me, the website is a bit the male version of Shopbop! (also hailing from Madison, WI)
Once a seasoned baby-sitter, I’m now a bit freaked out by, and in awe of, people with children. Therefore, I’m in the baby gift-buying department at the moment! I stumbled upon this company, Trumpette, quite some time ago when my best friend was having her first kid. I fell in love, and have been buying them as gifts ever since!! I love all the options; from bows, to ballets, to booties. I especially love the little skater-boy checkered version!
These. Are. The. Best. Thing. Ever!
Normally I don’t love ginger treats, but I got introduced to these by an English colleague (i find the Brits love weird sweets. or in this case, biscuits!) And I got kind of hooked! They hit the spot around 4pm on a Tuesday. (or any other day!)
Ever since moving to Amsterdam, travel has been on the forefront of my brain. I’m always on the lookout for things to make my travel life easier. I discovered BAGGU for myself whilst on a trip to Hong Kong (not knowing they’re out of Brooklyn!) and I think these little nylon bags and totes are amazing! I love the selection, patterns, bright colors, compactness, and size offerings! I buy them every chance I get. (which is getting to be a little bit ridiculous) I’ve also had my eye on this Patagonia satchel of late as well…
(this is not me, or my boyfriend)
This is probably the only reason I’m able to wake-up in the winter. Amsterdam can be terribly miserable (often) and especially in the winter. It tends to stay dark (and i mean pitch!) until near 8am. Therefore for me, this little baby is worth the splurge! It’s a much more pleasant way to wake up than scrambling from bed in a panic because I over-slept my alarm!
OTHER GREAT THINGs:
The canals of Amsterdam on a crisp clear night!
Being on my friends’ boat for Queen’s Day!
If you ever find yourself traveling through Belgium, I think this train station is worth the stop! (so are the waffles!) It’s stunning, especially around the holidays!
A nicely made cocktail. This is something that’s a bit hard to come by in Amsterdam (it’s a city full of “biertjes” considering it’s home to Heineken and Amstel). Vesper is a great little place to quench your thirst!
As you read this, I’ll just be returning from a road trip to the brewery tour this weekend in Belgium with friends! This little dwarf is dangerous, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
xxo from Amsterdam!