A few weeks ago Aafke Hof asked me to design and create a bag to hold the livery collar for the new mayor of my hometown Emmen. Amazing, such an honour! I couldn’t design an ordinary bag,yet  it had to fit the style of the collar, it had to be functional and not too showy. A challenge for a designer that makes shoes and bags that are quite outstanding. As if it wasn’t enough of a challenge, I once again made it very hard on myself by choosing a bag design with a very difficult technical construction. After dozens of sketches, seven different bag flaps en a first bag that just wasn’t perfect enough for me, the end result turned out to be a true showpiece. I was filled with pride while watching the mayor open the bag and put on his lively