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August 29th, 2019

Collections collect collectors: Eri Furuta's Wouters & Hendrix collection

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For Karen & Katrin skimming flee markets is part of what sparks their inspiration. After 33 years of collecting, they have quite the collection to show for it. While Karen and Katrin collect interesting objects, others may collect seashells, stamps or books. Some have even started to collect Wouters & Hendrix jewelry.

Eri Furuta works at the H.P. France Kioku store in Japan, selling –among others- Wouters & Hendrix and is a massive fan. For over 18 years she has been collecting Wouters & Hendrix and has quite the collection. “My very first Wouters & Hendrix piece was a peridot ring with a beetle design, which I bought at the boutique where I worked as a university student. Even at that time, the boxes were so beautiful I would hold on to them; I remember I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them away.

Then I started working at H.P.France’s Kioku store, it was the perfect opportunity to strengthen my ties to Wouters & Hendrix. Every season, every collection is firmly lodged in my memory – and this has been the case since the very beginning, about 18 years ago. Without my realizing it, my Wouters & Hendrix collection has grown impressively over the years, to the point where I don’t even dare to count the individual pieces anymore. But, just for the fun of it, I’ve lined them all up and the total weight of my collection turned out to be more than 6 kilos, to my complete surprise.

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How did it come to that? The answer is simple: it’s Wouters & Hendrix unique artistic sense that draws me in, time and again. The brand constantly seems to look beyond the future, and it’s impossible for me to keep up with their pace. I have nothing but the greatest respect for that. Each and every season, their visuals and their window displays evoke strong emotions.

There are many Wouters & Hendrix fans among our clients, and it’s great fun to reminisce about previous collections, to dream about new pieces, to look for, and to spot, new and second-hand items and finally to ask ourselves which ones we’re going to add to our collections. These conversations are so wonderful that they can go on for hours and hours. Such shared moments with collectors in our boutique are very dear to me.

My very first Wouters & Hendrix. Together with this ring, I bought two bobby pins with a beetle design. These pieces have been in my collection for as long as I can remember, and they are still my personal favorites.

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In 2008, the 25th anniversary of Wouters & Hendrix was celebrated with the publication of a book that contained photographs taken by Karen and Katrin in Japan. A part of my own collection is in one of them. If you look closely, you can even see that the staff and I had a Wouters & Hendrix-themed manicure. That picture brings back so many beautiful memories.

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The collections don’t always contain brooches, but it makes my heart sing when they do. I collect them and make up little stories about them in my head. For instance, the little mussel starts to talk, and so on…

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These are my Wouters & Hendrix rings. All of them are unique, and all of them tell the tale of the collection they belong to.

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Statement necklaces always draw my attention. They manage to capture the spirit of an entire season all by themselves.

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This picture shows the necklace designed to celebrate 25 years of Wouters & hendrix. In twenty-odd years, I hope to wear this famous necklace again, having gained more maturity.

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