The new start of Spotted Style comes with a new star in our spotlight! A gentleman who goes automatically to the list with our best spotted models! Do you recognize Mr Handsome’s smiling face behind the black sunglasses? Let us reveal the secret and take you on a short journey in his life! Spotted Style was honored to interview Bart van Maanen from Touche models! The successful Dutch model is 26 years old, born in Breda, the Netherlands. If you wonder where is his current place of living, the answer hides between London, Amsterdam, LA and New York! Life is not meant to be lived in one place, right? Bart is also modelling for New York Models (New York), Established (London), New Madison (Paris), Kult (Hamburg) and I love (Milan)! Worked for big-name brands as Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Ermenegildo Zegna, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, there is no wonder why he is on the rise . And that is not all, besides his busy life he also just started Pop-Up Fitness. Organising Fitness Retreats abroad to enjoy in luxury and train like a beast to kickstart you healthy lifestyle! Upcoming Pop-Up Fitness Retreat is in Ibiza and there are still a few places available, so better be fast! We are sure you want to know more about today’s star, so keep on reading! Bart on life, career and happiness!
Introduce yourself with a few words? Who are you?
I’m a positive, happy and lively person. I believe I’m balanced – always driven and striving to be the best I can, to others and to myself. I appreciate what I have already but I will always try for that little bit more. The future is exciting and full of opportunities!
Are you studying and wokring?
I already finished my studies almost 4 years ago, an international marketing degree. Specialised in Branding and Imagineering.
Currently besides my fulltime-modelling career I work together with Olivia Cooney. We own Pop-Up Fitness, specialised in Personal Training. Our website is http://pop-up.fitness, we offer several different services, always uniquely tailored to the client.
However our Pop-Up Retreats are our main focus, we combine luxury with the culture of the destination with our fitness, healthy food and relaxation in the most sought after locations around the world!
What are you hobbies and biggest passions?
What I enjoy most is learning and discovering more about the world and the countries I travel to with this job and meeting new characters along the way. However, if I could do all of my travelling on my motorbike I would be the happiest man on earth!
When and how you started your modelling career? Were you scouted by somebody?
Whilst I was studying and working in some bars somebody scouted me. Because an agency in Milan signed me, I stayed in Italy for a month to get a little taste of the modelling world. After that first and positive experience I decided to finish my degree before diving into this world. The modelling business is and will always be an insecure business. It is good to have that degree as a card up your sleeve.
Did modelling influence or change your life? If yes, in what way?
My career has enabled me to travel and given me the opportunity to experience many things in life a lot quicker than I could have imagined, expected or dreamed if I had not been doing this job.
I met a lot of really interesting people that gave me a lot of knowledge and different points of view on life. My network has rapidly grown to a huge group of really important, inspiring and valuable connections.
What are the biggest fashion shows/campaigns/brands you have done and worked for?
Some of my clients that I worked for are, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Ermenegildo Zegna, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger.
What is fashion for you? How would you describe your personal style? Where do you pull your inspiration from?
Fashion is about expressing or creating an identity, I love visiting cities where you see so many different kinds of people wearing their own style – you see the confidence it gives people when they feel good. I love vintage one-of-a-kind pieces I find in thrift shops in Paris, New York or other places I visit. But I also like beautiful pieces from famous designers. I love to experiment with styles and constantly change what I wear. I just want to feel comfortable and confident in my clothes. Sometimes that is a beautifully cut suit with a nice pair of shinny shoes, or a raw selvage broken jeans with a old waffle shirt.
Do you get to travel a lot for your work? If so what’s your favourite city that you have visited? Do you have a dream destination?
Yes i travel a lot and i love it! The plane is my stop to rest! I’m not very long in one piticulair city, but i try to make my base in London and Amsterdam – i travel between my two favourite cities constindly.
And I don’t thnink i have a dreamdestanation workwise. I litterly love every country i worked in! Doesn’t matter if it is Belgium, Namibia, France or the Maldives. It is always great to explore a new place!
A dream is to travel to South America, but just for a long holiday exploring people and nature!
Give us 5 facts about you people may not know.
If I could eat lasagne and apple pie every day I would!
I sometimes crave the simple life, when I can be on first name terms with my local grocer or newsagent!
I would love to spend more time making furniture from raw, rustic woods and build installations as art objects.
My dream is to travel for a couple months in the South America region. Or a big trip on my motorbike from the north of Canada to the far south end of Chile!
What are your top priorities? What keeps you going?
Be happy in life and enjoy! You never know when it is your last day!
Besides that try remain close to my family and friends, I do my best to always stay in contact regardless of where I am. Their understanding and encouragement to do this career is what keeps me striving.
Define happiness. What makes you laugh and what makes you happy?
I’m really grateful that I have so many lovely friends and family around me; people that make me laugh give me happiness. Also a clear mind, seeing beautiful nature around the world, being surrounded by positive people, creating art and feeling I am on the right track to my goals in life.
How do you see life through your eyes?
Life is an amazing big playground wherein everything is possible. So don’t waist a minute of your time and enjoy the adventure that is called life, ride the wave and explore!
What is worth fighting for the efforts and the time?
Always try to have eyes that see the best in people and the heart that can forgive. Loved once; family, friends but also the homeless guy on the corner of the street. Keep The strength that’s needed to get up if you ever get knocked down keep pushing on to reach your goals.
4 songs from your current playlist?
Tinariwen with the song Imdiwanin ahi Tifhamam
Hanging Tree Remix – Jennifer Lawrence
Nina Simone – Baltimore
Dotan – Waves
If you could give a name of this moment of your life, how would this chapter be called?
Living the dream in an exhilarating whirlwind!
How do you imagine the future and what does it hold for you?
I hope to be an amazing dad and madly in love with my wife till the day I die! An exciting life full of happiness and health! Achieving all my plans and goals I make every day.
If you could tell something to the whole world what it would be?
Enjoy, laugh and don’t be grumpy!