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Sunday, November 2nd 2008
Art, Wine and Fashion
Enjoy the latest collections of Young Designers United and DORIENDAVID at “ART VINE”
Amsterdam, 2 November 2008

Amsterdam’s brand new gallery Art Vine will be the setting for a joint fashion show of DORIENDAVID and Young Designers United (YDU). The two design houses will present their latest collections on Sunday, November 2nd at Keizersgracht 471, in two showings at 14h00 and 17h00. An off-beat mix of ready to wear, prêt-a-porter and haute couture alongside contemporary artworks, flavored with top wines of the world, welcomes all art-, wine- and fashion-lovers.


The renowned fashion house of DORIENDAVID has specialized in tailored gala gowns, bridal couture and special occasion fashion for many years. The entire collection is characterized by fashion designed for enterprising women of all ages who like to be very well dressed. In addition to dresses, DORIENDAVID designs skirt-suits, skirts, trousers, tops and jackets. Their creations are known for provocative use of colors and unconventional combinations of luxurious fabrics like silk with modern hightech materials. In their brand new collection: 'The unbearable lightness of fashion', DORIENDAVID experiments with tissues and new silhouettes.

About Young Designers United:

The well-established Dutch initiative Young Designers United that supports fashion designers who are starting up their own labels and collections, has been invited to introduce promising talents at Art Vine. The presented labels are Barbara van den Zanden, Mangelware, Sonja Ayal and Dress’d by Ellen Benders. The YDU show will display a mix of collections in diverse signature styles. Because of the huge variety in styles, YDU serves many different tastes and is loved by women of all ages.

About Art Vine

Art Vine is a special contemporary art gallery with a dynamic concept and a refreshing new approach to the gallery experience. This exciting concept unites modern art with an appealing charisma and exclusive wines from all over the world. Within this concept, Art Vine organizes a variety of public and private events. The gallery is a modern, spacious and newly renovated location on the historical Keizersgracht, close to Leidsestraat, in the vibrant city center of Amsterdam. The central theme of the gallery is ‘light’; the price range of the artwork varies from affordable to extravagant.

Art, Wine & Fashion:

Date: Sunday, 2 November 2008

Location: Art Vine, Keizersgracht 471, Amsterdam

Show times: 14h00 and 17h00

Entrance: Euro 10, -- (to pay at the door)

Limited space per show - make your reservation via email!



Phone: 020 420 50 10

Sunday, October 26th 2008
Designer pieces for less!
YDU invites you to visit the SAMPLE SALE on Sunday, October 26 from 1-5.30 pm.

You will find samples and unique items created by YDU designers for prices ranging from 10 to around 80 Euro!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

The YDU team

Friday, October 3rd 2008
60% OFF:::60% OFF:::60% OFF
This week-end stock sale at YDU!
Young Designers United offers 60% discount on great sports- and leasure wear from Passo Jazz and Free Pride!

Stock sale on Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4 at YDU, Keizersgracht 447!

Don't miss it!

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

The YDU Team

Tuesday, September 9th 2008
Check out the latest trends and new designers
With september a new fashion season started at YDU! Coma along at the store and check out new designers and pieces!

See you soon!

Friday, September 5th 2008
Join the Annapurana Experience
Charity auction to help MacMillan Cancer Support
The Annapurana Experience is a sponsored walk in the Himalayas. The aim of the sponsored walk is to raise about 4000 Euros most of which will go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support. As a big part of the fundraising there will be an auction in Amsterdam with the generous help of Christie' s. A chance to get your hands on the finest pieces of art, design, photography and fashion, to raise money for MacMillan. Amongst other pieces of art and design, YDU will donate a number of clothes, handmade by YDU designers.

The auction is to be held on September 5th, 2008 at the Posthoornkerk on Haarlemmerstraat 126. Venue doors open approx. at 20.30. Ticket Price Euro 20.

Ticket includes entry to the full event plus a few glasses of bubbly to kick start the evening.

After-party in the catacomb studios below the Posthoornkerk from 22.30 till late.

DJ line up includes Blokgolf (

Full line up to be published shortly.

More information on

Saturday, July 19th 2008
Bike in Style
Fashion ‘Amsterdamized’ by YDU
YDU - Young Designers United will participate at the Downtown programme of the Amsterdam International Fashion Week with a special project: Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show!

On Saturday, July 19, a selection of designers who are part of the collective Young Designers United will present a show with stylish clothes made for the biking woman.

“We notice very often that our Dutch customers are looking for pieces which are not only beautiful, wearable from day to night, occasionally sexy and unique, but they should also be handy for cycling”, says Angelika Groenendijk, founder of YDU. “With Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show we want to make a statement: Biking doesn’t necessarily mean plastic rain ponchos and rubber boots – it can be stylish and practical at the same time. YDU will present an ‘amsterdamized’ collection for women who are biking to different destinations: For the ‘ lady on her way to a first date’ or the ‘party night’, the ‘opera visit’, the ‘shopping with the girls’ experience and many more.”


Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show will bike through the city on Saturday, July 19, and present the collection at the following spots:

12.30 YDU, Keizersgracht 447

13.30 SPUI, in front of the American Book Center

14.00 DAM



15.30 YDU, Keizersgracht 447

Participating Designers/Labels:

Dress’d by Ellen Benders, Heidi Long, Elsewerk by Els Petit, Guten Appetit, Pricci, Sonja Ayal, Yosha, Lazy One, S-ter, Hübsch

Styling, Hair & Make-up:

Hair & Make-up: Make-up school Mieke Petiet (

Styling: Edda Müller Dare to Wear


Press Contact:

Connie Fluhme



Wednesday, June 4th 2008
YDU viert – 5 jaar jong design op Keizersgracht
Nu het eigen label nog!
Amsterdam, juni 2008

YDU mag trots zijn. Het idee, om 5 jaar geleden een concept store met jong en betaalbaar design te openen, is met succes bekroond.

YDU, Young Designers United viert dit jaar haar 5-jarig bestaan en heeft haar primaire doel bereikt, namelijk het creëren van een win-win situatie voor ontwerpers en klanten. Jonge, opkomende ontwerpers hebben de mogelijkheid, hun eerste collecties direct in de winkel te hangen. Hierdoor krijgen de ontwerpers onmiddellijk feedback en wordt hun zelfvertrouwen gesterkt. De (vaste) klant krijgt op haar beurt steeds het aanbod van verfrissende ontwerpen en snel wisselende nieuwe collecties voor een acceptabele prijs.

“Tot mijn grote genoegen zie ik dat jonge ontwerpers YDU gebruiken om uit te vinden wat zij willen om vervolgens bevestiging te krijgen uit succes en zo vertrouwen opbouwen om verder te groeien,” zegt Angelika Groenendijk, oprichtster van YDU. “Nu, na jaren van leren, vertrouwen wij op onze ervaring en zijn klaar voor de volgende stap – de start van een eigen YDU label, ons eigen huismerk. Dit huismerk zal elk seizoen door 3 YDU ontwerpers gecreëerd worden. ”

In 2009 wil Angelika Groenendijk de eerste collectie van het YDU label lanceren. Als voorpret hebben de ontwerpers alvast een speciale “limited edition” gecreëerd:

De YDU 5th anniversary collection. Voor meer foto’s kijk op of mail aan

Sunday, May 4th 2008
Check out for the latest spring fashion
Spring has finally arrived and we are looking forward to wear all those colourful dresses, skirts, and tops.

Make your selection now on and check out the latest arrivals! You can call us for reservations at:

+ 31 (0)20 626 9191

Looking forward to a shopping sunday? YDU will open it's doors for you additionally next sunday, may 4, from 13 to 17 hrs.

We hope to see you then!

The YDU Team

Saturday, April 19th 2008
NIEUWE KAAS: Young Designers United presents Catwalk Show on April 19
Be behind the scenes during the TV shoot made by Impact TV
Impact TV produces Nieuwe Kaas, a TV show and talk about young and creative talent.

The topic of the shoot of the 2nd sequence is fashion and design. Young Designers United will present a small catwalk show of fresh talent:

ELS PETIT @ elsewerk



The designers will also explain their visions and ideas during the talkshow.

Check it out, join the shoot and enjoy a special evening behind the scenes.

When: Saturday, April 19th 2008

Where:Cutting Cultures

1e van der Helststraat 1D


Doors open: 7.30 pm

Showtime: 9pm

Entrance: Euro 5

RSVP till Friday, April 18:

Hosts: Joyce Maes

Arianda Schepens

Special Guest:

Anita Palacios (Designer)

DJ: D-Rok

Artists: Apes in the Orange Groove

Stand-Up Comedy: Ruud Aarden

Dance: Valentina Lacmanovic


Hair & Make-Up: Cecilia Kühne

Columnist: Lama

Decor: Ben Kramer

Photo by Wilhelm Leisten

Tuesday, March 25th 2008
The spring collections have arrived at Young Designers United
Amsterdam, March 5, 2008

Stunning fabrics, outstanding cuts, ready to wear fashion and items for special occasions - this is the look of the new spring collections 2008 @ YDU.

We also welcome five fresh fashionlabels on board: Els Petiet @ Elsewerk, Monique Polmans @ Huebsch, Jana Mitev, Nadine Kieft and Carmen Glodemans @ Tesj.

On our website you can get a first impression on the new items. More of them you find at the YDU store at Keizersgracht 447.

We are happy to receive your reservations also per phone at +31 20 626 9191

Looking forward to seeing you soon

The YDU Team

Art, Wine and Fashion


60% OFF:::60% OFF:::60% OFF


Join the Annapurana Experience

Bike in Style

YDU viert – 5 jaar jong design op Keizersgracht


NIEUWE KAAS: Young Designers United presents Catwalk Show on April 19


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