At JapanTKY, we are not only inspired by the latest fashion trends and city trips. We also take inspiration from the people who wear our clothes. Ultimately, we design our clothes for them. Therefore, we would like you to meet some of our muses.
Carlien Bakker (50), human resources manager at province Gelderland
Carlien graduated as an urban planner at Radboud University in Nijmegen. After starting out as a consultant in the sustainable energy sector, she increasingly became an all-around project leader/organiser with a focus on people and the organisation. Now she has been working for the province of Gelderland for 17 years in various roles.
“In all the roles I have had at the province in recent years, I have discovered that I have a talent for guiding and leading people, to coach them and to motivate them to do beautiful things in terms of content. At the moment I am doing this as a human resources manager, but that could just as easily have been any other field. For example, before that, I was a manager in the IT department.”
“I believe it's important to take care of yourself and your own 'happiness' as best you can.”
Carlien and her partner Rob live in Arnhem together with their children Vester (18), Kaat (16), Olaf (13) and Finn (9). "I have chronic migraines, which are frustrating and have made my life a lot narrower in recent years. Partying at a festival is no longer an option for me, but there are plenty of things that I can still do. I can thoroughly enjoy my family and friends and pamper myself with beautiful clothes or jewellery. For me, that is really part and parcel of taking good care of myself.”
“I never put clothes on just like that. It is a sort of ritual to pay attention to myself.”