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Wheels & Waves 2014

Wheels & Waves 2014

October 2014 – Tenue de Nîmes, the great “pure blue” retail store for jeans aficionados in Amsterdam, commissioned us to be part of their beautiful Journal de Nîmes. in here we will share our photography and story of the Wheels & Waves adventures we had last summer in Biarritz!

Here’s a sneak peak:

“Our friends and creative duo Naia Salamah and Folkert Hengeveld reached out to Rene recently and told him that they would soon travel to the South of France to attend Wheels & Waves 2014. For those of you who don’t know Wheels & Waves: The event became one of the largest European gatherings for custom motor bike aficionado’s. Naia and Folkert came back from Biarritz with a dazzling story and ditto photos and we immediately asked them if they would like to share their report in our upcoming Journal de Nîmes. Luckily for us they agreed!

We are so excited about the outcome that we have to share a preview with you here today. Enjoy the first part of the story and the images above and continue reading in our upcoming ‘Future Issue’ of our Journal de Nîmes in a few weeks! Make sure you check out Folkert and Naia’s new website over at Compass Island too for more brand inspiration and happy feelings. Enjoy!” – Text by Menno Van Meurs


Explore • Dream • Discover

If one does not know which port one is sailing to,
no wind is favourable. Ancient wisdom, which nevertheless this still holds true in a world which
has developed to the point of satellite navigation
and particle colliders. Whatever one wishes to
explore, one needs clear direction.

When the Dutch were still a great sea faring nation, Compass Island in the middle of the IJ waters was where ships embarked in order to take their bearings. This modest landmark is situated right behind our studio at KNSM-Island in Amsterdam.

We like to see ourselves as explorers of uncharted territories. Not quite behaving like conquistadors, rather more the avid geographical researcher species.

Also we like old school quality work tools
to achieve our goals. However at the final end, when we plant our flag it is only for the sake of sheer jingoism and extra barrel of ginger ale!

Compass Island has all the seamanship to harbour your commercial interests. So as you seek new markets to explore, let us together set the calibration for creating noticeable identities, refined design and daring stories.
You will reach your destination and as with any voyage, discover more of yourself.

Take it from us: as regards as to brand identity
we can hand, reef and steer.


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