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January 06, 2017

Whether you're enjoying your winter break on a remote island or working through the dark days, nothing beats a good book and good music. We've listed 5 books by artists for you to add to your collection. No worries if you can’t finish them anytime soon, they all look really nice on your coffee table as well.

 

Glow In The Dark BALRKanye West - Glow In The Dark Tour

The self-proclaimed Picasso of our time. Or Walt Disney. Or Steve Jobs. Confidence isn’t one of Kanye’s weaknesses, but that doesn’t automatically mean he’s wrong. Back in 2008, West toured the world with one of the most spectacular shows in music history. Together with Rihanna, Nas, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D., Kanye performed 61 shows to support his Graduation album. This book details everything, from stage decor to outfits and lighting. Whatever your opinion on Kanye West, he knows how to make a good product. This book is no different. With beautiful behind the scenes photos and insightful anecdotes, The Glow In The Dark Tour is a must-have in your collection.

 

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Jay-Z - Decoded

He’s not a businessman, he’s a business, man. Jay doesn’t give many interviews, but in Decoded, he details his rise from the backstreets of Brooklyn to the top of the charts. While he doesn’t share a complete insight in his private life, this book does reveal a lot about Shawn Carter and his music. If you want to know what the real meaning is behind 99 Problems, you should definitely pick up this excellent autobiography by one of hiphop’s greats. 

 

Pharrell Places Spaces BALRPharrell - Spaces And Places I've Been

More than a musician, Pharrell is a creative force in music, fashion, art and design. This book is an amazing read and a great look on your coffee table. You’ll get insights about his time with N*E*R*D*, The Neptunes and his work with The Billionaire Boys Club. In a visual way that has Pharrell written all over it, this book details his influence on popular culture. With contributions by Jay-Z, Anna Wintour, Hans Zimmer and Kanye West, Spaces And Places is a must-have. Another nice touch: you don’t know which colour you’ll receive when ordering. 

 

Mo Meta Blues BALRQuestlove - Mo’ Meta Blues

You might know him as the drummer of The Roots. Or from his excellent collection of bow ties. And you can catch him every night on Jimmy Fallon. But he’s also one of the most insightful musicians around. Mo’ Meta Blues details his rise to fame and gives a unique insight in his musical influences. Amir Thompson, Questlove’s real name, grew up in Chicago and has become your favourite musician’s favourite musician. Read about him.

 

Rap Year Book BALRShea Serrano - The Rap Yearbook

Okay, this book isn't by a musical artist, but it's about a lot of them. If you want one definitive selection of the most important rap song of every year since 1979, this is the book you're looking for. Shea Serrano gives hilarious insights on songs you’ve forgotten about and gives a personal touch to songs you’ll never forget. From Public Enemy to Jay-Z and Kanye West, The Rap Yearbook takes you on a journey through hiphop history. Next to sharp blurbs by other authors, the book is illustrated with gorgeous artwork by Arturo Torres. This one’s good for your mind and your bookshelf.

 

January 03, 2017

The beautiful game is played all over the world on all kinds of pitches. You already know stadiums like Old Trafford, Camp Nou, Bernabeu and San Siro, but there are a couple of stadiums that are… different. They don’t host the biggest clubs in the world, but they are truly spectacular. Here are the 5 most amazing pitches in the world. 

 

Float Marina BayLocated on the waters of Marina Reservoir in Marina Bay, Singapore, this stadium is literally floating. Opened in 2007, the pitch is used for many events and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Youth Olympics in 2010. The Float can host up to 30,000 people and gives you a spectacular view of the Marina Bay. 

 

Braga StadiumCarved from the face of Monte do Castro, this stadium is home to Sporting Club de Braga. The big screen is built in the mountain and the opposite goal features a great view of the city. In 2004, the stadium was host to two games during the European Championship and has been awarded multiple times for its amazing architecture. 

 

Vozdovac StadiumThe venue of Voždovac, a Belgradian neighbourhood, might not be big – it can host  only 5,200 people – but it’s damn spectacular. Based on top of a shopping centre, the aptly called The Stadion Shopping Centre is home to FK Voždovac since 2013. The Serbian team isn’t the best team in the league, which might actually be a good thing because expanding the stadium would be nearly impossible.

 

Ottmar StadiumYou don’t want to lose your ball when you play at the Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium. It’s located 2,000 meters above sea level, making it the highest pitch in Europe. The altitude gives a real home field advantage, because visiting teams aren’t used to the thin air. The field is artificial, grass won’t grow at this altitude, and you can’t drive up there by car: you have to use a cable car. Even if you’ve seen the biggest, most impressive stadiums in the world, you won’t forget this one.

 

Kaohsiung StadiumFormerly known as the World Games Stadium, this venue is the largest in Taiwan with a capacity of 55,000 people. The stadium runs completely on solar power and the roof collects water that is used inside the arena. The design is reminiscent of a dragon’s tail or a glass snake and is built in a way that uses wind as natural cooling. Eco-friendly and awesome, this stadium is an architectural highlight.

 

 

 

December 21, 2016

With the rise of game consoles, and more specifically the FIFA game series, foosball' popularity has declined steadily in the past decades. We feel like that’s a waste. There’s nothing more fun than playing foosball with a couple of friends or colleagues. And besides straight up fun, some foosball tables deserve a spot in your house based on looks alone. Here are our favourite four.

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11

Starting at €85,000, this foosball table is definitely the most expensive on this list. With sweeping curves that reflect the beauty of today’s modern stadiums, each meticulously hand-finished table is worth its price. The chromed metal players are gorgeous and the atmospheric lighting captures the excitement of a good game of foosball like no other table does. If you want both the best and the most beautiful foosball table, look no further. 

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Le Debuch’

Inspired by design of luxury automobiles, the Le Debuch’ foosball table is stunning. With sharp lines and a unique base, the table is both robust and elegant. The ball return is reminiscent of mufflers on prestigous cars and when you score a goal, LEDs light up the table. To start a game, simply press the start/stop button like you would in your sports car. If you like foosball and exclusive cars, this table is for you. 

Audi Foosball BALR

Audi Foosball Table

Back in 2008, Audi teamed up with the specialist in foosball tables Leonhard to create a wonderful table. Up to professional tournaments standards, the table features brushed aluminum and curving lines for a contemporary look that is based on the cars’ designs. You can find the iconic four rings on each side of the field and is produced in a limited series of 20 units. 

Cristallino Gold LE BALR Foosball

Cristallino GOLD

This limited edition of the Cristallino GOLD combines the elegance of gold and the precious perfection of Teckell. The numbered series is available in only 50 exemplars, so you’d have to hurry to get one. Embellished with 24 carat gold plated accessories, the Cristallino GOLD is the most coveted of Teckell’s impressive line of foosball tables.

 

December 19, 2016

Your outfit isn’t complete without the right accessories. The most important one you wear, however, is something you can’t see. To give your presence that finishing touch, we created two fragrances that leave an impression of refinement and success. And they are available today!

BALR. Homme And Femme Eau de Parfum

BALR. Homme contains top notes of juniper berry with gin fizz accords. At its heart, there’s iris, amber and cedar, completed by blackwood and sandalwood base notes. Together, the blend is subtle, yet powerful. For women, BALR. Femme is built from top notes of ginger, vanilla and bitter orange. Heart notes of rose and sambac jasmine are layered over a base of sandalwood, amber and honey. Together, these create a powerful and seductive scent that complements an attitude of ambition and determination.

BALR. Fragrance For Him And Her

Perfume is about emotion, where every hint of scent makes a statement. BALR. fragrance embodies the life of a BALR. in a way no other perfume can. Picture yourself on a yacht in the Mediterranean. The sun’s out, the water’s sparkling, and the champagne’s on ice. Your favourite music enhances the vibe. Take that scene and bottle it. That’s BALR. Homme and Femme: the scent of success.


You can order BALR. Femme and BALR. Homme in 75ml spray bottles now.

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December 16, 2016

The past months we’ve been working on something amazing and now we can finally share the result: BALR. Magazine – Issue One! 

BALR. Magazine

BALR. Magazine features interviews with some of the most inspiring people, like DJ Hardwell and the Dubai-based entrepreneur Anas Bukhash, among others. We also share the best hotspots in our favourite cities in the world – London, Los Angeles, Dubai – and offer an exclusive look inside the first BALR. Flagship Store. That’s not all, of course, but we’ll leave the rest for you to discover.

 

You receive a complimentary BALR. Magazine with all orders of €100 or more in-store and online, starting today.

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December 14, 2016

We're quickly approaching the shortest day of the year. This means more nights to stay in and binge some of the best shows Netflix has to offer. Here’s what we’re watching right now. 

Last Chance U BALR

Last Chance U

This documentary series flew too long under our radar. Greg Whiteley brilliantly depicts the compelling life of players on a junior college football (the American kind) team. Last Chance U follows the East Mississippi Community College Lions on its quest to win its third straight NJCAA championship. You’ll love the kids on this show from the get-go, from smack-talking D.J. Law to the extremely liable Ronald Ollie. They’re all hoping for that last chance to keep them on track to the NFL because they don’t have a plan B. With stakes that high, you’re bound to keep watching. 

 

BALR Hip-Hop Evolution

Hip-Hop Evolution

Hip-Hop Evolution debuted at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival, but has finally landed on Netflix. The series chronicles the first 20 years of hiphop trough interviews with the genre’s pioneers. Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube, Kool Herc, Ice-T, Russell Simmons and LL Cool J speak their mind about the rise of the most important culture in recent history. Darby Wheeler, the director of Hip-Hop Evolution, hoped that “even the most knowledgeable hip-hop heads will be entertained, informed, and surprised by what Hip-Hop Evolution has to offer”. Mission accomplished.

 

Jeremy Scott The People's Designer

Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

Before Instagram, designers were behind-the-scenes figures at big brands. Jeremy Scott might be the first celebritiy-designer. The creative director of Moschino has become a star big enough to warrant a documentary about him. While you may not always appreciate his weird, pop-culture-inspired designs, you’ll like the man behind them. The People’s Designer is an inspirational rags-to-riches story that shows how hard work and dedication can lead to the realisation of your dreams. 

 

Chef's Table BALR Netflix

Chef’s Table

We love good food and impeccably set tables, so it's no surprise we also love Chef’s Table. The second season of the series follows chefs from Chicago to Bangkok and from Mexico City and San Francisco. No matter where the show goes, the food looks finger-licking good. But the show does more than just provide a nice behind-the-scenes look in the kitchen. It dives into what drives these chefs to be the best and showcases their passion for their craft. And that is something we can always appreciate.

 

December 07, 2016

What better way to kill time when you’re on the road than with a quick game of FIFA? We’re not talking on a small screen, but in glorious HD on the PlayStation 4. With the PS4 Gaming Suitcase you can do just that. Pre-order starts today!

BALR PS4 Portable Suitcase

The BALR. PlayStation 4 Suitcase features a 19 inch Full-HD Samsung screen, the latest PlayStation 4 and 2 DUALSHOCK controllers. The case is finished with the iconic BALR. hexagon pattern and is made from A-grade materials to keep your hardware safe, even on bumpy rides. 

PlayStation 4 BALR.BALR. PlayStation 4 Case​​

Take your gaming experience with you everywhere you go with the BALR. PlayStation 4 Suitcase. Pre-order yours now!

 

Full Specs

PlayStation 4 500GB (if you'd like one with a 1TB hard drive, contact us!)
2 DUALSHOCK 4 controllers
19” Full-HD Samsung screen
Mono headset
HDMI cable
USB cable
Power cable
Remote control
​Dimensions: 33cm x 46.5cm x 13cm

 

December 06, 2016

Amsterdam is making a comeback. Although the city never really left the mind of fashionistas and culture lovers, the capital of the Netherlands steps out of the shadows of big European cities like Berlin and London with its own, authentic identity. When you find yourself in Amsterdam, these are the spots you can’t miss.

BALR. Store Amsterdam

Shop

Of course, we just opened the world’s first BALR. Flagship Store in Amsterdam, so that’s number one on your shopping list. You’ll find yourself in the premier shopping street of the city, but there’s more to explore when you head over to the so called 9 straatjes (nine streets). With an eclectic mix of pop-up stores, small-label boutiques and flagship stores by indie favourites, it’s a part of Amsterdam you have to see. You’ll catch the beautiful canals too, so it’s both efficient and fun. For all the classic brands – Prada, Chanel, Burberry – you can visit either de Bijenkorf or the well-known PC Hooftstraat.

Duchess BALR

Eat

While the traditional Dutch meals aren’t that spectacular, they definitely know fine dining. One of the culinary hotspots is IZAKAYA, where traditional and unique techniques are combined to create spectacular dishes. If you’re not a fan of Asian gastronomy, try The Duchess. The restaurant balances elegance and sophistication with the comfort and intrigue of our time. Definitely get the chocolate ball for desert, we promise it’s an experience. Other notable mentions are Mr. Porter (a steakhouse with rooftop pool and a stunning view), Seafood Bar and the newly opened Cafe In The City (located on Leidseplein).

Jimmy Woo

Party

If you like to party you’ll have a blast in Amsterdam. Jimmy Woo offers an exclusive clubbing experience you won’t forget any time soon. With its spectacular ceiling – the lights put Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body video to shame – laid back atmosphere and original beats, this is the club you must visit. In town on a Monday? Be sure to visit the Supperclub, a luxurious restaurant, gallery, bar and club. It’s a spot where creative minds find each other and party like there’s no Tuesday. If you’re looking for the best electronic music programming, try AIR near Rembrandtplein.

Luxury Suites

Sleep

If you want to sleep like a BALR. you should book a stay at Luxury Suites. The hotel provides rooms with every comfort and convenience you desire. Located in the heart of the city, Luxury Suites is a perfect spot to catch Zs after a crazy night of clubbing. Our favourite suite is the Executive Penthouse, which offers a beautiful view onto the Amsterdam Canals. Hit us up if you want to stay here, we can offer you a special rate.