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Thijs Koelink
Art Director

Thijs Koelink is a graduated photographer and self taught filmmaker, originally from the Netherlands. He translated his raw and graphic graffiti background into photographs and short films, both having the dynamic and in your face attitude that he found in street art.

Thijs Koelink studied photography in The Netherlands and was an intern at the Martin Parr – Magnum Photos – Office in London. His work has been exhibited internationally, from The Dutch Photo museum, Gallery Louiza in Antwerp to Saatchi&Saatchi Gallery in London.

Thijs Koelink is specialized in photography, film, exhibition concepts, branding, wallpaintings, (guerilla) marketing, magazines, graphic design, illustrations and vj performances.   


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Manuela Eringaard
Fashion Designer

Manuela Eringaard is graduated in Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts in The Netherlands. Manuela Eringaard has worked for Alexander McQueen during her internship in London.

She successfully proved her leading skills as a Store Manager for the Comme des Garçons Guerilla Store in The Hague and worked in the Yohji Yamamoto flagship Store in Antwerp. 

Manuela Eringaard and Thijs Koelink set up their first STUDIO AYQIDO Concept Store In Antwerp. With constant inspiration from Japanese martial arts clothing and philosophy, due to its timelessness, durability and minimal design. Manuela Eringaard is specialized in fashions shows, exhibitions, styling, design concepts and tailoring.


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Ruben Lee
Creations & Product research

Ruben is a true creative with some fair street knowledge. Manuela once asked him to model for our STUDIO AYQIDO menswear collection, awesome as he looks. He blended in easily and is now part of the clan.

He helps out with graphic design, artistic projects, events and mural artworks. A great team player, always a good idea in his sleeve.

As a former crew member of ILL store in Utrecht, he build up a lot of knowledge about clothing, design, products and trends. Ruben helps us with research for products, clothing techniques and textiles,

Oh yeah, he is also a talented Chef, Skier and Northern Pike fisherman.



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Bruno Slagboom
Fine Art Photography

Bruno studied Fine Art in Utrecht and is specialised in Art Photography. Thijs & Bruno participated in a group exhibition in 2014, their photographic architectural compositions met. Bruno has been an intern at STUDIO AYQIDO and now works as an independent Art Photographer.

“Sometimes I have to accept that one of the buildings that I was already working, is suddenly demolished. So the search for images takes place in the area around me. In the final phase the abstraction becomes monumental by the choice for extra large format prints.”

Check his website www.brunoslagboom.com for his portfolio and exhibitions!



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