Biggest personal change: becoming my own boss

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The May/June issue gives way to a new 20-something list, featuring visual artists, photographers, art collectives, dancers, musicians and much more. Twenty people who are a representation of young society in Belgium, a generation ready to rule our world. Let us introduce you to the faces you didn’t realise you wanted to meet!

Helena De Wel  

Mood recycle store, manager, Ghent, 23

How would you describe what you do? 

I select the best vintage and secondhand clothes for my shop in Ghent! love pieces from the ’90s & early ’00s! 

What are you currently busy with? 

Surviving the third lockdown ;) 

Anything planned for the future? 

Building a website & organizing a vintage market with handpicked items! Also rebuilding the store interior & upcycling some pieces.

Nickname(s) people have given you? 

Too weird to write down…

Latest déjà vu? 

Who remembers their déjà vus? Is there something wrong with me? :p

Any new habits? 

Getting out of bed earlier than needed (feeling so adult). 

What’s your daily routine like? 

Cuddle my cat in bed; get ready for work; go to the store and see all my lovely clients; get home; make dinner; get cozy or have a glass of wine with my knuffelcontact ;) 

Weirdest dream you’ve had? 

Swimming all the oceans and seas with my sister and fighting big sharks. 

What artists are you listening to? 

Iconic songs from the ’90s & early ’00s to match the instore ‘mood’.  

Favourite memory? 

Laying in the grass on a quiet and sunny day with my boyfriend.

What advice would you give your younger/older self? 

Follow your dreams 

Favourite emoji? 


Cutest desire you have? 

That Stormy (my cat) can live forever and ever and everrrr…  

Love of your life? 

Larpie & Stormy.  

Biggest personal change since last year? 

Becoming my own boss.

How did last year change your perspective? 

Everything is possible if you stay positive and if you believe in yourself. 

Are you a nostalgic person?  

Yes!! What I do is all about nostalgia.


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