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We Are 1520

We are 1520 (that is fifteen twenty), a young start-up company based in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

We started 1520 to combine all of our passions - hospitality, consulting and concept development, wedding planning, and event management  - and to consolidate them in one company.

All of our activities are tied together by the way we think, talk and work. We have been shaped by our international backgrounds (one Swiss, one German, both somewhat Dutch), our diverse education, our families and their businesses and by urban youth culture. Consequently, ‘1520’ is derived from ‘1520 Sedgwick Avenue’, an apartment building in the Bronx, New York City, that is known as the birthplace of Hip Hop.

You could say we are quintessential millennials, if millennials would ever admit to being that. In any case, we have found that our way of doing things often speaks to other millennials, as well as to people of other generations that live their lives with open minds (which we know there are a lot of, by the way).

Therefore, if you are tired of washed up events, weddings and hospitality, you might be looking for what we have to offer. On the other hand, if you are a company that is looking to attract millennial consumers - well, we can help you with that, too. Just scroll down and you might find what you're looking for.

One Love.

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1520 Consulting


"Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week."~Jay Z

1520 Consulting


"Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week."~Jay Z

1520 Consulting

What We Do

1520 Consulting involves concept development, marketing, the development of strategies and finding of solutions for individual problems. Our consulting activities are mainly aimed at small to medium sized businesses. We primarily specialize in:

  • Helping companies understand, reach and retain millennial consumers

  • Helping companies with their activities in and between the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria

  • Concept development

Millennials

The focus on millennial consumers lies at the core of 1520. We use the term “millennials” in a psychographic sense, meaning that we focus on a state of mind rather than an age group. Although the majority of what we call millennials were born in the 80’s and 90’s, the mindset that defines them has spread far beyond that particular generation. Millennials are also the most important tastemakers, which makes them a gateway target group.

We help you and your company understand, reach and retain millennials, as customers and as employees.

Millennials can not be reached with homogeneous, inauthentic messaging or by using style cues. To reach them, you have to know their language and understand their mindset. Authenticity, aspiration and a sense for perpetual cool lie at the heart of the millennial mindset and are therefore the foundation on which a company must build. This means that the frantic modernization of a company is usually not necessary and often counterproductive. Individual companies need individual solutions.

We help you find the right touch points and show you how to utilize them in order to make your company more attractive to millennials.

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Based on our backgrounds, we are uniquely suited to help companies with their activities in and between the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. We can help you with solving individual problems that your company may encounter in this context, ranging from marketing, distribution and expansion to cultural questions.

Concept Development

We develop complete or partial concepts, primarily for companies and project developers in the hospitality industry and related industries. This takes many forms and may include tasks such as helping you plan your offer and positioning, finding your style or coming up with a business concept from scratch. If desired, we partner with graphic design companies to develop complete visual identities to round off the concepts.

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1520 Matrimony


"One good girl is worth a thousand bitches."~Kanye West

1520 Matrimony


"One good girl is worth a thousand bitches."~Kanye West

1520 Matrimony

What We Do

With 1520 Matrimony we help you to make your wedding extra special and uniquely suited to who you are - whether you want an all out fairy tale ball, an intimate garden party, a vintage fair, a goth fest, a masquerade ball, a LAN party, or something in between, or something totally different - you get the picture.

Planning a wedding involves making lots of decisions and taking care of many little things. With our help, you have more time to focus on all of the nice things that come with it - like cake tastings - while we handle the details. We coordinate everything to make your wedding exactly like you want it to be, from the months prior to the wedding until the big day itself.

After getting to know each other in a first meeting, we set up a meeting to get down to the nitty-gritty and develop a wedding concept together, which will be a blueprint for the planning. Following that, we will stand by you and assist you with your budget, invitations, finding a location, selecting a caterer, picking flowers and decorations, entertainment, and more.

1520 Matrimony offers full wedding planning, but you can also opt for our assistance for just parts of your wedding.

Our services include:

  • Creating and implementing a wedding theme and design

  • Finding a suitable wedding and party location

  • Finding suppliers

  • Budget management

  • Coordinating on the day of the wedding

Costs

Because no two weddings are alike, we develop custom offers for our services (which exclude all costs for the wedding itself, such as location and food)  based on your wishes. Keep in mind that a wedding doesn’t have to be expensive to be awesome. We can make smaller budgets work, too.

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1520 Events


"But I'm doing alright,
'cause I think I just had the best night of my life."~Good Charlotte

1520 Events


"But I'm doing alright,
'cause I think I just had the best night of my life."~Good Charlotte

1520 Events

What we do

We plan events for individuals, private and public organisations, and even municipalities. As consultants and coordinators, we help you to put together great events that are worth repeating.

Whether you are planning a staff party, a summer festival, a birthday or christmas party, and whether it is a big or very small event, we assist you with finding a style, selecting suppliers and entertainment, and putting together the marketing.

We work independently or together with your existing event committee or department.

Our services can include:

  • Finding themes and styles

  • Scouting decorations

  • Finding location, suppliers and entertainment

  • Putting together promotional campaigns (with the help of partners)

  • Budget management (and funding tips)

  • Coordinating the event

You can also opt for our assistance for just parts of your event.

Costs

Because our services are diverse and comprise many different kinds of events, there is really no fixed price point. Based on your wishes and ideas, we will come up with a custom offer and terms.

Of course, an event doesn’t have to be expensive to be a success. We can make smaller budgets work, too.

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1520 Veggilicious


"She's a sweet loving, sweet talking, lovable vegan and that's alright."~NOFX

1520 Veggilicious


"She's a sweet loving, sweet talking, lovable vegan and that's alright."~NOFX

1520 Veggilicious

What We Do

With 1520 Veggilicious, we advise restaurants on the adoption and integration of vegetarian (and vegan) options into their existing offer.

We help you to create vegetarian dishes that fit your concept and menu (that means no hassle and no extra costs), and provide you with useful tips that enable you to develop veggie options by yourself in the future.

Why vegetarian?

The number of vegetarians is higher than you think - NL: 800.000 (4,7%), DE: 7.800.000 (10%), UK: 7.741.320 (12%) - and growing. Because vegetarians are a growing target group themselves, there is an increasing chance that groups of potential customers, such as families and friends, have vegetarian members that influence the demand of those groups. Not offering attractive vegetarian options at your restaurant therefore is becoming an exclusion criterion for more and more customers.

How does it work?

We evaluate your existing menu and processes (usually in an on-site visit if not too far away) and based on that provide you with recipes and guidelines for your own vegetarian offer.

If you change your menu regularly and don’t want to wrack your brain over those veggies, we are also happy to help you with seasonal adaptations in the future, for reduced prices.

Costs

We always make individual offers that are based on your needs and wishes. But to give you an idea:

An initial consultation starts at € 390,00 (excl. taxes) and includes an evaluation of the given circumstances and solutions in the form of guidelines and 2-3 recipes. On-site visits are included within a certain distance.

Future additions or adaptations (for seasons or special occasions, etc.). include 2-3 recipes and cost € 130,00 (excl. taxes).

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1520 Hotels


"I'm talkin' good dudes, good vibes and some good food."~Fabolous

1520 Hotels


"I'm talkin' good dudes, good vibes and some good food."~Fabolous

1520 Hotels

About 1520 Hotels

1520 Hotels are small hotels that offer quality accommodation for modern, urban consumers with millennial mind-sets in an intimate setting. By combining traditional service levels with timeless designs and modern technology, 1520 Hotels create a cross-cultural environment with warm and perpetual cool ambiance. The hotels (along with other 1520 services) become an ecosystem for the target customers and transcend demographic boundaries, as well as the boundaries of leisure and business travel.

A 1520 hotel is as much about red carpets and comfy pillows, as it is about Hip Hop and other youth cultures - inspired by mountain lodges, ‘la grande hôtellerie’, coffee shops and urban culture. It is modern but not cold or minimalist – and not at all daunting. It is timeless and perpetually cool. It is a place where an older lady serves you breakfast and a hard-to-place young man cooks your dinner. It is in touch with the world around it and works in cities, as well as popular country-side destinations.

We are currently looking for possible locations, investors and partners. Please feel free to contact us!