4 Amsterdam stores you’re going to love
Purses at the ready: these tempting stores will have you reaching for your credit card.
The new one:
The high fashion house opened its first store outside Belgium in Amsterdam’s most exclusive shopping street this autumn. While the interior had to be rigorously renovated, the slim façade had the ‘familiar feel of the mother couture house in Brussels’. The result is an attractive amalgam of wood and stone, with an ‘intimate 50’s couture allure, a highpoint in the history of couture’, according to Couturier Edouard Vermeulen, who also designed the decor, a throwback to his training as an interior designer.
Known for its elegant designs with pure lines, exclusive fabrics and refined details, beloved of Dutch and Belgian royalty alike, the luxury brand was previously only available to Amsterdam shoppers via multi-brand shops. With the new flagship store, they’ll now have access to all the ready-to-wear collections, as well as the handmade ‘Belgian collection’ and a few pieces from the couture line.
P.C. Hooftstraat 23
The yummy one:
Made with brioche dough that’s left to rise overnight, Kim Hasebos’ artisan doughnuts (from €3.00) are light, fluffy, surprisingly non-greasy, and an excellent partner to premium coffee from Stooker Roasting Company. The filled doughnut flavours change regularly, but at our last visit included a zesty lemon curd-blackberry, creamy dreamy crème brûlée and child-friendly chocolate-peanut butter. It’s earned Hasebos such a devoted following that she’s often sold out before lunch time, so get there early!
Albert Cuypstraat 62-O
The artsy one:
Claiming to be the ‘epicentre of Dutch design’ with ‘the most comprehensive collection of Dutch fashion, art, and design in the world’, the 700m2 concept store at the W Amsterdam certainly houses an impressive line-up of 180 local labels: from upcoming artists to premium fashion brands and influential furniture designers. Think Roderick Vos homeware, Lola & Lou lingerie, Ink Inklusive denim and Daphny Raes leather. There’s also a downstairs gallery with art exhibitions and workshops.
The shiny one:
This Antwerp-based fashion brand recently opened its second store in the city this year, with plenty of room for the men’s collection upstairs, too. Originally launched as a t-shirt label, today the colourful collection is anything but basic, with women’s sequined sweaters (€245.00), metallic coats (€495.00) and crystal embellished bags (€135.00), and men’s faux fur lined parkas (€895.00) and botanical print slim-fit shirts (€135.00), but a passion for quality and wearability remains.
Text: Karin Engelbrecht