The nine streets that weave between Amsterdam’s western canal ring are collectively known as de Negen Straatjes. This quaint, photogenic neighborhood has a distinctive boutique economy, and accommodates local and international designers. Many of its stores sell unique items that can only be found in Amsterdam, including handmade jewelry and restored vintage clothing. To help you navigate this beautiful neighborhood, we’ve put together a guide to its best boutique shops.
De Maagd & de Leeuw
The owners of this French styled boutique expertly curate their stock and regularly travel to Paris for research, returning with clothes that simultaneously appeal to modern tastes while keeping to classic design. The shop sells a large variety of dresses and suits, as well as smaller accessories. Most items are colored using a deep, restrained palate that exudes grace and sophistication, making de Maagd & de Leeuw a perfect place to pick up evening wear, or office clothing.
Onemanshow is a team of fashion designers based in Amsterdam. Their clothes deliberately blur the lines between styles, creating outfits that mix punk aesthetics with formal design. Onemanshow’s collections change twice a year, meaning that all of their stock are limited editions. Its outlet in de Negen Straatjes primarily sells casual wear, but also contains some exceptionally well-tailored jackets and shirts.
Van Ravenstein sells clothes made by world renowned designers. Most items are from promising names in the fashion world and Van Ravenstein hand picks its collection from catwalks and studios. Although it mainly caters to women, the boutique has a small section devoted to men inside its spacious gallery. Van Ravenstein also sells jewelry, bags and shoes, elegantly arranging these items in a minimalistic showroom that radiates contemporary chic.
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This prêt-a-porter Dutch fashion brand was founded by influential designer Jetteke van der Wyck van Beuningen. Its collection is still based on her original designs and is inspired by Dutch and international couture. Although Anecdote is relatively young, it is already firmly established and has several classic items including zip-zag patterned trousers and tastefully branded tee shirts.
In the early 90s, Beauregard’s creators opened their first shop in de Negen Straatjes. This small company gradually grew into an international business that imported the finest fashion from France straight to shoppers in Amsterdam. Beauregard has kept this original shop open and now uses it as their headquarters. Their collection changes by season and is hand picked by Beauregard’s management.
Bannou is dedicated to high quality, modest clothes and environmentally sustainable fashion. Its designers are inspired by last century’s trends and creates outfits that draw from a wide range of vintage styles. Most items are made from material that has been ethically sourced and Bannou tries its hardest to ensure that its products are as eco-friendly as possible.