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Offering services above and beyond high street fashion retailers, the following noteworthy boutique stores stock everything from on-trend sneakers to simple, well-designed womenswear. As many of these stores sell in-house designs, their collections are often unique and exclusively available to shoppers in Amsterdam.
Creating clothing that’s designed to look good well after current fashion trends have faded away, Anecdote offers a wide range of timeless womenswear made from high-quality fabrics. Designs by Anecdote tend to fall somewhere between casual wear and office wear, uniting modern, casual cuts and silhouettes with a classic sense of style. The brand’s flagship boutique store is found in Amsterdam’s ever-popular de Negen Straatjes (the Nine Streets) quarter, an area renowned for its high-end fashion studios.
Concrete Matter’s unique collection gravitates around useful, durable products that are designed to outlive their owners. The store exclusively stocks timeless items that are made to withstand years of wear-and-tear, such as high-grade pocket knives, stainless steel flasks or sturdy flannel shirts. Apart from these indispensable items, Concrete Matter also sells high-end lifestyle products that are geared towards modern men, including artisanal beard creams and awesome old-school collectibles.
Starting life as a denim specialist store with a focus on high-quality jeans in 2008, Tenue de Nîmes has expanded its repertoire over the years, evolving into a brand equally known for its fashion savoir-faire and welcoming approach to retail. Its hand-picked collections tend to sway towards simple, modern designs with classic prints and silhouettes made from high-quality fabrics. Think Breton striped tees cut from organic cotton or straight-legged jeans designed with comfort and durability in mind. Aside from their in-house creations, consisting of basics, casual wear and denim, Tenue de Nîmes also stocks items from highly-respected international studios, including A.P.C., Levi Strauss and Acne Studios.
Since launching back in 2004, Patta has developed from a small enterprise, mainly built around importing difficult-to-find sneakers and clothes into Amsterdam, to possibly the most influential streetwear brand in the Netherlands. Drawing from classic sportswear, hip-hop and Amsterdam itself, their limited-edition designs regularly sell out very quickly after they are released. Even though it’s now a major player in the world of streetwear, Patta still sells sneakers and clothes from other brands in its flagship store on Zeedijk, alongside its own collections, which often include collaborations with the likes of Vans, Adidas and Puma (to name a few).
Geared towards sneakerheads with an eye for streetwear, Baskèts Stores has two locations in Amsterdam that both stock the latest and greatest items from international brands known for their game-changing designs. As you’d expect from a trend-conscious streetwear retailer, Baskèts updates its collection with drops as they happen, adding new sneakers, shirts and outwear to their shelves throughout the year. Aside from eye-catching pieces from brands like Nike, Obey or New Balance, Baskèts also sells items created in-house, featuring the brand’s distinctive monochrome logo and limited-edition collaborations with other designers or studios.
Balancing retail with relaxation, COTTONCAKE offers shoppers the opportunity to browse through a selection of hand-picked items, then chill with coffee, juice or light meals inside its cosy, on-site lunchroom. Featuring whitewashed brick walls, industrial-style clothing racks and an espresso machine perched on an old chest of drawers, the store looks incredible and has a collection to match, which mainly centres around comfortable, stylish casual wear. COTTONCAKE also sells its own line of perfumes and candles inspired by world travel, which are available in-store and online.