24 May 2016

ETQ Amsterdam | Spui Area

ETQ Amsterdam was born under the mindset of eliminating over accessorized branding and focusing primary on letting the quality of the product speak for itself. With three standard rules: elegant, timeless, and quality the brand, that was born as an idea in 2010 as a men's footwear label, now offers an array of clean, sophisticated and affordable products for both men and woman crafted by hand in a small factory in Portugal. 

I visited their store in Amsterdam housed in a huge raw, yet elegant,  space with lots of concrete where especially the huge blocks with different accessories and leather cushions caught my eye. More info about the brand can be found at the website ETQ Amsterdam 
ETQ Amsterdam
Singel 459
1012 WP Amsterdam

Opening hours: 
Monday - Saturday 11AM - 7PM
Sunday noon - 6PM

Website: ETQ Amsterdam
Area: Dam | Spui area

Photography © Amsterdam Next

9 April 2016

Denim days 2016 | The Blauw kitchen a New Schotch & Soda | Pijp area

For the occasion of Amsterdam Denim Days 2016 an annual event for fashion forward denim lovers, starting this Monday! I thought I show you my latest denim find in town 'The Blauw kitchen' at de Pijp area, a beautiful addition to the Scotch & Soda store chain.

'The Blauw kitchen' is a beautiful small denim concept store with an interior based on denim, and Japanese denim technics while the white tiles refer to the kitchen and denim lab where can be experimented with different colouring technics.

In the App you'll find a Denim Days special with a small selection of Amsterdam Denim makers and brands, and on the blog I showed some of the most beautiful Amsterdam Denim stores, have a look here if you missed it: Amsterdam Denim Days | brands & stores 

Scotch & Soda | The blauw kitchen
Gerard Doustraat 71
1072 VM Amsterdam
Opening hours
10AM - 6PM
website: Schotch & Soda
area: De Pijp

All Scotch & Soda stores
Though Scotch & Soda has been around since the 80s, the Amsterdam-based fashion brand as we know it today originates in a brave new start in 2001, when three new owners joined their broad experience and shared love for making great garments.

Scotch’s most ambitious project Amsterdams Blauw hit the stores in December 2010; a compact high profile denim collection. The name Amsterdam Blauw (Amsterdam Blue) comes from the color of paint used to Paint Dutch porcelain in the Golden century. 

Scotch & Soda | The blauw kitchen
Gerard Doustraat 71
1072 VM Amsterdam
area: De Pijp

Scotch & Soda | Atelier Scotch
Heiligenweg 45
1012 XP Amsterdam

area: Spui | Munt

Scotch & Soda | Denim, men, women and fragrance
Berenstraat 15
1016 GG Amsterdam

Area: 9 straatjes

Scotch & Soda | Denim, men, women and fragrance
Huidenstraat 3-5
1016 ER Amsterdam

Area: 9 straatjes

Scotch & Soda kids | Denim
Wolvenstraat 14
1016 EP Amsterdam

Area: 9 straatjes

Different opening hours, find them at the website or in the APP 
Website: Scotch & Soda 

pictures © Amsterdam Next

31 March 2016

Gekaapt | Westerpark area

Gekaapt is moving again, from April 2nd 2016 Gekaapt can be find at Tweede Nassaustraat. This pop up store, formerly located at Bilderdijkstraat and Magna Plaza, loves to be seen as a travelling store for young entrepreneurs. At gekaapt you will find both fashion and interior items and you will be able to meet the designers, as they all work in different shifts at gekaapt.

These pictures are from their first location at Bilderdijkstraat but give a good impression of the goods that are sold at Gekaapt.

Gekaapt | Magna Plaza shopping mall

Tweede Nassaustraat 25
1052 BK Amsterdam
Opening hours: 
Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 7PM
Sunday noon - 7PM
Website: Gekaapt
Area: West | Westerpark

6 March 2016

X BANK | Dam area

X BANK is a brand new cultural platform where art, design and fashion are sold in an exhibition like setting. Located at the bottom two floors of the former Kasbank, hence the name X BANK, and part of Hotel W Amsterdam it is the place to discover the work of 180 different Dutch labels.

At the ground floor and entrance an exhibition of various photography and art objects, while an installation made out of safe lockers filled with fake banknotes reveals the history of the building. A white spiral staircase leads to the first floor where the shop and restaurant are located.X BANK is more than just a shop, it is showcasing and selling the work of established Dutch designers like Marcel Wanders, Denham and Scotch & Soda to name a few next to smaller brands. The work of couturier Mattijs van Bergen’s is beautifully displayed, he also designed the uniforms of the hotel staff, and product designer Dirk van der Kooij is represented with his lamps, that you will also find at the lounge of the hotel.

Books, graphic design, photography, parfum, bags, ceramic and many more in all price ranges are sold, and the work of graduates of the Design Academy can be admired while you buy some flowers and wander around and get inspired. As an extra unexpected given everything is organized by colour, the common factor however is that everything sold and showcased at X Bank is by Dutch designers only.

From the shop you walk straight into restaurant ‘The Duches’ offering everything from breakfast to dinner and high tea to cocktails in a classic surrounding with marble and velvet. XBANK is the latest addition to Hotel W and the building includes additional rooms and a spa and gym. The main hotel is located right across the street from X BANK at Spui Straat, until now this part of Spui straat town has always been a bit of nowhere land, I guess it will fastly become a more lively area.
Hotel W Amsterdam must have one of Amsterdams best views, from the rooftop lounge you overlook the city centre, and the outside area has a swimming pool with a look on the royal palace.

Spuistraat 172
1012 VT Amsterdam
+31 (0)208113320

Opening hours:
Daily from 10AM - 10 PM
website: X BANK
area: Dam

pictures via X BANK | Last picture ©Amsterdam Next 
pictures ©Generator

29 February 2016

Generator Amsterdam | East area

I have some good memories of sleeping at the Generator in London and always loved staying there as it was a really affordable option on a good location for that time in my life. Generator Amsterdam will open in March in the Eastern part of town located in a former zoological university building. Close to the city centre, the new upcoming east area and the Oosterpark with the grand cafe De Tropen just around the corner.

Flexible and spacious social areas, filled with creative design from Dutch designers like Blom & Blom, Mooi and Studio Job, their wallpaper by NLXL can be found throughout the building. The former lecture hall is turned into an impressive chill-out lounge and bar, while the old library is now a relaxation and private events room. The basement and café are now dining destinations and the original boiler room has become a secret late night bar.

The Generator can accommodate 564 guests in 168 twin and quadruple rooms with incredible views on the surrounding and en-suite bathrooms. There is also one luxury apartment for six people with views of the park and a self-catered kitchen.

Generator Design Hostel
Mauritskade 57
1092 AD Amsterdam 

+31 207085600
website: Generator Amsterdam
area: East | Oost 

18 February 2016

The Cool Collective | Oostpoort | Oost

Love to show you some new pictures made today at the The cool collective, located at Oostpoort, the shopping area in the Eastern part of town. Lots of new stores are opening in East and over the last week I have been looking around to see what stores are interesting to cover on the blog and  the APP and I hope to show you some more over the weekend.

Although there are only a few selected interior and home decor brands and the store is really big and has a pop up kind off feeling, it has a nice vibe and worth visiting if you happen to be in the area.

A good place for affordable fashion brands, lifestyle and vintage furniture by the Sample Club, ICatchyJan&Jacob and Frederik George who will have his workstation in the store making beautiful bags. Find brands like French Connection, Stoned Marble, Van Os Vintage Furniture Amsterdam, Monsak and Komoni.

The Cool Collective
Oranje vrijstaatplein 3
1093 NG Amsterdam

tel: +31 (0)207371222
Opening hours: tbc
website: The Cool Collective
area: Oost