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Benelux Beckons: The People Of The Labyrinths

After two decades of business, this avant-garde outpost is still going strong. Initially conceived as a graduate school art project by co-owners, Hans Démoed and Geert de Rooij, this “Kingdom of Cool” continues to outshine the competition. A one-stop-shop for eclectic clothing, home décor and cosmetics, it’s the hippie-chic, electric-hued frocks you’ll flip for (think one-of-a-kind hand-printed and hand-died prints inspired by Baroque and Bauhaus). Can’t find what you came for? Splurge on a custom-made creation from shabby chic furniture, curtains, bedding, lamps, leather jackets to wine glasses. The friendly staff even spruces up clients’ home and office spaces.

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Benelux Beckons: Laundry Industry

This contemporary clothing chain carries ready-to-wear items you’ll instantly want in your wardrobe. A cross between H&M and Club Monaco with an industrial twist (think submarine-style glass windows filled with salt water fish and vintage metal vaults stationed by the cash), expect pieces that are pretty, polished and practical for day and night. Some standouts to stock up on: print wrap dresses, knee-length shorts, blouses with bows and faux fur coats. With a limited number of sizes in stock, you’d better grab the goods you’re after.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Erny van Reijmersdal

  • Erny van Reijmersdal
  • high-end shopping haven
  • private label collections including: 5th Avenue, Cruise, Imperial, Maharadja, Singin’ In The Rain + Soaked And West
  • ernyvanreijmersdal.nl
  • P.C. Hoofstraat 93, Amsterdam
  • 31-(0)-20-673-6036
  • info@ernyvanreijmersdal.nl
  • $58-$5,000 Euros
  • Click here for a store map!

HIGH-END SHOPPING HAVEN: P.C. HOOFTSTRAAT
Move over Madison Avenue. This chichi shopping strip is home to dozens of high-end European designers à la Armani, Gucci and Versace.

Dutch designer Erny van Reijmersdal has masterminded the meaning of avant-garde. Case in point: his specializes in fashion forward frocks that are meant to be layered, worn upside down and combined with unexpected fabrics. The current collection to covet includes contemporary career clothes (pin-striped suits), flirty floral blazers, ruffled tops and glitzy red-carpet worthy gowns (think black, bubbled, beaded and embroidered). The top floor contains heart-thumping haute couture, from asymmetrical tartan skirts with fringes, bright floral blazers, jet black bubble gowns, ankle length tuxedo jackets, fur coats lined with cashmere to velvet vests.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Magna Plaza

Set in a former Post Office headquarters, this four-story mega mall is frequented by locals and tourists alike not just for it’s merchandise, but for its’ eye-catching Neo-Gothic architecture. Should you get the urge to splurge, saunter inside Laundry Industry, Replay, Shu Uemura, Mango and Van Balen. Refuel with a miniature Gouda wheel at the Henri Willig cheese shop and funk up your feet with hand-painted wooden clogs from the souvenir shop next door.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Metz & Co.

  • Metz & Co.
  • dreamy department store with luxe labels for men and women
  • high-end designer labels
  • metz-co.nl
  • Leidestraat 34-36, Amsterdam
  • 31-(0)-20-520-70-20
  • Office@metz-co.nl
  • put it this way, don’t expect any bargains
  • Click here for a store map!

A cross between Barney’s New York and Canada’s Holt Renfrew, this luxurious landmark has been luring in top designer labels since 1740. Expect seven expansive floors stocked with a mouth-watering selection of giftables (Georg Jensen to Kosta Boda), perfume (Gucci), shoes (Sergio Rossi), handbags (Furla) and ready-to-wear (Chloé to Marc Jacobs). Pooped from all that power shopping? Head to the swanky upstairs café for a jolt of caffeine and panoramic views of the city.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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