Filed under: Amsterdam

Benelux Beckons: The Frozen Fountain

This dynamic décor shop stocks a mind-blowing assortment of international furniture, lighting, off-the-wall accessories, clothing and art (a past exhibition showcased silhouettes from the famous Dutch design duo, Viktor & Rolf). Housed in a spectacular gallery-cum-loft space, you’ll coo over the range of contemporary couches, retro rugs, cutting-edge ceramics, Samsonite luggage and computer bags, rain boots, jewelry (Gem Kingdom rocks!) and kitschy gifts (Elvis cards anyone?).

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Benelux Beckons: Beadies

This bustling bead emporium is the place to custom-create fashionable and affordable faux baubles on the fly. Pick from a plethora of candy-colored glass pearls, pendants (hearts, butterfly’s and tusks are all the rage) and other natural, mouth-watering materials (everything is nickel free so you needn’t worry about allergies). Not in the mood to make a masterpiece? Choose from the store’s pre-made stash of stunning necklaces, earrings, bracelets, jewel-adorned belts and bags.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: De Witte TandenWinkel

This closet-sized dental shrine sells every imaginable device to whiten, brighten and perfect your pearly whites. Sure they carry basic drugstore brands like Sonic-Care and Braun, but they also stock hundreds of hard-to-find tools and treatments that make brushing and flossing fun. From plastic fish-shaped floss dispensers with Piranha-like metal teeth, Play-Doh dental kits for kids, three-sided toothbrush heads to toothbrush holders in adorable cartoon characters like Bart Simpson and Bert. Even the window display is decorated with an electric Ferris wheel that’s made from, naturally…  toothbrushes!

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Benelux Beckons: Skins Cosmetics

  • Skins Cosmetics
  • a cross between Sephora and Kiehl’s
  • the creme de la creme in skincare, cosmetics and fragrance
  • skins.nl
  • Runstraat 9, Amsterdam
  • 31 (0)-20-626-30-01
  • prepare to dish out top dollar
  • Click here for a store map!

Beauty junkies rejoice! This sleek ‘n chic apothecary has an unreal assortment of indie fragrance including the in-demand Frederic Malle line from France that’s stored in a temperature-controlled refrigerator. Other must-haves to hoard in your cosmetics cabinet: Lip Fusion lip plumper, Dr. Sebagh skincare, luxurious lotions (Aveda to Aesop), pretty potions (Roses & Diamonds face oil wipes out wrinkles!) and top treatments like hair cuts and facials that will make your worries float away. 

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Dutchies

Dutchies proprietor Linda Creemers never dreamt of ditching a cushy law career to launch her own handbag line. Devoid of a business or fashion design background, she started handcrafting colorful suede satchels for friends and family simply as a hobby. Soon after, the word spread about her coveted creations, prompting Creemers to quit her corporate gig and set up shop in the trendy Nine Streets hood. Fast-forward one year later: Dutchies (slang for Dutch) is now the destination spot for her limited-edition leather bags, belts and wallets.

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