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Benelux Beckons: Van Ravenstein

  • Van Ravenstein
  • luxe Belgian labels
  • Dries Van Noten, Viktor & Rolf, Dirk Van Saene, Veronique Branquinho, Ann Demeulemeester, A.F. Vandervorst, Walter Van Beirendonck & more
  • Keizersgracht 359, Amsterdam
  • 31 (0)-20-639-00-67
  • $750-$3000 Euros
  • never mind the metro! walk or ride a bike!
  • Click here for a store map!

DISTRICT: NINE STREETS (DE NEGEN STRAATJES DISTRICT)

Situated in the old centre of Amsterdam lies nine amazingly tiny side streets that link to a ring of romantic canals. A paradise for pedestrians, “the 9 streets” (named after traditional tanneries) is the spot for shopping, sightseeing (expect magnificent views of buildings from the 17th Century) and sipping cappuccino.

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Fashionistas from New York to the Netherlands flock to this haute hideaway for the best-of-the-best in Belgian fashion. Prepare to dish out top dollar for drool-worthy designs from Dutch duo, Viktor & Rolf and the infamous “Antwerp Six,” as in: Dries Van Noten (avant-garde men’s-inspired suits), Veronique Branqhuino (vests with matching pin-striped pants), Ann Demeulemeester, AF Vandervorst, Walter Van Beirendonck and Martin Margiela. Check out their sister store in Berlin for more of the same mega brands.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Intro

Fashion Junkie scopes out the mind-blowing Benelux style scene. Read all about it in this special shopping safari report, live from Antwerp and Amsterdam.

Part I: Dutch Treat (Amsterdam)

Looking for an unbelievably cool urban getaway? Cash-in those frequent flyer miles for a jaunt to Amsterdam – a surprisingly stylish destination that has much more to offer than just sex (Red Light District), drugs, cheese and clogs. A culture-infused Dutch capital filled with Old World charm, romantic canals, floating flower markets (think tulips galore), monumental museums (Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Rijks and the Anne Frank House) and mouth-watering frites, it’s the jaw-dropping designer fashion that will make your heart flutter. So grab a Heineken, hop on that bike rental and get ready to cruise the streets (and shops!) like a local.
-By: Dara Fleischer

the only way to trek around town

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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