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Benelux Beckons: Sprmkt

  • Sprmkt
  • avant-garde clothing, accessories and furniture
  • SPRMRKT collection, Martin Margiela, Chie Mihara (shoes), Acne (jeans), Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and more
  • sprmrkt.nl
  • Rozengracht 191-193, Amsterdam
  • (31)-0-20-330-5601
  • info@sprmrkt.nl
  • .50 – $14,000 Euros
  • Click here for a store map!

DISTRICT: THE JORDAAN

This artsy area is brimming with avant-garde shops, street-side cafés, groovy galleries and low-key bars, all nestled on narrow, coble-stoned streets named after local flowers.


Sprmkt

This massive industrial space showcases a dizzying array of artifacts you’d expect to find on a film set. Formerly a supermarket, this super cool store is stocked with retro furniture, ‘60’s style spider lamps, antique mannequins, oval-shaped standing mirrors, couches and shag rugs. Since setting up shop in 2003, owner Nelleke Strykers has also branched out into clothing (Acne jeans are a best-seller), shoes (Chie Mihara is a fave), leather bags, art books, CD’s, vintage fabrics (for pillows, curtains and clothes), sunglasses and old stock designer jewelry. Due to popular demand, “Super Plus” – a new store within the store was set up, which carries pricier labels like the coveted Martin Margiela. The ongoing art and photography exhibitions are also a must. 

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Bits & Pieces

  • Bits & Pieces
  • cutting-edge international clothing lines
  • Acne, Marc Jacobs, Temperly London and more
  • Cornelis Schuytstraat 22, Amsterdam
  • (31)-0-20-618-1939
  • $40-$1,400 Euros
  • Click here for a store map!

This residential hideaway is home to the hautest designer labels in the Oud Zuid hood. Fashion junkies frequently flock here for the well-edited mix of mutli-label lines including Acne and Ernest Sewn (butt-firming blues), Marc Jacobs (feminine blazers and skirts), Temperly London and Michael Stars (casual T’s). Be on the lookout for limited-edition items made exclusively for the shop like the jaw-dropping Dutch jewelry. Bottom line: if you see something you like, don’t dare think twice about buying it.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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Benelux Beckons: Marlies Dekkers

Marlies Dekkers is a Dutch designer who’s M.O. is simple: to boost the butts and bosoms of women around the world. Step inside her “bust-ling” Amsterdam boutique and you’ll find an eye-catching array of provocative panties, sexy garters and silky undergarments surrounded by hypnotic lighting, ruby red carpets, midnight black furniture and scintillating chandeliers. Happen to bring along your sweetie? Send him to the open-concept boudoir by the back for a titillating experience unlike any other.

Photography  Photography © Marlies Dekkers

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Benelux Beckons: Luuks

  • Luuks
  • killer European kicks for women, men and kids
  • Chie Mihara, Cristina Castaner, N.A.C., Costume National and more
  • luuks.nl
  • Jacod Obrechtstraat 12, Amsterdam
  • (31)-0-20-670-4538
  • $200-$600 Euros
  • Click here for a store map!

Footwear fanatics rejoice! This homey hideaway stocks a show-stopping selection of luxe European labels that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Rummage through rustic shelves that are meticulously lined with the latest seasonal stunners from Chie Mihara, Cristina Castaner, N.A.C., Costume National and more. Too pooped to power shop? Pop a squat on the plush red velvet couch or kick back in the cozy courtyard while sipping a savory cappuccino.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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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.

Photography  Photography © Michael Thieberg

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