Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Benelux Beckons: Laura Dols

For nearly three decades, this temple of cool has carried the crème-de-la-crème in vintage clothing (1950’s ballroom dresses), accessories (sequined bra anyone?) and recently, a knockout collection of nuptial gowns. Other eye-popping numbers to load up on: fabulous party frocks (the basement is filled with bright burlesque dresses à la Dita Von Teese), glitzy cocktail clutches and swanky shoes. Visit their sister store across the street for a mix of casual clothes (wool ponchos, fur coats to T’s), cowboy boots, sunglasses, leopard swimming caps, hand-embroidered linens (tablecloths turned into lace pillow cases and cozy duvets) and kidswear.

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Benelux Beckons: 2πR Fashion

  • 2πR Fashion
  • a mix of trendy international labels for day and night
  • Y-3 Adidas by Yohji Yamamoto, Helmut Lang, Drykorn, Missoni, Hussein Chalayan, Machka and L’Altra Moda
  • Gasthuismolensteeg 12, Amsterdam
  • 31 (0)-20-528-56-82
  • $25-$399 Euros
  • Click here for a store map!

This sleek spot showcases a bevy of international brands that will make you melt. Think flirty ‘n feminine tops, cool career clothes (fitted jackets and skinny pants), party girl dresses, ath-leisure gear and a dynamite denim wall that’s loaded with the latest Acne assortment. Other labels you’ll lust over: Y-3 Adidas by Yohji Yamamoto, Helmut Lang, Drykorn, Missoni, Hussein Chalayan, Machka and L’Altra Moda. In case you need that special something for your sweetie, head to the nearby men’s boutique for more mind-boggling brands. 

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Benelux Beckons: Hester Van Eeghen

Originally a luxe handbag line, this dynamic Dutch designer has since stepped things up (literally!) by branching out with a sister store that sells “solely” footwear. Known for geometric shapes and unexpected color combinations, scan shelves lined with edgy wedge booties, pointy-toed pumps and square toes with punchy leather palettes of orange, yellow, red and lime green (even the walls are matching). Best of all, everything’s handcrafted with Van Eeghen’s signature multi-colored silk lining and other surprising features. With kicks this cool, you won’t walk out empty handed.

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Benelux Beckons: Lady Day

A stomping ground for stylists, designers and serial shoppers, this swanky secondhand boutique is reminiscent of all things Billy Holiday, right down to the jazzy tunes. Rummage through racks filled with vintage frocks circa 1940 and bins brimming with mint-condition T’s and retro runners. Some real standouts worth snagging: designer dresses (Pierre Cardin and Dior), metallic gold and silver stilettos (dozens of pairs!), cocktail clutches, luxe leather gloves, silk printed scarves (Hello, Pucci!) and Twiggy-inspired trapeze coats.

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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.

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