One of the things I was looking forward to most in traveling to Amsterdam was the chance to explore some of Holland's fantastic local brands and absorb the local style. The truth is I could have easily spent another two days wandering through the many shops in the famed de 9 Straatjes (9 streets) area.
To help you navigate if you are tight on time here is a list of my favorite stops all within an easy stroll. One of the highlights was the shopping "experience" in Amsterdam. Many shops are fully equipped with espresso machines and chilled bottles of rosè ready to greeet you and keep your shopping game strong.
Enjoy and Stay Stylish,
Denham: The Jeans Maker (Menswear location)
Prinsengracht 493 AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam's go-to premium denim maker, founded in 2008. I first saw a pair on a local guy after noticing the iconic scissors back label. This denim comes from Italian mills and the beauty is in the details expressed over the course of the wear. Every pair is designed to quickly take on the person who wears it using state of the art fabric blends and technology.
Prinsengracht 419 1016 HM AMSTERDAM
Clean, modern everyday wear that is perfect for building a capsule wardrobe. I loved this Dutch brand for its quality and reasonable pricing. The store is made up of several mini collections that effortlessly mix and match.
Need a little bling in your life? Search no further than this shop on Ringstraat street. The costume jewelry is diverse ranging from chunky statement necklaces to delicate modern hoops. The store also carries accessories of every shape and color.
Pluk: A Piece For Everyone
Reestrat 19 1016 DM AMSTERDAM
A stop off for any epicurean, this little shop boasts some of the latest international housewares. Don't miss their branded stationary that is every bit as sweet as their homemade jam. If you shop up an appetite it's a great stop off for a snack, juice or healthy breakfast.
Berenstraat 14 1016 GH AMSTERDAM
If Audrey Hepburn went to Amsterdam she would likely shop here. Classics in bright colors and modern feminine details make Kookai a fun shop for nostalgics and trendsetters craving a little Parisian chic.
Berenstraat 17 1016 GH AMSTERDAM
If you are a guy or gal looking for fresh streetwear with an European edge this is your store. I loved the mix of distressed bottoms, kicks and jackets.
Prinsengracht 419, 1016 HM AMSTERDAM
If you are missing home or have a hankering for a SoCal fix, this shop feels straight off of Montana Avenue. Complete with beachy graphic tees and sundresses, the price points are higher than other local shops. We recommend picking out your favorite piece and saving for something with more local flavor.
Reestraat 16, 1016 AMSTERDAM
Likely one of my favorite shops in Amsterdam, housing a mix of women's apparel, accessories and children's clothing. It captures the best of Dutch style and you'll need those Euros you saved at Catwalk. The prices are not for the budget minded but it you are willing to invest its a wonderful spot.
For a peek inside...see the photos below: