Meet Desiree Groenendal. She’s the cool lady behind the popular interior blog Vosgesparis and Amsterdam Next City Guide.
Amsterdam shopping guide for men
On the Amsterdam Next blog and in the app I covered several shops targeted at men. I personally really love those stores as they run a collection different from the design stores where I normally shop for my home, and they are the perfect place to find a gift for your brother or boyfriend.
You’ll often find a collection with a tough look and materials such as leather, denim, concrete and metal. Stylish coffee table objects that are slightly different, cool drinks, shaving gear and toxidermia, something many guys seem to love. I made a selection of some of the best stores in town I think are great for men to shop or to find a cool present when you are in Amsterdam.
My absolute favourite is ‘Grand & Johnson’ located at ‘De Hallen’ the store is a long-cherished dream of two designers who use the store as the home base for their design studio and for their own designs and custom-made baths, cupboards and dressers and many special and unique items from around the world for a stylish home.
Next to ‘Grand & Johnson’ you will find the work of local Amsterdam entrepreneurs and designers at the ‘Local Goods Store’. From cool design gadgets, refurbished lamps, local liquor and honey to books and fashion like Oost/West sweaters referring to the Amsterdam neighborhoods.
At Haarlemmerdijk ‘Six and Sons’ is one of my favourites, a raw and industrial mini department store with 2 floors of new, vintage and industrial items for both yourself and your home and men’s fashion, I bought some great whisky glasses there lately. The shop is focused on representing talented designers and small labels, and offers them a platform to bring their products and visions to a wider public.
If you are looking for unique products that make great gifts for men – personal care, taxidermy, globes, shaving accessories, prints, lithography and school charts ‘Concrete Matter’ is the place to go.
‘Hutspot’ has two different locations in town (Van Woustraat 4 & Rozengracht 204-210) and searches for new and interesting brands, designers, artists and entrepreneurs, offering them the chance to expose their products in their own space within the shop. At the Van Wou location you will also find an in store Barber.
‘His Manners’ is the latest concept store for men in the ‘Pijp’ area. The store has a tough look with metal stairs and blue steel walls. Leather products play a central role and even one of the walls is covered in leather. The place to shop for quality leather bags, gadgets and gifts that all fit the ‘must haves’ category. I also spotted some furniture and a few great coffee table objects.
‘Property of’ is a little gem in the Herenstraat at the ‘Jordaan’ and founded by the owners of a line of cafes in Singapore who created a brand of fine men’s bags and accessories and named it Property Of… The store has a cool black interior and the collection is targeted at men (and women) with a contemporary urban lifestyle.