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"De Bijenkorf" literally translates to "the beehive" and is one of Amsterdam's largest department stores, spread over six levels. From humble beginnings in 1870, the company now has a dozen outlets across the country. The historic building it lies in is an architectural marvel in itself and features an array of merchandise. On sale are clothing and apparel by international designers and high-end labels, branded cosmetics, exquisite jewelry and trendy shoes. Also on offer are furniture, kitchen appliances and home decor. Books, stationery, music and toys make their way on the fourth floor. Despite the upscale prices, every shopper will find something of interest at this state-of-the-art shopping complex. Please check the website for hours of operation.
In his own studio, Hans Appenzeller creates unique pieces of jewelry in gold, silver, steel and aluminum. He takes natural shapes and creates supple pieces that adjust to the body. For example, colliers can be worn long, short or even as bracelets. This shop gives you an overview of the precious items he has designed over thirty years. See website for online jewelery gallery and more.
Knopen translates to 'button', and this store is full of them! You will find a wide range of various styles and colors, from the classic round ones to buttons made from horn, metal or wood. The price range also varies from very really cheap and cheerful to designer and expensive. The shop also has a selection of bags, accessories, belts and jewelry, imported from all over the world. Many items have also been discovered by the owner herself while traveling.
This respected jeweler can be found next to the flower market in the center of Amsterdam. The shop is situated in a lovely building right on the corner of the Leidsestraat. Like other jewelers, Ace & Spyer sells pretty rings, necklaces and bracelets. Remarkably, this shop sells watches that span a huge price range. Trendy Swatch watches can be bought here, yet it is also a good store if you are searching for a more expensive one, such as a Breitling or Tag-Heuer. The interior of the shop is well-kept and the service is excellent.
If you're on lookout for a unique addition to your home or wardrobe, head to RESTORED. Owners David & Marijke are collectors of one-of-a-kind pieces that justify their eye for creativity and originality. On sale are an array of trendsetting clothing, jewelry, bags, accessories, handmade items, ceramics and living space solutions that double up as great gifts. The collection showcases the works of young and emerging designers, and the subtle organic theme is hard-to-miss.