Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

In the old city centre, just south  of the iconic Westerkerk, is the popular area of the 9 little streets (in Dutch Negen Straatjes). It used to be an area full of surprising, quirky, local shops. Often artisanal, sometimes artistic and always full of surprises. Nowadays big clothing brands are taking over the area. Luckily some of the old diamonds of the old days survive. We visited some of those diamonds with a LGBTQ interest or…

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Fetish gear in Amsterdam getting your outfit for a pleasurable night The black pearls of the Amsterdam fetish scene

Fetish gear in Amsterdam getting your outfit for a pleasurable night The black pearls of the Amsterdam fetish scene

When you are looking to fulfill your fetish dreams with the right outfit, you have a lot of shops in Amsterdam to choose from. Internationally renowned are of course Mr.B and RoB, two long established fetish stores that grew out of the leather scene and held a near monopoly together. But there is more to shop for in Amsterdam to get your fetish gear. Now you can choose from 5 fetish shops in Amsterdam, each with…

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Gay bookstore Vrolijk closed down LGBTQ bookstore gone definitively?

Gay bookstore Vrolijk closed down LGBTQ bookstore gone definitively?

Gay bookstore Vrolijk has closed down, possibly permanently. We were on a tour around gay and lesbian stores on a Saturday when we heard the news. When walked by the store, a simple note said ‘closed’. The website states in Dutch that it is ‘closed due to reorganization’. With both sale channels closed down, no money is coming in any more. Other shop owners shocked but not surprised We spoke to several other shop owners…

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Chop Chop – shop shop! Save bookstore Vrolijk!

Chop Chop – shop shop! Save bookstore Vrolijk!

Today a ‘warning message’ arrived in the Amsterdam headlines: the existence of Amsterdam’s only gay/lesbian bookstore, Vrolijk, is no longer to be taken for granted. Almost 4 years ago we went there to interview the store about its interior renovation and general update, on the occasion of its 30th birthday. You can read the interview here. Back then, a new investor, Mr Leendert Rietveld, decided to put money into the store, to give it a new…

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X Bank makes you want to spend your money

X Bank makes you want to spend your money

X Bank is a store and gallery, which opened in the complex around W Hotel. It is just behind Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. The name is a reference to the old function of the building: a bank. But you will be challenged not to spend your money when you enter this store. The X Bank is a treasure trove for local products which deserve an international podium. X Bank lay out You…

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ES Collection arrived in Amsterdam

ES Collection opened its first store in Holland on February 19 with an eye catching party. The underwear models on display in the shop’s window came to life and were not displays but real life models that showed to an amazed crowd in the street the entire collection. We’re not sure what amazed the crowd more: the models or the underwear. And you can see for yourself: Menne Vellinga interviewed the models, and although in Dutch, the body…

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