For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it Interview with Robin Pennings

For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it Interview with Robin Pennings

As you stroll through Amsterdam you may come across many gay and leather businesses. But you may also come across areas in the city where a number of gay businesses had once stood. Some of these areas were at one time identified by the sheer collection of gay and lesbian artisans and shop-owners there. One such area in particular is the negen straatjes or ‘9 little streets’. This is an area of small shopping streets…

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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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