We flew to the other side of world to check out Amsterdam’s Retail offering and we were not disappointed! The retail offer is extensive, innovative and all round incredible. The stores generally have their own distinctive aesthetic and have really optimised the small space they are in. The competition in the market is fierce, but after great deliberation (and great difficulty) here are our Top 5 Stores in Amsterdam:
1. SoleBox
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Solebox is a sneaker store that first popped up in Berlin 2002. If you’re going to be in Amsterdam, this store is a must visit for two reasons:
Firstly, because of the interiors. In classic Solebox style, each store is given it’s own distinctive personality and for their Amsterdam store they’ve chosen an aesthetic inspired by a laboratory. The layout is so captivating, it is truely one-of-a-kind! We love Solebox because in an age of rising e-commerce, it has never been so important for bricks and mortar stores to find new innovative ways to captivate their market and that is what Solebox have done. The incredible interior design has given consumers a reason to visit (and instagram) the store!
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Secondly, because Solebox is sneaker heaven! Not only does it look good, but the sneaker emporium stocks every product you could possibly want, from Nike and Adidas through to high-fashion sneakers like Y-3, Kenzo and Yeezy. The store not only sells premium sneakers, but regularly collabs with brands such as Puma and Adidas to bring out highly exclusive pieces.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 240, 1012 RR Amsterdam
 2. COWBOYS to CATWALK
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When speaking with some Amsterdam locals, they said that without a doubt the best retailer in Amsterdam was Cowboys 2 Catwalk, so we went to have a look. With their high-end range and luxurious store layout, we have to agree with them! Cowboys would truly be ready to hit the catwalk after visiting this store. Filled with high-end collections such as Acne, Comme Des Garcons and Lemaire as well as a large range of accessories such as designer bags and cosmetics, the store seems to have everything a man could need. We also loved their current feature or “edit” of pieces designed by Yohji Yamamoto.
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Address: Utrechtsestraat 107, 1017 VL Amsterdam
3. Scotch & Soda
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Next on this list is Scotch & Soda’s Flagship Amsterdam Store, where it all started. This store is really something special. On entrance, shoppers immediately reach the “premium range” stoked on gold bars, including high quality, stylish and eclectic pieces. To say the least, the store is beautiful and it is clear that the two story building has been meticulously thought out, with every piece beautifully presented, even including the stunning curtain change rooms upstairs.
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Address: Heiligeweg 34-36, 1012 XS Amsterdam
4. Laundry Industry
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Another store in our top 5 is concept brand Laundry Industry. We were lucky enough to stumble upon this store whilst shopping a main strip in Central Amsterdam and were so impressed by the innovative and intriguing store entry.

We love Laundry Industry because it’s different. They have taken a risk with a large showcase for store entrance in order to differentiate themselves from their fierce competition along the street and it was working! Intrigued customers were drawn through the entrance and led into their two level store of high-end men’s and women’s clothing. We loved the store’s simplistic layout and natural lighting that really enhanced the space. The store was filled with both high-end basic and statement pieces with subtle colours and prints as well as a bar (“for after work drinks”) amazing!

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Address: Sint Luciënsteeg 18, 1012 PM Amsterdam
5. Comme Des Garcons Black 
Last (but not least) on the list is the iconic Black Comme Des Garcons. The store is small in format, but contains premium quality apparel, fragrances and accessories. The space is simplistic yet engaging, predominately because of the three large kewpie figures that dominate the store. It is a must visit for fashion lovers and those who want to grow their black clothing collection.
“I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour”- Wednesday Addams
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Address: Zeedijk 73, 1012 AS Amsterdam