Thursday, 16 April 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Just down the street from Anecdote, you'll find the multi-label store Collective Space Amsterdam, with an eclectic mix of everything from home accessories to clothes. The store seems pretty settled but from the sounds of things, they have many plans for the future and we will definitely be checking back in whenever we are in the neighbourhood.
Get to know Collective Space in this super quick "5 things":
ONE: "Feel free to step in!" Though the exterior of the store may look intimidating to some, the friendly staff in Collective Space Amsterdam hopes you will come in and have a look.
TWO: They have a beautiful patio at the back where they customers can get drinks and lounge about during the summer time.
.. More about Collective Space Amsterdam after the cut.
THREE: Currently Collective Space is located in a 2 storey establishment with only the first level functioning as a store but they have plans to open the basement in the future and convert it into a luxurious space with many other things to shop and look at.
FOUR: Though customers and visitors of the store space have sang it's praises, they feel that it is just the beginning and so much more can be done to make the space even better!
FIVE: Fun fact - Their current store space used to be a squash court.
This is the back which leads to patio outside. The light was beautiful and if you don't walk all the way to the end of the store you would totally miss this which I did on our first visit.
Image credits: Zara S.
.. Collective Space Amsterdam
Thursday, 2 April 2015 by Irene Hoofs
One of the first stores I popped into while in Amsterdam was Anecdote. A beautiful store as it is, was made amazing with the help of gorgeous morning light. Clothes right up my alley, exquisite interiors and welcoming staff made the perfect first experience.
Despite the success of the label, the Anecdote team has focused their efforts on their only store which is located along Wolvenstraat 15. At the same time they stock their pieces in their online store along with several multi-level boutiques across the world.
There is strength in a name like Anecdote, that everyone can understand and relate to, no matter where you come from. And honestly, what a perfect name it is.. it's no wonder their best selling item is the basic sweater with just the word "Anecdote" on it.
Get to know Anecdote in this super quick "5 things":
ONE: Many people mistake Anecdote for a Scandinavian or French label but they are proudly from Amsterdam.
TWO: Anecdote is a collection of easy to wear pieces, all day wear, so comfy you won't want to take them off. It's every occasion wear, taking you from home to the office and out for post-work drinks.
.. More about Anecdote after the cut.
THREE: They don't have a target group. Everyone can wear Anecdote. It is really about your own interpretation of the pieces and showing your personal style through the way you mix and match certain pieces in their collection.
FOUR: The label takes from the meaning of the word. It’s about the stories in our lives, our experiences and the collections are based on small pieces and stories that happen in the founder’s life.
FIVE: The people who work at Anecdote ARE Anecdote! The small team lives and breathes the philosophy behind the brand.
The quote on the wall when you first enter the store, setting the tone for the brand and for you to better understand what Anecdote is.
Image credits and text by Zara Salahuddin
Thursday, 20 November 2014 by Irene Hoofs
We first featured Moooi in the most recent issue of the Bloesem Gazette, where we invited Anouk from Make History to share her favorite hot spots in an Amsterdam City Guide. We love their use of vibrant colours within the showroom! They showcase an interesting mix of lighting, furniture and interior accessories so well in the space that you can't help but want to bring home a piece to add to your own collection.
For more interesting spots around Amsterdam, do have a look at the Amsterdam City Guide in the Bloesem Gazette.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Located in Eindoven, You are here is a concept store that officially opened in 2010. The store carries works by many artists and designers, whose pieces work together in the space to create an eclectic mix of products from clothing to homewares. The store has even won awards (namely Dutch Retail Experience Award 2013) which is not shocking from what we see here.
If anyone has visited this beautiful store, let us know what you think! It's definitely up there on our list of spots to visit.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
The Otherist in Amsterdam reminds us of an old school apothecary, a place you'll be able to find all kinds of interesting and unexpected items. With a focus on unique and handmade pieces, the store gives a sense of treasure hunting where you'll never expect to find items you can add to your own collection. Definitely a spot worth dropping by if you are in the vicinity.
Thursday, 9 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
There could not be a more appropriate name for this store.. The Fine Store is located in the Hague in the Netherlands and is filled with conscious and responsibly-made goodies. Well, we'll let the pictures do the talking.. and if you are ever in the neighbourhood, drop in and see it for yourself..
We loved these journals so much we just had to have them in the Bloesem shop too!
.. The Fine Store