Hunting for pretty clothes in Amsterdam|
Though of course it`s always fat fun to go hunt for pretty clothes in foreign fashion centers, Amsterdam these days offers a wealth of wonderful possibilities.Starting in the bend of the Nieuwendijk with Tip de Bruin. For a long time shopping there just wasn`t done, due to the high Jordaan, meaning common, quality. These days Tip owns three men`s stores next to each other which are really nice. The first one offers your regular Replay, Diesel, Paradise, the second more exclusive labels like Versace, Dolce&Gabana, JPGauthier, Exté, of which they have a beautiful assortment in stock. Be quick when the new collection arrives: the nicest items sell like hot cakes. The third shop still has the slick show-off look of old, offering mainly suits, but I have to admit I bought my nicest (Garage) shirt there.
The list is long and impressive: 54 Giorgio Armani shops, 6 Armani Collezione stores, 129 Emoprio Armani shops, 54 A/X Armani Exchange shops and 4 Armani Jeans stores in 33 countries. In 1981 he introduced his side collection Emporio Armani, younger and more affordable than his main one. My first collection came out in 1975 and before that I worked as a stylist for other fashion houses." No loud, harsh colours or striking prints for Armani, but rather a refined, poetic style breathing a restful softness. Often in non-colours, like beige, grey and earth tones. His nickame so happens to be The King of Beige". I check everything myself, so I`m often at loggerheads with myself. I`m blamed for not trusting anyone."