I met a lovely girl in Amsterdam called Nadine who runs a shop called ‘Wini’on Haarlemmer Straat (apparently this is now officially the best shopping street in the city – of course I’ve been saying this for years!) I bought some seventies silk scarves which am making into cushions for my new sofa (arriving on Saturday!!!) and she gave me a retro canvas bag for free, bless her! Here she is with a pair of boots that she customises for the shop. If you go to Amsterdam, pop in and say hi from me!
Wini sells the best vintage clothing, and it’s really well priced. I also picked up a cute little cowboy hat brooch and had my eye on a jazzy skirt too, kicking myself for not buying it now! It also stocks an excellent range of vintage fabrics particularly lovely 50s patterned material.
Had to sneak in a picture of some shoes too…
Wini can be found at 29 Haarlemmerstraat, Amsterdam.
Just a quick post to flag up some really cute and unique gifts I have stumbled across whilst on my travels. If you are ever in Amsterdam and get the chance to visit Egg Merchantile on Lelie Straat, then you simply must drop in for a browse.
They sell some simply exquisite pieces of design, from trays and ceramic ornaments to wall hangings accessories. For example, how about some good old fashioned animalia? Check out these large serving trays from ibride (above) I particularly like the Crow Conquistador – very ornithological-theatrical – and guaranteed to be a talking point at your cocktail party.
And this set of 4 cast porcelain flying birdies below are handmade in Denmark by Trine Weng and Susan Liebe, otherwise known as the Casalinga team. They cost €55 and provide an interesting and modern take on the three flying ducks.
Or what about Élise Lefebvre’s “Wonderland” collection of woodland creature immortalised in porcelain? I love the little fox pendant but the birdies and piggies are super cute too (€65)
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of surprises, and the clever and creative Lola Goldstein’s sweet range of porcelin ‘creatures’ just makes me smile. I love, love, love the little nut fellow (below.)
Finally, I fallen for the charms of Lyndie Dourthe whose beautiful ‘Oiseaux’ brooches are inspired by the images taken from the 17th & 18th Century encyclopedia illustrations. The images are transferred onto coarse cotton canvas and then stuffed and stitched to within an inch of their little lives. They also have a little silver plated pin attached so you can wear them as a brooch and they come in their own painted boxes – exquisite – and only €26 each!
That’s your lot for now…happy shopping.
My oh my, what a terrible blogger I have been! Work duties have seen me taken away from my cosy Bristol bubble and spat me out into the corporate world, fortunately for me, that was New York and it was divine! It was a particularly pertinent time to be voyaging to the States as I arrived the day after Obama was elected president and the atmosphere was electric. However, I confess, my mind was on less trivial things, such as shopping! From make-up at Macy’s to trawling the boutiques in the East Village, I loved every moment of my downtime and shall definitely be returning soon.
I picked up a copy of Nylon there, a really cool magazine that I haven’t come across here and it is fab! Really edgy and eccentric, quite British actually – it reminds me of The Face which incidentally, has a great Flickr group showcasing the old covers. Nylon has a great blog which is definitely worth checking out…
In the meantime, it’s that time of year when I make my annual shopping pilgrimage to Amsterdam (hurrah!) and can’t wait to check out what the city has to offer.
I have already planned with military precision the places to visit, mainly in the Jordaan area of the city in fact, the image below was taken from one of the thrift shops in that district which has so many quirky boutiques selling everything from clothing to homeware – great for presents too.
And, if anyone is visiting that way, check out our sister blog Secret Shopping which lists some of the cool shops to head to – and if you know of any others, be sure to let us know!
I shall be back with more regular posts after getting this mammoth week of work out of the way (I always use alliteration when I am stressed) with some great new finds to help out with those Christmas lists!