Amsterdam KDU Recap

One of the most creative and inspiring cities on our tour was Amsterdam. The city has an obvious rich history, but I was most intrigued by the relationship between the history and modernity. There is a rich retail culture that consist of inspiring new stores selling the latest fashion labels, mixed with outdoor markets selling anything from Pot Lollipops to knit sweaters and small antiques.

We visited the market at Waterlooplein several times and found some interesting fashion for the SVSV archives.

We found several inspirational vintage fashion and various military and workwear items at waterlooplein market.  We also had a chance to visit the Droog flagship store and the incredible Frozen Fountain design boutique. One of our favorite new design boutiques is Gem Baby – filled with exotic little creations.

Our final day of exploration in Amsterdam started sunny but brisk and ended up in a crazy blizzard that shut down most of the city.
The strange part was the Dutch people refused to stop riding their bikes in the cold and even during the blizzard.  The frozen canals gave the city a strange surreal glow at dusk.

On a warmer note, our favorite store of the day was
290 Square Meters.

It was fun to explore the canals and boats. I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore, Maryland and have always been drawn to nautical graphics and typography.
Later this week I will post some more nautical type images from a recent trip to the Oregon coast.
David Gensler

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