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22 shoe shops at the Kalverstraat

5 April 2007 - In addition to the usual chain stores, there are still about seventy five shops in Amsterdam that are at least one hundred years old. Els van Wageningen dedicated a website to these shops.

On 26 April, the Amsterdam Historic Museum will open an exhibition on fashion palaces between 1880 and 1960. The exhibition will feature material on Maison de Bonneterie (photo) and Metz & Co. These shops can also be found at the Winkelstories website of Els van Wageningen.

How did it occur to you to create this website?

For years, I used to pass the Arnold van Tuyll chemist’s when walking to my work, which has been at the Paleisstraat 13 since 1878. The chemist’s had a Royal Warrant and served not only the palace, but also many journalists working at the Nieuwezijds. At the end of the 1970s, the shop closed.

I was shocked when I saw the beautiful nineteenth century shop interior ending up in a refuse container and the next owner nailed strips of wood to the ceiling with flowers and angels painted on it.

I wondered how many nineteenth century shops with remains of old interiors were left in Amsterdam. I started taking stock, and subsequently described some thirty in the Ons Amsterdam monthly. These included Maison de Bonneterie at its 100th anniversary in 1989 and Metz & Co.

After that, I got involved in other topics. Now that I have a bit more time free time again, I resumed the shops project. Meanwhile, many well-known shops had disappeared. About seventy five shops with their roots in the nineteenth century still exist in Amsterdam.

Only a few still have some old interior left, which makes sense, for nothing is as much affected by fashion as a shop interior. A book on this subject would be nice, but a website has the advantage that you can add or change shop descriptions when necessary.

What is your favourite shop?

Patisserie Holtkamp at the Vijzelgracht 15. Not only for its delicious cakes, but also because of the recently restored interior designed by the architect Piet Kramer in 1926.

How do shop owners respond to your articles?

In general, shop owners like to collaborate, although they are not over enthusiastic to advertise their ‘oldness’. So they have mixed feelings.

It is sometimes said that shopping streets are now dominated by dull chain stores, do you agree?

Last week, I counted in the Kalverstraat. There are some 139 shops, including 72 clothes and 22 shoe shops! In addition, there are fifteen jewellery shops, five telephone shops and five cosmetics shops. Then there are familiar shops such as Perry Sport, Akkerman’s fountain pen shop, Blokker, de Slegte, J.C. IJkhout’s cigar shop of 1834, the Free Recordshop, a toy shop, Xenos and V&D. And last but not least Roman Catholic church de Papegaai, although that is not a shop.

Winkelstories (only in Dutch), Fashion Palaces (click English)


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