|de Bijenkorf, Amsterdam|
De Bijenkorf is a department store in the
Netherlands. It was recently purchased by the owner of Selfridges (Britain), Brown Thomas (Ireland), and Holt Renfrew (Canada). The picture above is the flagship store in Amsterdam.
This is their website: de Bijenkorf website
De Bijenkorf, in English, is 'The Bee Hive". The Amsterdam store has just opened a 'luxury floor' on its ground level. Boutiques include Hermes (720 square feet),
Louis Vuitton (1600 sq ft), Mulberry, Ferragamo, Gucci, Fendi, and Burberry. VERY AWESOME! Many of these shops are also carried on Amsterdam's luxury shopping street, Hoofstadt.
|Amsterdam Store, finishing renovations. Notice the new Vuitton shop inside|
|Luxury Floor at de Bijenkorf, Amsterdam|
Other accessory collections include Longchamp, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Marc by
Marc Jacobs, Bally, and Furla.
The store also carries upscale women's and men's clothing labels, including Armani Collezioni, Hugo Boss, Kenzo, Barbara Bui, MaxMara, Canali and Zegna.
Its store interiors play on the 'honey' and 'beehive' theme. New store details include warm honey-coloured trim, and hexagonal honeycomb motifs. I'd say they've taken the 'beehive' theme and worked it excellently to create a 'sense of place' in their stores. A+.
Their advertising is interesting. Here's a commercial, above.
The store has a popular three-day sale. It gets very busy. The store makes some humorous ads surrounding the idea, including this one:
The Amsterdam store will be expanding its square footage (currently at about 220,000 square feet). Under its new ownership, expect more excellent labels and store expansions at de Bijenkorf throughout the