Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam

Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam
Amsterdam based shoe and fashion brand ETQ, recently opened a first brick and mortar store in its home town
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If the recently opened ETQ flagship store represents more than a refreshing outsider, tides are turning in the Amsterdam retail scene – where the typical multibrand designer shops are defined by a mixture of taxidermy, hanging plants and vintage furniture, flocked by bearded men and premium coffee sippers.

Stepping inside the two-storey shop, one is first and foremost tempted to enter the void below. ‘I envisioned people being pulled inwards and down into the basement,’ says Jos Van Dijk, the interior architect whose studio designed the store. Van Dijk converted the 3,450 sq ft space from a former classic menswear store to an engaging stage with a 'Barragán'-esque appeal – a comparison ascribed to the two symmetrical solid concrete volumes that swaddle up each side of the heavy concrete stairs. Decked out in pleasing charcoal, volumes at either side house dressing rooms.

For a multi-brand store selling its own handcrafted leather sneakers (priced from €220–€280) and unisex garments from Opening Ceremony, ClothSurgeon and Maison Kitsune (among others), there is surprisingly little product per square metre. ‘I truly put up for doing more with less,’ reflects Van Dijk on the bold choices.

In fact, the entire upper floor is more gallery than retail space. Even the freestanding, modular powder-coated steel display object and similar wall-sized display system are simply adorned, with just a few pieces of merchandise. All of which is intentional, explains Van Dijk.

‘ETQ is about essentialism,' he says. 'Think simplicity, timelessness and quality. To get that brand message across implies a pure and clean interior that relies heavily on real materials like concrete and steel. It's a brand story told with as little words as possible.’

Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam

The new flagship is located along the Singel canal, opposite the city's blooming, floating flower market, and boasts brands like Han Kjøbenhavn, Études, CMMN SWDN, and I Love Ugly as well as its own offerings

(Image credit: Katrien Franken)

Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam

The store occupies a 3,450- sq ft, two-storey space and features design by studiojosvandijk

(Image credit: Katrien Franken)

Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam

With sparse display items, the minimalist, heavy concrete design can work to full effect

(Image credit: Katrien Franken)

Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam

‘What, on the outside, seem basic retail principles that cannot be tampered with gained [a] logic [of] their own in this minimalist retail reality', Van Dijk explains

(Image credit: Katrien Franken)

Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam

Van Dijk ensured the beauty was in the tiniest detail. Even the bended steel tubes serving as display racks are solid, not hollow. He says, ‘You’d hear the difference when placing back a clothes hanger’

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Sneaker feature: ETQ opens new multi-brand store in Amsterdam

Ostensibly growing out of the floor, the moveable racks are intentionally ‘feet-less’ – several spots on the shop floor hold same-sized, covered gaps in case the staff decide to alter the layout. The same goes for the wall-mounted display racks

(Image credit: Katrien Franken)

INFORMATION

For more information, visit ETQ’s website (opens in new tab)

Photography: Katrien Franken

ADDRESS

ETQ
Singel 459
1012 WP Amsterdam

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