Custom clothing and accessories in Amsterdam

Visionary eyewear

Polette via Facebook

Polette is an Amsterdam-based concept producing designer opticals that you essentially design yourself. Visit their inspiring showrooms on Amsterdam’s Huidenstraat or Kinkerstraat, where you’ll be greeted at the door by a sign reading ‘ugly glasses prohibited.’ The store allows you to create the glasses of your dreams; swapping lenses and scanning QR codes to add unique features. You can take a free eye test or add your own prescription. Once you’re happy with your design, the glasses are produced directly with the manufacturer. With factory prices from as low as €14.98 for lenses and frames, you can dream up a new pair of glasses whenever creativity strikes.  

Polette, Huidenstraat 24B and Kinkerstraat 288

Not your father’s tailor

L'Atelier Amsterdam

Enlisting a tailor to create a perfectly fitting garment is a luxury too few of us indulge in. There are several tailors in the Amsterdam that offer the ultimate in customised clothing, with special mention to L’Atelier, whose modern approach inspired the slogan “not your father’s tailor.” Creating made-to-measure pieces for men and women from thousands of different fabrics, the talented tailors work with you to ensure every button, pocket and seam meets your specifications.

L'Atelier Amsterdam, Singel 105

Jeans to measure

Tenue de Nimes understand that finding the elusive pair of perfectly fitting jeans can be a lifelong search. Rather than wriggling into hundreds of pairs in the fitting room to no avail, the store offers a denim tailoring service. This means that your favourite style can be nipped, tucked and adjusted to your body, ensuring they look fantastic from the very first wear. The experienced tailors are especially skilled in altering hems while retaining the original stitching and design. 

Tenue de Nimes, Haarlemmerstraat 92 and Elandsgracht 60

Original sneakers 

Customs by BB via Facebook

Not based in Amsterdam, but a Dutch designer we couldn't leave off this list, Customs by BB launched a business to sell their exclusive designs after attracting hoards of followers creating customised sneakers on Youtube. The custom sneakers are embellished by hand in strictly limited runs of only one to five pairs per design, with additional sizes available on request. And if you’re feeling inspired, you can attend a workshop to learn the art of transforming your own sneakers using professional paints, brushes and finishing treatments. 

Customs by BB, Roosendaal  

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