- Buyer's Guide
10 Essentials for Carrying in Amsterdam
Hi, my name’s Hendrik Stroscher and I’m the owner of the Amsterdam-based bag brand called ‘Property Of…’. I am originally from Germany and moved to the Netherlands 11 years ago. Although the two countries are very similar, there are certain things that are typical Dutch you accustom yourself with after a while. What I like about living here is the casualness of the country and its open-minded citizens. In addition, the fact that you can bike everywhere makes this city even more attractive.
Below I’ve listed my essentials for carrying in this city that I love. Understandably, there’s a bunch of product from Property Of… (you have to use your own product!) and other items that I carry when traversing across the city of canals.
This backpack is part of our new collection, the Amsterdam Series, which was inspired by the Dutch cycling culture. The main idea was to create the perfect backpack for the bikers in Amsterdam. Hence, the backpacks are reflective, waterproof and very lightweight.
Using a cardholder is very handy in the Netherlands since most payments are done by card. There are certain cards used by Dutch people on a daily basis, such as a debit card (the most popular payment method), OV Chip card (smart card system used for payments on all public transports) and Albert Heijn Bonus Card (card allows you to get a discount on a large range of products in the most famous supermarket chain).
“Using a cardholder is very handy in the Netherlands since most payments are done by card.“
I love distinctive watches and supporting local brands, hence this Amsterdam-based watch brand is definitely a must-have for watch lovers. The fact that you can change the straps easily by yourself allows you to match the watch to your outfit.
You never know when the sun will come out in the Netherlands, but when it comes out there is nothing nicer than sitting on a terrace with your sunglasses on. This case is from our Robin series, made in Holland out of robust full leather and most importantly we can customize it by embossing your initials on it.
Nowadays, people don’t write anymore, but rather type everything they need to share. However, for the few people who still like to write with pen and paper there is Ystudio. The Taiwanese design brand has unique pens made out of brass and copper that age beautifully over time.
“Nowadays, people don’t write anymore, but rather type everything they need to share. However, for the few people who still like to write with pen and paper there is Ystudio.”
One of my favorite wallets from our own collection, the Gerald Tri Wallet is compact and has a lot of compartments, which makes this wallet very user-friendly. The zipper around the wallet makes sure that your important stuff stays inside.
This convenient laptop sleeve with two separate compartments allows you to keep all your computer equipment or work-related documents in one place. Perfect for days when you don’t have a lot to carry around.
“This convenient laptop sleeve with two separate compartments allows you to keep all your computer equipment or work-related documents in one place.“
The Dutch law prescribes the use of bike lights in the evening, however a lot of people don’t use them. I love to use these little bike lights from Bookman because the small size is very convenient for transportation and they are very easy to mount and detach. Safety first!
9. Magazines & Books
During my day, I always try and find time to chill out on the canals and read. Here are three of my favorites:
Boneshaker magazine features a diverse selection of stories and imagery related to bikes and cycling culture. It’s definitely a recommended read for anyone who appreciates the beauty and surprises of life on a bike.
Fantastic Man, a gentleman’s style journal, for keeping my finger on the fashion and style pulse.
Why the Dutch are Different, a fascinating and fun read on Dutch history and folklore.
“One of my favorite wallets from our own collection, the Gerald Tri Wallet is compact and has a lot of compartments, which makes this wallet very user-friendly.”
10. Amsterdam City Guide
When I travel, I try to avoid the typical touristic stuff, which is why customers who enter our Amsterdam store get a custom Property Of… Amsterdam City Guide with places locals go to. Make sure to pass by our store to grab one City Guide for yourself!