Gift Ideas for Fashionistas

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

And our final Gift Ideas post is for all the fashionistas, hipsters and craftsmen and -women in our country, from our Fashion & Beauty and Crafts & Interior Design sections.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Fashion & Beauty

Ebook available for How to be Parisian: Wherever You AreWomen in Clothes and The Daily Face.

A fashion biography. For the first time she has written down her personal memoirs: the long awaited biography of iconic British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.” – ABC Amsterdam’s Fashion buyer Jesse on Vivienne Westwood.

A beautiful fashion book. Also a first: a retrospective and a peek into the working ways of fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester. One of the Antwerp Six, Demeulemeester’s dark aesthetic will be beautifully represented in this huge publication (more than 2000 pages!).” – Jesse on Ann Demeulemeester.

A fashion how-to book. In this fun, small book, four Parisiennes show what it means to be Parisian by letting you have a peek into their lives.” – Jesse on How to Parisian: Wherever You Are.

A Staff Choice fashion book. Women in Clothes is a book by 642 women about clothes and the lives we live in them. The book itself is beautifully designed and printed, with lots of different contributions such as essays, interviews, photographs, illustrations and artworks. Some examples are Miranda July showing photos of six women wearing one another’s favorite outfits, Tavi Gavinson writing about colors, and Cindy Sherman in conversation with Molly Ringwald. With more than 500 pages, there’s always something new to discover when you open this book.” – Jesse on Women in Clothes.

Crafts & Interior Decoration

Ebook available for Famous Frocks: The Little Black Dress.

“Looking for the perfect black dress like you see on Hollywood stars of past and present? Well you search is over!  Twenty beautiful dresses for you to make so you can shine at every (Christmas) party!” – ABC Amsterdam’s Crafts buyer Pleun on Famous Frocks: The Little Black Dress.

“If you live in the city, you probably live so small you have no idea how to decorate and use the space to your advantage. Here is a fabulous book that teaches you how to optimize the space to the fullest and make it look like it was just featured in a trendy decorating magazine!” – Pleun on Beautifully Small.

“I am predicting a very cold winter, and what better way to spend those cold, cold nights than knitting away by the fire? In this wonderful book you will find every kind of scarf. This way you can keep yourself and your loved ones warm this winter.” – Pleun on Scarves and Cowls.

“The Lark books are always gorgeous, and this particular one, and its follow-up 500 Handmade Books 2, will appeal to any bookworm’s heart.” – ABC The Hague’s Crafts buyer Sophie on 500 Handmade Books.

“A picture speaks a thousand words. Learn how to speak volumes with just a few strokes of your pen!” – Sophie on How To Be an Illustrator.

“It ain’t cheap, but it’s just such a beautifully put-together book about those tiny little details that are so crucial to the jewelcrafter’s art.” – Sophie on Behind the Brooch.

“Ever wondered what the Bee Gees look like in knitted form?  Or Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo?  A knitted pack of cigarettes?  This little book has a crafty wonder of truly mind-boggling proportions on every page.  Why, people, why did you knit that?!  :-D” – Sophie on WTF Knits.

“A beautiful coffee table book that pays hommage to various master craftsmen around the world.  And it does it all in glorious technicolor, with pictures that make you want to learn how to make soap, or chocolate, or hats, or cabinets, or…  Just gorgeous!” – Sophie on The Craft and the Makers.