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Hirsch & Cie, home of successful companies
For over a century, the Hirsch & Cie building with its characteristic cupola has been an Amsterdam icon. Originally the first haute couture fashion house in Amsterdam, it still maintains its authentic allure through the tenants that have settled here. The Hirsch & Cie is more than a beautiful building with offices and shops, it personifies ambition, dreams and a promise to excel in all that is undertaken here. Welcome at Hirsch & Cie!

Architecture

In 1912, the new premises of the Hirsch & Cie fashion house were opened. And although a lot has changed over the years, the distinctive architecture of the time is still visible. The architects, A. Jacot and J. Snuijf, designed the Hirsch & Cie in accordance with the prevailing standards set by the Paris and Antwerp department stores, and gave it an aura of opulence by using precious finishes such as marble, granite and expensive woods. The façade is made of a lovely sandstone, unusual for Dutch architecture. The Corinthian columns and detailed putti around the cupola give the building the classical appearance which, even today, evokes a sense of luxury. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful gems of the city. Its historical value, the building’s appearance and the personal meaning it holds for the family, were the key factors that drove the owner to renovate the building in 2008. The 5-year restauration was carried out with impeccable care and an eye for detail, so that we all can enjoy the Hirsch & Cie, long into the future.

History

In 1882, Maison Hirsch & Cie opened its doors at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam – a fashion house, focusing on haute couture, that drew a client base ranging from Queen Emma, Queen Wilhelmina and Queen Juliana, to the famous dancer Mata Hari. Its success was enormous, and soon the Hirsch & Cie outgrew its available space. It was decided to say goodbye to the original buildings and build a new fashion house on the existing site, that suited its clients and offered enough space. The Hirsch & Cie as you know it today was built, and opened its doors in 1912. Two world wars, increasing competition from ready-to-wear and rapidly changing fashion trends, ultimately led to Hirsch & Cie closing its doors in 1976. Since then, the iconic building has had various functions and was acquired by the Nilsson family in 1989. Thanks to the large-scale restauration and great tenants, the Hirsch & Cie is once again the gem cherished by many an Amsterdammer.

 

We regularly meet people who have a history with the Hirsch & Cie. If you have fond memories, anecdotes or stories to share, please do contact us. We love to learn more about our past. You can contact the manager of the Hirsch & Cie, CBRE at +31(0)20 6262691.

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