On a chilly December night, Timothy Oulton unveiled its second gallery in the glorious city of Amsterdam, following the opening of its Amstelveenseweg gallery in September 2012.

The Inspiration Store concept, already introduced in Hong Kong and Antwerp, aims at offering a sample of Timothy Oulton signature pieces in a very intimate space. Around 80 people came to celebrate the grand opening with another Timothy Oulton best of British bash.

The 100 square metre gallery is situated in a monumental building on Runstraat Street in the heart of 9 Straatjes; the city’s picturesque alleyways that make up the UNESCO heritage listed Amsterdam Canal Belt. The eclectic and bustling neighbourhood stands up to more than 400 years of history, offering the perfect backdrop for those wishing to experience the diversity Amsterdam has to offer.

On the opening night, guests couldn’t wait to step out of the cold December air and in to the comfort of the gallery. In true Timothy Oulton tradition, two London Guards stood to attention at the front door to give a warm British welcome. Dapper men in bowler hats and girls dressed in suit braces served delicious cheeses, tasty bruschetta and Union Flag cookies.

The Dutch band Bas & Mirjam played some great tracks as guests excitedly chatted over glasses of champagne. There were cheers as the Runstraat team cut the ribbon in true celebratory style and marked the official opening. All the guests were given a Timothy Oulton scented candle when they went home, perfect for a cosy wintery night in. The major highlight of the new Runstraat gallery is the leather bags collection, displayed on a striking wall of real sized drums. These bags are designed with a love for tradition, andyet each embodies a thoroughly modern relevance and style. With an eye for rugged British sophistication, each bag is perfectly suited to traverse any modern lifestyle, whether formal, casual, or both; perfectly suited to people who are always on the go.

Timothy Oulton says of the Amsterdam new location: “I love the inspiration stores – it’s a small but intense taste of everything we do best, combining our most iconic pieces of furniture with our handcrafted bags”. Amsterdam Inspiration Store – Runstraat 22, 1016 GK, Amsterdam