You’ve probably spent many Sunday afternoons strolling by the market stands at the Swan Market, looking for fun items or a lot of good food. We’ve got some good news for you, from now on you don’t have to wait till the next edition of your favorite market anymore, because you can visit Collectiv. by Swan in the Witte de Withstraat every day now!
The name says it all; this amazing shop is a collective. It’s a place where makers, designers and creative buyers come together. Most of the brands and products that you find here, have also been available on the Swan Market before. Collectiv. by Swan already had a shop in The Hague, and in July this second store in Rotterdam opened its doors, which we are very happy about!
More than twenty entrepreneurs work together here. All these entrepreneurs put in some effort. Together they make sure the shop is filled to the brim with nice items, they take care of the styling of the store and they also work here, to make sure the customers go home satisfied. All of this under the watchfull eye of Esme de Smit, founder of the Swan Market and this collective. At the moment you can find Esme in the shop on a regular basis, but in time the place will be runned by all the entrepreneurs that display their products here. That’s very convenient, because who else could give you better advice when it comes to their products?!
You already get a sneak peak of what’s sold inside when you stand on the pavement in front of the store. Through the window – with the name of the shop painted on it in beautiful white chalk letters – you can see many awesome items, and when you enter the shop you don’t even know where to begin. Yes, it’s that cool. And on top of it all, there’s also a shopping area in the basement of the building, where your shopping experience continues. Chances are you won’t be leaving empty handed.
Like mentioned before, there are more than twenty entrepreneurs and creatives responsible for everything you can see and buy here. The assortment is very extended and is not focussed on a specific product group. What you can find here are many products from Rotterdam makers and products that are handmade with care. You’ll find minimalistic silver jewelry from Bob & Bill, postcards with funny lyrics from Mijnkaartenhuisje, elegant pouches from Willemijn van Dijk, where you can put all your cards, keys or make-up in.
You’ll also see a lot of plants here, and stuff to display your plants at home in a beautifu way, like crochet ceiling pendants or glass blown art work to put in flowers and hang on the wall. That’s something completely different! And there’s handmade bags, kids clothes, pillows, funny tiles from Gekkiggeit and more jewelry, from Juulry for example, and fashionable sunglasses from Hello Sunnies.
All that shopping makes you hungry, but that’s taken care of too. You can grab a burger at Per’s Deli, where you can – in their own words – find the second best burgers in town. They say the very best burgers can be found at Per’s other deli, around the corner at the Tiki Bar. You can order a shake or bottle of Champi lemonade to go with your burger.
Collectiv. by Swan is a shop where you should really take the time to look around. There is so much to see, maybe even too much to see everything in just one visit. All the more reason to come back here. And who knows, maybe by then they’ve added some more beautifull products to their shop!
Address: Witte de Withstraat 30
Opening hours: Monday: 01.00 – 06.00 pm | Tuesday till Thursday & Saturday: 10.00 am – 06.00 pm | Friday: 10.00 am – 09.00 pm | Sunday: 01.00 – 05.00 pm.