• 1970 1970
  • 1976 1976
  • 2004 2004
  • 2010 2010
  • 2012 2012

About Fred de la Bretonière

Fred de la Bretonière: “My shoes and bags are designed to make you feel better. Every step you take, my products become a part of you. My designs underpin your personality, like a pair of jeans that becomes more and more precious to you, the more you wear it.”

Fred de la Bretonière’s signature reflects ageless nonchalance. Feminine, cool, yet elegant. His designs may seem simple at first sight, but they pair quality with sustainability. The classic basis of the designs is subtly supplemented with trendy details.

Many Fred de la Bretoniere products are made with leather that has been tanned with vegetable products; a treatment that leaves the leather sturdy and robust, but still sufficiently supple to work with.
The treatment makes the leather look even more beautiful as it ages. Every Fred de la Bretoniere bag and each pair of shoes has a soul that complements the soul of the user. “It’s like with a pair of jeans that becomes more and more precious to you, the more you wear it. That why: a sole for every soul.

Fred de la Bretonière has been a household name in the world of fashion for well over forty years. Fred de la Bretonière pairs traditional quality with great attention to detail and materials. His simple, nonchalant and robust designs have gained a solid place in the world of fashion.
Let’s have a look at the career of the unique Fred de la Bretonière (Amsterdam, 23 December 1944).

Early life
Early on, Fred proved to have a creative personality, with a strong interest in technology. The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague proved a suitable education for him. After graduating, he had a few exhibitions, yet Fred soon knew that this was not his goal in life. As an artist, Fred was intrigued by femininity and he started to look for ways in which he could add something to the female physique. In the 1960ies he took this vision and started to experiment with shoe and bag designs that women liked and that they wanted to wear and keep, year after year. It becomes his big passion. His designs were immediately picked up by consumers and major department stores.


Fred shows his designs to purchasers at De Bijenkorf department store. They are so keen that they order 600 bags straight away. Fred has the bags made by squatters in Amsterdam. With his designs and his progressive working methods Fred draws the attention of the (international) press and soon Fred de la Bretonière becomes a well-known designer of bags and footwear. In 1970 he opens his first shop at St. Luciensteeg in Amsterdam.

Fred is named Best Dutch Shoe and Bags Designer. In the fashion scene he becomes so significant that various museums in the Netherlands include his first original designs in their art collections. The designs by Fred de la Bretonière are kept as style icons.  

Fred goes back to the casual, nonchalant boots he made in the 1980ies and adds Shabbies Amsterdam, a unique, ageless footwear line, to his collection.

In his jubilee year, Fred is presented with an Award from the Italian footwear industry that celebrates, honours and encourages craftsmanship, because of his long, successful career and his commercial significance. He is admitted to the Cavalry of the Order of Santi Crispino e Crispiano, the Italian patron saints of the shoe and leather industry.

Fred launches an idea that he has been playing with for years: Fretons. Sneakers made of supple leather, with a sporty look, a raw edge or a playful detail. A new Fred face, but with familiar elements.

The brands Fred de la Bretoniere & Shabbies Amsterdam together form a complete collection with a likeable image and a classic touch. The team of designers also create bags, belts, small leather products and accessories. Creative sketches are turned into affordable high grade products that are made in Europe, with great attention to detail. The touch of the master is always visible: every single item has the simplicity that is so typical of Fred de la Bretonière.
Fred de la Bretonière has grown from an arty and rebellious one-man business into a serious, international company. Fred de la Bretonière is a household name both domestically and abroad, with twelve stores and a rapidly expanding number of shop-in-shops.

About Shabbies Amsterdam
The Shabbies are based on a 1980 design by Fred de la Bretonière. The line consists of a ladies collection and also includes bags, belts and accessories that form a complete look combined with the footwear. Shabbies reflect a cool and nonchalant character through the use of nonchalant, pure types of leather. The special attention paid to lining and leather types have made the Shabbies hugely popular shoes, which will shape themselves on the foot. The classic Shabbies favourites are updated every season according to the latest seasonal trends. 


Shabbies Amsterdam: the ultimate boot brand

Shabbies Amsterdam: the ultimate boot brand

In 2005, designer Fred de la Bretonière reverted to a casual, nonchalant boot from his nineteen-eighties design and showed his tough, rebellious side with a new ‘shabby’ boot. The new, timeless Shabbies Amsterdam shoe line became a reality. The Fred de la Bretonière signature is clearly visible in this line. 

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This season even more Shabbies in half sizes

This season even more Shabbies in half sizes

After a number of Shabbies ankle boots were introduced in half sizes last season, we're now introducing even more half sizes in the new fall/winter collection.

A half size can make a big difference to many ankle boots, lace-ups and boots. A half size, which is a 3 mm difference in length, can result in an even better fit.

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Shabbies introduces the ultimate Fall/Winter boot.

Shabbies introduces the ultimate Fall/Winter boot.

A tough boot that can withstand a knock: that's what Shabbies Amsterdam prefers. In the Denim Days collection we therefore present a must-have boot in a new material: a suede leather type intensively treated on the outside with fine quality wax and divinely soft to the touch on the inside.  

Rain or shine - with these boots you'll always look fantastic!

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New: the ‘always-good-to-go’ bootie

New: the ‘always-good-to-go’ bootie

The autumn Shabbies line is bold, urban and edgy. The same applies to this ankle boot that is new to the collection. Thanks to its lines and 5-cm heel, this iconic ankle boot is an ‘always-good-to-go’ bootie. The bootie can be worn on any occasion and goes with every outfit.

Refined Hybrid line
The ankle boot is part of the new ‘Refined Hybrid’ line, with the accent on bold but refined basics. The refined aspect is evident in the slender-look design and the craftsmanship details such as the dark stitching and leather midsole. By combining these refined elements with bold leather types a decorative contrast can be seen between an elegant design and a coarse texture.

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Welcome to the Shabbies Amsterdam website.

For now, you can only order from this web shop if you live in the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany. If you live in a different country but would like to order one of our products please contact us for a personal quotation.

Willkommen auf der Website und dem Internetshop von Shabbies Amsterdam.

Zurzeit können Sie nur über diesen Internetshop bestellen, wenn Sie in den Niederlanden oder in Belgien wohnen. Sie wohnen in Deutschland? Wechseln Sie dann zu unserem deutschen Internetshop.

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