Over the past few years a series of high-profile sneaker collaborations made Amsterdam's Patta a household name in the streetwear firmament, and its curated brand offerings made the retailer a respected force that seemed incapable of taking any missteps. So it was a surprise to hear the sad news that Patta was shuttering its Amsterdam storefront. The following is Masta Lee's account of the development in a blog post he calls "PATTA: Past, Present and Future":
When we opened Patta at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in 2004, we knew from the start that we would have an exciting, colorful, yet also very tenacious journey ahead of us. However, we considered this a small sacrifice when you have a group of good people who are truly driven, passionate and ready to build something. Amsterdam was lacking a true one-stop shop and platform for streetwear culture, and we felt it was mandatory to fill that void. Within a relatively short span of time we went from parallel importing footwear, to being rewarded with the top tier accounts from our favorite brands, to collaborating with them on products. As the name and reputation expanded, so did our interests, knowledge and aspirations.
Precinct 5 was intended as an extension to Patta, with a similar ideology: a place to serve a more mature audience, individuals with an interest and appreciation for high end garments, refined footwear and lifestyle accessories. In 2009, a partnership between Patta, Mr. Wix and MassiveMusic came to fruition to realize this plan. We chose an appropriate location to carry out this ambitious idea: A former police station housed in a beautiful canal building. It was a modest success... At first. We soon learned that this plan was perhaps too ambitious. High end meant high wholesale, high rent and high risk, versus low demand and low profit.
While we kept building Patta as a store and as a brand, Precinct 5 became a struggling business. We had to find solutions and strategies, and we had to find them fast. The capacious Precinct 5 space was located in a good commercial area, and the one thing that Patta never had, was space in abundance. No risk, no glory: In April this year, the decision was made to merge Patta and Precinct 5. The merger would provide a proper shopping environment to showcase our products and perhaps, an opportunity to rescue this business establishment.
Long story short: Does this mean the end of Patta? Most definitely not. Unfortunately we are not able to provide much information or details with certainty at this very moment, but we are working around the clock to get ready for our next move, and will keep you informed as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, selected Patta items will still be available from our webstore, so please feel free to support.
We are truly grateful and appreciative of all of your concerns, your support and your love, thank you!
Be back soon,
The takeaway here is that Patta is by no means finished. We, as admirers and fans, look forward to the next chapter of their story.