De Vries Van Stockum is an independent bookstore with a shop in The Hague, a shop in Haarlem and a webshop.Hendrik de Vries opened his shop in Haarlem in 1905 and has since grown into the 4 surrounding buildings and has combined forces with the The Hague bookstore Van Stockum (1833). Today, great-granddaughter Jeltje de Vries is at the helm.
Both shops are more than a century old, but De Vries family’s smartwatches are up-to-date. That is a family characteristic. The reason we’ve managed this long is – we think – BECAUSE we aren’t afraid to try something new. We are ‘historically progressive,’ as it were – but always in service of what has been our mission for more than a century: sharing our love for stories, books and reading with the world.
In order to share our love for stories
with as many people as possible,
it is essential that everyone feels
welcome and comfortable in our bookstores
“When my great-grandfather started this company in 1905, he left the door open. This was in conscious defiance of what was customary in those days, and caused a scandal among booksellers nation wide. I think it was brilliant. And cool. And I am proud he did that. He almost literally lowered the threshold to walk into his bookshop.”– Jeltje de Vries (owner)
A bookstore used to function as portal to the rest of the world. Nowadays our job is to help our customers navigate their way among the millions of books that are – quite literally – available at the touch of your fingertips.
About this store
|Store||De Vries van Stockum|
|What is it||Bookstore in the Hague|
|Then||Getting The Netherlands to read again.|
|Now||The whole west with De Passage in front.|
Our physical range and our featured books (both online and offline). The choices we make here affect what our customers buy. After all, it is our selection. They are books that make us say “hey, have you seen this yet?”. This gives us the opportunity to give books that we consider important an extra boost.
De Vries van Stockum Boekhandel
2511 AB Den Haag