The “Pleiners”

Around the 60ies a cultural offspring of the “Beatniks” developed among the youth of the Leidseplein area, hence called the “Pleiners”. The youngsters would gather mostly at Reijnders Café and would be employed in areas like fotography, commercials, fashion and art, The even younger “pleiner”kids would hang out at the pancake stand at the corner of Weteringsschans and Vijzelgracht.

Pleiners profiled themselves as outcasts of establishment and therefore were anti-authority. One of their distinguishing traits were their ribcord shoes, the Brothelsneaker, and the brand of mopeds they roared by on, Puch or Tomos.

Tags: leidseplein, pleiners, café reijnders, vijzelgracht, amsterdam, amsterdamculture, coffeeshopculture, 60's

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