First of August is an Amsterdam-based fashion company of Karlijn Boersma. She graduated at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and gained a Master degree in Cultural Sociology, with a strong focus on the relation between fashion and sociological trends. The inspiration out of moments in Karlijn’s daily life assembled into the three elements that First of August exists of today; a clothinglabel FoA, an online store and a platform FoA. Academy. First of August invites you to shop, learn and visit!


FoA. Label

FoA is a subtle blend between elegance and ease. An evolving process without restriction to time and space. As a cultural sociologist FoA. designer Karlijn Boersma believes style is the result of someone’s identity and creativity.

Inspired by interactions, theories and moment’s out of her daily life, she develops collections for FoA. that fit to your personal style! 

A complete list of our stockists will be shown on our website soon. For wholesale inquiries send an email to:


Online Store

In our online store we sell clothes and accessories that are close to our personal taste and try to define a modern aesthetic style for the elegant, creative and enthusiastic urban men- and women. All our products are designed in Amsterdam and made with care in Europe.


FoA. Blog

First of August started as a blog on August first, 2010. The blog distinguishes itself from other blogs, because of the connection between a personal vision on style and sociological trends. People, style and trends are the key issues in our stories.


FoA. Academy

FoA. Academy is a platform for young intellectuals to connect fashion, cultures and social trends to sociological insights. By organizing lecture evenings young researchers can share their interesting research projects and a more in-depth perspective on fashion and style will be explored. The next edition of FoA. Academy will be held in the Salon of Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.

For FoA. Academy related questions, send an email to


Contact Us

In a former maritime college in the center of Amsterdam we work on our daily activities. Curious about our work and products? Get in touch by sending an email to

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'Fashion isn't just a product, fashion is mixing and connecting the different parts of our social life'. - (Karlijn Boersma, 2010)