Emiel Banningstraat 11
+32 (0)3 257 30 02
In a discreet shop on the south side of the city, Bruno Van Gils and his two nieces offer affordable bespoke tailoring in a vintage interior dotted with family mementoes. You start by making an appointment. Then you sit in a handsome room to discuss your needs. Three weeks later, you return to the fitting room for the final touches.
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+32 (0)3 213 18 54
The owners of this upmarket fashion shop grab people’s attention with their window displays. Nicole Kidman noticed the shop window when she was in Antwerp and dropped in to browse and buy. The clothes on the racks are by designers like Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang.
+32 (0)3 227 46 93
Muriel van Nieuwenhove has turned a beautiful town house in Zuid into a stylish new concept store. Here she sells inspiring fashion by French and Nordic designers, along with art books and design objects. The shop includes an authentic bathroom where bodycare products are displayed and a bar where trailing partners can sit with a coffee and a magzine.
+32 (0)3 237 38 67
The young German designer Anja Schwerbrock designs her own collections which she sells in a small Antwerp shop. She studied with Issey Miyake in Tokyo before settling in Antwerp and likes to work with single colours – mainly black and white – to create sublime dresses, sweaters and bags.
Lange Gasthuisstraat 11
+32 (0)3 226 92 92
Based in two 16th-century buildings once occupied by the Deutsche Bank, this upmarket shop sells clothes by luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Helmut Lang. The café is a stylish place for lunch while the impressive toilets are located in the vaults of the former bank.