The 5 best shops for Antwerp fashion in Antwerp

1) Louis

Geert Bruloot opened this shop in 1986 to sell clothes by the Antwerp Six. Now run by Marjan Eggers, the shop still stocks clothes by the best designers, including Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela and Dior, but it also promotes young talent by inviting final year fashion students to exhibit in the window.

window display of LOUIS shop

2) Christian Wijnants

Christian Wijnants has opened a store between two antique shops in the heart of the fashion district. The interior is a sober Nordic space with a window at the back looking out on a lush garden. A graduate of Antwerp Academy, Wijnants designs layered, wearable clothes for urban women, often incorporating contemporary knitwear.

Christian Wijnants shop

3) Het Modepaleis

Dries Van Noten renovated the 19th century Modepaleis in 1989 as his flagship store. Furnished with wooden cabinets and vintage leather chairs, this is where the quiet Antwerp designer displays his Dries Van Noten renovated the 19thcentury Modepaleis in 1989 as his flagship store. Furnished with wooden cabinets and vintage leather chairs, this is where the quiet Antwerp designer displays his sober, often melancholy collections.

modepaleis Antwerp

4) Ann Demeulemeester

Born in 1959, Ann Demeulemeester is the most serious of the Antwerp Six. She likes black. She likes leather. She is a big fan of Patti Smith. She sells her cool minimalist fashion in a large corner building with raw wooden floors, white walls and a salvaged wooden beam used to display shoes.

shop Ann Demeulemeester

5) Essentiel

Esfan Eghtessadi and Inge Onsea launched a stunning new Essentiel store in their home town in 2018. It’s a sober empty space on two levels with a huge window on the street. Here they display bright women’s clothes and accessories in a dozen different colours.

pink fitting rooms at Essentiel Antwerp

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