The 5 most creative concept stores
1) Goûts et Couleurs
Interior designers Ester De Vestele and Bob Waterschoot have two small shops in Bruges dedicated mainly to Nordic design. One shop focuses on the latest trends in chairs, tables, lamps and vases by brands such as Hay, Ferm Living and Muuto. The other shop two doors down sells affordable accessories including candles, jewellery and cards.
2) Mais Oui
Sisters Charlotte and Emmanuelle travel widely to find young, contemporary brands they admire by French, Danish and American designers. They display them in a little shop alongside their personal pick of ceramics, cushions and jewellery.
The name looks Finnish, but Jūttu is a pure Belgian concept. The store opened in 2015 in a row of three gabled houses with a spacious interior decorated in hip Nordic style. Jūttu sells an inspiring mix of clothes, watches, plants and books. The focus is on small emerging brands with a unique identity like Anerkjendt from Denmark, Cluse from The Netherlands and Antwrp from Belgium.
4) Onlife Culture
Two locals opened this innovative concept store in 2017. The aim is to bring together ten young start-ups in a space where they can test out their concepts. The start-ups include an emerging fashion brand, a local artist, a recording studio and a food bar, as well as a hairdresser.
5) Duka Moodstore
This little store occupies a whitewashed house near the Begijnhof. The owner sells handmade woollen scarves and hats by Belgian and French designers, along with eco-friendly T-shirts, jewellery and a small selection of art books. You can also perch on a corner bench upstairs with a coffee and a slice of tart.
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