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Winkelwoede in Antwerp: the pop-ups, comebacks and newcomers of the moment

Renew, expand or relocate: Antwerp moves. And then we still do not have pop-ups, comebacks, and on/offline experiments. Let’s go shopping.

The Plant Corner. © Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

MINI-ME: play time

Play is blown kidsdepartement of interior store Rewind Design in the Riemstraat 27. Home accessories and textiles, children and, of course, toys. With – fully in the spirit of the adult version – sustainable labels, such as Ferm Living, Mini Rodini…, Tiny Cottons, Nor-Folk, Veja, Deuz,… The evidence that responsible as separate and can be beautiful. Too busy with behind the young pups to run? Play by Rewind has a webshop.

Kloosterstraat 63, rewinddesign.be

© Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

FASHION: traveling sisters

Who? Clio, Kay and Julie Hendrickx from Les Soeurs.

What? The Hilly sisters collect fashion items, jewellery, accessories and interieurspullen with a boho vibe, from all over the world.

Where? Hasselt, Knokke, online and – recently – Antwerp. After a half-year, the doors of their pop-up now open permanently.

Wiegstraat 24, lessoeurs.be

DECO: shopping with Raf

SHOPPING WITH RAF © Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

Four, Raf Simons’ favorite skateshop in the Kammenstraat, is two buildings have moved, and was suddenly three times as large. Owners Bob Follens, and Giancarlo Angeletti mixes there streetwear with high fashion for men, from Vans Vault to Stussy and Raf Simons to Prada. They also have a private collection (Four Antwerp) and a new webshop.

Kammenstraat 66, vierantwerp.com

DECO: green quarter

Plant lady Sofie Vertongen pootte in July its urban jungle down in the – yes – Green Eyes. Sofie is also the woman behind Phyt, the shop with twenty species of epiphytes, (air)plants for the not so green fingers, but occasionally a little in need of water. This fills them with The Plant Corner with tropical plants and original accessories. Go for one of the prikk(el)and the cacti, the cheerful polka dotted Begonia Maculata or a roguish moss ball. But you can also find here accessories for your own vegetable paradise, such as macramé plantenhangers, the pot heads of Rachel Sender or glass-in-loodterrariums of Monti by Monti, which is exclusive to Sofie for sale.

Isabellalei 144, theplantcorner.com

MODE: rain man

© Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

What?Rains Copenhagen guard since this fall also Antwerp against the Northern-European climate of indonesia with waterproof jackets, bags and accessories.

Who? Rains has been in existence since 2012 and was since then in the sea with inspiring brands such as Oi Polloi, Highsnobiety, Stussy, Colette, and Opening Ceremony.

How? The raincoats are not only very functional (read: waterproof), the fashionable version of the classic vissersjas is also comfortable thanks to the lightweight (but strong) polyester with extraflexibele polyurethane coating.

Why? In Belgium, a raincoat is still a good idea.

Extra: Still not wet enough (or a festivalletje done)? Your jacket in the washing machine at thirty degrees and re-crease-free by him inside out to iron.

Kammenstraat 42, rains.com

FASHION: vintage Dries

The fifteenth anniversary of Labels Inc. was celebrated with a new location. However, the concept remains unchanged: impeccable second hand or brand new pieces from the previous collections of Belgian and international avant-garde designers. Each month a promising modestudent a shop window and the ‘designer discount’ shop also hosts the stocksale of Bernhard Willhelm, from 8 to 11 november.

Nationalestraat 95, labelsinc.be

Concept store: fresh fish

© Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

In 1997, opened Jan Vidts and Luc Leenders with Fish & Chips is the first concept store from Antwerp. At the same time, have a drink, shopping and hair cut, while the dj plays: when quite revolutionary, is still a hotspot.

Yesterday: light panic among the prominent guests when on Kammenstraat 36 the colorful letters of Fish & Chips be exchanged for the light of the Swedish chain Weekday. “The building was in urgent need of refurbishment and the rent ran out, what it sounds like.

Today: the colorful letters now hang inside the new shop of 850 sq meter away. Place, sat so for some of the new Scandinavian brands and labels such as Woodwood or Huf.

Tomorrow: mobile pashokjes and movable winkelmeubilair can place clean up for shows and expo: “We’re not going for the most beautiful shop in town, or for a functional, bustling hotspot with a lot of activity.’

Kammenstraat 22, fishandchips.be

MODE: surf & turf

A year and a half ago opened the John Roan – the half of Ghent’s Arsenal – along with manager Filip Van Moerkercke the city-surf pop-up Port. That was such a success that they are this spring of a permanent shop could open in the People street – not coincidentally in the neighborhood that used to be a part of the port of Antwerp. ‘Meaning was our vision on the surf culture to display it in a way that suits our own lifestyle. Thanks to the many positive reactions and success of the pop-up, it became clear that there was indeed a considerable surf culture reigns in Antwerp and the surrounding area’, according to John Roan. In addition to surftools there are also men and womens clothes, books, magazines and interieuritems in the racks. The eponymous label of Port, since this autumn also seizoenscollecties in addition to the basics, inspired, of course, on a surfing holiday in the netherlands and abroad. Film screenings, workshops, live performances, exhibitions and surfinitiaties (check Facebook) are other options.

Volkstraat 18, havensurf.com

BEAUTY: made in Belgium

Until now you could her quirky perfumes only online and in various CKS-shops to buy, but two years after the launch of open Ellen De Veirman the first BillyXClub Flagship Store.

© Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

There were already eight fragrances – three for women, one for men and two unisex fragrances – with the shop’s opening there were still two Belgian odors: the sensual fragrance for girls “One Minute Affair” and the minimalist, modern men’s fragrance ‘Silver ‘ Chill’. “The smells are almost entirely in the Antwerp region is produced’, says Ellen. ‘In the parfumwereld everything is ‘made in France’, some brands print it on their bottles just for marketing. I wanted to make with conviction, ‘made in Belgium’ set up.’ Billy is Ellens nickname: “The X stands for the rebellious, Club, community. I want to creating a community around my perfumes.’ Previously, she made a career in the oil industry, but she dreamed of a private parfumlabel because she was her taste not found in traditional perfumery. “These are authentic perfumes with a touch of street credibility, intended for creative souls who are not – or no longer – be able to identify with the classic fragrance industry. A fragrance that expresses your personality. Therefore, I have myself a while no perfume is worn, I found it not to my taste.’ Just like the packaging was the interior designed by Antwerp design studio Pinkeye. It is urban chic and equally colorful and no-nonsense as BillyXClub itself. The perfumery is by Ellen held open from Wednesday afternoon until Saturday: “I definitely want to get in contact with my customers, I’ve got that feedback is necessary for any of my products and service to be able to adjust.’

Kammenstraat 66, billyxclub.com

MODE: double glazing

Those looking for an affordable trendy (sun)glasses today. Both the Dutch Ace&Tate as the top Belgian Komono settled in the City. The handmade copies of the northern neighbours, shop you from 98 euros, the design frames (and watches) of our compatriots from 49,95 euro.

Komono, Lombardenvest 16-18, komono.com

Ace&Tate, Steenhouwersvest 15, aceandtate.be

© Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

DECO: in the name of the father and the son

What? GLTCH is a cross between a special gift shop, gallery and vintage shop. In the seventeenth-century cellar work (mainly illustrations and graphic design) for young artists or artists shown.

Who? Father Luc Segers is in the shop, son Xavier goes global in search of unique stuff. The starting point is creativity, both in the carefully gecureerde items as in the gallery. The goal: to inspire and stimulate.

Where? The skippers ‘ quarter, which is currently on a revival.

Kaasbrug 8, gltch.be

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