I am catching a flight from NYC to Amsterdam tomorrow to come visit you and am looking so forward to our “Girls Trip” to Antwerp! I was thinking about your series “Living La Diva Loca” and thought you might be able to recommend a boutique in Antwerp where I could buy a new gala gown or floor-length cocktail dress? I know you bought your gown in Holland, but by chance do you have any fashion addresses in Antwerp to share?
Dearest La Reine,
I am looking very forward to your visit and our girls trip to Belgium. I know of a few addresses of “must go” places in Antwerp, but I decided that my friend The Belgian Beauty would be able to answer your question a million times better than I could. The Belgian Beauty waxes so poetically about Antwerp shopping that she has me quivering with excitement each time she pulls out her little black book….
so Ta Ta from Me – The Antiques Diva™ …
… and Greetings from The Belgian Beauty!
The street to shop is the Schuttershofstraat, which runs parallel with The Meir – the main shopping drag. You might find something at Princess on the Meir, but I recommend you go around the corner to the Schuttershofstraat where you’ll find Natan. Here you’ll find designer gowns by Eduard Vermeulen, who is known for his simple (therefore not cheap) evening gowns. At #9 is Antwerp’s best shoe shop Coccodrillo. For beautiful Belgian leather purses you can go to Delvaux — the Belgian equivalent of Hermes.
Around the corner of the Schuttershofstraat is the Huidevettersstraat, with Belgian fashion such as Scapa and Caroline Biss. Around the other corner is the Lange Gasthuisstraat, with a huge Flamant store in a beautiful old house. Upstairs inside Flamant you can have something to eat or drink as well. Not to be missed is the Dries Van Noten flagship store on the nearby Nationalestraat #16 — if you like his style, that is!
For Italian fashion, a beautiful shop is Tonny Linders at Oudaan #20. I don’t know if they also have Belgian designers, but just go inside and ask and enjoy the impressive ornate interior! They sell Valentino and such but are very friendly — even to me when I only buy there only at the end of summer sale, for 10 % of the original price!
There are fancier shops on the Frankrijklei, at the other side of the Meir near the Opera. There is a huge vintage shop I want you to know about, it’s called Pardaff and is near the Opera and the Atheneum [a school]. I forget the name of the street but if you want a “big name” second-hand evening dress you could find it here. There is another vintage shop in the Steenhouwersvest, near the Kloosterstraat, where all the antique shops are clustered.
I hope you have successful shopping & will find the perfect evening dress! Have a good time in Antwerp! If you need any more information, just let me know.
The Belgian Beauty