Antwerp is a harbor city and the home to many prominent designers in the fashion industry. The city is most known for the Antwerp Six, including Walter van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries van Noten. These are all Belgian fashion-designers who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. The city itself has a great atmosphere and the 16th-century architecture is wonderful to look at.
Arte Antwerp is a Belgium label by designer Bertony Da Silva. The brand was founded in 2009 under the name Arternative. In 2016 the brand got a shorter name, Arte, and their flagship store in Antwerp opened. Arte’s goal is to translate Antwerp’s street culture, music and architecture into a full-fledged clothing label.
Renaissance is a multibrand store with a stylish restaurant downstairs. The store offers both men’s and women’s fashion and houses brands like Marni, Comme des Garcons and Maison Martin Margiela. Renaissance was realized by Belgian architect Glenn Sestig and is located under the dome of the ModeNatie building.
Vier is Antwerp’s best skate shop and also one of Belgian designer Raf Simons’ favorite stores to visit. Vier is a cozy store and offers a careful selection of items from streetwear and designer labels, like Gosha Rubchinskiy, Stone Island and Dries van Noten.
Lockwood Skateshop was founded in 1996 by Sven Aerts, inspired by the Valhalla of skate, Lockwood Elementary in Los Angeles. In more than two decades, Lockwood has become a true phenomenon in and outside of Antwerp. Lockwood offers everything surrounding the skateboard culture, like hardware, clothing and sneakers. Brands that are included range from Carhartt and Parra to Dime and Thrasher.