Antwerp was the first stop on the itinerary and with only one day to scout and search for the best shops the city has to offer, only Nationalestraat, Steenhouwersvest and Lombardenvest, the more popular shopping streets, made the cut.
First stop was native designer, Dries Van Noten, a dark but charming two floor corner shop offering the latest wares of the season. Van Noten and his shop is truly a landmark of Antwerp fashion and a must see for any fashion enthused tourist.
Veronique Branquinho, was next and unfortunately quite disappointing. The shop had this abandoned, cold feeling to it, and with only two racks of clothing to peruse within an (approximately) 16x16 foot space I left rather quickly and in consequence did not get a very good feeling for the brand.
The Diane von Furstenberg store was filled with the designer's bright, colorful feminine pieces including her vintage wrap dress collection. The store managed to capture the spirit of DVF quite fittingly.
Stay tuned for Antwerp Part II