Wim Meeussen is a jewel designer who bases his creations on the personality of his clients. If you want to buy something from Wim Meeussen, well, then you have to make time to talk. Before he starts his design, he wants to know everything about your personality. These ideas will be transformed into jewelry designs that match the people who are going to wear them. The original design is first made in wax, so that you can see a three-dimensional model of the creation. After your approval, Wim creates a unique ornament in gold, brilliant diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Sometimes he may even use alternative materials such as wood or steel. He also specializes in reworking old jewels and creating works of art with his mark.
This gloves shop, established and located here since 1884, is renowned around the world for its quality merchandise. Many famous people, including Jean Paul Gautier, shop here and with a choice of more than 11,000 gloves, you will find any model you can imagine. Prices vary depending on the merchandise. The shop is specialized in Peccary and Chevreaux leather gloves. Definitely worth a visit and you'll discover what quality and service really means.
You'll find everything you ever need in this city, but if you're in a hurry or the weather's not right for open air shopping, try the Wijnegem Shopping Center, which is on the outskirts of Antwerp. You can take the bus if you want but on most days you'll find ample free parking space. This shopping mall is spacious with lots of glass, it is pleasant to walk through and has good air conditioning. You'll find most of the major stores that we have become accustomed to see in Europe's cities, and some Belgian originals too. There are more than 200 shops and they are spread over two floors. Small children can be left in a supervised play area. You can choose from various fast-food restaurants, cafés and snack bars.
Shoes should be fashionable, but they should be comfy, too, and this is where Capricio comes in. Capricio is a boutique for women's shoes which was established in 1957 by Mrs. Zajfen. In the meantime her son has expanded the business in Antwerp, Brussels and the exclusive seaside resort Knokke-Le-Zoute. These shops stock well-known brands like Sonia Rykiel, Freelance, Sergio Rossi, Charles Jourdan, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. for shoes, handbags and purses.
Most of the treasures to be found in this jewelry boutique are on display in the shop window. A selection of delicate feminine jewelry made of gold and silver, pearls and precious stones is to be discovered here. All of Ms. Zellien's pieces are special, and if you must chose only one item to purchase, you will be hard-pressed to make a decision. Luckily, Ms. Zellien is on hand to give you some advice. Upon ringing the bell, you can enter the jeweler's tiny shop and consult with her, as well as sneak a peak at her newest creations lying on the studio table in the backroom, visible through a glass window.
This is designer Dries Van Noten's much awaited boutique in the city. Spread over three floors, it displays men's and women's designer wear along with accessories to go with it. The rich patterns have visible Indian and African influences. The recently redone store also sells tailor made suits and shirts. Accessories include perfumes, footwear and much more. Drop by and you may be tempted to go in for a wardrobe makeover.
From the outside, it doesn't look like much. And you sure don't know what could possibly be lurking on the other side. But walk through the doors and enter an artist's mecca. Paper, paints, brushes, frames, clay, charcoals, markers, canvas - you name it, you'll find it. Aisle after aisle is loaded with just about every tool and medium found under the sun. This is not a 'see and be seen' art supply shop catering to the art dilettante. This is where a 'serious' artist can go and pick up all of his 'serious' supplies so he can get down to some 'serious' business.
Based in the heart of Antwerp, the world's diamond capital, Geretti is a third generation diamond retailer with a reputation for providing the highest quality products. Operated by a team of highly trained multi-linguists, the staff at Geretti helps customers select new diamonds as well as rework old diamonds.
Who hasn't heard of the Antwerp Six? These innovators sent waves through the fashion industry and continue to lead the way in paving fashion's future. The six designers and the following generations of Belgian designers causing tremors have all sold or continue to sell their clothes here. Walk in today to find men's and women's pieces by Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Magiela, Raf Simons, Veronique Branquinho and more. If you want deconstructed lines and unfinished edges, then you want to come here.