Antwerp Fashion Week and Belgian Focus put 6 Belgian brands in the spotlight
Registrations for Antwerp Fashion Week continue to pour in. As part of the long-awaited event on 18 and 19 July, the organization has entered into a partnership with the organization Flanders DC to bring their project Belgian Focus to the Scheldt city. Flanders DC, short for Flanders District of Creativity, is the organization that supports, promotes and connects creative entrepreneurs from Flanders. With Belgian Focus it wants to offer unique and local fashion talents a platform and Flanders DC has therefore selected six Belgian labels with a unique identity on the occasion of Antwerp Fashion Week 2021.
Below, the six selected Belgian fashion labels are highlighted for you. Each of these brands focuses on a different market, yet they complement each other perfectly.
In addition to the Belgian Focus, Flanders DC is also the initiator of another important local initiative called #IkKoopBelgisch. The success of ‘Ik Koop België’ has shown that retailers and end consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing local talent, a movement that is even more fueled by a sustainable approach. There is therefore an enormous amount of creativity and varied talent in our country, which we like to put in the spotlight with Belgian Focus,” says Flanders DC.
During Antwerp Fashion Week, the six selected Belgian labels can be found in their own showrooms in Antwerp, pop-up showrooms or in some of the larger participating showrooms, where the designs of the six selected ones will be provided with a clear Belgian Focus label.
The first brand in the list is Rarámuri from Antwerp, known for its unique sandal designs. The name of this young and sustainable brand refers to the Rarámuri tribe in Mexico. For every pair of sandals the label sells, it provides nutritional supplements for the tribe’s children for five days. The sandals are produced in Spain and the bows are made by hand in the workshop in Antwerp.
Launched earlier this year, Rarámuri’s most recent collection combines the spirit of travel that underpins the brand with elegant tie-up sandals.
Rarámuri participates in Antwerp Fashion Week through its own showroom of the same name. You can admire the sandal designs of the brand at 46 Generaal Van Merlenstraat.
Fiamme means ‘flames’ in Italian and this Antwerp label is not lacking in passion. At Fiamme you will find high quality shoes in elegant designs and different leather combinations that are suitable for all ages. The designs are traditionally made by hand in Italy.
For his FW21 collection, Fiamme combines the quality of handmade leather shoes such as high boots, chelsea boots and loafers but also sneakers, because Fiamme would not be Fiamme if sneakers were not included in the new collection.
During Antwerp Fashion Week you can find Fiamme in Showroom Looks Agencies in Stijfselstraat 10.
Atelier Minimalist is a timeless label from Belgium characterized by its designs with minimal geometric designs and a simple color palette. In its professional production workshop, the brand produces clothing in small quantities with an eye for people and the environment. Founder Dorsa Mohadjerin is inspired by abstract art and architecture. Atelier Minimalist believes in the ‘slow design approach’ and therefore produces timeless collections that are not seasonal, but that flow smoothly into each other. Designs are reinvented in different color and fabric variations and then added to the collection.
You can find Atelier Minimalist in the Nightingale Studios showroom in Hertsdeinstraat 26.
Another slow fashion brand. The Belgian LN Knits has been around for 10 years and is a reference point in the knitwear homegrown industry. The knits are made from the softest natural materials by women in the Andes Mountains, who are paid fairly. The SS22 collection from LN Knits is in the making, with besides quality knitwear basics also linen and silk items.
You can find LN Knits in Showroom Noire on Hessenplein 2.
The Wasted Atelier label breathes sustainability. The name says it all: clothing made from waste, more specifically fabrics from surplus. Wasted Atelier produces beautiful, unique and, above all, sustainable pieces at a local level from the leftover fabric scraps from the clothing industry. The designs are affordable and comfortable and the brand’s motto is “don’t produce, but use”, according to founder and industry insider Dirk Smet.
The sustainable collection of Wasted Atelier can be found on 18 and 19 July in the showroom of MAD Agencies with address in Verschansingstraat 42.
Belgian designer Mieke Dierckx is known for her accessories with timeless, refined design. The pieces of her eponymous handbag label are conceived by Dierckx herself and then produced in Portugal by experienced craftsmen. The designs are characterized by two key words: form and functionality and Dierckx takes her inspiration from the world of design and architecture. At Mieke Dierckx you will find minimalistic designs of high quality suitable for every occasion.
The handbag designs by Mieke Dierckx can be found during Antwerp Fashion Week in the showroom Nightingale Studios in Hertsdeinstraat 26.
For a complete overview of the selection for Belgian Focus at Antwerp Fashion Week, see: www.antwerpfashionweek.com/belgianfocus
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