Last week I was in Antwerp and of course took our Antwerp guide with me. Do go if you get a chance, it’s easy to get to with the Eurostar and our tickets cost £90 return, which is not far off what it’ll cost you to travel around London for a day or two at the moment (I caught a cab for the first time in ages last week, yikes! bank-loan-travel!)
Since it is the home of Dries Van Noten (my favourite designer EVER), Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester I nipped to all of their lovely flagship stores. But although lovely to pay homage, it was impossible to justify buying anything as you don’t get much change from £1000 for a Dries dress today, which even if I had it, is a step too far. Who is buying clothes at this price?
Tipped off by many who knew my Dries obsession, I visited two excellent designer outlet (both old ‘new’ stock and second hand) stores that specialise in Belgian designers and in both I saw better priced Dries, Demeulemeester, Margiela, AF Vandevorst and non-Belgian Marni! Store staff are incredibly knowledgable and really helpful,
In Labels Inc I had a bit of a meltdown moment, as I came across this lovely Ann Demeulemeester coat above, which is very similar to the one we featured in our first year of blogging. The above picture of the stylish Italian lady comes from The Sartorialist and I have used this image lots when talking about style and the older woman.
I remember desperately wanting that coat and so discovering something similar -I think this is the men’s version of the same coat- at a reasonable price (£190-it would have been close to £1000 when new) I just had to blow the whole budget on it. It has an unstructured, almost sloppy charm and is shrug-ably comfortable. The fabric is featherlight, it has pressed leather buttons and is beautifully made. I am in love really.
Rosier also has a charming and reasonable B&B Rosier10 so you can actually stay close to the clothes (obsessives only) or I’d also recommend The Glorious, where we stayed this time, with the best barman in Belgium (he’s won awards).
Are any of you buying designer clothes at full price?