Brussels is a small city to go from one shop point to another by car and a big enough to discover something new and interesting every day. It is really helpful to hire a car in Brussels to find out the most original and secret shops. Vintage lovers can find the most beautiful dresses from the 60th. The hunters for local designers can find their studios here and there. The owners of the local start-ups are proud of what they do. What are they, local brilliants?
Nicolas Woit & Archives
Rue Leon Lepage, 7
Brussels, as any other European city, attracts you with the shops and show owners who almost live in their shops. Obviously, you can meet the shop owner at the entrance. He welcomes you in the Nicolas Woit & Archives. The accommodation looks like the old salon. Pay attention to the vintage clothes from Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester. Everything is in a good condition.
Nieuwe Graanmarkt, 5
The shop window of Icon is full of the bright dresses from Thakoon on the background of the huge cactuses. You can see the full clothes collection from Isabel Marant, Theyskens’ Theory, Acne, Humanoid, 3.1. Phillip Lim, Dagmar and lots of flowers everywhere. The show owner looks like the beautiful French woman. She always busy with her clients.
Rue A.Dansaertstraat, 74
The concept-store from Stijl started work in 1980. The street Rue A.Dansaertstraat wasn’t the best place for shopping at that time. It is full of fashion boutiques and shops from the local and world popular brands. You can see the clothes from the best Belgium designers: Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, A.F. Vandevorst, Raf Simons. What is more, the shop supports the young designers, like Krist. There is also space for eco-clothes and something special from Veronique Branquinho, Honest by Bruno Pieters и Christopher Reburn.
Rue A.Dansaertstraat, 97
The small pleasant shop of the authentic Belgium optics is situated in the center of the shopping district. The futuristic interior makes you feel special. You can choose any glasses you like. Besides, you are helped to pick the best glasses or frames ever. Look! The wraps are sold over there.
Marcel de Bruxelles
Varkensmarkt, 8 Rue du Marche aux Porcs
It was time when the shops of Marcel de Bruxelles were specialized in underwear and home wear. The brand has its popular collections for men, women and kids. You can find a cotton sport dress for 140 EUR, soft and cozy denim jackets for 150 EUR and sweet and cute kids’ clothes. The locals like Marcel de Bruxelles for the plain design, high quality. The most of tourists come here for souvenir shirts.
Hunting and Collecting
Rue des Chartreux, 1000
One of the most charming concept stores of Brussels is Hunting and Collecting. The shop owners are hunting for the worthy objects all over the world. They change their interior, shop logo every season. You can be invited to one of the strange parties. In one word, they do everything to make their shop interesting. The clothes collection is impressive, including Kenzo, Christophe Lemaire, Raf Simons, Ostwald Helgason, Carven perfumes, Bless linen and art books.
Filles à papa
1087 Chaussee de Waterloo
The collection of this brand is related to European and American countries. All of them look like the clothes for teens – slippery sweaters, tweed jackets with chains on it. If you cannot go to Brussels soon, you can make order on the website. There are often sales. Just make a click and buy something tacky.
Rue A.Dansaertstraat, 89
The small shoe shop boasts the best bunting footwear from Dries Van Noten, Aperlai, Chloé and Veronique Branquinho. The shoes from the less popular brands such as Ellen Verbeek and Nathalie Verlinden are also can be found here. It’s really pleasant to come here, especially after the Stijl shopping – they are situated opposite.
Popular Brussels designer Jean-Paul Knott makes the laconicс clothes that are especially attractive for Ann Demeulemeester and Raf Simons followers. The pants and jackets are good and the price is high (450-500 USD). Designers say that their clothes are worth money.
Vlaamsesteenweg, 144 Rue de Flandre
The shop which is called simply Showroom is a project of two friends. The local designer Tom Mares is good in making laconic furniture. The artist and musician Frank Pey collects old kids’ furniture, toys, games. All these unique objects and many others from the locals designers you can see in the roomy space of the Showroom, Rue de Flandre. What about the price? You can ask for price right here.
Rue des Chartreux, 11
The chain shop is done in the style of Heritage. You can buy Barbour jackets, suits from Engineered Garments and shirts from Nigel Cabourn. The shop assistants are friendly. They are ready to help you whenever you need. Oh, one more thing, you are invited to the party! There are parties every night!
Second Hand Shops
Crossing the Rue des Chartreux and Rue Saint Christophe
Vintage shops are good for buying something really special. You can find the vintage blouse from Yves Saint Laurent or man suits from Ralph Lauren in a perfect condition. It is not a problem to find the best vintage clothes here. There is the chain second hand shop Think Twice. Of course, it is not full of chic things, but you can easily buy a perfect skirt for 5 EUR! Want more? Go to the next street – Rue des Chartreux. The legendary second hand is overcrowded Gabriele Vintage.
You can find the pants from the 80th for 50 EUR or beautiful dress from the 20th for 70 EUR. You can see the admirable wraps from Christian Dior and Lanvin (20-30 EUR), bomber jacket (130 EUR) and classic shoes from Chanel (80 EUR). Go straight to find another interesting place straight opposite the Hunting and Collecting – small vintage shop that is also must visit. There is no any bright sight. Nevertheless, this is the best vintage jewelry ever for sale.