ANTWRP FASHION BELGIUM
Antwrp is a Belgian men’s fashion brand created in 2006. Antwrp brings luxurious casual clothes, in particular T-shirts, sweaters, jumpers and shirts in beautiful fabrics.
The brand name refers to that unique blend of Antwerp fashion, the vintage scene and the city’s multicultural dimension. Antwrp translates the street culture into original print techniques with unique results. Logos and labels bear witness to the high graphical standards and in particular to the eye for details.
The collection’s designer
Antwrp is the brainchild of fashion designer Wouter Hoste. After graduating at the Antwerp Fashion Academy in 1987, he moved to Paris where he designed Jean Paul Gaultier’s Junior collection. In the early nineties, he returned to Belgium to work for various Belgian fashion labels. Wouter Hoste’s style is very graphical. He may be using remarkable colour combinations, but the overall picture remains coherent. His work sometimes refers to Andy Warhol, one of the artists he admires most.
Antwrp is distributed by ARW, the fashion agency which distributes many prestigious and trendy brands.
Graphical prints are the collection’s strength. Their double bottom makes them intriguing. “I am Luxury” shows up on many sweaters. Other prints are reminiscent of Charlie’s Angels. Dashes of primary colours brighten up the black and white photo prints.
The collection also often refers to the famous “Antwerp hands”, the symbol of the city (immortalized in the delicious cookies in the shape of a hand). They appear as a logo on the jeans, and this season they also come in “anatomical prints”.
From zen to army
This Summer, some T-shirts will get a spiritual touch, with yogis and psychedelic patterns. Inscriptions such as “New World” and “New Generation” connect with the collection’s futuristic theme. A sturdy military influence can be spotted in the breast-pockets and epaulets. The shirts vary in colour from shades of khaki or blue to a mix of grey and pastel colours.
Skinny jeans, arty sweaters
Jacquard sweaters with brightly-coloured stripes or blocks are combined with skinny jeans in neutral colours. Contrasts give an unexpected twist to every Antwrp outfit. Jumpers with a plain front and the jacquard pattern on the back, for instance. Or the “trompe l’œil” embroidery which look like pins and which adorn polo shirts.
Collect the Antwrp pins
Every season, Antwrp offers a different gadget to its customers who buy one of its articles. This Summer, Antwrp will be offering cute pins, perfectly suitable to personalize your look..
COLLECTION WINTER 2013
ANTWRP / A STRATEGY NV
TRADE MART/FASHION GARDENS
ATONIUMLAAN 1 PB 8
1020 BRUSSELS BELGIUM
T +32(2)478 05 84