The Belgian fashion designer Christian Wijnants announced the opening of his first flagship store in the heart of Antwerp, his hometown and base since founding his eponymous label in 2003. Nestled between antique dealers on the Steenhouwersvest in the iconic St. Andries district, the 100sqm space will house the Christian Wijnants ready-to-wear and accessories collections in a unique environment that celebrates the designer’s love of nature, art and architecture…
Designed by Swedish architect Andreas Bozarth Fornell, whose notable projects include stores for Roland Mouret and Acne Studios, the Christian Wijnants store layout and composition corresponds to the dense material research found in his collections. Based on the contrasting theme of “Natural/ Artificial”, the space features a harmony of opposing wall surfaces in materials such as concrete and fiberglass. The interior is framed by a verdant garden alcove designed by landscape designers Bart Haverkamp and Pieter Croes.
Christian Wijnants Antwerp opens from today, housing the Autumn Winter 2015 collection. The season is inspired by the spontaneous and organic elegance found in Jackie Nickerson’s photographic documentation of African agriculture, a reference that vibrates throughout the collection in upbeat, graphic forms and Wijnants’ signature artisanal knitwear. The store is open from Monday until Saturday, 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM.
ABOUT CHRISTIAN WIJNANTS
Born in Brussels, Christian moved to Antwerp in 1996 to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Art.
His graduate collection won the Dries Van Noten Award for best collection in 2000. After graduation, Christian presented his collection at the prestigious Festival d’Hyères, where it was awarded the Grand Prix and bought by several stores including Colette in Paris. After a stint at Dries Van Noten, Wijnants launched his eponymous label in 2003, and today presents his collection on the official ready-to-wear calendar of ParisFashion Week, that is sold at boutiques and department stores worldwide.
His talent for vibrant, artisanal knitwear saw him win the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, the 2006 ANDAM Award, and the 2005 Swiss Textiles Award. Today his collection is sold in stores worldwide including Barneys, Harvey Nichols, Opening Ceremony, Tomorrowland and Bijenkorf.
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