This city has a large history in the industry of fine arts and design. There are various socio-economic aspects that have made Antwerp the referent city of fashion in Belgium.
- Biggest city in Flanders and capital of the province of Antwerp.
- Located around the river Scheldt.
- It has the second biggest seaport of Europe: important entry point for foreign investment.
- 375.422 visitors in Meir Street (principal commercial Street) in 2015.
- As well as the fashion industry, it stands out the design and the diamond industry.
- The tradition of the fashion industry is well-known: School of Fine Arts of Antwerp, origin of “Los 6 de Antwerp”.
- More than 360 different fashion brands are present. Exponential effect.
- The purchasing power of the inhabitants of Flanders is the highest in all Belgium: 45% higher in the city of Antwerp regarding the GDP per capita in Europe.
- Shops are open fifteen Sundays a year.
- Lower price of commercial local rental than in other cities.
In the following photo, we can find the principal commercial areas of Antwerp:
Photo: Fashion in Antwerp
The Meir neighborhood, situated in the central station and the historic quarter, represents the commercial district par excellence of Antwerp. Here there are 3 of the principal streets:
– Meir Straat:
- More than 16 million of visits in 2015. In a working day it can receive until 7.000 visits per hour (source: City Traffic).
- Its rental is situated in the second place of the most expensive ones in Belgium, similar to the Neuve street in Brussels.
- Similarities: Preciados Street in Madrid or Tetuán street in Seville.
- Presence of flagship stores of the fashion chains focused on the large public.
- Industria española: Zara, Mango, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Women’Secret, Springfield, Massimo Dutti y Desigual.
- Spanish industry: Zara, Mango, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Women’Secret, Springfield, Massimo Dutti and Desigual.
- Perpendicular and a few metres from Meir street. Clothing brands focused on the large public, but with a higher purchasing power.
- In this street, you will find shops like Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bimba y Lola.
- Parallel to Huidevettersstraat, it maintains the same type of public than the last one. Within the Spanish shops, you can find El Ganso.
- Located a few meters from the neighborhood of Meir.
- Heart of the fashion district of Antwerp. Presence of boutiques of producers, designers, young talents, the fashion museum of Antwerp and the Fashion Flanders Institute.
- This quarter leads away from the big brands and proposes boutiques of designers and vintage
- With 60.000 visits per week, the Fashion district is a good bet to approach the different and most exclusive public.
- For the time being, there is no Spanish brand established in this quarter.
- It is similar to Chueca in Madrid, el Borne in Barcelona or Alfalfa street in Seville.
- Marcado por la presencia del Museo de Bellas Artes de Amberes, en el barrio Sur se encuentran igualmente diseñadores de vanguardia, galerías de arte, y diseñadores de interiores.
- Identified because of the presence of the Fine Arts Museum of Antwerp, in the south neighborhood there are as well forefront designers, art galleries and interior designers.
- Located in the south of Meir, this neighborhood is characterized by the presence of the most exclusive brands which are aimed at a public with a higher purchasing level.
- It could be compared with Serrano Street in Madrid or the Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona.
5.Neighborhood of the station
- With 100.000 visits per week, the neighborhood of the station is characterized by its diamond stores and shopping centers.
- It is experiencing today a modernization process with the imminent construction of the Antwerp Tower.