Antwerpen

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

1.Quartier Meir
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.

Huidevettersstraat:

  • 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.

Korte Gasthuisstraat:

  • Parallel to Huidevettersstraat, it maintains the same type of public than the last one. Within the Spanish shops, you can find El Ganso.

2.Fashion district

  • 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.

3.South neighborhood

  • 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.

4.Theater neighborhood

  • 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.