Timeless Classics

April 18, 2014 • Style

the main reason why i am collaborating with FRANCIS FERENT on a series of style posts, is that i have shopped at one of their stores for most of my style-conscious life. i think it started around when i was 16. i had several little jobs to earn money, almost all of which went directly towards beautiful clothes. every summer, i had a bit more to spend on the new collections, because i had worked a student job for most of july. my dad used to take us to belgian coastal town knokke for a couple of weeks in august, and on the days the sun didn’t shine (plenty of days, in other words) i would scour the gorgeous stores for the best investment pieces of the new season.

my dad has always been very style savvy, too, so he would encourage me and he would often let me pick one additional item – his only demand that it would be a true timeless classic and i would wear it for years to come. so basically, each of those wonderful summer holidays, i was training my eye for those basics that aren’t basic, those items that can lift your wardrobe to another level but that you never get tired of. and you guessed it right – most of the times i would find that one item, my holy grail, at the francis ferent shop in knokke.

that is how i got to know the shop, and that is how i still regard it – as a place for fundamentals that aren’t boring, for elegant, timeless pieces you fall in love with and keep for years and years. i still have two sweaters i bought when i was either 17 or 18, and i still wear them regularly. quality trumps quantity in my book, because even though i know i’ll have to shell out a bit more for one item, i know it will make me so happy to wear it for such a long time.

at francis ferent in brussels i was wearing a truly timeless and gorgeous black blazer by HELMUT LANG // pants by SEVEN FOR ALL MANKIND // tee from JOSEPH (it has a cute little belt that i put behind my back) // GIVENCHY sneakers (ok, those are maybe not so timeless, but they sure are cute) // and the prettiest little bag by MULBERRY

photos by matthias rabaey // this post is in collaboration with FRANCIS FERENT, but all opinions are my own

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