Antwerp

Lune Lautre

February 28, 2017 • AntwerpStyle

a year ago, britt and julie opened the doors to their brand new boutique in southern antwerp, not that far from where i used to live. no big deal you say? well, if you’re from around that part of antwerp (where you edegem/wilrijk/hove/boechout/kontich peeps at?!), i’m sure you joined me in a little happy dance when you first visited the shop. before LUNE LAUTRE, there was nothing that could be compared to it in a radius of about 20 kilometers. still not a big deal, you say? you try beating traffic in and out of the city from this part of antwerp. it’s enough to make you reconsider those 15-year-old jeans you were about to throw away.

but of course talking about traffic and convenience is not doing this shop justice – and neither do my photos above. i took them during a ten minute break while i was in the neighborhood, by the end of this winter’s season. britt and julie worried that they couldn’t properly show off their style because the store looked like it was raided. now if that’s what ‘raided’ looks like, then please gimme some. but in all honesty, to better judge the impeccable taste of these girls, you really should pay the store a visit now that the new collections are coming in. though you had better be quick, because the girls are known to work with waiting lists, and out of every box that comes in maybe half of the stuff actually ends up in the racks, because lune lautre fans have already reserved their favorite pieces via phone, e-mail or INSTAGRAM.

if in less than 12 months time lune lautre has become a phenomenon, it is also in large part thanks to its smiling, beautiful hosts and the warm welcome they offer every customer – with a pretty cup of coffee and a delicious-smelling branded lip balm on the side. when my business partner nele and i needed to be styled for a photo shoot last year, we didn’t think twice about it and headed over to britt and julie. they took their time to get to know us, gently push us out of our comfort zones and make us look prettier than we had looked in years. let me tell ya – no better way to kick those new-mom-blues than that (and a hair cut).

this is all getting me in the mood for a shopping spree. and a hair cut. friends and family if you’re reading this – my birthday is this sunday! ; )

visit lune lautre at hovestraat 2 in edegem • all photos by stephanie duval

Belgian Wines In Antwerp

October 20, 2015 • AntwerpFoodTravel

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last august i was happy i could find some time to swing by the newly opened wine bar BELGIAN WINES for two reasons. one, whatever JENS DE MAERE is doing these days, has my full attention. i met him while we were both ambassadors for the bordeaux wine region (remember THIS DINNER and THIS DINNER?) but he’d been running a pretty successful business since long before, bringing belgian wines to the attention of oenophiles around the world. i pretty much blindly trust his opinion on wines, but make sure to check out HIS BLOG for food and travel inspiration, too.

reason number two for my eagerness to discover the bar up close, was the fact that it was designed and created by maša and jon from KLEIN AGENCY. i met this lovely slovenian-californian couple – who came to antwerp by way of berlin and brussels – when i interviewed them about their design studio LMBRJK for KWINTESSENS magazine. over the past few years, i’ve bumped into them on several occasions, and i was always curious to get an update on what they were doing – from opening up their private dinner club (best food i’ve ever had in antwerp) to them getting married in california. they are easily some of the coolest and kindest people i know, and whatever they do, they do with such style and creativity that i’d get jealous if i wasn’t too busy being happy for them. long story short – they designed the interior of the belgian wines bar and it’s supremely beautiful.

after taking some snaps before opening hours, jens sent me home with a bottle of one of his favorite belgian wines (ALDENEYCK from maaseik) and ever since opening it up, i can’t wait to return for the full experience some time soon. see you there?

photos by stephanie duval

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