Occupying five acres in Belgium’s historic port city, the Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp is the charming newest occupant of a 15th-century monastery in the Theaterbuurt neighbourhood of Antwerp.
Steps from the Grand Place in Brussels sits the five-star Hotel Amigo, the preferred address of visiting celebrities and politicians, a quiet oasis among the tourists crowding the cobblestone streets.
In the 1980s, the designers known as the Antwerp Six (Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee, and Dirk Bikkembergs) put the Belgian city on the fashion map. These days, it’s all-purpose concept boutiques that are stirring up quite the fuss in this town.
You may have yet to hear of Bruno Pieters, but you should remember this Belgian fellow the next time you need a contemporary, well-tailored suit. Not for nothing he is the artistic director for HUGO, the most avant-garde line of the Hugo Boss group.