YOUR Magalogue Issue 7 Summer2012
Magazine & Catalogue of Antwerp best concept store: YOUR Antwerp.
FASHION / SHOES / BOOKS / MUSIC / ART HOME ACCESSORIES / COSMETICS / CARE HAIRDRESSER / PERFUMES / GADGETS JEWELLERY / WATCHES / PEOPLE MAGALOGUE ISSUE 7 2,50 scan & follow us on our blog! www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. ISSUE 7 Concept YOUR premium store Editor-in-chief & Art Direction Maxime Heirbaut Journalist Britt Valkenborghs Fragrance Expert Wim Janssens Make-up & Styling Gladys Ferro Hairdresser YOUR hairdresser Stijn Models YOUR favourites Ren�e Van Osta at A-town Dolls agency Shana Van der Veken at A-town Dolls agency Florence De Bruyne Louise Mertens Barbara Zwerver Rafaelle Wens Nicolas Robyn Tommy Chang Peter Sarpong Visit us www.your-antwerp.com Like us facebook.com/your.premium.store Follow us twitter.com/yourantwerp YOUR magalogue is published 4 times a year. Reproduction, in whole or in part, without prior permission is strictly prohibited. All information correct up to the time of going to press. The publishers cannot be held liable for any changes in this respect after this date. Want to advertise? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you all the info you need! Want to distribute? YOUR magalogue is distributed in a selection of premium hotspots. Please contact email@example.com if you want to distribute and we'll provide you a pack of magalogues in a nice display. NEXT MAGALOGUE will be available from September. welcome. Good news for those who hit the genetic lottery and are blessed with mile-long legs, because summer's finally in the air! And yes, you're guessing this one right: this summer is all about legs, legs and more legs! So prepare yourselves, ladies and gents, come and visit us at YOUR premium store, because our store is fully loaded with everything you need to get through summer. We've been handing out tips to survive spring in our latest issue, but today is no exception and that's why we, once again, made a premium selection of all our YOUR summerish goodness. Sunglasses, shorts, skirts, neon shirts, dresses and shoes to match your outfit, you name it � we have it! So we're guessing your holiday plans are in the making at this very moment and what's better than travelling in style? To all you comfort seeking peeps out there, we are happy to say that we're all about flip-flops this summer. So get your feet open-toe shoe ready! For those who don't have time to grab a pedicure, or you're just not a big fan of showing your feet... no sweat. There's nothing cooler than wandering through the streets in fancy, colourful flats. With this issue of the YOUR magalogue we want to help you step into these months of outdoor drinks with your friends, sunny days and hot nights in style. Our premium hairdresser Stijn and fragrance expert Wim will guide you through the latest trends in hair and perfumes. Because let's be honest, what's better than matching your haircut and fragrance with those amazing summery shoes you've been dreaming about for months now. CREW 02 03 FASHION The 5Preview summer collection is perfect for those who prefer not to spend their summer running around in brightly coloured clothes. Don't get us the wrong way: there's nothing wrong with the current bold colour trend, but obviously we're all different and bright colours might or might not work with you. 5Preview uses pale shades of blue, stripes, mosaic all-over prints, flowy soft jackets, some casual fleece and for the lovers of coloured details: an unexpected coral-red colour splash. Shades of blue Luxe - The Row - Agent Provocateur - Alexander Wang AVAILABLE AT YOUR LINDA FARROW Fun Fact: This 1970s eyewear brand was given new life in 2003 when the son of Ms Farrow herself discovered an archive catalogue of 2,000 vintage styles glasses. He updated them and now, Linda Farrow is best known as a brand of luxury eyewear and the exciting collaborations with - don't mind me, just name dropping- Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Agent Provocateur and The Row. All available at YOUR! Ganni pursues one idea: creating clothes that suit everyone's individual style. Nothing too tricky, nothing too fashion. Let your personality do all the work, not the latest fashion trends. By abolishing the diktats of a total look in favor of clothing adapted to each girl's personality, Ganni creates best-loved items for the wardrobe. Not necessarily iconic classics, but true favorites that make a girl feel good about herself. www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. YOUR FAVOURITES When our extensive range of brands becomes a little too much for you, don't worry. We already made a premium selection of the best goodies in store, just to make sure you'll look absolutely fabulous this summer. STYLESTALKER MAISON SCOTCH ELEVEN PARIS DAGMAR WILDFOX WILDFOX WILDFOX ATH� MODSTR�M 04 05 FASHION Champions Kit With a background in tennis, Fred Perry keeps within its roots with the new Men's Authentic collection. The line presents classic sportswear that can be worn both on and off the sports field. There are three main stories within the collection, each with specific looks. Make sure you come and check them out yourselves! Fr ed Pe rr y Timeless mix & match Mint, grapefruit, yellow or orange tones? You name it... American Vintage has it. And that's not even all. Their summer looks consist of acid pastel tones and hypnotic colours like electric blue, mango & fuchsia. So, what's your favourite colour? This COLOURFUL summer with a subtle touch of ice throws golden dust on your looks. www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. WATCHES ADIDAS VOID NIXON MICHAEL KORS www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. FASHION Where's the party at? Since 2005, POPcph has been hosting parties where fashion meets clubbing, underground meets pop culture, designers & models meet common people and cool kids meet old rock & rollers, in everything from designer shops & restaurants to cinemas, hotels & raw industrial buildings. This collection is inspired by these - and all tomorrow's parties. PARTY ROCK! Belgium's Finest This season, the colours red, white, black and blue are the main colours of the Sandrina Fasoli collection. The details in light pink, green and blue prove that the designers Fasoli and Marson devote considerable attention to continuity, stability, relevance and homogeneity. To us, that's probably also the reason why their collections seem to mature more each season. Easy Chic Pastel pinks, polka dot prints and cobalt blue, Parisian designer Vanessa Bruno has swept us away once again with her easy-chic femininity in this season's Athe collection. Ath�, the diffusion line from the doyenne of French cool shares the same beautifully, wearable aesthetic as Vanessa Bruno's main line, offering stylish wardrobe staples with a contemporary twist. 08 09 SHOES Brands from top left to bottom right: Swedish Hasbeens, Viktor&Rolf, No�, Vivienne Westwood by MELISSA, Sess�n, Rivieras, Patrizia Pepe, TOMS, TEN, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Studswar, Pedro Garcia, Converse. www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. DENIM Denim still is the ultimate wardrobe essential. But how do you update your denim closet for spring? Easy! Try having some fun by choosing interesting prints, washes, colours and even textures... Because after all, that's what this season is all about. Denim can be a smart way to add some unexpected tones in your closet. And the best thing is; you can wear it with everything. Next to our beloved denim, we added an amazing range of chino trousers to our Denim Department. Peep these new pieces in store by PRPS goods & co, Diesel, Elvine, Knowledge Cotton Apparel, Scotch&Soda, Gabba, Momotaro, Dr. Denim, Edwin, PRPS Noir, and the recently added brand +PEOPLE! WELCOME TO THE DENIM DEPT. The PRPS NOIR Collection is not about black denim. Noir utilizes the best selvedge denim fabrics available anywhere in the world� with incredibly extensive washes and old school wear, tear & repair details that are authentic to genuine vintage jeans painstakingly collected over the years worn by real miners, mechanics, and laborers alike. Each jean is handmade and can take up to a week to produce. No one is doing denim at this same level. Noir represents the best of PRPS� true collector's items. World Class Denim 10 11 DENIM New denim brand! + PEOPLE Personal style above all Personal clothes for personal people - at reasonable prices, that's what the Danish fashion brand GABBA stands for. Head designers Karen & Ole Madsen have one key principle: all creations must have this distinctive coolness to them, a personal touch. Gabba might be the perfect brand for those who have a personal style and who do not just blindly follow the latest trends. Diesel SMILE IN LIFE They must have wrote the book Dr. Geek? No, we're talking about one of the coolest brands that has been around for the couple of years. Dr. Denim. Sigmund Freud once wrote a book on hysteria, but now the Dr. Denim team decided to undertake some studies on hysteria for themselves too. Check out the collection and find out what they came up with in our store! The design philosophy is to create pieces than can be worn at any time, by anyone. Gabba Independent? Sexy? Chic? Diesel's Spring Summer Collection is always a refreshing affair. The iconic rock n' roll, asymmetric, almost rebellious shapes and colour combinations, of contrasting matts and metallics are back. A little bit Mad Max, a little bit Top Gun gone 2044 and with a playful name of Double Trouble the collection hits the proverbial nail on the head, when it comes to versatility. www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. FASHION Breaking the aesthetics standard Daniele Alessandrini came up with the brilliant idea to create a collection for the men who are free of any complexes, like to be in the center of attention and like to experiment with their styles. Comfortable cut and bright colors, impressive prints and contrast strips are the hits of this collection. Tailoring at its best We love the classical blazer for each season at the year, but when it gets warmer outside, you guys might think about buying a lightweight blazer to accompany your favourite chino and shirt. With their coats and blazers, the Italian brand Boglioli has been getting a lot of exposure lately. If you absolutely love the Italian tailoring trend, definitely check out the Boglioli garments for yourself. The excitement of luxury Artu Napoli proves that men's fashion doesn't have to be predictable at all. Their mission is to bring the excitement back into your wardrobe. The brand succeeds in putting luxury in the details and that's why every man will look amazing in those cashmere knits and fine shirts. 12 13 FASHION Get Terryfied! Terry Richardson is famous for his edgy snapshots and, for the Elevenparis Summer 2012 collection, that's no different. Ash Stymest and Tali Lennox pose playfully in the label's gear and this, accompanied with a lollipop, really fits the legendary tagline: "life is a joke". That's what you get with the ELEVENPARIS Summer 2012 collection. It's a message that appeals to youth looking for alternative forms of representation in regards to their style. Eleven Pari s Promising seaside stories A summer collection inspired by the journey from a seaside English town to the capital and largest metropolitan area of Japan, doesn't that sound promising to you? Ben Sherman's heritage is even more significant in this collection than in the previous one, which results in a variety of bold stripes, simple checks and English Rose florals. The use of fine Japanese selvedge fabrics reveals the share of Tokyo in the collection. Deus Ex Machina is an Australian brand well known for its awesome motorcycles, surfboards and ... even clothing! The summer 2012 clothing collection was inspired by the sunny life in LA, Sydney and Bali. These Aussies aren't afraid of showing their adventurous inner man. And by the way... it's pronounced "Day-us". www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. SHOES Life evolves, and so do young, selfconscious women. Gradually kicking off their sneakers and exchanging them for stylish pumps that make a journey through our challenging world worthwhile. No� tells the captivating story of 19-year old No�mie and her true passion for nice, fashionable shoes made of 100% leather and sold at reasonable prices. Shoes designed for any type of woman of any age. Collections in vivid colours, fitting your life's ambitions and taking you anywhere you want. Are you ready to walk in No�'s shoes? Then don't wait to pass by our No� by YOUR store in our beloved Kloosterstraat. Pumps in 65 colours. They match everything. Match your nails with the colour of your pumps! Available in so many colours, you can't imagine! 14 15 FASHION There's no other brand that is able to balance feminine and sporty with sophisticated and romantic better than Franklin & Marshall. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection sees details on the shoulders, ruches and micro-belts on check fabrics, as well as, small scarves at the neck. Shirts are inspired by Texan, gipsy and sixties styles and are available in slim and classic fits. Akha Boots The sun bailed on us for the time being, but thank god there's Essientiel! At least their summer collection brings us in a tropical mood! The graphic lines, exotic prints, bright colours and a loooot of fun accessories really do make up for the bad weatherof the past months, don't they? In february 2005, Adriano Goldschmied fused his admiration and respect for cutting-edge fashion knowledge by launching goldsign: a brand for the denim enthusiasts who desire a collection where understated luxury meets innovation and technique. As the man responsible for pioneering designer denim, goldschmied applies his highly conceptual vision to the collection each season. He creates a story of fashion by taking different textiles, fits, finishes and treatments and putting them together in new ways. What makes goldsign all the more extraordinary is that goldschmied himself oversees the private laundry in los angeles where each and every pair is made. He takes the creation from the design studio through manufacturing, guaranteeing each garment passes his rigorous approval process.This results in a collection marrying the ultimate attention to detail, unparalleled fit and premium material. www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. BOOKS Get one (or more) of these new books to relax with on your holiday! Amazing views of NYC can't go without a little messenger cycles, can't it? The perfect combination. An exquisite tribute to the most important contemporary models and actresses. DO IT YOURSELF REINVENTED 16 17 FASHION Elvine From Parkas to chino Converse: Jack Purcell Sport Athletic-inspired and modern, the all-new Jack Purcell Sport shoe is an exciting debut to the family of Jack Purcell footwear. Leather piping and suede detailing lend the silhouette a sporty attitude, yet with a clean, stylish overall look and feel. A sleek silhouette and a low profile toe extension gives the Jack Purcell Sport an updated edge. BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE. SCARVES ARE OUR WORLD. www.fraas.com Both knowledge and action are the foundation of respect. In a culture focused on calls to action, demands of change, and personal pledges of revolution, our belief is that any individual accomplishment is merely a small part in the process of change. No individual can alone take action without the help and support of others. Knowledge Cotton Apparel is built on over 40 years of family experience in design, innovation, responsible environmental practice, and passion for quality. These fundamental standards remain at the core of our business philosophy today. The heritage and legacy of knowledge cotton apparel began in the year 1969 when j.M�rup stof was found in the small town of herning, denmark. Today, knowledge cotton apparel is a family firm where tradition is more than storytelling. Tradition and family knowledge are used every day -- only in this way, we believe is it possible to create quality products that will inspire the next generation, in another 40 years. Being good to the environment, being good to humanity � this is what drives knowledge cotton apparel. www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. YOUR FAVOURITES JUMPSUIT: DIESEL CO / BRA: GANNI OUTFIT: POPCPH / SHOES: RIVIERAS 18 19 YOUR FAVOURITES DRESS: POPCPH / SHOES: NO� TOP: AFTER PANTS / PANTS: PATRIZIA PEPE / SHOES: NO� www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. YOUR FAVOURITES PANTS: PATRIZIA PEPE / SHOES: NO� VAL�RIE TOP: AFTER PANTS / PANTS: PATRIZIA PEPE / SHOES: NO� TOP: FINE COLLECTION / SLIP: HIP TOP: DIESEL 20 21 GADGETS This nesting box secures your privacy and our feathered friends at the same time � in the gardens and everywhere! This mini fire bucket is not your average ashtray. Made from enamelled steel, and supplied complete with sand, this quirky little number is a great way to collect your dog-ends. Use it inside or outside (it looks great hung on a wall). And if you quit smoking, you can use it to pretend you're a giant ... go on, you know you want to! With these `Festival Feet', rest assured that your feet will stay mud-less while you engage in your dancing, singing and generally being a festival-appreciator! What would you prefer; a fight club or a gay bar? Shock your friends with these new firelighters that look like money! You will prove noblesse and real style. Wielding mighty wooden paddles and small white balls of fury two contenders will battle to the death in the one and only ultimate office game.....Desktop Ping Pong! The rules are simple, first to 11 wins! Set-up the clever mini net using the suction cups provided to hold the net in place, grab a paddle each and let the fight to the top begin!!! Archie Grand is the infamous Scandinavian notebook maker. He produces high quality notebooks for shopaholics, artists, fashionistas and other breeds of charlatans, scoundrels and luminaries. Archie came upon the notion that each of these charming charlatans should receive a notebook of matching colour � a gift to aid them in their creative pursuits. The size neatly fits the pocket of a suit or a small evening bag. If your child looks to pursue a career in our multimedia-based world, you should introduce him or her to state-ofthe-art technology as early as possible. Of course, purely ecologic! A wide range of trendy iPhone covers are available at our Gadget Dept.! A dream becomes true! A hot bath with a character of your choice. Relax with a cup of tea in a selected company. So charming you have never enjoyed your tea before! Whether square, glamorous, utterly lobstery or just classic - our refrigerator art puts it in a nutshell: magnetic, practical, good. The Snore-Stopper is the newest achievement in sleep research and as well as a relationship-saver; in one neat device. One brief, yet resolute punch and you again reign over nighttime peace. www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. PERFUMES YOUR Fragrance specialist's personal top 10 1/ L'Eeau Neuve Eau de Toilette Lubin 2/ Original Santal Eau de Parfum Mill�sime Creed 3/ CDG 3 4/ Eau de Toilette Comme des Gar�ons Idole 5/ Eau de Toilette Lubin Royal Water Eau de Parfum Mill�sime Creed 6/ 8 88 7/ Eau de Parfum Comme des Gar�ons Le Vetiver Eau de Toilette Lubin 8/ Energy C 9/ Eau de Toilette Comme des Gar�ons Acqua Fiorentina 10/ Perfumed Oils Creed Eau de Parfum Mill�sime Creed The Scents of SUMMER If you already got the opportunity to walk into the store, there's a slight chance you might have spot me there. It's easy to recognize me, with my white lab coat I'm always wearing, my signature outfit at YOUR. A lot of people ask me if I'm a perfume doctor, what I see as a very pleasant compliment. I am your perfume doctor indeed! Always looking and smelling to find the right, matching fragrances, skincare products and body care for you. And, to be honest, I'm addicted to perfume. I adore smelling new stuff and I always apply some perfume before I go to bed to boost my dreams. Perfume can lead your feelings; it has the power to make you happy and smiling, which are my goals. I would never go for anything less than that. For the summer issue of our Magalogue, I present you my selection of fragrances at YOUR and they will certainly become a great success! A selection to freshen up or to accentuate the summer feeling. Pass by to get indulged by the most beautiful perfumes and get ready for a great Summer! Wim 22 23 HAIRDRESSER Hola Chola iiiitss...SUMMERTIME !!! My favorite season of the year, it can make you feel like when everything comes together effortlessly, and that is also true when it comes to our hair. For the ladies, we still see a lot of mid-partings in natural looking, but big, and wavy hair... Yes, you heard it right volume is back! But it shouldn't look artificial though. Those who are blessed with natural curly or wavy hair simply need a good haircut, and those with a more straight or limp hair can come a very long way with a CHI curler. All the surf babes are probably stocking up on the beach texture spray for that wild nonchalant look, but don't forget that when you use matifying sprays, you need extra conditioner or a masque to make sure it doesn't loose moister. The hair colours of the moment should look like only the sun has touched your hair. And I know what you're thinking right now... but NO I'm NOT talking highlights here. Stop what you are doing right now and make an appointment, please. And now for the men... Baby faces are still badass, remember that. To all of you who have read my article in the previous magalogue, you know that the `mad men meets James Dean' -look is really working. The only thing we need to do now is to summerfy it. So lets make that hairdo just a little shorter, maybe a little wilder on top, take out all the shine, put in that beach worthy look and BAM awesome, stud-summer-hair. All the baby face badasses who choose to go for a shorter version cannot live without a pair of SUPERretro-future sunglasses, obviously... and the matte wax. Who dares to leave his hair a little longer on top, will be happiest with the combo beach texture spray/ matte wax. If you have any questions, or if you just realized you need to change your hairstyle. Give me a call or find me in the store. Peace out, keep rocking! Stijn www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. YOUR FAVOURITES VEST: MODSTR�M / DRESS: AFTER PANTS DRESS: MODSTR�M / SCARF: AMERICAN VINTAGE VEST: MAISON SCOTCH PONCHO: BEL AIR / JEANS: PRPS JUMPSUIT: SANDRINA FASOLI / VEST: MODSTR�M 24 25 YOUR FAVOURITES VEST: DIESEL / DRESS: BOBI SHIRT: MODSTR�M www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. FASHION Converse by John Varvatos Star Player Deconstructed luxury is at the heart of the Converse by John Varvatos Star Player footwear for Spring 2012. Premiering with a unique ghosting effect of the iconic Star Chevron logo, the shoes are specially treated, leaving only an outline. Heavy gauge canvas lends comfort and a vintage feel, while overall detailing gives the shoes a touch of refinement. Let's catch that flight! Herschel Supply Co. was started with the goal of bringing well-designed quality built product to market. Inspiration is drawn from vintage mountaineering, American heritage, world travel and fashion. Herschel reinvents these products with modern shapes, fits and feels, with fine regard for detail. Herschel is about our past, present and future. They are creating an environment that supports the new generation of fashion forward individuals. MUSIC "THE PERFECT TUNES FOR YOUR SUMMER BBQ" JEWELLERY White Valentine Disney Couture Disney Couture Wildfox White Valentine 26 27 Betty Bogaers YOUR FAVOURITES RVLT BEL AIR ELEVEN PARIS MODSTR�M SANDRINA FASOLI SCOTCH & SODA SANDRINA FASOLI BOBI BEN SHERMAN DIESEL AMERICAN VINTAGE RVLT FRED PERRY VL BY FRAAS EDWIN SANDRINA FASOLI BOBI BEN SHERMAN CP COMPANY SCOTCH & SODA DIESEL RETROBRAND PATRIZIA PEPE DIESEL www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. YOUR FAVOURITES When our extensive range of brands becomes a little too much for you, don't worry. We already made a premium selection of the best goodies in store, just to make sure you'll look absolutely fabulous this summer. DIESEL CO COLD METHOD LACOSTE ARTU NAPOLI SCOTCH & SODA FOLK MINIMUM BEN SHERMAN RVLT 28 29 SHOES Brands from top left to bottom right: Adidas, Fred Perry, Officine Creative, Rivieras, TEN, Skive, TOMS, Folk, Marc Jacobs, Mark McNairy www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. FASHION Folk is not a brand that is inspired by vintage clothing, nor by a specific period in history or a particular muse. The design focus is on the combination of the quality of the fabrics, their fabrications, and the extraordinary usage of colour. We love Folk that much that we added a specific Folk Department to our Men's Dept., so come and check it out! Not so much a brand, a style is born. REIKO is born of the ambition of three friends to create a brand reaching beyond trends aiming at designing pants fitting every woman. Rock in daytime and smart in the evening Sophisticated fits, styles always trendy, perfect fabrics and a range of unique colors dear to the heart of its designers. So ladies: what's a sultry hot summer without your favourite high waist shorts, skirts and dresses? Sessun's summer collection mixes female and male items with ease. Add a little je-ne-sais-quoi attitude and you're ready to hit the road in style. Dani foffa started his passion working on vintage bikes in 2007 from his tiny flat whilst keeping his day job in the city. In 2009 he quit his job and took a risk to follow his passion and teamed up with photographer tyson sadlo to create foffa bikes. They then opened a shop in east london along with a few more passionate cyclist friends. Since then foffa bikes have launched 4 customisable models, the `gears', the single speed `prima', the women's `grazia' and the urban concept `ciao'. They also have their range of high quality parts and are taking frame customisation to the next level with their range of designer stickers. Best of all, FOFFA bikes are now, exclusively available at YOUR, 30 31 YOUR PEOPLE Alain Ken You might have noticed this guy at our Gadget and Book Department and if you haven't met him yet, he has probably drove past you at least once on one of his fixies. We're talking about one of our dearest staff members, Ken. An energetic dude who keeps the positive vibe alive at any given moment. We had a little Q&A with him, but if you still want to meet him...just pass by YOUR or chase him on one of his bikes! Y: K: How did you start working at YOUR? What did you bring here? I have always liked YOUR, even before i worked here. For me it was like a store where you could easily enter and walk around to spend some free time. I've worked in the reataurant-business for a couple of years, but i kind of grew out of it and at some point i saw the application-poster at YOUR. Contacted the manager and a couple of days later i was working at YOUR! Ken travels everyday by bike. But not just a bike... Tell us a bit more about your bike(s) and why you love riding it. The feeling i have is so hard to explain. It's just a strong and absurd feeling of freedom and control while i'm riding my bikes. I love to ride fixed gear, which means that you ride single speed and have no brakes! Every day i look forward riding one of my bikes to work and returning home after a busy day. I try to find new routes every time, take detours to more quiet alleys and free my mind while others are stuck in traffic. I love the movement and rhythm of the city. Is it a coincidence that the amount of fixed gear books has increased at our Gadget and Book Dept. since you started working here? The fact that the books about biks have increased that much is because of the good taste of our store Guv'nor Jorrit. Maybe he just couldn't ignore that i'm always talking about bikes... But it's probably because you simply can't ignore the bike anymore. So i think it was the right time to get some interesting lecture and put it in the right place, our Book Department. After all, the bike is still one of the most loved tranportvehicles in Belgium! Be amazed! It's obvious that the bike-messenger look needs tattoos. Tell us a bit more about your tats? Where did you get them? What's the story? All of my tattoos have a story behind them. I will only get inked when there actually is a meaning behind it. Most of the drawings on my skin are things i will and can't ever forget. On one of my calves there's written: "sic transit gloria mundi" which is a Latin sentence for "Thus passes the glory of the world". A sentence that reminds me to stop dreaming and just be myself without thinking that the world is at my feet. Other tat's are an anglerfish, mermaids and a gingerbreadman. All of them have a specific and personal meaning. Y: K: Simple pine tables and stools outside offer a rustic counterpoint to the 300-euro sunglasses and trim Ann Demeulemeester tank tops worn by the style-conscious crews sitting at them. The menu swings in the same range -- from hearty stoofvlees (savory beef stew) to tuna steak served rare with mint pesto. Yes, we're talking about the lovely restaurant across YOUR; `Chez Fred'. In the cosy "Kloosterstraat" in our dearest A-town, you can find this unique and heartwarming restaurant `Chez Fred'. Alain loves to welcome you with his young, vibrant and super motivated team. Y: A: Can you tell us a bit more about the evolution of the Kloosterstraat for the past 5 years and which role `Chez Fred' and YOUR has in it. The concept of the Kloosterstraat has, as far as i can remember, always been popular. It used to be all about the antique-shops and the Montmarte-feel, but since 2 years it has changed a lot because of YOUR and Chez Fred. People visit the Kloosterstraat especially to go to YOUR and take the cosyness of the antique-shops as a plus. Those "new" visitors have had it with the busy shoppingarea and now enjoy a unique experience in Antwerp with some shopping at YOUR and a lovely lunch at `Chez Fred'. Our clients can enjoy the Parisian atmosphere in our French-like bistro with the best food and service they can get and together with the unique YOUR-experience. What's the power of "Chez Fred"? The first thing that comes to mind is the ratio quality and quantity. We serve our clients delicious dishes that aren't tiny and best of all: the price is right. A great plus about "Chez Fred" might also be the coffee. As a trained barista I do everything I can to serve a great espresso or cappuccino with a nice Latte-Art drawing. This all combined, added with a great vibe from our staff and the well known quiet terrace, will make your day/stay in Antwerp worth while. What's THE DISH at "Chez Fred"? Tuna steak, no doubt. We serve every dish made with care for the product, but if there's one thing you have to state as the best dish it's definitely the 2 versions of Tuna Steak. The well known "stoofvlees" and steak with fries used to be the reason why people came to us, but one of my favourites stays the Tuna Steak. www.chezfred.be -- Kloosterstraat 83 200 Antwerpen 03/257.14.71 -- 7/7 open from 10 .00 til they close Y: K: Y: K: Y: A: Y: A: www.your-antwerp.com A selection of damn fine products by Kloosterstraat 90, Antwerpen. ANTWERP FASHION / SHOES BOOKS / MUSIC HOME ACCESSORIES COSMETICS / CARE PERFUMES / GADGETS JEWELLERY / WATCHES ART / HAIRDRESSER SCAN AND EXPERIENCE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR STORE! 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