When the name of “your” city appears on the most wanted tees and hoodies in town, it makes you proud, damn proud. Antwerpen, my hometown, has been trending for a while now. Raf Simons started the promo tour, Demna Gvasalia took it to another level. Both designers graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. And clearly the city left a positive impression. It isn’t as huge as Paris and New York, as cool as London or as fancy as Milan. But there definitely is that special something.
Demna Gvasalia might be Georgian, his time in Belgium and career at Maison Martin Margiela definitely left their Belgian marks. Last year the Antwerpen T-shirts out of the Vetements collection were sold out in no time. But there’s good news for the real fans who saved some money. The brand is about to launch its collab with Champion and the print is back! (Yes, even in the Belgian tricolore)
Vetements x Champion hoodie available via this link
The Antwerp hoodie from Raf Simons unfortunately became a collector’s item and is pretty hard to find. It’s a piece out of his ‘Riot Riot Riot’ collection from 2001. Kanye West drew once again the attention to this famous sweatshirt while wearing it at the Los Angeles airport in 2014.
Buy the Raf Simons men’s collection via this link
For those who don’t have a huge budget, there’s still hope. Antwerp-based store Vier made its own version of the A-hoodie a few years ago. Raf Simons himself even told The Wall Street Journal that this sweatshirt is the only thing he travels with.
And there’s more good news: the true Antwerp fans can go even further by showing their love for the city. Vier also has skateboards, scarves, raincoats, T-shirts, caps and hats with the logo. I would just recommend to wear the items separately.
Antwerp Hoodie – Vier – Available via this link
Photo credits: Pinterest, Mytheresa, Maria Gibbs, Vetements, Vier