With autumn comes the new season’s arrivals at Brussels’ most talked about concept store, Hunting and Collecting. As the name suggests this is about sourcing the very best of fashion, design and art around, and is a labour of love for owners Neils Radtke and Aude Gribomont. Joining their collective experiences of not only the fashion industry but also fields spanning events planning, visual arts and stage direction, they have succeeded in presenting downtown Brussels with an innovative and creative retail experience. More than a mere expansive store, this huge space also encompasses an exhibition area on the lower ground floor, which is soon to show the works of Korean artist Kwangho Lee (who we interviewed in our Rough edges edition.)
What’s impressive about Hunting and Collecting is the careful selection of brands and products defined by distinctive identity, edge and quality. What can be seen as a part of the contemporary zeitgeist acutely focused on independent craftsmanship and artistry, the chosen collections are meticulous representations of Aude and Neils’ aesthetics and are proving popular with not only the fashion-conscious of Brussels but also a wider online audience and international clientele. Largely enabled by the online shop, which has been running successfully since May, a few short months after the store opened in February of this year.
This season see’s the boutique decorated in an ‘Alpine’ scheme, eschewing cliché with its amusing and whimsical arrangement of wooden furniture, ski-gear, furs and even trees. Amongst this one can find womenswear gems from designers like Mouton Collet, Rag & Bone and personal favourite Stine Goya while the men’s range boasts Alexander Olch, White Mountaineering and Our Legacy to name a few. Check out an exciting new collection Silent by Damir Doma as well as jewellery by Arielle de Pinto and the much-lauded Pamela Love. An eclectic portfolio of designers and brands are continually rotated to create a captivating and unique retail space which extends to a heady mix of books, magazines and even technology in the form of AIAIAI‘s very slick TMA1 headphones .
Upcoming exhibitions, events and note-worthy collaborations include the fore-mentioned Kwangho Lee exhibition Lifelike Design running from 10th September- 30th September as well as the launch of the Le Mont St Michel menswear range designed with Das Pop frontman Bent Van Looy, which is being celebrated with a party and catwalk on 15th September.
Hunting and Collecting
Rue des Chartreux 17 Kartuizerstraat
+32 2 512 74 77