Can you describe what you do? Where you are based?
I’m a fashion designer. I launched my own womenswear label, hornof.tv, last year. For this, I created a new online concept for video-shopping: the website is a mix of 90s tv-shopping and atmospheric video clips. My collection can be seen in the different film scenes, and customers can pre-order garments they like. I work and live in the Klein Antwerpen neighbourhood, better known as the Jewish district.
How do you perceive Antwerp? In your view, what kind of city is it? Its people, its cultural landscape, its vibe? How does it compare to other, similarly-sized cities?
I’ve always been impressed with the open-minded, creative and cosmopolitan mentality this city has on such a small scale. This turns Antwerp into a very unique place to live. I also want to add that people here are very laid back, and most of them enjoy a high standard of living.
What would you say is Antwerp’s main appeal for creatives? What gives the city its edge?
Apart from its perfect location right in between London, Amsterdam and Paris, the city has great possibilities for young creatives to start up and develop. Housing is cheap, and there are different organisations renting out atelier for little money. This makes it easy to focus on your work and enjoy a comfortable and beautiful city together with other young creatives.
How would you say has Antwerp contributed to making you who you are today? What role has the city played in shaping your outlook and career?
Antwerp is the city that definitely shaped me as a creative person the most. Studying at the Royal Academy together with other international students was an incredible experience and definitely helped to broaden my network within my creative field.
On a personal level, what would you like to see more of in the city?
More sun, less rain.
To you, what is the best way to spend a weekend in Antwerp? If you had to take out-of-towners to one place that truly symbolises the city, what would it be?
There are definitely inspiring cultural and historic sights I wouldn’t miss: from churches and art deco buildings to museums. I would definitely take advantage of the great shopping possibilities (especially second hand designer clothes) and take them to dinner at favourite restaurants like le John or Camino. If the weather allows for it, I would also make a stop at Middelheim park.hornof.tv Photography Joke De Wilde