Antwerp city break shopping at concept store ST Vincents

Back in October and almost a year since we launched, Annie and I hosted our first Function+Form Bloggers Design Tour over a long weekend. We started Function+Form as a way to bring together like-minded individuals through a love of design and interiors, giving new and more established designers a platform to share their work and process through our intimate gatherings held three times a year. After our second event in the spring, we felt ready to explore the design world beyond London and decided to find a city with a relatively untapped design community. We chose Antwerp. A cosmopolitan city famous for its fashion creatives – Dries Van Noten to name but one, for its gabled stone townhouses, sprawling harbour, De Koninck Brewery…but beyond this, we knew that readers looking to discover a new and emerging city would have plenty to explore here.

Kicking off my new series ‘Travel Antwerp’ which explores the merits of Belgian design and lifestyle in this young city of design, is shopping destination and lifestyle concept store St Vincents. This is an absolute must, not only for the carefully curated homeware and fashion, but the location alone is reason enough to spend at least an hour soaking up the interiors with a freshly brewed coffee from the cafe – of course. And you’re encouraged to stay as long as you like, although be warned of the desire to want to buy everything, particularly if you’ve only got a carry-on case. This place makes me want to give up plastering our walls in favour of rough brick (you’ll see what I mean) and set myself to task building dark green chipboard cupboards for the kitchen. It totally works.

Antwerp city break shopping at concept store ST Vincents

Kitchen goals. Green chipboard cupboards-who knew?!

Antwerp city break shopping at concept store ST Vincents

Antwerp city break shopping at concept store ST Vincents

Antwerp city break shopping at concept store St Vincents

A very recent addition to the city, the store was opened in December 2015 by economist-lawyer duo Henri and Geraldine. Originally an old printing office, the store is an ever-changing home to a thoughtful selection of design ( naturally I came home with Hasami plates), coffee table reads, stationery, art and clothing. Virtually everything here is for sale, including the furniture. A well considered space free of clutter, St Vincents is made all the more welcoming for the abundance of green houseplants who are well cared for and flourishing here.

Antwerp city break shopping at concept store St Vincents

Heavy linen curtains puddle onto the floor

Antwerp city break shopping at concept store St Vincents

Vintage Tolix chairs await to be snapped up…

Antwerp city break shopping at concept store St Vincents

To see more from our Antwerp city break and the group of bloggers who joined us, check out #BloggersTourAntwerp and #WeAreFunctionAndForm on Instagram.

St Vincents | Kleine Markt 13 | 2000 Antwerpen | Belgium 

Open: Mon – Sun 10:30am to 6:30pm (closed Tuesdays) 

Our Antwerp city break was organised in collaboration with Pentacom PR and Design Centre Winkelhaak. To find out more about joining one of our Function+Form events, take a look at our website.

Photography © Tiffany Grant-Riley 

11 Comments on Travel Antwerp | St Vincents Lifestyle Store

  1. Anastasia
    16th November 2016 at 7:59 pm (5 months ago)

    The linen curtains and the natural feel of the store stayed with me ever since I saw your pictures on IG <3 I wish, I could have been on that tour to see this in real life… Must have been a wonderful thing to explore!
    A. XO

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  2. Kate
    21st November 2016 at 11:29 am (5 months ago)

    Was such a fun trip and this place really was one of the highlights! Can’t wait to go back and explore some more xx

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  3. Kimberly Duran
    21st November 2016 at 2:13 pm (5 months ago)

    Oh I love all the houseplants and that green plywood kitchen! Who knew indeed?! xxx

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  4. Carole King
    21st November 2016 at 3:32 pm (5 months ago)

    I see what you mean about the brick walls. Love them. And all those houseplants! xx

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  5. Geraldine
    21st November 2016 at 4:46 pm (5 months ago)

    Looks like a fun trip. It’s great to do a tour with like minded friends isn’t it. Beautiful photos. x

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  6. Karen Clough
    21st November 2016 at 5:24 pm (5 months ago)

    What a gorgeous space. Really can’t go wrong with all those beautiful plants!

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  7. Maxine
    21st November 2016 at 6:21 pm (5 months ago)

    I love the plants against the bare brick walls. What a lovely shop

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  8. Old Fashioned Susie
    21st November 2016 at 7:36 pm (5 months ago)

    gosh this is lovely, it all just works doesnt it! Great find

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  9. Fresh Design Blog
    21st November 2016 at 8:55 pm (5 months ago)

    It all looks so fresh and appealing – it’s amazing how uplifting the addition of plants can be.

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  10. Stacey Sheppard
    22nd November 2016 at 4:45 pm (5 months ago)

    This place looks amazing and I absolutely love the look of that green chipboard kitchen. I want it in my house, it looks great!

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