Last updated on 03/07/2013
BrusselsLife with Françoise Pendville
It is in Brussels and more particularly in the quarters of the creators that revolve around Antoine Dansaert street's neighbourhood that Françoise Pendville scents the new trends. Her collections are always reflecting the flavour of the times.
School was the begining
It is in a school courtyard that she first found her inspiration source. Seamstress's daughter, Françoise Pendville will become a school teacher before starting a successful fashion career. While observing her pupils playing during a break, she imagines her first piece: a coated fabric anorak with a magnetic fastening that closes very easily. She then decides to take a maximum of training courses. She learns the essential of the technique but approaches the craft as a true artist, free of set teachings. She tackles fashion from an artistic stand point. She touches, crushes, sews, and soaks up the feel of the fabrics and the various materials before starting to sketch, then, to elaborate the pattern. Dismissing the peculiar transient aspect of fashion, Françoise Pendville dreams up timeless clothes with basic and flowing lines, and, with the raincoat builds up her label. Stéphanie Guillaume
Tof or not?
Your tof café? Mokafé, galerie de la Reine
Your tof restaurant? Fin de Siècle, rue de Chartreux
Your tof place for enjoying your evening? With friends or at Archiduc
Your tof place for enjoying your Sunday? Flea market in Woluwé or Place du Jeu de Balle
Your tof place for developing your culture capital? Tropismes Library or festivals
Your tof district in Brussels? Rue de Flandre
If you had to show Brussels off to a foreign friend, where would you take him first? The Grand Place, a jewel
What is the tof of all in Brussels? What is it that means that you would never move out of Brussels? The zinneke spirit
What is really not so tof in Brussels? What would make you flee from Brussels? The "civil servant" spirit
Tell us if this idea is tof or not tof:
- A swimming pool floating on the canal? Tof!
- Congestion Tax for cars in the city centre area? Tof!
- Non-smoking restaurants and bars? Tof!
- Banning chip shops? Not Tof!