05 Jul 2012, 05:07 Last Updated: 03 May 2013, 09:05
Brussels strikes a balance between the cosy charm of luxury boutiques uptown and the constantly changing creativity shown by young designers, spontaneously grouped together downtown, around rue Antoine Dansaert.
Just down the road, the boutique and workshop belonging to Christophe Coppens set down its hat boxes rue Léon Lepage. He is the lucky neighbour of Jean-Paul Knott and Martin Margiela, the leading figure for a whole generation who opened his second shop in this area, after Tokyo and before Paris.The area abounds with wild and wacky boutiques, maybe drawn here because of its important gay community. Or maybe the other way round?