Dries Van Noten

Fashion

Born in Antwerp in 1958, Dries Van Noten is the third generation in a family of tailors. Between the two World Wars, his grandfather reworked second-hand clothes by turning them inside out and introduced Antwerp to the concept of ready-to-wear. In 1970 Dries’ father opened a large upscale fashion boutique in the outskirts of Antwerp.

From his education at a Jesuit school, Dries acquired great moral strength and a very practical outlook on life. In 1976, he entered the fashion design course of Antwerp’s Royal Academy. 10 years later, he opened a tiny eponymous boutique in Antwerp’s gallery arcade, where he sold his first men’s and women’s collections, initially made from the same fabrics. In 1989, Dries Van Noten quit his modest boutique for a five-storey former department store in the Nationalestraat, which was a down-at-heel district with little promise at the time.

With the company expanding quickly, Van Noten opened a Parisian showroom and press office in a former art gallery in the heart of the Marais. His first foray outside Antwerp was quickly followed by the opening of a second showroom in Milan. By July 2000, Dries Van Noten moved into the 60,000 sq ft warehouse on Godefriduskaai, Antwerp. 7 years later, he opened a boutique in Paris where he set out to preserve the soul and history of the listed 17th-century building in the very heart of the city.
March 2009 had been punctuated by a new boutique opening in Tokyo and in September 2010 Dries Van Noten opened his first ever men’s store at number 9 Quai Malaquais, Paris.

Dries Van Noten now sells his Men’s, Women’s and Accessories collections all over the world. In addition to his boutiques in Antwerp, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Dries Van Noten works in partnership with some 400 boutiques in cities such as New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Moscow…

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