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A night out in Antwerp with DIGEL move

A night out in Antwerp with DIGEL move

This year has already been packed with amazing projects thanks to my blog. My recent collaboration with the menswear label DIGEL move is just one of those. As part of their Fall/Winter 2018 campaign #movetoremember, they turned to five alternative fashion capitals, among which Antwerp. In each city, they selected a variety of male influencers for a night out in town, discovering their favorite, secret locations. As newly Antwerp resident, I was lucky enough to be selected for the Belgian campaign. And it's with much pleasure that I share our night with you guys!

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In search of new heights at the MAS | Hanzestedenplaats 1, 2000 Antwerpen

First stop of the night was picked by Wout Verstappen. Located in the middle of 'Het Eilandje', Antwerp's oldest port area, the MAS is all about inspiring. The building itself was inspired by 19th century warehouses, with its spaces piled onto each other, a clever reference to the original role of the neighborhood. Inside, you'll find 7 museum rooms containing permanent and temporary exhibitions about Antwerp's rich history and the city's relationship with water. Going up to the 10th floor, and this is the part we explored together, you get access to the rooftop with glorious panoramic views. The journey up is completely free and gives you some of the best views over Antwerp, including the cathedral spires.

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Dinner at Lazy Jack | Kattendijkdok-Oostkaai 22, 2000 Antwerpen

Further exploring the hip neighborhood of 'Het Eilandje', we had dinner at Lazy Jack, recommended by Jeroen Van Es. Located inside a big, industrial hangar, this restaurant with a definite laid-back atmosphere has a limited offer but one that's guaranteed to suit everyone: from burgers, to fish, to one or more vegetarian options. To make things a little more intimate, the rough decor is complemented with cozy corners, comfortable couches and tropical plants. In front, you'll find the most perfect terrace with view on the water, a real delight on sunny days! At the end of the Kattendijkdok, you get a glimpse of the 'Havenhuis', home to Antwerp's port company and architectural gem by Zaha Hadid Architects.

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A jump in time at the St Anna's Tunnel

Next to fashion and hotspots, I'm all about culture, so I picked the St Anna's Tunnel. Opened in 1933 (!), this pedestrian tunnel connecting the left and the right banks of Antwerp is a glorious relic of the past. Most of the elements of the tunnel are actually original, from the wooden escalators (which were really unique at the time) to the signs and fences. If you walk all the way to the other side, you'll get a beautiful view over the Antwerp skyline, which gets even better at sunset.

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Cocktails at Jones & Co | Pelgrimstraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen

To end the night in style, we had cocktails at Jones & Co, as recommended by Yannick Somers. The small, pedestrian 'Pelgrimstraat' is lined with bars and is set at the foot of the picturesque tower of the Cathedral of Our Lady, which on its own is a sensation, especially at night. At Jones & Co, you get to taste the best cocktails and original creations in a snug interior. With its vintage elements and comfortable seats, the place feels very homely and informal. Definitely a decor in which you'll want to stay a little while longer and that perfectly illustrates Antwerp's vibe: stylish, yet human and cozy!

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About DIGEL

Originally from Germany, DIGEL is an international menswear label with stores in more than 40 countries worldwide. With a focus on suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, ties, coats and shoes, the brand is all about that smart, tailored look. In other words, a classic and timeless appeal for grown-ups. I'm particularly fond of their subbrand DIGEL move which is definitely cosmopolitan and has a younger look. Combining business with lifestyle, it perfectly embodies the 'smart casual' look. You can find DIGEL at SKM in Aartselaar (Boomsesteenweg 35) and De Zon in Berlaar (Markt 69).

For this night out, I choose a casual yet stylish outfit consisting of a checked jacket NATE in combination with a striped pullover ASA, black pants NANNO-ST and chelsea boots STETSON (all pieces of the DIGEL move collection). The outfit fits perfectly into my aesthetic which is all about combining smart and casual elements, mixing different kinds of prints and feeling comfortable while looking sharp.

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The location pictures are mine. All pictures on which I appear were taken by the DIGEL team.

Following the footsteps of Bauhaus in Germany

Following the footsteps of Bauhaus in Germany

The curtains

The curtains