Antwerp

Antwerp Travel Guide

Find Katz in his Appelmansstraat digs, a chic showroom with a massive marble fireplace and an imposing chandelier. "You must consider your jeweler as you would your doctor," he says, stressing the importance of trust between buyer and seller. "He is the expert!"

If collections in black, off-black, and charcoal-blakc are your thing, Schneider's tiny atelier will please you. Skinny men's trousers, shirts, and pullovers come in unexpected felts, knits, and thick cottons; so do the demure dresses and skirts.

A well-edited collection of 20th-century ceramics and furniture, plus the odd Pucci foulard.

The houses in Zurenborg - along Cogels-Osylei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat - are unique in Europe; more than 150 are designated landmarks. They range from weird (Tyrolean half-timbering in Flanders?) to the glorious (hand-painted Art Deco tile façades).

Friday morning see an antiques auction in the Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market).

The exhibition space and salesroom lets the public observe cutters and setters through windowed booths.

This pioneering conservatory of style is housed in the same building as the Flanders Fashion Institute and the new Yamamoto store.

The association vets dealers and has strict membership criteria—to be eligible, you have to have been in the market for at least 10 years.

A fuchsia-and-black jewel box filled with froth dresses and accessories.

The sister-owned store stocks their paired-down women's line.

The atelier-laboratory of Antwerp Six fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck.

Diamond House sits the heart of Antwerp's jewelry district.

The small museum's collection of vintage cameras and photgraphy equipment offers a comprehensive history of the craft. Don't miss the bookshop which has excellent monographs.

For years the Zuid district was considered up-and-coming, now this glamorous nexus is considered permanently chic.

Here, an exhaustive history of the diamond trade is offered but most come for the dark corridors that hold brightly lit cases filled with 19th-century regal diamond diadems, bravura tiaras, and other staggering works of art.