"C'est la Belgique!" A world city

Belgium offers more than beer, French fries and decent chocolade! Photo: Men's Individual Fashion.
Belgium offers more than beer, French fries and decent chocolade! Photo: Men's Individual Fashion.

 

 

March 14, 2015

 

Brussels is like the little dirty, but charming sister city of Paris. Picturesque alleys are next to big boulevards. Brussels is one of the most fascinating cities I know. 


Brussels is a world city. Thus you find there cosmopolitan garments everywhere. Long coats, beige-coloured jackets and fantastic shoes dress the cosmopolitan business man well. But elegance is limited. At a certain point, I left my brown briefcase at home, I was simply overdressed, even though I worked at a law firm on Avenue Louise. A litte worn most of the jackets and trousers are, though. That creates the charme of this city. It is style confident, but not unblemished.   

 

The Belgian man dresses with warm colors and loves colours in general. Fine shoes are worn with excitement and decent knowledge. My boss is able to discuss premium shoe brands with me. I am proud that gentlement on Avenue Louise recognize and appreciate my brown oxford shoes. Everywhere you see cord trousers. It is deemed „the jeans of the gentemen“ (Rötzel: The Gentleman). Particularly in claret many men wear it, it fits however, the picturesque alleys.

Cord trousers. Photo: Men's Individual Fashion.
Cord trousers. Photo: Men's Individual Fashion.


The Belgian man dresses with warm colors and loves colours in general. Fine shoes are worn with excitement and decent knowledge. My boss is able to discuss premium shoe brands with me. I am proud that gentlement on Avenue Louise recognize and appreciate my brown oxford shoes. Everywhere you see cord trousers. It is deemed „the jeans of the gentemen“ (Rötzel: The Gentleman). Particularly in claret many men wear it, it fits however, the picturesque alleys.

Brussels. Photo: Men's Individual Fashion.
Brussels. Photo: Men's Individual Fashion.

Brussels hosts them all


A boutique of Hermès, European top notch shoe manufacturers and Italian labels follow one another. Quality business shirts of Van Laack you get nearby. Also German Hugo Boss is present.  Boulevard de Waterloo hosts younger fashion such as Massimo Dutti from Spain and Abercrombie & Fitch from America. I am once in a while at Crockett & Jones place on Rue Namur admiring suede shoes. Church’s, also originated from Northampton has it`s shoe place at Place du Stéphanie, on which you might see the most beautiful ladies of Brussels shopping (or having dinner with, but this is another story). Also French J.M. Weston has a shoe temple thereabout. 

 

In a little alley I found in a jewellery store wonderful cuffslinks by the Danish manufacturer Georg Jensen. Taking into account the price I gave serious thought for some time whether I should go for it. My boss told me firmly and with a smile, „I should leave the over-thrifty Swabian behind. Things work differently here.“ Finally I shopped the cuffslinks and years later I am still very happy with them. 

Accessories for the businessman


In the city of conferences and politics I soon realized what I am lacking. I don’t have a card holder for business cards, without I am an international business nobody. Evenings are long and once in a while you meet somebody between having champagne and speeches you like to stay in contact with due to business networking or inspiration. My first course was to go to Place du Grand Sablon, but on the historical flea market, I don’t like the card holders. Some time ago, a dear friend presented me with a suitable one to the occasion of my birthday. 


So what do we learn from the Belgian man? Decent shoes are the backbone of a man’s wardrobe. Cord trousers refines a casual outfit. And there are things you should have as a business man. 


Links

Manufacturers and brands in this article are examples. They are no advertisement, but an idea. There are many good manufacturers having stores in Brussels, so I chose subjectively a few I have an opinion about. 

 

http://www.georgjensen.com/en-gb