Where can you shop for the best of the best and get really good service? We list East Flemish addresses where you are guaranteed value for money.
Perhaps it is the ultimate form of luxury: a tailor-made perfume, like an olfactory signature. Pharmacist Kristof Lefebre offers a permanent unisex perfume line and custom perfumes at Miglot Fragrance Lab. There is also an accompanying bath line, interior fragrances, textile sprays and detergent. Lefebre accepts eight private projects per year. A service that costs 5,500 euros for the development of a perfume and a beautiful bottle with a small diamond. The entire process takes about a year, as he considers it essential to be able to smell the perfume during all four seasons.
Koophandelsplein 17, 9000 Ghent. miglot.com
Davy De Pourcq
Chef Davy De Pourcq started his own business for private top dinners at home. You can hire him and his wife Pauline De Groote for intimate dinners, walking dinners and other (garden) parties for up to eighty people. De Pourcq does not work with fixed formulas, but completely tailor-made to the customer. He combines his base of classic French cuisine with the Asian influences he learned in the kitchen of Sergio Herman, with salt-crusted sea bass as his signature dish. It earned him the title of Event Catering Chef of the Year from Gault&Millau in 2020.
Vandersteene wine estate
This year they won gold at the competition for Best Belgian wine of the Association of Flemish Sommeliers and silver at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles: Wijndomein Vandersteene proves that wines from Flemish soil are anything but inferior to their southern competitors. For their bottles they only use grapes from their own vineyard in Zwijnaarde. Under the watchful eye of experts from the Champagne region, they create sparkling, white, red and rosé wines, from their award-winning Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs to Belgian bubbles and grape juice.
Krekelstraat 32 a, 9052 Zwijnaarde. gemaflor.eu/wijndomein-vandersteene
Over the past fourteen years, Koen Van Weverberg and Ruben Opheide have built up impressive expertise that goes beyond classic tailoring. Since 2018, their business has been aiming for contemporary, tailor-made clothing, combining expertise with innovative materials and techniques, such as Japanese denim or knitwear. Their love for the profession is evident from the many self-written articles on their website about the history of men’s fashion and tailoring. The friends deliberately keep their company small-scale, so that the customer comes first. They are happy to welcome you in the showrooms in their private homes in Drongen and Antwerp.
Zombeekstraat 23, 9031 Drongen. sheeptailors.be
The Alfred Collection
Since 2009, Marie Mees and Cathérine Biasino have joined forces as The Alfred Collection. Together they create luxurious home textiles in natural materials and colors. Their table linen can be found on the dining table of Sergio Herman and Calvin Klein. In recent years, curtains and carpets have also been added to the range. “Our carpets are hand-woven in pure wool in Portugal or Nepal. Because everything is made by hand, we can design each piece custom-made and on request. So we are not tied to print runs. That is also the fun for us as designers.” Marie and Cathérine work from their studio, where they receive customers by appointment between samples and prototypes, but they also come to their home to work on space and location. For a custom carpet you should count on 820 euros per m2.
Napoleon Destanbergstraat 11, 9000 Ghent. thealfredcollection.com
‘t Huis van Oordeghem
You can safely call Saskia De Mits and Guy Vermeirsch the Belgian queen and king of garden furniture. They not only bring together the most beautiful brands, they supplement them with custom furniture from their own studio, and with La Patronne they also have their own cushion couture line. Beauty and luxury are one thing, but what the couple, their daughter Rosalie and their employees excel in is their white glove service. And that means more than just putting on white gloves to deliver furniture. “It’s all in the countless details. Take care of language, politeness, knowing our world and especially that of the customer. From the designer to the mechanic: we share an interest in art, architecture, design, fashion, food and drinks, but also in people.” This approach resulted in assignments from foreign royal families and celebrities, and projects in the most idyllic places. From villas in Mauritius to Chanel’s Boutique Ephémère in Saint-Tropez, which they have now decorated five times.
Grote Steenweg 210, 9340 Oordegem. hvo.be
The Mortier family and its refined butcher shop have been a household name in Nevele since 1882. Fifth-generation scion Cédric Mortier has been bringing a breath of fresh air since 2011. He expanded the range to include vegetables, fruit, bread and prepared dishes and moved the business from the Markt to a modern experience store, where glass walls highlight the craft. Above all, he can call himself ‘Best butcher in Belgium’ until 2025, a title he won in 2021 with his charcuterie. His secret? The close collaboration with the very best farmers in the area, and the traditional cutting and preparation on site.
Camille Van der Cruyssenstraat 43, 9850 Nevele. slagerijmortier.be
As an ‘art liaison’, Benedicte Goesaert from Ghent helps you find your way in the art world. She does this by taking you to exhibitions, fairs and studios. Everything starts with an exploratory conversation at your home or on location to understand your intentions, expectations and personality. “This way I get to know my clientele and I can help them in a targeted manner to intuitively and consciously integrate art into their lives.” This is possible in the long term, to build a collection, but also if you are looking for art for a specific space or within a predetermined budget. Prior knowledge is not a must. As an experienced curator (Watou), gallery director (Zeno X Gallery), artistic manager (Philippe Van Snick Estate) and manager of private collections, she provides the necessary clarity and inspiration.