Where can you shop for the best of the best and get really good service? We list Flemish Brabant addresses where you are guaranteed value for money.
Charles Schambourg by Nacarat
Clients such as Delvaux, Chanel and Rolls-Royce, collabs with Xavier Lust and Renaud Meunier: the portfolio of this specialist in woven leather is impressive. The fabrics from the studio, founded in Brussels in 1962, adorn hotel, restaurant and shop interiors all over the world, but are also used by interior architects and decorators in luxury homes, yachts and private jets. The options range from furniture upholstery, wall coverings, curtains and rugs to bags and fashion accessories, but don’t expect a fixed catalogue: this company in Lionel Jadot’s Zaventem Ateliers only delivers custom work.
Fabriekstraat 15-19, 1930 Zaventem. nacarat.be
Luxury obviously means a beautiful and sustainable product, but that is certainly not the only way in which Rondou butchery interprets this concept. Yes, it is a beautiful store where carnivores like to come for everything from a delicious dry sausage to pata negra to the tastiest preparé in Leuven. But it is the advice and helpfulness of the people behind the counter that give you the luxury of translating the quality of the products into a tasty dish.
Pensstraat 5, 3000 Leuven. butcheryrondou.be
The Fabric Sales
Once designer clothes hit the shelves, the designers always have a few rolls of the fabric left. These ‘deadstock’ fabrics from names such as Dries Van Noten, Max Mara, Haider Ackermann, Sofie D’Hoore and Christian Wijnants are collected by the people of The Fabric Sales. They are then offered to other designers, fashion students and anyone with a sewing machine and a desire to sew. Fantastic quality, but also good advice. You always leave here with too much material and a lot of inspiration.
Wingepark 55D, 3110 Rotselaar. thefabricsales.be
From plaice to oysters, from octopus salad to fish lasagna and from Thai crab cakes to addictive marinated salmon – anyone who wants to cook delicious fish in Leuven and the surrounding area will inevitably end up at De Walvis. If you really want the ultimate luxury, they are also one of the addresses where you can buy Royal Belgian Caviar caviar, produced in Belgium. Their holiday menus are also always sold out well in advance, so you better be quick if you want to celebrate the New Year with fish.
Mechelsestraat 23, 3000 Leuven. whale.be