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Antwerp retailer Enes opens a destination store you can spend the night in

Antwerp fashion retailer Enes is marking its 15th anniversary by opening a new destination store where customers can shop, drink – and even sleep.

Enes founder Muriel Van Nieuwenhove enlisted designer Gert Voorjans to create the multi-experience space within a four-storey townhouse on Volkstraat.

‘We want the store to be an experience in itself,’ says Van Nieuwenhove, ‘a store where our clients feel at home and can shop in a relaxed environment. That’s why we created contrasting corners in our two-level space.’

Voorjans has picked up this domestic theme, creating functional living spaces within the ground and first floor retail areas. A wood-panelled bathroom is stocked with skincare products, while a specially fitted original Cubex kitchen holds one-off objects curated by Van Nieuwenhove.

Photography: Frederik Vercruysse
Photography: Frederik Vercruysse

‘Maximalist’ designer Voorjans has paired period finishes with bright pops of colour, via a Coca-Cola red jewellery display counter, and bold leaf print fabrics.

In a previous life, the building was a bed and breakfast, and above the retail space, three guest rooms have been created. A wheelhouse sits on top of the building.

ENES-wheelhouse
Photography: Frederik Vercruysse

Visitors can also pick up a book or magazine in-store and read it over a drink in the bar or patio, landscaped by Ben Berckmoes.

This ‘static’ garden is conceived as a riposte to the ever-changing collections inside the store. Berckmoes has crafted the space around a fragile elm tree specially imported for the project, which is supported by a custom stone sheet.

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