When talking to Filip (or An), it's impossible not to bring up Antwerp. Not only is this the city where they both studied at the Fashion Academy, but Antwerp is also the place they first met, where A.F. Vandevorst is now based and where their first and only flagship store opened in 2014. 'We ran into each other in the hallway at the Academy in our first year', Filip recalls. 'We started talking and immediately felt an attraction to one another. Afterwards, we ended up in the same class, and that's when our friendship became more profound. Another year later, we started a relationship. We've now been married for twenty years.' The same – dare we say unbreakable? – chemistry that Filip and An share on a personal level translated into their love for fashion and their careers. While An went to work for Belgian designer Dries Van Noten after graduating, Filip worked as a freelance stylist and designer for Dirk Bikkembergs. After seven years of gaining experience, the couple decided that the time was right to share their personal ideas and take on fashion. In 1997 the pair launched their label and their first autumn/winter 1998 collection.
Personal adventures and professional events merge into one life, a life that we share on a day-to-day basis.
Two different opinions search each other, see each other and meet somewhere. That's when we can start being creative.