Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Thenews -

6.30AM My part­ner, Pa­trick, and I live in an old house in Bel­gium that was built in 1840, and is out in the coun­try­side be­tween An­twerp and Brussels. We moved there about 20 years ago be­cause we were look­ing for a house with a slightly big­ger gar­den than the one where we were liv­ing at the time. Pa­trick and I col­lect an­tiques, which we have around our home. Well, tech­ni­cally we don’t col­lect—we buy things we like, things that just speak to us. On Satur­days, we like to go to Brussels and search the mar­kets, and we often buy pieces in Paris. We also use a lot of the an­tiques we find in our stores. In fact, the last thing I bought for my­self, an art­work by An­dré Bo­gaert, ended up in our new store in Hong Kong. We have count­less pieces in our home, though—it’s a big house and it’s quite full. I col­lect ob­jects I fall in love with more than an­tiques per se. Value is not a cri­te­ria that at­tracts me to some­thing. 7AM The house has very big win­dows be­cause it was built as a sum­mer home, so it’s not the most prac­ti­cal house. When we wake up de­pends on the sea­sons; in the sum­mer, we get out of bed quite early. Of course, when the weather is nice and the dog is be­side your bed and wants to have a walk, you want to get out of bed. We have an eight-year-old Airedale ter­rier named Harry who sleeps in our bed­room. 7.30AM My morn­ing rou­tine varies by how much time I have. In the win­ter, I like to take baths, but in the sum­mer, I pre­fer a good shower with some soap and then maybe some mois­turiser af­ter­ward. I use D. R. Har­ris and Geo. F. Trumper prod­ucts, which we also stock at our shops in Paris and An­twerp. For break­fast, I usu­ally have a slice of bread with some home­made jam made from fruit from the gar­den; the type of jam de­pends on what par­tic­u­lar fruit is be­ing har­vested. I learned how to make it from my mother. She al­ways said, “You have to use ev­ery­thing the gar­den gives you,” so when we moved into this house and grew the big gar­den, I started to make jam. I make it in big batches and give jars away to fam­ily and friends. We have a large gar­den with dif­fer­ent sec­tions: There’s a rose gar­den, a dahlia gar­den, a pe­ony gar­den. We have quite a lot of flow­ers—in all mod­esty, the num­ber of va­ri­eties we have is too many to count! 8.30AM Most of the time, Pa­trick and I com­mute into An­twerp to­gether, which takes about 40 min­utes. I like to lis­ten to Studio Brus­sel, a pop ra­dio sta­tion in Bel­gium, in the car. They play a big va­ri­ety of new mu­sic, which helps when I have to de­cide mu­sic for the fash­ion shows. If I hear some­thing I like, I quickly Shazam it. When the weather is re­ally nice, I ride

Dries Van Noten Au­tumn/Win­ter ’16

Dries Van Noten, one of the mem­bers of the leg­endary An­twerp Six

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