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Rue Dansaert, Brussels

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Rue Antoine Dansaert lies between Boulevard Du Nieuport and Rue Van Artevelde. At first glance, this neighbourhood doesn't look like much. But that's precisely the point. Like Soho or Nolita in New York City, this is precisely the type of environment that becomes a breeding ground for a city's avant-garde art and fashion scene. And so Rue Dansaert has emerged as just that. This is where one finds the latest creations from Belgium's fashion elite: Dirk Bikkembergs, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons and others. One store, Stijl Men & Women, is credited for "trendifying" the neighbourhood when it opened its first shop here, stocking it with designs from what is now known as the Antwerp Six (internationally renowned avant-garde designers hailing from the fashion department of Antwerp's Academy of Arts). Hip, affordable shoe stores also line the street, and some side streets provide wonderfully innovative products for home design. If it's hip, this is where it's happening. Dansaert is the downtown hotspot for trendies and chicsters. Where else could the trustafarian go to find her Vivian Westwood "Gold" Range stock and the hipster sift through the latest Martine Sitbon menswear line?