Fashion, Ghent
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Rio in Ghent-a life inspiration day

It-bag shoppers paradise in Ghent!
Photo Kate Stockman

Normally you have to book a trip to designers heaven cosmo’s like Milano, Paris, or for my part NY city to lay your hands on thé bag of the season that makes your heart melt. (No, we don’t count instant gratification non-personal online stores)

Not any more girls! 

Ghent-my-city has a new spot that absolutely must be visited.

I know, not easy to find at this very moment: the entire facade is covered with scaffolding but once you fought your way in, you’re welcomed by the lovely Christina in her warm, calming, very stylish store. 

Without a doubt, you recognize the hand of Glenn Sestig. (Tip 1: Check when you enter the very 70 ties fabulous doorknob in agate stone! Love it.)

Photo Kate Stockman
Photo Kate Stockman
Photo Kate Stockman

Besides the good selection of arm and hand candy( Yves Saint Laurent, Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Maison Michel, Stella McCartney and Repossi), you’ll find the jewels of the moment, scarfs, belts and other must-have accessories. 

One bag caught my eye: Stella’s Fallabella non leather bag in grey. Wishlist hit number one. 




But hey…, I also LOVE the McQueen clutch in black fur (one day, I’ll be the very proud owner of one), and the Maison Michels bunny/cat ears in lace. 
When my stuff from McQueen ( scull scarfs, rings or other) needs replacement, this is a close by first aid address.

Why Rio? The great 80 ties song Rio by the ‘glamrockers’ Duran Duran could be a perfect excuse, but there’s an easier explanation. Shop owner Christina has Brazilian roots so this store brings a little Rio glam vibe to Ghent. Thank you!
Rio, Lange Kruisstraat 29, Gent

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