What’s new on the Boulevard de Waterloo?
A new store for Carine Gilson
In May, the Belgian haute couture lingerie designer Carine Gilson opened a beautiful new flagship store at 26 Boulevard de Waterloo, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in a peaceful and secluded courtyard.
All Gilson’s pieces are unique, hand stitched in her atelier by her small team of skilled seamstresses and designers. Her exquisite kimonos, slips and lingerie are all made of gorgeous, fluid Lyon silk and finest Chantilly lace and have been worn by the likes of Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. She has recently branched out into more daywear, with skirts and trousers, still in her signature silk and lace. She also makes elegant, flattering swimwear.
After finishing her studies at the Antwerp academy, Carine Gilson started her career in lingerie working in a tiny Brussels atelier “Maille France” that specialised in fine lace. When the elderly owners wanted to retire, Gilson took over and in 1993 she created her own label, quickly becoming an international success.
The new store was designed by the prestigious Lebanese design duo David/Nicolas (David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem). They have created an intimate cocoon in soft pink, green and grey, which is a perfect backdrop to Gilson’s luxurious pieces. With thick carpets, beautiful wood and artwork, including paintings from Ghent artist Cris Brodahl and photographer Albert Watson, it is a very special place and well worth a visit!