Sophie D’Hoore equals Crip. White. Shirt. The style staple shirt in any wardrobe since it can be worn dressed down to the beach on a distressed cut-off jeans – can we still wear this after fifty? – or dressed up to a gala party with a long pleated skirt.
While shopping at Pauw Amsterdam for my summer investment no. 7 shoe sandal darlings by Sartore, just one casual touch of the crisp, soft fabric was enough. Sophie D’Hoore it shall be.
The Questions: Will I wear these white shirt at least 30 times? Do I have something similar in my wardrobe gave me a little trouble this time. An immediate yes to the first, make that at least 100 wears.
But then #2. To be honest, of course I have something similar in my closet. As in duh. BUT. None of my white shirts is of this únique quality and shape.
So I’ve added item no. 8 to my #onepieceamonth challenge and now I don’t want to wear anything else. Some other white shirts will have to go and make place for Sophie’s Babylon Shirt.
Sophie D’Hoore, from dentist to designer
From dentist to yet another great Belgian designer, everything is possible in fashion. Sophie D’Hoore changed professions after finishing her study at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1992. If she graduaded 10 years earlier it definitely would have been the Antwerp Seven along with other Belgian designers like Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester.
Minimal style and timeless purity is what describes her collection best. She is obsessed with the perfect cut ànd the perfect fabric. The hunt for the highest quality natural materials as in cotton, silk and wool comes first. Only when she is happy with the fabric Sophie turns to the drawing table. Next comes design and fit.
This reversed way of designing – fabric first! – is why her items feel just as great as they look. No sacrifice on comfort – lightweight and easy to wear – while the shape speaks for itself. I love the understated classic, luxury style. Ageless fashion for life.
“I want to dress women, instead of dressing them up.” __ Sophie D’Hoore
Sophie D’Hoore at Pauw Amsterdam
Dutch Pauw Amsterdam luxury multi-brand store opened their first Pauw store in the late 40’s in Amsterdam. It’s only logical they sell the Sophie D’Hoore collection since Pauw stands for the same quality and style values.
Madeleine and Henriette Pauw decided to expand their own Pauw brand with more avant-garde labels in the late sixties and early seventies. The sisters saw potential in – until then – relatively unknown labels from Paris, London and Milan. They became one of the first to introduce Comme des Garçons, Kenzo and Dries van Noten to The Netherlands.
With the start of the new era, Madeleine’s son Christiaan joins the Pauw group and international expansion is a fact. From a shop-in-shop at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York ’till an international e-shop, their brands are available around the globe for those prefer quality over quantity.
My new classic Babylon shirt has long sleeves, a nehru-collar and is crafted – that’s the only word for it – from crisp cotton-poplin. The question for Sophie is: when will you start your bed linen collection? Sheets like this, please!
illustration by Tanja Minnee
piece no.1 : Dries van Noten sweater
piece no.2 : Eres bikini
piece no.3 : American Vintage blouse
piece no.4 : Gucci backpack
piece no.5 : BY-BAR dress
piece no.6 : Aaiko dress
piece no.7 : Sartore sandals
piece no. 8: Sophie D'Hoore white shirt
piece no.9 : Marni sweater
piece no.10: Vintage Leopard Shirt
piece no.11: Pauw Amsterdam Pinstripe Suit
piece no.12: Muji shirt dress
The white shirt described in this blog post is a sponsored item, part of my collaboration with Pauw Amsterdam, curated luxury store. I only accept items or collaborations that answer positive to the question: “would I have bought these myself?”. I will not promote anything that I would not wear, eat, sleep or see myself. Authenticity is very important to me.