The Akaso flagship store is found at the heart of the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Europe's first and probably most elegant gallery inaugurated in 1847. A monumetal passage covered by a glass roof and better known as the Galerie de la Reine and Galerie du Roi.
The visionnary architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar conceived this gallery at the age of 26, creating a 'village' uniting theaters, luxury and gift shops, restaurants, cafés, offices and private appartments. Today the gallery is still that same village where more than 800 people work and live.
The Galerie de la Reine is where the Belgian chocolate praline was invented. On its 170th anniversary, the Galerie du Roi assigned its prestigious nr 1 location to the Akaso flagship boutique – and is hence again a place where new visions come to life.
Montag - Donnerstag 10:30 - 18:30
Freitag - Samstag 10:30 - 19:30
Sonntag 11:00 - 18:00
Akaso is a co-creation concept uniting African artists and Belgian designers. Every print on an Akaso garment is designed by the Kara tribe in Ethiopia renown for their body painting art.
In 2014, the founder of this Belgian label took two awarded Belgian designers to Ethiopia, where they worked with six young artists of the Kara tribe – men and women. The Kara are Africa’s most authentic tribe. Their unique abstract body painting art has been documented by the world’s most famous photographers.
Every print is a true reproduction of the original body painting art work designed by a Kara tribe artist either on paper or on their body.
Akaso founder Philippe is also the father of two Ethiopian born daughters. With Akaso he wishes to bring African artists to the design table and give African art a novel contemporary expression. The Kara artists are paid as European free lance designers.
Akaso comes from the Italian 'a caso' meaning 'by coincidence', reflecting the many coincidences that Philippe encountered on his route that brought him to the Akaso co-creation vision. 'There is no coincidence in this life - just follow your intuition, however bold the path may be'.
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