Wouters & Hendrix, Jewellery Designers
Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix both studied silversmithing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. The two friends have been working together for over 25 years, in their studio in the city centre. Here they create jewellery which exudes emotions and contributes something to your life. Often customers will say that it was love at first sight as they stepped into the Wouters & Hendrix store. Each of their traditionally crafted jewels is a good investment, because they create timeless and refined collections. The epitome of indulgence.
"We have lost our hearts to Antwerp...
...the city is still small enough to know everyone. In Antwerp you can get to the other side of the city on foot or by bicycle. Here all the designers really influence and stimulate each other. I’m addicted to the Saterday Market. Graanmarkt is my favourite square in Antwerp. It is very pretty and quiet, with nice cafes. Then, of course, there is the diamond district. On Friday night you can see the Orthodox Jewish community near the municipal park in their Sabbath finery. All these cultures living together make Antwerp an irresistibly fascinating city.” – Karen Hendrix -
“Antwerp is a city where the neighbourhoods are continuously changing...
... A really nice neighbourhood is the neighbourhood around Sint-Jansplein. With the recently built Park Spoor Noord, which is such a fun place to go. The renovated Art Deco bathhouse in Veldstraat is also an absolute must. And of course all the places where you can see the Scheldt always have that extra dimension. I regularly take the retro wooden escalators in the pedestrian tunnel under the river to the Left Bank for a Bolleke in a café with a view of the cathedral. Our environment also influences our designs. We visit museums and walk through the city. In the past we were inspired by the motifs of the Art Deco mosaics on the arches of Central Station for one of our collections. We try to distinguish ourselves from mass production, by doing as much as possible ourselves. We work with local craftsmen such as diamond dealers and engravers. This allows us to maintain our individuality and keeps the prices of our jewellery affordable.” – Katrin Wouters –
Story created on March 7, 2013