Belgian designer Toos Franken started her career in fashion at the renowned Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. She has been pushing for a more transparent and inclusive fashion industry for years. Her critical attitude towards the industry translates, among other things, into her choice for exclusively producing in Belgium and Europe. Furthermore, Toos Franken obtains a unique position in the world of fashion by creating and drawing the patterns for each and every design herself. A grand craftsmanship by which Toos Franken makes an exceptional contribution to a woman's wardrobe.
The tactility of the fabrics, quality and fit of the garments are the most important to all Toos Franken garments, providing seasonless pieces that can be worn every day. All clothes are designed in the brand’s studio in Antwerp and manufactured in Belgium's finest production ateliers for women who want to make a subtle statement with their outfit without having to scream it in someone's face. Toos Franken values product, process, but most of all people. It’s a brand that wants to make sure that the items you buy and wear are made fair and square.
OUR 20/21 WOMAN VIV: The invisible flaneur, with alertness to human tragedies and those moments of generosity and sweetness. A socialist, feminist, movie critic and tell-it-like-it-is person. She picked up her English by watching films, wore men’s jackets and wide trousers. She takes photos everywhere she goes, without showing them to anybody, yet often photographing her own sphinxlike expression in the reflection of cars and shop windows. She isn’t invisible at all, except to us. She is looking at herself all along. “What do you do? I am sort of a spy.” Inspired by the 1950’s urban life post-war, the collection is an unfitted style of clothing, together with the return of Haute Couture: unfitted suits, plain necklines, shirt dresses and tight waist skirts.