Tailoring à la carte

Bruno, Saskia and Angélique Van Gils launched Café Costume, an innovating label with which they brought the tailored suit back into the contemporary urban scene. These descendants of the Van Gils emporium combined tradition, expertise and street credibility to create a experience-oriented concept. The suits of Café Costume are of a premium quality, yet remain exceptionally affordable. Bruno, Saskia and Angélique are cousins from the third generation Van Gils. All three of them were spoon fed fashion from the cradle. In 2006 they opened the doors to a first “Café Costume”-store. Their concept they named ‘tailoring à la carte’: the customer determines what his suit will look like. He chooses the cut, the fabric, the construction, the lining and even the buttons with the assistance of their tailor. The power of the concept lies partly in the name, according to Bruno. 'Café' refers to enjoying good company, being accessible and hospitable and having a personality. 'Costume' refers to tradition, style, quality, skilfulness, fashion and luxury. "It’s probably because of our background, but we have tried to combine tradition, expertise and a very contemporary look from the very start.” 15 years and 6 shop-openings later Café Costume has developed into a household name in the Belgian made-to-measure landscape. So much so that Bruno Van Gils initiated a first ever Women's collection within the Café Costume brand. In its honour two new stores in Brussels-Dansaert and Antwerp opened their doors, specifically to welcome all those who have yet to find their way to Café Costume.