‘Natie’ is a Flemish word for warehousing company: a company entrusted with the weighing, sorting, loading and unloading, storing, stocking and forwarding of goods. It can also refer to the warehouse itself.
Warehouses in the dock area bear witness to the important role that Antwerp and its harbour have played for many centuries. Examples of this are the so-called Katoen Natie and Hessenatie. ModeNatie sustains this tradition. It symbolises everything that is related to the anchoring of fashion in Antwerp as well as its place in and its appearance towards the international world of fashion.
ModeNatie accommodates several partners: the Fashion Museum of the Province of Antwerp (MoMu), the Flanders Fashion Institute (FFI), the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Artesis Hogeschool Antwerp and Copyright Bookshop.