A.F. Vandevorst is the business name of two Belgian designers, who first met in 1987, at school. The fashion brand was officially founded in 1997, while the first women’s Collection of the company was presented in Paris, in March 1998, with a brand that combined his initials, A.F. for Filip Arickx, with her surname, (An) Vandevorst. In addition, with their second Collection, the two designers won the Vénus de la Mode award for future great designers.
After attending the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp together, he joined the atelier of Dirk Bikkembergs and for several years she designed accessories for Dries van Noten. Their work is strongly influenced by contemporary art, especially by the works of the German artist Joseph Beuys. They designed the Ruffo Research line of leather goods. The brand also includes a line of shoes and accessories and a lingerie Collection whch they named Nightfall.