about the brand
My inspiration comes mainly from people. Their energy, their passion, their story. It is for that reason that I name my designs after people who are close to me or that I find inspiring.
— Lies Mertens
Lies Mertens founded her label in 2017, after completing a master's degree in graphic design and a leatherworking course. Her designs quickly garnered recognition and praise, and in 2019, Lies received a Henry van de Velde consumer award for the label. In 2022, the d.b. wine bag was exhibited at Hasselt's fashion museum during the expo Bags: inside out.
Collaboration has been a key aspect of the Lies Mertens label, and over the years, Lies has partnered with a variety of artists, including Camiel van Noten, Shirley Villavicencio Pizango, and the jewelry label Studio Collect.
Her dedication to innovative and sustainable design continues to inspire, and in 2022, the label expanded its offerings by introducing a vegan collection. Lies' creativity and passion for design extends beyond fashion, as she also runs a design guesthouse and gallery called Patina.
The label is based in Antwerp, Lies' hometown. The flagship store is located in the centre of Antwerp, Steenhouwersvest 6, amongst other Belgian designers such as Christian Wijnants, Studio Collect and Lore van Keer.
All bags are designed in Antwerp and handcrafted in Italy or Tunisia. We prioritise quality materials and superior craftsmanship to ensure longevity. At lies mertens, we value innovation and strive for transparency in every aspect of our process.
Find out more about our commitments by visiting our page on transparency.
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