About the Brand


Lees in het Nederlands

“It all started with a quest for a versatile, no nonsense handbag that lasts. The first bags I created perfectly matched my own needs and taste. Today, every design is inspired by real people that intrigue me: a homage to their life, dreams, and ideals.”
— Lies Mertens

A Lies Mertens handbag is an ally, making your life easier from day to night. Every bag is consciously created to give room to your personality and style. It’s timeless, in line with your ambition to contribute to a slow fashion culture. On your way to the vet or a wine tasting, your Lies Mertens bag will always be by your side.

Our handbags are designed in Antwerp and handmade in Portugal & Italy. We design everything to last and invest in quality leather and craftsmanship. A transparent production process and a strive for less and better in every domain isn't just nice to have, but the only option for us.

No-nonsense, curious, and with a shared love for cats and wine. Each in our own manner, we strive to make your life a little easier.


Lies is the founder and creative brain of Lies Mertens. She’s best described by her spontaneity and just-do-it mentality. She lives in Brussels with her cat Snor and has a strong interest in arts, architecture, classical music and wine. When Lies is not working on a new collection, you might find her in-store. Listening to and getting to know her customers is an important source of inspiration.
Anne is our always happy business developer in charge of sales and finance. She juggles with numbers and loves it. Anne is also our supplier of funny Youtube videos and positive office vibes!
Leni is the store manager of our Antwerp boutique. She gets a thrill out of helping you find the right bag. In her spare time, Leni is studying psychology. With her great listening skills and honest advice, she’ll turn every visit to our store in a pleasant experience.
Anne is our in-house photographer and boutique colleague.
Being a graduate of the Antwerp Art Academy, she manages to spot those magical moments. Like when a ray of light puts everything in a different perspective. When she's not at the office, we miss her giggles about Snorreke.
Toni is in charge of our marketing and communication.
Besides enjoying some serious surfing and traveling, Toni will passionately solve all complex marketing challenges we face today. Speaking the language of all our online channels, she is the person sending new content into the world daily.
William is our permanent student employee.
Currently finishing his masters degree in Milano, he makes sure to schedule time on a weekly basis to help Lies with the technical parts of our new designs.
William knows all about leather and is not afraid to get his hands dirty while making some of our brand new prototypes.
Say hi to Snorreke (aka Snorrie). The team member responsible for posing on top of our work, crashing meetings and making numerous online appearances.

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