the romance reader

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The Romance Reader is a collab with the Brussels brand, and good friend of Lies, JANUE. The bag stays true to our clean shapes and volumes while offering a fresh, organic and gentle touch. One one side it shows a canvas painting of an embrace, the other side is in full plum leather. The bag can be worn in multiple ways due to the soft leather and adjustable strap. A shoulder bag, a crossbody bag and a clutch in one. 


- 1 large middle compartment 
- Can be worn as a shoulder bag, crossbody bag and a clutch
- Comes with an adjustable strap to wear over the shoulder or crossbody
- Dimensions unfolded: 35h x 35l x 8w
- Dimensions folded: 20h x 35l x 15w 

The Romance Reader is a collector's items where leather and canvas blend together — materials that are intrinsically part of the world of Lies Mertens and JANUE. The Romance Reader portrays a framed fragment like a painting: the representation of an embrace, a symbol of connection and friendship between Lies Mertens and JANUE.

Materials & production

Designed in: Antwerp, Belgium

Animal leather

Handmade in: Tunisia
- plum royal nappa — Dutch calf nappa leather

Interior: Ivory coloured leather lining

All our leather is certified with an LWG Silver or Gold rating. Promoting sustainable practices in all areas of leather production. Read more about our leather here.

We recommend spraying your bag with a water repellent coating such as Nanex, to avoid marks caused by raindrops. 

Shipping & Returns

We use Bpost Express for deliveries in Belgium, DPD for deliveries in the EU and UPS for deliveries outside of the EU. Delivery times and shipping fees depend on your location and the amount of your order. 

Read more about our shipping policy here.

We hope you will love everything that you order from us, but if something isn’t quite right, you have 14 days to return. Contact including your order ID & name and we will arrange a return for you.

Read more about our return policy here.


Would you like to personalise your handbag or accessory? Buy from our Antwerp store and have it embossed on the spot and by hand.

Read more about our embossing service here.

the romance reader

the romance reader