Sustainability has long been a guiding principle for Collectif d’Anvers, the Antwerp shoe design studio, led by Natalie Van Lijsebettens. Natalie’s Fall/Winter2018 - 2019 collection is the first to be produced in Italy. Excitingly, this combines 100% vegetable-tanned cowhide with specially designed fabrics. By fusing cotton, linen, polyamide, rubber, and silk, these textiles offer both greater wear resistance and creative opportunities. Indeed, inspired by the potential of these innovative fabrics, the collection has expanded beyond footwear, to include socks, coats, and handbags.
Natalie Van Lijsebettens is an artisan shoemaker who produces made-to-measure custom-made shoes. In consultation with the client, she designs shoes that range from very elegant to robust, offering an ample choice of original, machined, printed and custom-made leather.
DCEMBER is a new design label from Antwerp, Belgium founded by Florien Pénard and her husband Olivier.
"My inspiration stems from my walk of life. Born in the magic month of December, the love for pure materials was passed on to me from a very young age. Like the scent of wooden art objects carved by my father. Or the soft touch of the leather handbag my grandmother made herself. When my kids, Zoé and Louie, started personalizing their saddle leather schoolbags, I started thinking ... “I want that too!”