The Belgian fashion industry offers many creative talents, each one with its own identity and appealing to their own market. Belgian Focus wants to raise extra interest for young and upcoming local fashion talent. The growing popularity of the ‘Ik Koop Belgisch/ I buy Belgian’-movement has proven that retailers ànd consumers already show a growing interest to shop local.
For Belgian Focus, Antwerp Fashion Week and Flanders DC selected these six young Belgian fashion labels worth discovering.
Belgian Focus is an initiative of Flanders DC. Flanders District of Creativity, the organisation that supports, promotes and connects the Flemish creative industries. www.flandersdc.be
Atelier Minimalist firmly believes in the 'slow design approach'. Therefore, the label focuses on timeless collections that blend into each other. New variations of existing pieces are re-invented in different colours, fabrics or proportions and added to the collection. Dorsa hopes to inspire people to support local & sustainable production and invest in timeless fashion.
You can recognise a silhouette from Atelier Minimalist by its minimal colour palette and unique geometric forms. Each piece is made consciously in a professional production atelier in Belgium. The brand works closely together with its tailors to ensure that your clothing is created with ethics and environmentalism in mind. The same goes for the fabrics: all thoughtfully chosen or repurposed, providing you with the best quality.
- Timeless fashion with minimal geometry
Atelier Minimalist is a Belgian, timeless fashion label that uses minimal geometry as its most important style element.
The brand offers seasonless and contemporary clothing, produced locally and ethically in small quantities.
Atelier Minimalist is a Belgian label with a contemporary and elegant design aesthetic. Dorsa Mohadjerin, the founder and designer, combines subtle geometries with confident fits as she is continuously inspired by abstract art and architecture. The sophisticated craftsmanship is clearly visible and the look is timeless, elegant and unique.
For the first collection, we tended to keep things close and simple as we combined the look of a sneaker with the elegance and comfort of handmade leather shoes, made in Italy.
But for this winter collection, we wanted to combine the classic Fiamme look with something rebels, but at the same time it had to have a feminine character. This collection consists of high boots, chelsea boots, loafers and sneakers, because a Fiamme collection without sneakers isn’t a complete collection. And of course we guarantee the comfort of handmade leather shoes.
Fiamme is an Antwerp based footwear brand that is represented by people of all age groups. Because of the comfortable fit of the shoe, the leather combinations and elegant designs, everyone can wear it. All shoes are handmade in Italy, so handcrafted quality has been the thread running through the Fiamme collections since the beginning.
Fiamme means flames in Italian and fire is a symbol of enthusiasm & passion. The fire of love but also purity, that’s what Fiamme stands for.
This brand has been passed down in the family after the founder, Elisa Mol, decided to take a different path as designer to explore new horizons. That’s why the F in Fiamme refers to family for us.
LN Knits was founded by Ellen Kegels 10 years ago and has become a well-known name in the world of Belgian Knitwear. At LN Knits, we strive to make you look good by doing good. Every piece is 100% fair and handmade from the softest natural materials.
Every day more than 350 Peruvian women from high up in the Andes are knitting the beautiful knits you see here in exchange for a fair wage. Beside knits, we also launch other beautiful items. A linen and silk collection of beautiful basics is in the pipeline for SS22 and this with the same values as our knitwear story. "Slow fashion" at its best!
Belgian designer Mieke Dierckx has been able to conquer the accessory landscape with refined and timeless designs since 2012.
The authenticity and craftsmanship that she puts into her creations always result in high-end collections and make the handbag label a fixture.
Each piece is designed by Mieke herself in her studio in Westerlo and produced by experienced craftsmen in Portugal.
The Antwerp entrepreneur likes to be inspired by architecture and design during the design process, where the focus is always on form and functionality.
The philosophy of the brand is to create minimalist essentials that are suitable for every occasion, effortlessly combining the use of color and high-quality materials.
Rarámuri: inspired by the Mexican Rarámuri tribe, but 100% Belgian. This young and sustainable brand from Antwerp is known for its unique sandal design. Choose a sole, combine it with your favorite ribbon and create your own style. The trendy and comfortable ribbon sandals make Rarámuri the go-to brand for those who love adventure and travel.
In addition to its clever design, the Belgian brand scores well in terms of sustainability. While the production of the sandals is in Spain, the ribbons are handmade in a sheltered workshop in Antwerp. In addition, for every pair of sandals sold, the brand donates 5 days of nutritional supplements to young children of the Rarámuri tribe.
Translating the essence of travel into elegant, comfortable ribbon sandals. Rarámuri manages to do just that with their latest collection launched earlier this year.
"We wanted to stay true to what we do, which is to make elegant but comfortable travel sandals, but still explore natural materials even more. Ecology and travel are the starting point of this collection. Each model can easily be linked to a particular destination. For example, we have a Greek inspired model, but also a model associated with a walk on a beautiful beach, with a deserted desert, etc. Using pure materials to create some inspiring models is what we have tried to do, a kind of 'back to the basics'."
Introducing Wasted Atelier: A different take on fashion
A Belgian rebel in the fashion industry
Creating unique items out of fabric surpluses, Wasted Atelier is the new Belgian brand to keep an eye on. Wasted Atelier was founded out of a thorough knowledge of the fashion industry and a desire to do better. By locally designing and producing items out of forgotten fabric scraps, the brand has a unique way of making sustainable clothing. Without of course sacrificing quality, style, or boldness. Limited edition wrap dresses, dazzling kimonos and statement sets, all sustainable and 100% Belgian? Yes, please!
Wasted Atelier was founded by Dirk Smet in 2019. As a textile agent, Dirk has a strong understanding of the fashion world. He knows better than anyone that there are many opportunities for improvement. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. Wasted Atelier is born.
“As an insider, I knew that so many beautiful fabrics are left unused. With Wasted, we want to work with these existing fabric surpluses and give them a new life. We call them our ‘catch of the day’, from which we make unique and limited edition clothing. Our pieces are not only sustainable, but also beautiful, comfortable and affordable. Our motto is ‘don’t produce, but use'”, explains Dirk Smet.
Rebel in the industry
Wasted Atelier is both designed and produced in Belgium. This allows the brand to work outside traditional rules, timings, and deadlines of the fashion industry. Every six weeks, the brand drops new items, regardless of fashion seasons.
When designing, the starting point is always the fabric scraps. All pieces are inspired by the 'catch of the day' fabrics, rather than by fashion trends, which empowers Wasted to create unique statement pieces. Talking about waking up sleeping beauties!
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