From discarded flags to unique and sustainable gadgets
Anyone holding a Flagbag item will immediately see that it is a unique creation. And a sustainable one, because the hip gadgets we make are the result of upcycling and social employment. Whether it’s a bicycle bag, a laptop sleeve or something else, our creations are all living proof that sustainability and design can indeed go hand in hand.
As an upcycling project, Flagbag is a textbook example of the cradle-to-cradle principle. We use discarded flags, pennants and sails, which would otherwise end up on the waste mountain, and we give them a new life as a hip design object in a smart and unique way. We use the flags and sails as raw materials for unique shoulder bags, bicycle bags or toilet bags. We also try to recover the other raw materials, such as zippers, as much as possible from old textiles. Even the sewing machines we work with are second-hand. In this way we contribute to a better environment and a smaller mountain of waste.
We strive for a 100% local product. We keep the distance from raw material to finished product as small as possible so that the impact on the environment is also as small as possible. The flags and sails come from municipalities and companies in Belgium and are processed in a local workshop by local workers.
In addition to an upcycling project, Flagbag is also a training and social employment project: we help people who find it difficult to find work on the regular job market. Our employees, people from disadvantaged groups, use a sewing machine to convert the old flags and sails into bicycle bags, shoulder bags and other unique items. They derive great job satisfaction from the responsibility they are given to us and are justifiably proud of their creations. And who knows, thanks to the work and training they receive at Flagbag, they may grow into the mainstream economy.
Who is behind Flagbag?
Flagbag is an initiative of De Springplank vzw. De Springplank vzw is a tailor-made company: our core task is to offer tailor-made work and support to people who find it difficult to find a job on the regular labor market. In this way they find meaningful daytime activities, financial security and job satisfaction. Thanks to this work experience and the broadening of their competences, they often find a regular job after a few years through a transfer process.
In order to give as many people as possible a tailor-made job, De Springplank vzw is active in various domains: recycling activities “Okazi”, upcycling with Flagbag, recycling with Creazi, assembly of (company) bicycles with Velovisie, rental and maintenance of bicycles via bicycle paradise Limburg. be, operation of bicycle points at the stations of Genk, Hasselt, Sint-Truiden and on the Portavida Welfare Campus in Genk and the concept store with vintage loft Hendrikshuis in the center of Hasselt.
Stadsheide 2 Hasselt 3500 Belgium
City Sport CapsCity Sport Caps
WHEN VICTOR DECLERCQ,
a leading fabric trader, got the idea to set up a cap mill, he could never have foreseen the success his company was to experience 100 years later.
He founded his company, together with his wife Marie Olivier and seven craftworkers from Diksmuide.
At heart, Victor was a born trader who upheld the traditional principles of a well-groomed gentleman. He was renowned for his big pointed moustache that was manicured every day by a private barber.
Over the years, CITY SPORT became an established name for high quality caps as an exclusive fashionable accessory for the discerning gentleman. The company has always offered a wide variety of caps in exclusive styles and fabrics.
The fourth generation now reaps the rewards of the preceding generations and is now preparing the future, however without losing contact with the family traditions and creativity.
The City Sport cap is now exported to all European countries, and even to Canada and the USA. But the spirit and production still lies in Ardooie, a small village in the neighbourhood of Bruges.
CITY SPORT caps, quality caps since 1898.
M & UM & U Contact: Mireille Ahn
SjapooSjapoo Contact: Ria Dewilde
Ria’s hand-made hats
As a trained sculptor, Ria searches out different and surprising shapes, creating unique hats in her own style.
Which hat to choose?
A hat will fit on any woman’s head, but not just any hat. For each hat, we talk through the design with you to find the perfect hat to make your personal beauty shine through. We also mold the edges to give it that perfect finish. A hat that makes you look beautiful, complements the wearer and not the other way around.
Hat-making is a profession, a true craft. Felt, Sisal, Wool, Yarn and other fabrics; each requiring a different kind of preparation process to be then crafted using different techniques. Ria’s fashion training together with many years experince give her a natural advantage.
A hat worn for a special occasion requires a rather different approach than one that would be worn on a daily basis. A common starting point is taking a piece of material from the dress to be worn, with which Ria can start to colour match. A colour can then be used in just a piece, or for the whole hat. The shape, colour and fabric should form one entity.
For those who aren’t really looking for a hat, Ria also designs various kinds of headwear (Tiaras, Diadems etc.) which are of course a must at any wedding.
Besides winter-hats, each year Ria designs a selection of matching hat and scarf sets. The shape of which is of significant importance.
Sluizeken 29 Gent 9000 Belgium
Ingrid VerhoevenIngrid Verhoeven
My work is influenced by the colors and shapes that I enjoy having around me. I like the precision and craftsmanship so many objects and art pieces – past and present – are made with. I also find pleasure in the playful and ordinary things I encounter in everyday life. This combination of playfulness and precise technique can be found in my collections.
Earlier work clearly communicates my affection for Modernism and Constructivism. And although gradually my work has become gentler and more female, still today these schools remain sources of inspiration. Both images are compilations of ‘sketches’ I made throughout the years. The picture also contains a favourite painting, in small print, of Wassily Kandinsky.
All rings, bracelets and necklaces, made in the workshop after March 2012, are marked with this graphic logo.
The jewelry is designed and produced in the private workshop in Antwerp. Some pieces, like the paper pieces, lacquered dots, rings and bracelets, take a few weeks to finish because they need time to dry and harden.
Important for me, and fun, is the research I do. Throughout the years I collected (and continue to do so) images of Art and Applied Art of favourite Artists. This study helped to build up a personal graphical style.
I do sometimes look at other (antique) jewelry, but my main sources of inspiration lay elsewhere.
The second step in the design process is sketching. Not only by making tests in metal, as shown above, but also by drawing and writing about the work
Besides working with classical materials like silver and gold, I look for other ways of bringing print and color into my jewelry. This often results in working with ‘ordinary’ office supplies, such as vintage Dymo tapes and Letratone prints, the latter were used a lot by graphic designers and architects in the Eighties. I also use ink, paint, markers and dry color pigments.
These non-common materials and various sources of inspiration, form a base for my work.
Generaal Eisenhowerlei 40 Antwerp 2140 Belgium
no more grey daysno more grey days Contact: Martina Holler
no more grey days – upcycled fashion products
NMGD designs, reworks and upcycles for fashion lovers who wish to support our ambition to create sustainable fashion. We capture the beauty and value of what is already out there and creatively rework second hand- flee market findings, fabric cut offs or overstock to new, beloved products. With natural dyes and hand-stitched artwork we avoid chemical printing processes.
Every single piece is therefore personal and unique with an individual note.
no more grey days opposes fast fashion and mass production and is created locally, one-at-a-time. as a passion.
For those who want to do good to themselves by purchasing a unique, beautiful piece, and at the same time spare our planet a fraction of further exploitation.
de merodelei 31 Antwerpen 2600 Belgium
ZLQZLQ Contact: Liesbeth Verhelst
WE ARE ZLQ.
WE BELIEVE IN BEAUTY AND DESIGN.
WE BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT LAST AND
TRANSCEND FUGITIVE TRENDS
AND SEASONAL FLINGS.
WE BELIEVE IN SOLID CRAFTSMANSHIP AND
WE BELIEVE IN HIGH-END QUALITY.
WE BELIEVE IN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A DURABLE OBJECT,
AN EXCEPTIONAL THING WHICH BECOMES AN INDIVIDUALITY
THROUGH DAILY USE AND A BELOVED PARTNER OVER TIME.
ZLQ BELIEVES THAT BEAUTY DESERVES TIME TO FLOURISH AND MATURE. RATHER THAN FOCUSSING ON SHORT-LOVED TRENDS OR SEASONAL DEMANDS, ZLQ STRIVES FOR TIMELESS PERFECTION. BY TAKING THE TIME TO FULLY EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES OF BOTH MATERIAL AND CUT, ZLQ AIMS TO REFINE ITS CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS WITH PATIENCE AND CARE. DOING SO, ZLQ EMBODIES THE VERY ESSENCE OF SLOW FASHION, A STORY IN WHICH THE TRANSIENCE OF TIME BECOMES A BLESSING.
DESIGNED TO STAND THE TEST OF TIME, EACH PIECE IS HANDCUT AND HANDCRAFTED IN LIMITED QUANTITIES. ROOTED IN TRADITION AND FASCINATED BY MODERN LIFE, ZLQ REFLECTS THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY. ZLQ REPRESENTS A FUTURE WHERE BEAUTY AND SUSTAINABILITY INTERTWINE GRACEFULLY. USING ONLY THE FINEST MATERIALS, THE CAREFULLY SELECTED LEATHER IS PRAISED FOR ITS RAW ELEGANCE AND SUBTLE PATINA. INTELLIGENT AND REFINED. SOPHISTICATED YET ADVENTUROUS.
ZLQ’S DESIGNS GAIN THEIR UNIQUE IDENTITY THROUGH DAILY USE AND BECOME A BELOVED PARTNER OVER TIME.
BEHIND ZLQ STANDS A PASSIONATE DUO DETERMINED TO TRANSLATE THEIR BELIEFS INTO A GENUINELY EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT. FROM THE FIRST SKETCH TO THE FINISHING TOUCH,
LIESBETH VERHELST AND TIM BROOTHAERS TREAT EACH ASPECT OF THEIR DESIGNS WITH GREAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL.
ZLQ DESIGNS FOR THE STRONG-MINDED WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR LEATHER LUXURY. TRUE TO ITS CORE VALUES, ZLQ’S DESIGNER GOODS WILL ACCOMPANY YOU IN YEARS TO COME.
TODAY, ZLQ HAS FOUR TIMELESS DESIGNS, EACH THE RESULT OF AN INTENSE DESIGN PROCESS. TIME DOESN’T STAND STILL, HOWEVER. ZLQ’S DESIGN PROCESS IS A NEVER-ENDING ONE, OPEN TO CHANGE AND MOTION. ZLQ’S SLOW FASHION PHILOSOPHY TRANSLATES INTO AN UNINTERRUPTED, CAREFUL EXPLORATION OF PERFECTION.
Rooigemlaan 126 Gent 9000 Belgium
Michael Guérisse O’LearyMichael Guérisse O’Leary
After graduating from the Victor Horta Institute of Architecture in Brussels, Michael Guérisse O’Leary studied leatherwork at Les Arts et Métiers de Bruxelles under a master craftsman from the Maison Delvaux.
In his designs one can see architectural influence subtly expressed through geometric and sculptured forms.
Each piece is carefully handcrafted with great measure of care in a constant pursuit of perfect proportions, simplicity and unconventional beauty.
The collections are inspired by master architects and designers such as Andrée Putman, Gae Aulenti, Gio Ponti, Richard Serra, Alvar Aalto.
As a tribute to his grandfather, he decided to name his brand after him. Albert Guérisse was a member of the belgian resistance during the Second World War. After Belgium was forced to surrender, he escaped to Great Britain to continue the fight under the cover name of ‘Pat O’Leary’. In London he met secret agent Sylvia Coopersmith, working for Military Intelligence. He eventually married her in 1946.
Pat O’Leary went on to organize one of the biggest escape routes of the Second World War.
Oscar the CollectionOscar the Collection
About the brand
OSCAR’s modern and minimal vision of luxury has been created in 2017. Looking for a feminine and easy spirit, the brand has its own identity by its obsession of softness, a delicate palette and what can only be called coziness.
Refresh your wardrobe with a piece from our gorgeous ready-to-wear collection, featuring beautifully crafted dresses, sweaters, skirts, tops and trousers.
Whether you’re searching for a special occasion, casual streetstyle or updating your work wardrobe.
OSCAR The Collection has you covered.
Venecolaan 52L Aalter 9880 Belgium
Ellen VerbeekEllen Verbeek
ellen verbeek started her brand in 2000, passionated about shoes she went to Italy to the shoe area and got in touch with an artisanal factory, managed by older but very experienced craftsmen who could realise her architectural ideas on shoes.
Shoes are our connection with the earth, the foundation of a human body ! To combine these vulnerable elements with beauty gives a lot of happyness to people. Being stable in your shoes gives already a more secure feeling to people !
Her designs have a strong and recognisable image.
Using architecture and furniture shapes as a base of inspiration was a very interesting horizon to transform this on shoes.
She maintained her line underground, as not willing to transform the collection into a mass product.
The combination of natural materials, original heels in wood and elegant details melts into a strong image. She tries to combine rough and natural elements with feminine details and likes to play with this contrast.
Some heels are sculpted out of wood by hand, thus resulting in beautiful arc shapes which run down to the sole.
Playful and feminine are the keywords characterizing the collection.
With the collection ‘ellen verbeek’ we deliver exclusive quality shoes, advanced design in durable materials and quality workmanship.
Blokstraat 73 Schiplaken 3191 Belgium