Dianna DavidDianna David
Belgisch ontwerp, Belgisch atelier
Conception belge, confection belge
Vilvoordesesteenweg 211 Meise 1860 Belgium
Meensesteenweg 199 Bissegem 8501 Belgium
DiddaDidda Contact: Idalie Vandamme
Being a ‘touche à tout’ with a theoretical background in art history & anthropology, and a bottom-up one in i.a. jewelry-design, sculpture, maroquinerie, I found myself playing around with leather way too long… So, that’s when DIDDA came up.
DIDDA was born out of a passion for craftsmanship and the desire to make durable goods with personality. Is it possible to merge beauty, functionality and sustainability?
For me, there’s nothing more challenging and rewarding than building a solid companion – to care and carry – out of a skin with my bare hands. And also, I admit, just for the smell of it…
I love building functional goods; playing with dualities; line vs volume, format and function, contrast in materials and texture, concept vs detail, directness and confusion, always searching for that certain tension.
All my leather goods are unique and handmade in my modernist rooftop-atelier in Laken – Belgium.
DIDDA proposes a main ‘solid’ collection and a more volatile one; a series of unique one-shots
made in the mood of the day. Your order can be personalized (length, left/right wear etc.) or completely tailor-made. Don’t hesitate to contact me for quotes and special requests.
All DIDDA goods are made of locally sourced skins. The leather is – depending on the design – either veg-tan, up-cycled or production residue from meat-production.
For me (an this is a vegetarian speaking…), no other material can yet replace the touch, feel and quality of leather (although we keep a wide eye open on upcoming alternatives). This very emotive and ancient material used by man – to carry and protect – remains for me a very ecological choice. It is a leftover natural material, ages nicely and with good care, a high quality leather DIDDA-bag will last at least a lifetime.
Vegtan or vegetable tanned leather is tanned with natural materials like tree bark. Less than 10% of the world’s leather is tanned this way today. Vegtan is a thicker and stronger leather, so the designs don’t need lining, which makes the bags lighter. Vegtan has that gorgeous leather smell, tends to age better and develops a rich patina over time. This eco-friendly product is the ideal material to most of the ‘neat’ DIDDA designs. Color-options are smaller (mostly black/nude and cognac). The leather is sourced at a Belgian tannery.
*Standard full-grain leather
This leather is generally rather smooth and comes in a wide variety of colors, textures and finishing. All the skins used by DIDDA come from European tanneries (meeting the highest standards) and are
a leftover product from meat-industry. Always keep in mind that leather is a natural product that once had a life, so every skin will
have his story and tiny imperfections, which adds up to the charm and patina.
I prefer to work with 100 % leather lining, mostly pigskin. It makes the bag slightly more heavy but it’s much stronger & more consistent in design.
5mm or 7mm metal zippers of superior quality by Belgian Zip Factory KROKO (zip manufacturer since 1944).
*Rope / sling
I mainly use 10 or 11mm round non-stretch/static polyamide cord of superior quality (used by sailors & mountaineers). This material – supplied by the ‘maisons’ corderie Smits-Henin and Corderie Barrois, can bear extreme (weather) conditions and will probably last forever.
When the design includes flat slings; those are made of 100% leather, sometimes doubled with flat polypropylene belts of superior quality provided by corderie Smits-Henin. These add up to the strength and anti-stretch of the slings.
Adrien Bayetlaan 11 Laken 1020 Belgium
Dcember BagsDcember Bags Contact: Florien Pénard
Back to essentials
The more durable pieces are the ones we treasure. ‘They grow on you’. Natural materials absorb the traces of our life and leave a personal patina. They will look better the more you wear them.
Every piece will be unique with it’s natural marks. This is a sign of quality.
There are as many unique DCEMBER bags, as there are unique women. Just like the interior of your house, you start from a base and accessorise according to your mood or season.
Beloved objects become icons for what we stand for.
The way we consume makes us aware how we love and treat life. All our bags are handcrafted in Italy by local artisans and all materials are treated naturally.
With DCEMBER you choose for a transparent production process which is kind to people and environment.
“A DCEMBER bag is a lifetime piece with endless possibilities day by day, all over again.”
Who we are
DCEMBER is an Antwerp (Belgium) based design label founded by designer Florien Pénard and her husband Olivier.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
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 DID YOU START DESIGNING?
Graduating from the academy of fine arts in the Netherlands, I pursued my passion for design at Kenzo in Paris and later on as lead designer at Dirk Bikkembergs in Italy.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE THIS COLLECTION?
When my kids, Zoé and Louie, started personalizing their saddle leather schoolbags, I started thinking … “I want that too!”
A companion, that is an extension of my personality and adapts to every season and occasion.
DCEMBER was born…
Due AmantiDue Amanti
SPRANKELEND STIJLVOLLE DAMESKLEDING
Vrouwelijkheid ten top
Ons uitgangspunt is de vrouw. Wat vindt zij van een bepaald kledingstuk, hoe bevalt de kleur, hoe ervaart ze het comfort van een zekere pasvorm. Onze damescollecties zijn uitermate geschikt voor een vrouw die zelfzeker en vrolijk in het leven staat en er absoluut niet voor terugschrikt om dat ook aan de buitenwereld te tonen. Paspoppen zijn zichtbaar in de winkel, maar tijdens het ontwerpproces blijven ze ver uit het zicht. Niets kan immers tippen aan de vormen van échte modellen, waarop elk collectiestuk wordt getest en gekeurd.
Designed in Belgium, made in Italy
Geen ingetogen kledij, maar ook niet overdadig. Due Amanti ging voor de gulden middenweg; just right. Klasse hoeft niet saai te zijn; wij verkiezen sprankelend stijlvol. Geregeld reizen we af naar Italië om samen met onze fabrikanten te brainstormen, uit te proberen, aan te passen en uiteindelijk te creëren.
HOGESTRAAT 111 HOOGLEDE 8830 Belgium
The oldest fine leather goods house in the world
Delvaux is “a divinely singular label.” Such is the high praise one grande dame of fashion bestowed on the prestigious family-owned company established in 1829 by Charles Delvaux in Brussels. Internationally recognised, the House of Delvaux has earned its reputation by remaining true to its values and for its savoir-faire and uncompromising craftsmanship, as well as for the supreme quality of its creations.
Delvaux Créateur SA Boulevard Louis Schmidtlaan 7 Brussels 1040 Belgium
Delvaux Boulevard de Waterloo Boulevard de Waterloo, 27 Bruxelles 1000 Belgium
Delvaux Galerie de la Reine Galerie de la Reine, 31 Bruxelles 1000 Belgium
Delvaux Waterloo Chaussée de Bruxelles, 167 Waterloo 1410 Belgium
Delvaux Antwerp Komedieplaats, 17 Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
Delvaux Bruges Breidelstraat 2 Brugge 8000 Belgium
Delvaux Knokke Kustlaan, 148B 8300 Knokke Belgium
De Saedeleir Textile GroupDe Saedeleir Textile Group
”More than 120 years of experience in innovative and ecological textile solutions.”
De Saedeleir Textile Group (DSTG) is a family-owned business, established in the 19th century. With more than 120 years of experience, we design, develop and produce a wide range of innovative and ecological textile solutions for a wide variety of clients. What began in the early 20th century as a small business specializing in the collection and recycling of industrial waste materials including metals, rags and textiles, steadily developed into a globally-renowned manufacturer of needlepunched non-wovens.
Our history in a nutshell:
Late 19th century
Damiaan De Saedeleir, founding father of De Saedeleir Textile Group, starts trading as a small entrepreneur in the waste collection business. He collects, sorts and trades in rags and metals.
Early 20th century
Damiaan’s sons Pascal and Florent take over their father’s business and specialise in pulling the collected textiles and selling the raw fibres to textile companies in Flanders. The group now operates out of three locations in the village of Lebbeke.
Mid 20th century
Soon after World War II, DSTG begins to concentrate on collecting textile waste and regenerated fibres due to a shortage of raw materials. A third
generation of De Saedeleir brothers enter the business as Leo and Jean help their father to expand the company, before assuming control.
Late 20th century
The company is now growing at a rapid rate. The three locations in Lebbeke are now too small to cope, so DSTG moves to a 200,000m² industrial site in the nearby city of Dendermonde. Here they begin the production of polypropylene and polyester fibres, a European first at that time. DSTG is now aiming for global expansion under the new and dynamic management of the fourth generation of the family: Patrick, Pascal, Dirk and Kris De Saedeleir.
Early 21st century
DSTG expands globally by taking ownership of French textile company Sommer Needlepunch, which becomes an important part of the group. This takeover expands the product range significantly, enabling DSTG to explore new markets. Further growth follows with the launch of sales and service offices in the UK (Sommer Flooring Ltd), US (Sommer Flooring Inc), the Netherlands and Belgium (Cover Flooring NL/BE), while DS Fibras is launched in Mexico to serve the local automotive market.
Cover Flooring BE Hoogveld 90 Dendermonde 9200 Belgium
DS Fibres Schaapveld 2 Dendermonde 9200 Belgium
DS Fibras Lomelín 301, San Ignacio Durango, Dgo., 34030 Mexico
Sommer Needlepunch 341 Rue de la Mairie Baisieux 59780 France
Sommer Flooring Inc. 1300 Ridenour Boulevard , Kennesaw GA 30152 USA
Sommer Flooring Ltd 22 Spitfire Close Coventry CV5 6UR United Kingdom
Cover Flooring NL Vijzelweg 20 Lelystad 8243 PM The Netherlands
In 2018, we started Dew to shake the bag and accessory market up. Empowered by the people through crowdfunding, our original bag line set us apart by bringing you gear that perfectly blends outdoor performance with urban aesthetics.
We’re inspired by the city, the dare-devils, the innovators, the dreamers; and our creations embody this very spirit. They’re built for adventuring, for city dwelling, for showing off. Because let’s be real. In the end, you just want to stand out from the crowd.
Above all else, we create to live by our ultimate mission: to inspire you to live on your own terms.
Jonathan has several years of experience designing new physical and digital products for different brands. He is in charge for all things design and creative, with a keen eye for sleek aesthetics.
David’s experience as a commercial representative for different companies, David holds the responsibility of all the commercial aspects: from marketing all the way to one-on-one customer service.
Whenever you get in touch with us, you’ll be getting an answer directly from one of us!
Our design ethos.
The refined rebel, the urban driven nature lover and the stylish functionalist. We represent them all.
These 5 core values define the DNA of our brand and creations.
The city inspires us, with its movements, its architecture, its life. We fuse urban colors, lines and shapes into gear for the streets.
Standout from the crowd.
We include only the necessary, but make it look extraordinary. We make it our mission to only make creations that stand out from the crowd.
We want your gear to be safe. We only source for the right materials to get whatever job done. Let’s keep the elements away from your precious stuff.
We embrace technical features by making them part of the aesthetics. Some of Dew’s functionalities are visible, others are hidden. What you don’t see, is what you also get.
The Antwerp Fashion Academy influences our streets. It’s hard to not get inspired by the outfits that wander the alleys of Antwerp. We simply observe, extract, mix and create: we like to call it streetproof.
Verbondstraat 95 Antwerp 2000 Belgium
De Witte LietaerDe Witte Lietaer
1898 De Witte Lietaer was founded
In 1898 Zeno De Witte and Leonie Lietaer started a workshop for flax weaving: De Witte Lietaer was born.
The founders of the company, as well as the many generations of workers and employers who succeeded them, have transformed De Witte Lietaer into a textile company renowned for its quality products, knowhow and perseverance.
1900 one of the most well-known Jacquard weavers
In 1900 the company had 9 weaving looms and before World War I, De Witte Lietaer was already one of the most important Jacquard weavers in the world. (1350 employees and 750 weaving looms).
1983 De Witte Lietaer receives the Oscar for Belgian Export
1989 De Witte Lietaer is part of Gamma Holding
2004 The company was divided in two divisions
– the Division De Witte Lietaer “Industries”, specialised in manufacturing and knitting fibers for the automotive industry;
– the Division De Witte Lietaer “Style in Textiles”, specialised in the manufacturing of household linens.
2006 De Witte Lietaer International Textiles
The Gamma Holding sold the division -specialized in household linens- to the group HDM Finance and the company name was changed to De Witte Lietaer International Textiles. HDM Finance is the holding company covering: Tissage Denantes, Garnier Thiebaut, Mulliez-Flory, IME Mulliez and De Witte Lietaer. The owner and president of this company is Hervé de Montclos. This French textile group manufactures and distributes household linen and furnishing fabrics to institutions, hotels, restaurants, laundry companies and retailers all over the world. The turnover of this group is about €135 million.
2008 Take-over Maes Textiles nv
In 2008 De Witte Lietaer International Textiles took over the company Maes Textiles nv based in Waregem, also a household linen manufacturer.
2013 Take-over Byttebier Home Textiles
De Witte Lietaer integrates Byttebier Home Textiles in its activities; a Textile trading company which is mainly focused on distribution and the production of bath linens.
De Witte Lietaer operates in the hospitality, project market, retail and contract markets. Our headquarters are situated in Belgium (Lauwe) and we have our own production unit in Turkey.
Our reference list includes well known international hotels, restaurants and industrial laundries. We mainly export our products to Western Europe: Benelux, France, Germany, Spain and partly to the Middle East.
The company offers a diverse assortment of bath, table, kitchen and bed linen collections for all kinds of retailers such as department stores, boutiques and specialist shops.
Julien Cagniestraat 24 Lauwe 8930 Belgium
Doriane van OvereemDoriane van Overeem
The accidental elegance of DVO creates sincere and ethical clothes, made for you in Belgium with guts and passion.
Fast-Fashion killed creativity and how we value our clothes. We tend to forget easily: “who made my clothes ? What is the price to pay to get this super good deal that crossed the oceans ?” Fashion is the second most polluting industry right after fuel, it is time to protect our planet.
If not now, when ? If not you, who ?
Today, as we move slowly towards gender equality, we can see another version of our future. So we can finally feel good in our body and mind, free from fears and anxieties. We know how it is to feel powerless about the human abuse in the clothing industry and feel the pressure of others because of how we look, either too prude or too sexy, bossy, bitchy. Everyone deserves to be whoever they want. Just like you, we feel frustrated living in a consumer society that does nothing for the ecological cause. We support your desire to consume less, by choosing better, to make it last.
Doriane van Overeem is a Belgian fashion designer, who graduated from La Cambre Mode(s) in Brussels and developed her skills in the studios of Manish Arora, Bernhard Willhelm, Meadham Kirchhoff and Louise Gray. She collaborated with : AEG Electrolux for the Care Label Project, Belfius, the Galeries Lafayette Paris, Disney and styled celebrities such as Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Marie Gillain, Ciara or Yuko Takeuchi. DVO has also been published in Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, People Style Watch, 25 ans.
Purchasing a DVO piece, is supporting a local company which is totally transparent with you. For each product, you can find a size guide, the composition is precisely explained as well as the time of manufacture, so you know exactly what you are paying for. Each piece goes through a strict fitting to make sure it is comfortable, and as much as possible easy to care for. You can track your package anytime and you have up to 14 days to exchange your order. We can repair your piece if any unexpected use appears, so you can keep your clothes even longer. All pieces can be custom made, cause each body is different and unique.
If you are still not sure whether buying a DVO piece, you can regularly meet us during pop up stores, visit our atelier or stores where DVO is being sold. Or if you ever dreamed of learning how to stitch ? Come take a lesson with Doriane herself, anything is possible !
If you want to feel unique or just a little special, DVO is produced in limited quantities in Belgium, so you’re sure you get an exclusive product. If you don’t want to waste your time in stores, decrease your impact on global warming or stop exploiting humans or animals, we are here to help you in this transformation.
With DVO, we’d like you to feel ready to face any situation, as you will not only be comfy in your clothes, in your moves, but also in your mind because you will get a chance to make this world a better place. We’re taking you to a committed and honest fashion, with no concession, true to itself and its values; get that feeling by wearing DVO.
Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.
Chaussée de Tirlemont 281 Gembloux 5030 Belgium
For the past three decades, we have been best friends and share many passions in various areas: sports, games, adventures, movies and music, interesting conversations, food and drink, etc. Our interests have of course evolved since we were teenagers, but one element has always remained at the forefront: conviviality.
A warm and convivial atmosphere can be found in many activities, but when you boil it down to its essence, you often arrive at the following basic elements: sharing food and drink, having fun conversations, and fire.
It is therefore no coincidence that barbecues are so popular around the world.
Enjoying life to the fullest, but always respecting the world that surrounds us. And since the beginning of our friendship, we agreed that the best way to have fun is to share the best moments with others. Not only do you reinforce the intensity of the moment, but you can relive it many times afterwards, based on the stories you keep bringing up. So we are friends with a nice bag of shared memories and stories. And the icing on the cake is that these stories were often shared with numerous other wonderful friends. Memories are the very last important treasures that can be taken from a person. Therefore, build that wealth as best and as long as possible.
Finding the balance
Consumption seems to have become an addiction among an increasing number of people. We want more and it has to be cheaper. Quality and durability have for many years been neglected characteristics of many commodities. Ecological and ethical problems have too often become the consequence of the search for lower prices.
Fortunately, more and more people have begun to realize that things cannot go on like this. Opposed to over-consumption is the concept of minimalism. As ‘bon-vivants’, we wanted to find a balance between the two. We believe that it should still be possible to enjoy ‘well-considered’ purchases.
That’s why we want to offer you products made of durable, quality materials. We choose timeless designs that you won’t easily tire of. And we look for partners who can guarantee us that they produce in an ecological and ethical way (through different certification labels and ISO standards).
Wachthuisdreef 105 Edingen 7850 Belgium