Kim Mee HyeKim Mee Hye Contact: Kimy Gringoire
Rough and refined at the same time, Kim Mee Hye designs a high-end jewellery line, which celebrates intimacy and hidden luxury, as well as a strong sense of freedom. Handcrafted in the finest ateliers in Belgium, the line appeals to independent and liberated minds, at ease within any environment.
Kim Mee Hye creates the jewellery pieces she always dreamed of wearing herself, following her own path and aesthetics. Removed from a vision of jewels as mere status symbols, Kim Mee Hye focuses on honesty, individuality and eclecticism, going back to striking shapes and powerful statements.
Made to be transformed by every woman and worn to fit the mood of the moment, the pieces are timeless and delicate, combining quality with innovative design. The collection only uses the most exquisite materials such as gold and diamonds, yet it still manages to be playful and surprising at the same time, highlighting the melodic nature of unexpected pairings.
By integrating extraordinary sophisticated and invisible mechanisms into her pieces, Kim Mee Hye creates jewellery that includes more than one single message. The variable geometry shapes can either be worn casually or in more sophisticated ways. Kim Mee Hye create pieces with hidden messages, implying they can be shown or simply not.
Chaussée d’Alsemberg 600 Brussels 1180 Belgium
Klaar DevilléKlaar Devillé
Design and craftsmanship can perfectly stand together. If you work with natural materials you can combine them perfectly. Even more so: Belgian designers excel at it. The luxurious line of bags by Klaar Devillé fits perfectly within this spirit.
Bringing a new brand onto the market that stands for affordable high quality and authenticity is not an easy task. Unless you know perfectly well why.
The desire for purity, fierce elegance, quality, comfort, wearability, durability, and above all honesty, made Klaar take the step towards her own timeless and minimalistic high-end collection handmade bags.
Klaar Devillé comes from a large, artistic family of musicians, artists, and theatre-makers. Art, architecture, ballet, and theatre are what inspire her.
Klaar studied Slavic Languages and Eastern European Studies at the KULeuven and worked for several years as an analyst Eastern Europe for the Belgian State Security. When Klaar was part of a foreign security service recruitment progam in 2004, she decided to quit her job and return to her old love, fashion.
Klaar decided to study fashion design in Antwerp and maroquinerie (leatherworks) in Brussels and founded Atelier Devillé a few years later together with her husband.
Klaar is a mother of 3 and sister of award-winning theater author and director Stijn Devillé.
Store opens on:
Wed: 12.00 – 18.00h
Thu, Fri & Sat: 11.00 – 18.30h
1st & 3th Sunday of the month: 12.00 – 17.00h
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
Volkstraat 20 Antwerp 2000 Belgium
Leeuwerikstraat 8 Rotselaar 3110 Belgium
Komorebi EyewearKomorebi Eyewear Contact: Brent De Coorde
Komorebi is a new belgian design eyewear brand which stands for transparancy, light and a reflecting design. As a mark to your personality…
hertshage 10 bus 2 Aalst 9300 België
Founder and designer
I am Evelyne, founder and designer of KUNOKA shoes.
I want to tell you my story from the start and it will get a little personal. I have been in shoe business for many years and I initially worked for Italian houses whose quality products I honored.
However, year after year I saw things change; the business became less lucrative because of overseas competition. Step by step, I noticed that I saw less people in the factories that I visited every year, although sold volumes did not fall back at the same pace. I felt something was not right. I could tell… I know shoes, I know craftsmanship, I know what it should feel like, I know how they should smell…
I had to realize that bit by bit production was outsourced oversees and no one wanted to admit. I started thinking is this what I want to stand for? It kept me out of my sleep and I thought about this for weeks ….
The idea behind the brand
This is the point where I started to play with the idea of creating my own brand that should be fully honest and should have the best possible sustainable approach.
I wanted the environmental impact of my project to be as low as possible and I wanted to be 100% sure that there will be no human cost at my project.
Every KUNOKA shoe is touched by real humans with families and their own set of dreams and I could not bare the idea that someone, somewhere in my project would have to struggle to survive or to feed their children or work in a toxic environment.
This I why I choose to work with a family-owned Portuguese atelier, where I can see what happens, where I know the people and where I can feel and touch every step in the birth of a KUNOKA shoe.
The second advantage of producing nearby is that we exclude the extreme environmental impact of overseas transport. Which brings me to my second concern, environmental impact which is a hard knot to untie in shoe business.
I started by developing different prototypes and I wanted to know everything: what are they made of? Can we not change this into that? What is the effect of this? Where does this sole comes from? What is in the sole? Who makes them? How much water does it cost? How comfortable are they? Can they be modern and beautiful enough? – Hey yes, fashion remains my natural habitat and I don’t want to bring another sustainable brand which’ appearance or comfort aspect makes it obvious that the brand is sustainable.
I went on and on and made everybody – including myself – crazy. I was making progress but there were so many uncertainties and more than once doubt just hit me in the face … Would I ever find the courage to finally jump and officially go for this project?
The last of many signs…
I kept on doubting until the memorisable meeting in New York central park, this was the last of many signs I needed. Gabriella KUNOKA, who I did not know until that day, making a remark about the prototype I was wearing at that moment, convincing me that I should go for this beautiful project! Ever since, I realize every day, what I do might not be perfect, but it is not by finger pointing or complaining and sitting still that we will make progress. It is what I actually do what counts. And this is the whole story, this is how KUNOKA was born.
Always striving for the best
We are not perfect; we – and the entire industry – have a long way to go, but every initiative, how small it might look, makes a difference!
And I am proud of how far we have come and of any difference we can make, I guarantee that I will always strive for the best possible sustainable approach and I promise that this is just the beginning!
Let’s be kind to people and be kind to our world.
Kortrijksesteenweg 1092/G Gent 9051 Belgium
King ClothingKing Clothing
Bassilly 7830 Belgium
Kamy Hat – imitation furKamy Hat – imitation fur Contact: Christophe Goubau
Meerspoort 33 Oudenaarde 9700 Belgium
Oscar Delghuststraat 60 – L4c RONSE 9600 Belgium
Kristof BuntinxKristof Buntinx
Brussels designer Kristof Buntinx has already created a furore with his God Save the Queens shirts and gained international fame with a boxer short collection with which he targeted Russian anti-gay laws.
Protest and irony are therefore no strangers to Buntinx, but he also dresses Belgian celebrities in little bespoke gems just as much as he has children photographed as superstars. The exiled Sint-Truiden native has been working under his own label for more than a decade. An official introduction is called for!
Kristof Buntinx was born on 10 September 1975 in the Limburg town of Sint-Truiden. He quickly showed an interest in fashion and design and proceeded to draw from a model and attended sewing and pattern design classes. Buntinx completed internships with several major fashion labels such as Levis jeans and the Amsterdam fashion duo Viktor & Rolf.
His own image language
After his initial designs for the Cinderella Shop in Antwerp he sank his teeth into (and left his fingerprints on) a series of coffee mugs for Godiva. Soon Buntinx would tackle hats, a trick he was able to repeat in 2012 for Royal Ascot.
Shortly thereafter, the Pain clothing line followed, with its own photo series in collaboration with Stijn Vanorbeek. Still inspired by the world of image creation, Buntinx worked with filmmaker Ilke De Vries, this time to explore moving images. The film Vision was the result, in which the designer searched his own conscience by referring to a personal crisis.
Between 2008 and 2010 Buntinx focused on hats and a full line of accessories.
Triggered by his own life and personal developments, language associations and puns took up an increasingly important place in his work. Like any true-blue artist, Buntinx also creates from an inner drive. “I have always been crazy about fashion, but designing also proved to be beneficial for my mental health. It is my “therapy with a capital T,” the designer states.
Once Buntinx found his way, an increasing number of opportunities came up: in 2011 the Toga 125 Fashion Awards and a fashion show in which his design Ceci n’est pas un Advocaat shone. That same year Modo Brussels, the MIAT in Ghent and Hong Kong Design week also followed. A prominent fashion watcher from the UK even called Buntinx the most eccentric fashion designer of the Modo Brussels event.
The future is now!
Loved by the international fashion blog scene, Kristof Buntinx does not shun controversy. For example, he came up with a series of socially committed designs such as his answer to the Antwerp rainbow controversy, the God Save the Queens T-shirt’, his Russian boxer shorts, which even reached the American media and the crown jewels for King Philip.
During the last festive period Buntinx surprised friend and foe with a range of crisis jewellery, which questions material luxury. The Christmas dresses designed by Buntinx for Dana Winners’ Christmas tour and for Marlène de Wouters, the presenter at the Queen Elisabeth competition earlier in 2013, were, on the other hand, downright luxurious.
Kristof Buntinx certainly aims to let his designs speak for themselves in 2015.
Karolien VerstraetenKarolien Verstraeten
Karolien Verstraeten is een Belgisch modemerk gebaseerd in Antwerpen.
Ontwerpster Karolien Verstraeten groeide op in Gent en behaalde er haar diploma architectuur. Vervolgens verhuisde ze naar Antwerpen om er mode aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten te studeren. Ze won er de ARTOS prijs voor haar eerste collectie en modeshow.
Het welslagen van haar afstudeerproject deed haar dromen van een eigen merk. De eerste collectie eigentijdse jurkjes lanceerde ze in 2009 met veel succes.
De jaren daaropvolgend bracht het label verscheidene collecties uit in de gekende tijdloze ‘Karolien Verstraeten stijl’ en werd het verkocht in diverse boetieks in de Benelux.
In 2016 gaat Karolien nog een stapje verder. Uit liefde voor de ambacht start zij dit jaar een nieuw concept. Het vak van kleermaker nieuw leven inblazen door een collectie op maat voor de modebewuste vrouw én bruid.
Leopoldstraat 29 B Antwerpen 2000
Kamo GutsuKamo Gutsu
Kamo-Gutsu was created in 2014 by Freddy Dreesens, who was at that time
one of the owners of the Belgian shoe company The Velvet Factory.
Besides creating men and women shoes for fashion labels we thought it would be nice
to think outside the box and create something that wasn’t on the market yet:
fresh shoes with some fun and wit, lots of color, but still very wearable and comfortable.
The first collection premiered during the MICAM shoe fair in Milan and the rest is history:
today we distribute Kamo-Gutsu in 8 countries where shoe- and fashion retailers present
our footwear as the “happy misfits” in a sometimes boring shoe world.
We develop two collections per year, manufactured in the Italian Marche region,
famous for its artisan shoes with a high quality standard.
Since December 2020 Kamo-Gutsu is created and distributed by SHUZ.63,
the company owned by the designer and instigator of the brand.
Knitoffice – Cousy bvbaKnitoffice – Cousy bvba Contact: Ludo Cousy
Knitoffice consists of a team of knitwear experts (flat knitting and hand knitting). Thanks to our four generations of know-how in knitting techniques we are able to think along with you as a designer and propose creative solutions. You will have direct contact with technically qualified people who push themselves to explore new boundaries.
We are a central information point and consultant for both starting and established designers. Thanks to our international contacts we form a link between designers and knitwear manufacturers all over the world.
World class Belgian knitwear
In Knitoffice, designers from all over Europe can find a creative partner close to home, a partner who will understand them immediately and who knows the finest details of the profession. Our central location and our technicians’ excellent command of different languages are a strong point in our favour.
Vandendriesschestraat 10 Zottegem 9620 Belgium