Vegotex International was founded in 1928 by William Gotlib in Antwerp, Belgium. Starting life as a small family business, Vegotex expanded to become a highly professional manufacturing company and a trading pioneer working with the Far East.
Today, Vegotex is being run by the third generation of the Gotlib family.
As your partner in custom-made fashion, we can design garments and artwork to shape your own-label items. Our experienced design team also devises 2000 styles each year, to complete our on-trend and innovative in-house brands for men, women and children.
Based in Belgium, Vegotex International is present in
over 30 European countries as well as working in North-Africa, the Near East, Russia, India, China and Hong Kong.
Vegotex International head office Hoge Heerweg 32 Sint-Niklaas 9100
I Love Mr. MittensI Love Mr. Mittens
When Belgian born Stéphanie Caulier visited a small knitting cafe in New York back in 2007, she was reminded of her childhood passion of knitting. Growing up in a family surrounded by knitting and sewing, it was only natural that Stéphanie developed an interest in knitwear. It has been a labour of love over the years and from small beginnings of knitting for family and friends, the brand has evolved into `I love Mr Mittens`. Stéphanie’s passion for knitwear and design is clearly illustrated through her multiple social media avenues and her masses of followers built in the last few years.
Whilst not following traditional academic design study, Stephanie has honed her skills through years of experience in her chosen craft. She combines this knowledge with her keen fashion eye to create a line of unique chunky wool garments.
I Love Mr Mittens is not only a fashion label, it is a label based upon community and sustainability whilst maintaining timeless aesthetics. This ideal also flows through to the I Love Mr Mittens stockists. The I Love Mr Mittens range is available through a carefully selected array of stockists. Quality over quantity is Stephanie’s vision for her brand and this is seen through her select group of stockists across the globe. It is also important to recognise I love Mr Mittens “Heartworking” philosophy. Each garment is hand knitted with love by Stephanie and her team. This collaboration of small, independent businesses (rather than large conglomerates) completes the vision of I love Mr Mittens to create a brand that provides a genuine contribution back to the local community. University students and retired pensioners alike, work with a common objective of executing Stephanie’s vision of how knitwear should be, simple, elegant, timeless and fashionable.
HEAD OFFICE 101 Napier street Cottesloe WA 6011 Australia
Thomas BradleyThomas Bradley
the history of Thomas Bradley
The history of thomas bradley dates back to 1955 when the founder of the company started a small workshop for shirts in belgium. Since the start of the production quality has always been the driving force of the brand. Making a shirt that offers the highest satisfaction level to the customer is settled deep in the dna of the company. For that reason we have become belgium’s premium shirt brand.
The best available fabrics
FROM RENOWN ITALIAN WEAVERS
For that reason thomas bradley only uses the best available fabrics on the market. Our design team sources the finest fabrics from the most renown italian weaver such as tessitura monti, cotonificio albini, canclini tessile.
Wassenhovestraat 1 Zottegem 9620 Belgium
ZiltonZilton Contact: Paul Declercq Yves Dejonghe
Made in Belgium
From producer of caps to fashion brand: the history of Zilton
“Our passion for fashion has been around for over a century”, says Paul Declercq, CEO of Belgian fashion brand Zilton.
This is a major exception in the world of fashion which is governed chiefly by short-term trends.
Paul Declercq: “My great-grandparents started making caps in 1898 and following the death of my great-grandfather in 1917, production was taken over by his wife and two sons. Demand rose so much that in 1926 they decided to open a factory in Ardooie. In 1930, ‘City Sport’ designs were launched and my father Daniel and his cousin Godfried, the third generation, managed the factory.
During the war, production was at a low level but after the war there was an enormous boom.
The sixties were more difficult because the hippies weren’t really into caps; they preferred ribbons in their hair. (laughs)
On the pretext of: “Not everyone wears a cap, but does wear trousers”, my father started producing trousers in 1973 as well as caps. The highest quality, a perfect fit and reliability came first and foremost. A number of years later my brother and I took over the business and in 1995 we launched ourselves under the name ‘Zilton’. From then on, things moved quickly and we soon had a full clothing collection, trousers combined with blazers, coats, knitwear, shirts, scarves, belts.“
Zilton Over onsThe family business’ many years of experience in terms of materials, wear comfort, patterns and cuts, combined with the young and dynamic input of our current team have made Zilton a unique and strong Belgian brand. A solid and successful shop-in-shop concept has been developed to propose Zilton’s craftmanship in full to our fashionable customer.”
All of this has not escaped the eye of our neighbours in France and Holland. You’ll find the collection in many quality standard multibrand shops.
Following the new trend, men dress up more, so you can expect even more creativity from us. Don’t hesitate to visit our newest website – http://www.zilton.com – to keep up with our latest offers and fashion trends!
’s Gravendreef 24 Nazareth 9810 Belgium
Vest, by Veerle
VEST: on the cusp between creativity and traditional craftsmanship
Slow fashion is gradually gaining more ground and is now firmly embedded in the concept of sustainable thinking. VEST, the Belgian knitwear label by Veerle Stubbe, is a prime example of what happens when sustainability and creativity converge. Her hand-knitted sweaters, cardigans and accessories are statement pieces to enjoy for many seasons on end. VEST brings the concept of luxury back to the essentials.
The clicking of knitting needles is one of the earliest memories that Veerle cherishes of her mother and grandmother. A sound that always filled her with a sense of tranquillity, it still makes her feel very ‘zen’ despite the immense list of orders. VEST has fans all over the globe, from Belgium to Japan. The Belgian knitwear label owes its success to a combination of authentic hand-crafted products, executed in the right colours with deluxe yarns and featuring easy-going models that tie in perfectly with today’s Zeitgeist.
For VESTimentary seekers of added value
Veerle Stubbe, mother of two young men, discovered her calling in fashion only at a later age. Or not entirely: drawn to creative professions early on in life, she decided to bring her own artisanal knitwear collection to the market three years ago: VEST.
She sought and found the most beautiful yarns in Italy, including a soft blend of mohair and silk, and set to work independently. Her sweaters, cardigans, shawls and beanies quickly gained in popularity and she soon needed several additional pairs of hands. A sweater or cardigan requires eight hours of manual labour, after all! Thanks to a team of knitters she is now able to keep up with the demand.
HOF TER EKEN 1 LAARNE 9270 Belgium
Knitting ( Knitting) and Textile
Geert De Poorter, current manager of NV De Poorter and BVBA Knittex, was taught industrial knitting from scratch.
He obtained his diploma at the knitting school VTS in Sint Niklaas.
In 1985 he founded his own business – ‘knitting as a contract’ for the fashion world and in 1989 together with his wife Ingrid Van Holsbeke NV De Poorter.
The new company mainly focused on the creation of its own women’s collection for wholesalers, both at home and abroad.
In a period of economic downturn and high personnel costs, and under pressure from massive imports from low-wage countries, they eventually sought new niche markets, more specifically focused on circular knitting machines.
The balance between fashionable knitwear and technical knitwear increasingly shifted to the specific technical products in circular knitting.
After obtaining expert advice, Geert and Ingrid decided to change course, stop the ready-to-wear line and focus entirely on technical knitwear.
This led to the foundation in 2007 of ‘BVBA Knittex’, in which son Frederik is very active.
Frederik followed a general technical training and during his knitting training with his father, he quickly mastered the tricks of the trade. Frederik immerses himself in the rapidly evolving technology of electronic machines and regularly visits foreign manufacturers.
Father and son form a strong dynamic team with a long-term vision. BVBA Knittex guarantees development, production and growth.
Sint-Elooistraat 5 Merelbeke 9820 Belgium
Eskimo, a family business from Ghent – Belgium, has specialised since 1906 in the creation and production of nightwear and underwear for the entire family. So you can enjoy feeling comfortable, day and night.
Each season, Eskimo brings you a large choice of contemporary pyjamas and and nightgowns, especially designed to give the optimum comfort to allow you to relax, rest and … sleep.
The combination of soft, natural materials and loose fitting designs, will offer you maximum comfort with the freedom to move which combine to keep you nicely warm in winter, cool and airy in summer.
Sweet dreams …
Bonneterie De Groote Belgium Autostradeweg 2 Melle 9090 Belgium
The Art of Knitting
Craftsmanship and experimentation define the culture of Sigi. We focus on creating new depths of colour and texture through the mixing of different yarns to present new and innovative designs that are instantly recognisable.
We have a deep respect and care for the knitwear we produce as well as the way in which we produce it. This is why we ensure that all of our knitwear is made in Belgium by real craftsmen and women under the best possible working conditions. These elements help define the culture we want to nurture with the Sigi brand.
At SIGI we are proud of our family heritage with over 40 years of experience in the field of knitwear. Ilia Sigi Eckardt grew up in Antwerp in a very creative family where knitting was essential to the household. Being considered true experts in their field, mother Hilde Frunt and son Ilia Eckardt have been collaborating with Belgium’s best and brightest designers: Dries Van Noten, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester and many more.
Made In Belgium
We do all our research, designing and development in our offices in the heart of Antwerp. Sourcing from our local pool of amazing talent is something we take great pride in. We have great faith in our local potential.
AymaraAymara Contact: Sven Van Gucht Yannina Esquivias
Aymara is the result of the love story between a Belgian engineer, Sven Van Gucht, who met Yannina Esquivias, a young Peruvian travel agent, during a sabbatical year and fell in love. Yannina and Sven quit their jobs and started a knitting factory in Peru together with Yannina’s family. In 2007, the knitwear label Aymara was born. The name Aymara refers to a native ethnic group in the Andes of South America.
The magic of Aymara lies in the combination of Belgian design and Peru’s extraordinary fibers and textile craftmenship. Aymara’s knitwear is produced in our own knitting factory in Arequipa, in the south of Peru, managed by Yannina’s family. Thank’s to our strong relationship with them and their unconditional commitment, this incredible intercontinental project could be achieved. We believe that in today’s world of fast fashion and mass consumption, people are looking for authentic products with a soul. When buying Aymara, you are sure to get longlasting, sustainable products with an extraordinary story.
Excellent natural fibers play a key role and are the starting point of each Aymara design. This is why Aymara chooses to offer pure styles available in a wide colour palette of bright and soft colours. Our designers take into account the fashion trends but at the same time, we make sure that each Aymara product is timeless and longlasting. A lot of attention has been paid for the perfect fitting form and discrete refined details. The kids collection, designed by Yannina has a playful character whereas the women’s collection, designed by Saskia Van Herzeele is very feminine.
Peru manufactures some of the world’s finest quality fibers. For our summer collections, Aymara uses Peruvian pima cotton which is considered to be one of the softest and finest cottons in existence. In winter, garments made of precious alpaca blends are always an important part of our collection. Alpaca is a cousin of the llama and is prized for it’s thermal properties, silkiness and durability. Alpaca is a fiber which does not come at the expense of the environment. In today’s world, dominated by artificial materials, alpaca is the natural option. Alpacas graze at elevations of 3500 to 5000 meters in the Peruvian Andes. This precious fibre is used by top designers world wide. Aymara only uses the finest alpaca fibers, called baby alpaca. In our winter collections we also offer garments made of fine merino wool from Argentina.
Aymara’s knitting plant is fully integrated and employs about 60 persons on the pay roll. This assures us to be in complete control of the production process and the quality of the garments. Although the knitting process itself has been industrialized, the production process is labour intensive and still requires a lot of manual operations. A lot of attention is been paid to the linking and finishing processes. Aymara garments are fully fashioned ; this means that the cutting and overlocking process is avoided as much as possible. By doing so, Aymara’s customers are getting a high quality product with one of the finest linking and finishing standards on the market. Turn your Aymara garment inside out and you will see what we mean !
Although most of the collection is produced on industrial knitting machines, each winter season Aymara offers a small theme of hand knit accessories. This enables women to generate an income by hand knitting at their home while taking care of their children. For a lot of these women it would be impossible to work inside a company because of their family situation and the lack of childcare. You can recognize these products by the “Aymara hand knit” hang tag. We are currently investigating how this could be integrated into a wider social project.
Head office & International Sales Aymara bvba Bornem 2880 Belgium
Showroom Aymara Antwerp Kielsevest 70 Antwerpen 2018 Belgium
LNKNITSLNKNITS Contact: Ellen Kegels
Ellen Kegels’ passion for knitting, baby alpaca yarn and Peru, led to the launch of a heartwarming knitwear brand in 2011, now known as LN Knits.
From the age of 16, Ellen started building her fair fashion knitwear brand by knitting beanies for family, friends and relatives. Before she knew it, she was knitting over 300 beanies herself and to complete the orders she created a warm platform of knitting grannies to help her out.
A few years later, she travelled to Peru to help launch a knitting atelier for a good cause, which led to the production other first real collection of handmade luxury baby alpaca knitwear.
Almost 10 years later, LN Knits gives honest work to over 350 women in Peru. Not only by offering them an honest income, but also by providing them with extra services such as daycare, medical check-ups and care.
You can read more about our core values in our sustainability report. Taking care of our planet is crucial and therefore LN Knits designs, creates and works as sustainably as possible. We only work with natural materials and have a zero-waste policy. Left over yarns becomes a beautiful collection of DIY & Home products. To date, LN Knits is sold in over 35 boutiques in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and the United States.
Ellen not only has her wonderful Peruvian woman to think about, she also has the very important job of bringing up two lovely young girls. As a dedicated entrepreneur and equally dedicated mother, she has worked hard on finding a healthy balance between the two.
She shares her own personal experience in the hope that other mothers see that it is possible to balance the two and really have quality time with loved ones.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ellen has often step away from the trodden path.
Building a sustainable alpaca imperium, and showing the world that if you stick to your core values, you really can build a sustainable enterprise. As a pioneer of sustainable knitwear in Belgium, Ellen will forever be grateful to her warm and loyal customers who have shared this journey with her.
For you, dear customers, she will continue to design timeless collections, and keep you all warm in LNKnits’ soft, anti- allergic, handmade and sustainable designs.
Oude Baan 43 Brasschaat 2930 Belgium