Lies Mertens is a young accessory label which grew out of the idea of combining efficiency and femininity in a sustainable way. We focus on high-quality materials, details and creative expression.
We believe that functional design can and should be beautiful. As we only design a limited number of bags every year, we can really take our time to perfect them in terms of aesthetics and ease of use.
We do this as we believe that products should mainly make an impression by minimising their impact on the world. We therefore try to reduce our ecological footprint as much as possible, for example by working with leather which we tan without chemicals, instead using natural products such as resin. This leather is unique as it is 100% biodegradable. You will find more information about it on this page.
It is not just our materials which are of the highest quality, but also the conditions under which the bags are produced. All of our bags are designed in Antwerp and then handmade in Portugal.
After graduating with a Master's in Graphic Design, Lies Mertens started to focus on designing leather bags. They were quickly picked up by the press and fashion lovers.
Her designs could be described as ‘modern classics’: as they are not trendy accessories, which means that they will still feel contemporary ten years from now. Lies achieves this by bridging the gap between a luxurious and an everyday design: the bags are both high-quality and functional. For example, they have separate compartments for smartphones and laptops, or a handy loop with a push button for attaching your charger.
“I couldn't find any bags I liked which were feminine, timeless, attractive, high-quality and practical all at the same time. So I decided to make them myself” - Lies Mertens
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