Zoom on 3 brands of Belgian accessories

Because our country is full of talents, entrepreneurs and skilled craftsmen in the world of fashion, we are interested in three of them, whose reputation goes beyond our borders. And it is fully deserved.

Over the years, our country has built a solid reputation as a talent maker in the fashion world. But what would be the style without the accessories, which support it and punctuate a silhouette? That’s why we sneaked into the workshops of Komono, Céline d’Aoust and Véronique Mergeay. They tell us their journey, how they create their accessories and what they want to communicate as a message through their creations.

  1. KOMONO

 

Created by Anton Janssens and Raf Maes in 2009, this brand of glasses and watches in Flanders and more and more in Wallonia and around the world. At a meeting with Anton Janssens, he told us that Komono (meaning ‘little things’ in Japanese) was born out of a passion for watches, glasses and a willingness to undertake life. With his partner, he wanted to offer people a luxury experience at an affordable price, to make them understand that it is above all a sensation, a feeling and has nothing to do with the price of the label. For Anton, elegance springs from the association of certain codes (sobriety, timelessness, coherence …) and must be accessible by all. It is with this approach that they conceive their creations.

The two entrepreneurs therefore focus on the soul, the spirit that emanates from the brand, their products and prefer to offer a concept rather than the latest style in fashion. After the sunglasses and watches, Komono launched in optical glasses in 2016. What to complete the range with style, and always at prices more than reasonable.

  1. CELINE D’AOUST

 

Refined, colorful, luminous, precious … these are the words evoked by the creations of Céline D’Aoust. She has been a lover of stones since her childhood, and has been traveling in India, where she finds fascinating diamonds, tourmalines with incredible nuances (and which will make her trademark from 2009). In her studio in the Rue Franz Merjay in Brussels, she imagines jewelery inspired by nature but also the symbolism of the stone she is about to show off. It then throats the whole of sun, elegance and then we deliver a work pure and incredible finesse. Once the drawing is finished, it flies to Jaipur in order to realize the whole thanks to the ancestral craftsmanship of the Indian craftsmen who master their rudimentary tools with marvels. It is rather paradoxical that such precious things take shape in the hollows of cumbersome hands on old wooden workshops.

Acquiring a jewelry Celine d’Aoust is committed to treat it as delicately as its appearance evokes it so that it can retain all its power and splash us with light for years to come …

Refined, colorful, luminous, precious … these are the words evoked by the creations of Céline D’Aoust. She has been a lover of stones since her childhood, and has been traveling in India, where she finds fascinating diamonds, tourmalines with incredible nuances (and which will make her trademark from 2009). In her studio in the Rue Franz Merjay in Brussels, she imagines jewelery inspired by nature but also the symbolism of the stone she is about to show off. It then throats the whole of sun, elegance and then we deliver a work pure and incredible finesse. Once the drawing is finished, it flies to Jaipur in order to realize the whole thanks to the ancestral craftsmanship of the Indian craftsmen who master their rudimentary tools with marvels. It is rather paradoxical that such precious things take shape in the hollows of cumbersome hands on old wooden workshops.

 

Acquiring a jewelry Celine d’Aoust is committed to treat it as delicately as its appearance evokes it so that it can retain all its power and splash us with light for years to come …

She came back only a few days ago from India where she spent almost half a year. There, Céline D’Aoust leads a ‘life of recluse’ between production work in the workshops and artistic creation in her studio at home. With tons of pounds for companions. Here, it returns to an inevitably more commercial aspect. There, a hectic city that revolves around its unfailing concentration. Here, Brussels streets calmer but 10,000 things to do, to see, not to forget and less of this ‘interiority’ that one can find in India.

Of these round trips, rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings are produced four times a year; Tiny jewels, thin, delicate, highlighting the colors of tourmalines, semi-precious stones with urban rain colors, pink reflections, gray, water green, yellow, Amazing stones that have subjugated it Has launched into jewelery. Watermelon, black, … they still constitute at least 90% of its collections. With diamonds. Diamonds that Céline D’Aoust works in the same original way: more sliced ​​than trimmed. It is terribly beautiful, a little what a wild horse to a horse trained, you see?

  1. VERONIQUE MERGEAY

 

Véronique Mergeay, a training stylist, has refined her art through houses like Daniel Hechter, Princess Tam-Tam and Natan. She grew up in the world of fashion thanks to a seamstress mother and became aware as a youngster that luxury comes from the finesse of the creations, the spirit injected, the handmade, the colors and the Craftsmen’s work. And it was in 2010 that she created her brand of accessories and clothing bearing her name.

Speaking of colors, there are some that are recurring in Véronique Mergeay, and which come back from seasons to seasons: almond green and vermilion, because they symbolize for her love and generosity, the two sons Conductors of his life.