Ultra-feminine, subtle yet striking.
Nele Content followed her training at the fashion academy in Ghent and then started working as a designer at various shoe companies.
"Atelier Content reflects my own taste and what I want to wear. I get inspired by everything that happens around me. I don't make any compromises; I only design shoes that feel good for myself".
The result is a spirited collection of modern women's shoes for every occasion. All our designs add a powerful touch to your outfit.
Moreover, Atelier Content stands for top quality with a well-conseived Belgian design! The designer personally selects her materials. The shoes are crafted in Le Marche, Italy, the cradle of quality footwear. In these family studios, the art of shoe making has been passed on for generations.
"My collection is made with love and is timeless so you can enjoy it for a long time. Design, quality and comfort should make them last for years".
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.
Designer maille, Géraldine tricote depuis l’adolescence. Après des études en communication un peu forcées – mais qu’elle ne regrette pas -, elle réalise sa première collection d’accessoires entièrement tricotés main. Les collections qui suivent garderont le goût de ce travail méticuleux… et interminable. Très vite, Géraldine est confrontée aux limites du tricot main et décide alors de s’associer à des ateliers locaux et de taille humaine.
En 2014, elle décide de suivre le master en maille à l’Académie des Beaux-Arts, pour apprendre les techniques du tricot machine et le langage industriel.
Quand on s’emmitoufle dans l’un de ses plaids, quand on passe l’une de ses écharpes autour du cou, c’est tout ça qui remonte mais c’est surtout la douceur et le moelleux des matières qui nous impressionnent. Pas de mélange scabreux qui picote le cou donc.
Son univers est hyper cohérent, ponctué d’inspirations architecturale, graphique mais aussi florale et cinématographique.
After graduating from the Victor Horta Institute of Architecture in Brussels, Michael Guérisse O’Leary studied leatherwork at Les Arts et Métiers de Bruxelles under a master craftsman from the Maison Delvaux.
In his designs one can see architectural influence subtly expressed through geometric and sculptured forms.
Each piece is carefully handcrafted with great measure of care in a constant pursuit of perfect proportions, simplicity and unconventional beauty.
The collections are inspired by master architects and designers such as Andrée Putman, Gae Aulenti, Gio Ponti, Richard Serra, Alvar Aalto.
As a tribute to his grandfather, he decided to name his brand after him. Albert Guérisse was a member of the belgian resistance during the Second World War. After Belgium was forced to surrender, he escaped to Great Britain to continue the fight under the cover name of ‘Pat O’Leary’. In London he met secret agent Sylvia Coopersmith, working for Military Intelligence. He eventually married her in 1946.
Pat O’Leary went on to organize one of the biggest escape routes of the Second World War.
In her boutique-atelier at rue Van Artevelde, Brussels, Valérie Berckmans has been designing a women's ready-to-wear line since 2006. Under her eponymous brand, Valérie Berckmans designs in a graphic and minimalist style, evoking an airy femininity often brightened up with particular details.
Each piece that leaves her workshop is meticulously crafted with fair trade, organic or alternative raw materials (deadstock of fabrics, upcycled vintagepieces). She has chosen an exclusively local production in Belgian and French workshops, perpetuating the artisanal atmosphere of yesteryear.
In 2014, she associated with the fashion designer Meyrueis De Bruyn to form the creative duo behind the design of the collection. For them, their work represents a testimony to the environmental and social issues related to the textile sector. In their “boutique-atelier” in the Rue van Artevelde, nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed into ethical & ecological creations!
From this philosophy was born their zero-waste project. The fabric leftovers from the women's production are offering new stylistic, practical and circular perspectives, translating into children clothing, cotton pads, underwear and others.
Valérie Berckmans also highlights other brands following the same sustainable approach. Therefore, you will also find in the shop creations of other Belgian or French designers: Atelier Content (shoes), Géraldine Bertrand (knitwear), Aymara (knitwear), Bonne Maison (socks), Bleu Forêt (legwear), O'Leary (leather accessories) & more.