About

WHAT WE DO

Leather goods from Lies Mertens combine efficiency and elegance in a sustainable way. We focus on high-quality materials, details and functionality. 

  

“Can we create a bag with as little elements as possible?”  

 

It’s a question we constantly ask ourselves, aiming to create timeless designs by reducing superfluous components. To guarantee our quality, we only design a limited number of bags every year, which we perfect in aesthetics and ease of use.


FUNCTIONALITY

We’re not only aiming to create visually appealing bags, but also highly value the practical side. Lies Mertens started out as a brand creating handbags people can use for everyday life. Whether you’re on your way to work or having a drink with friends: the same bag can fulfill multiple purposes. 

By adding different compartments to each bag, we provide enough space to store laptops, smartphones, chargers, keys and water bottles, all designed in an thoughtful way so you can retrieve everything in a split second.

 

Design features:

 

—  Inside groove to store cards & other small objects

—  Extra compartment in the back for your phone

—  Separate padded laptop compartment on all large bags

HOW ARE OUR PRODUCTS MADE?

Brands should try to make a positive impact on the world. Lies Mertens lives by this view and therefore works with unique leather, tanned with biodegradable products: we don’t use chrome nor any other hard metals throughout the process. 

 

Our bags are designed in Antwerp and handmade in Portugal, produced under sustainable conditions.

 

With functional and straightforward designs, Lies Mertens creates a fluent look, suitable for everyday life. 



BIO CALF LEATHER: WHAT IS IT?

The leather we use is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, the leather comes from animals reared for meat production, meaning it is fashioned from residue. This process doesn’t cause any quality loss: our refined calf leather is supple and outstanding. Then what’s the catch? 


To produce the leather, the hides are tanned with chrome-free products. We work with small family businesses, adhering to the highest ecological and technical standards. They don’t use any harmful chemicals and instead work with natural products, such as resin. This makes the process quite expensive, which might be a reason not every brand pursues this option. Since we truly value sustainability, we invest in the most environmentally friendly option possible, which is reflected in our pricing. 


When the tanning process is completed, the leather gets a water-repellent coating, making it resistant to all kinds of weather conditions - even rainy, Belgian ones.




DISCOVER WHO INSPIRED OUR HANDBAGS

All Lies Mertens handbags are inspired by real people, their style and their needs.

The first design she ever conceived was a laptop sleeve for personal use, but it didn’t stop there: six bags followed as a homage to people she admires and have a different story to tell.

To create designs fit for everyday life, Lies thus incorporates everyday needs to bolster the functionality of her accessories. Meet the community behind the bags, and read their story.

FUNCTIONAL

We’re not only aiming to create visually appealing bags, but also highly value the practical aspect. Lies Mertens started out as a brand creating handbags people can use for everyday life. Whether you’re on your way to work or having a drink with friends: the same bag can fulfill multiple purposes. By adding different compartments to each bag, we provide enough space to store laptops, smartphones, chargers, keys and water bottles and create an easy way to retrieve all your stuff in a split second.

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