Meet Eline

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Eline Ros has always worked as a freelancer and she wouldn’t want it any other way. “I’ve never had a permanent post. If you ask me, people with a good idea and the right mindset should just take the leap.” With ROS, her concept and event company she translates stories into scenography and events. Eline was one of the first people who encouraged Lies to go for start her own label back in 2018.

“We met each other at Bar Left, a pop-up concept hosting a brunch for only twelve people. We hit it off almost immediately, both on a personal and professional level.” Not that strange, if you know they were following a similar path. “We got acquainted at the time we were both switching school for jobs. Lies was working hard on her portfolio as a graphic designer. I remember we were grabbing a coffee when she asked me if she should post her handbags on her website too. I saw potential and spurred her to go for it.”

Eline loved handbags long before she ever got to know Lies. She loves items you can’t find anywhere else and she liked to shop vintage. “The only problem with vintage is that it wears off easily, and that’s exactly what happened with a camel-coloured bag I adored.”

“I love minimalism. That’s why I was immediately convinced of the aesthetics of Lies Mertens. No unnecessary fringes nor labels, which is a typical look for a lot of other bag brands.” According to Eline, the bags match every outfit, something she proves herself by not only using her piece for professional purposes but to go out as well.

She started out with a handmade Eline and soon grew her collection with Enya and CMMC+ - all three with black grain motive. “I never use other bags anymore. They keep looking great, even after years of use. I have three bags containing the same elements and I’m still able to change up my look whenever I want.”