about the brand


My inspiration comes mainly from people. Their energy, their passion, their story. It is for that reason that I name my designs after people who are close to me or that I find inspiring.


Lies Mertens founded her label in 2017, after completing a master's degree in graphic design and a 4 year long leatherworking course. In 2019, we received a Henry van de Velde consumer award for the label. In 2022, the d.b. wine bag was exhibited at Hasselt's fashion museum during the expo Bags: inside out.

Collaboration has been a key aspect of the Lies Mertens label, and over the years, we have partnered with a variety of artists, including Camiel van Noten, Shirley Villavicencio Pizango, and the jewelry label Studio Collect.

Our dedication to innovative and sustainable design is strong. In 2022, we first introduced our vegan collection. Beyond bags, Lies also runs a design guesthouse and gallery called Patina.

The label is based in Antwerp, Lies' hometown. The flagship store is located in the centre of Antwerp, Steenhouwersvest 6. 



We are committed to the art of leather craftsmanship. We create high quality leather goods that are made to last. In addition to our standard offering, we specialise in custom leather items designed to suit your personal style and needs. For custom projects, email us at hello@liesmertens.be

Find out more about our commitments by visiting our page on transparency.


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