Natalie Van Lijsebettens is an artisan shoemaker who produces made-to-measure custom-made shoes. In consultation with the client, she designs shoes that range from very elegant to robust, offering an ample choice of original, machined, printed and custom-made leather.Bespoke: The process of creating a made-to-measure shoe begins with measuring the foot. Based on these measurements, a beech wood last is made. This last is an exact replica of your foot. Unique to each person, this last endures a lifetime and will serve as the basis for each new pair of shoes you order. Over time, the last can be adapted to reflect anatomical changes.Besides her love of shoemaking, Natalie has a passion for contemporary fashion and design. Her inspiration as a shoemaker hovers between the past and the future, between tradition and creative innovation.Collectif d'Anvers and Friends is a design collective founded by Natalie Van Lijsebettens. It is an open atelier in which founder Natalie Van Lijsebettens collaborates with designers of many disciplines, exploring the fields of design and technology.
Natalie Van Lijsebettens
Sustainability has long been a guiding principle for Collectif d’Anvers, the Antwerp shoe design studio, led by Natalie Van Lijsebettens.Natalie’s SPRING / SUMMER 2019 collection is the first to be produced in Italy. Excitingly, this combines 100% vegetable-tanned cowhide with specially designed fabrics. By fusing cotton, linen, polyamide, rubber, and silk, these textiles offer both greater wear resistance and creative opportunities. Indeed, inspired by the potential of these innovative fabrics, the collection has expanded beyond footwear, to include socks, coats, and handbags.The collection’s theme is Butcher. For this, Natalie drew her inspiration from contemporary current affairs. Daily, we are confronted with images that shock. The media focuses on conflict and division. Increasingly, fear dominates our lives.How best can this be represented? How can we challenge feelings of impermanence and fragility? Can instability offer creative potential, even changing attitudes, making us explore and embrace sustainability? For this striking collection, Natalie collaborated with two exceptional designers.Together, they developed the fabrics that feature prominently, throughout theCollection. This collection, with its unisex silhouettes, will appeal to both men and women, especially those bold enough to embrace luxury with cutting-edge design. In short, it is for those who can dare to indulge in the cardinal sin - pure extravagance!