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' vision for the ‘La Forêt’ collection unfolded when she zoomed in on Julian Schnabel'swork. To her eye, savage landscapes came to life in the broken crockery Schnabel had used in his paintings.
Sharing this inspiration with the Belgian painter Ilse Vanderbeken led to the realization of canvases reflecting a mysterious and brooding atmosphere that seeps through in every vein of the collection.
Natalie transfigured the mystique of Ilse's paintings to the Collectif d' Anvers footwear through cutting out parts of the paintings, masterfully fusing the brushstrokes with the leather and shape of the footwear, creating a unique appeal for each individual piece.
Discover Collectif d'Anvers latest #SS2020 preview during #ParisFashionWeek from 26-30.09.2019 at our Paris Showroom: 5, Rue Sainte Anastase, Marais.