Belgian handtassenontwerpster Groin Mertens opens first shop in Kloosterstraat

Lies Mertens decided in 2016 to make her passion her job. Now she opens her first physical retail store in the Antwerp Kloosterstraat. Special about her designs is that they are functional, aesthetically pleasing and biodegradable.

Shop Groin Mertens in the Kloosterstraat © Olmo Peeters

After the launch of her own webshop, open designer Lies Mertens also a first own shop. Customers can visit from Friday to Sunday. The shop also functions as a showroom. A tangible point of sale was for Lies Mertens is an important step because the designer believes that her designs should be able to experience.


From now on you can the design of the Groin, Mertens also in the real experience for you proceed to purchase.

The philosophy of the brand was also carried through in the décor of the store. Natural and recoverable materials define the interior. Just like the leather accessories of Groin Mertens, the store is also decorated in a timeless and qualitative way with a fun twist.

Footprint limit

Honest materials are in the brand of Mertens is very important. She chooses to have the lowest possible ecological footprint to leave behind. Therefore, she works with a leather that is not tanned with chemicals, but with a material based on natural products such as resin. The leather is unique because it is 100% biodegradable.

To the sustainable story by pulling in all the production process is also each bag in Antwerp designed and in Portugal, in a small family business hand-made.

Shop Groin Mertens in the Kloosterstraat © Olmo Peeters

Modern classics

Lies Mertens started her label because she was looking for practical, but also beautiful bags. Functional design can, and must, after all, also aesthetically appealing are the designer. By but a limited number of bags per year to design, she takes extended time to her creations, both in terms of aesthetics as ease-of-use fine-tuning. No trendstukken, but modern classics.

Lies Mertens Store: Kloosterstraat 28, 2000 Antwerp

Open from Friday to Sunday from 11 to 18h and Wednesday and Thursday by appointment

Read also: Three Belgian starters car jump in the handtassenwereld


  • Pop-up Foodmaker in Hasselt stunt with an edible, zero-waste crockery
  • Carhartt WIP and Dr. Martens touches down in Brussels
  • Belgian mannenlabel Six Edges open winter store in Oostende
  • Discover and shop Young Blood in Ronse
  • Belgian handtassenontwerpster Groin Mertens opens first shop in Kloosterstraat
  • Read all articles about Telex

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular