Friday, January 6, 2017

Designer Feature: Meet Niels Peeraer

Designer Feature: Meet Niels Peeraer
 (photos: Associated Press)
Niels Peeraer is a Belgian fashion and accessories designer who graduated at the Royal Fashion Academy of Antwerp in 2011. His Master collection had earned him a total of 5 awards including a collaboration with DELVAUX, one of the oldest fine leather luxury goods houses in the world since 1829.



Peeraer is known for his visually unique and emotional work. He often explores the recurring theme about the opposing force between masculinity and femininity; The roughness of the material against the light heartedness of the designs, culminating a new vision created to share his whole universe with each item. Not to shock but simply about bringing an innocent happiness to everyday life.



After graduating, Peeraer has established a Paris-based leather accessories brand. Under his eponymous label, he hones his skills of vegetable tanned leather and brass fittings to create a strong and personal aesthetic with a high level of craftsmanship.



One of the most unique techniques, signature to Peeraer’s work is that his bags have no stitching, and are made fully by assembling through screws and hardware. Through this, he achieves much cleaner lines and strength on his pieces. Instead of covering the beautiful inside of leather, he use a special waxing process as finishing, creating a smooth and clean surface also on the inside of the leather.



Seen in his latest collection, Peeraer’s vision is to touch as many hearts as possible with ‘cuteness’, not through mass-production and cutting corners but through respect for the old leather-craftsmanship and attention to detail, as well as the final touches of his signature, light-hearted bows.


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