The Lotus and the Snake, The Curse of the White Fox

The Lotus and the Snake, The Curse of the White Fox

>> Why am I seemingly quoting Chinese philosophical fables in the title?  That is in fact the rather odd title of Belgian designer Niels Peeraer's first proper collection.  Peeraer hails from the Royal Academy in Antwerp and made it over to London Fashion Week through the presence of Showroom Belgium.  Peeraer's sole use of vegetable tanned bridle leather instantly had me hooked, especially when you went up close to it and saw the intricacy of their construction.  Apparently the title of the collection refers to a girl and a boy, trying to protect their family crest and traditions.  I guess these pieces must be their heirlooms, up for safeguarding.  Regardless of elaborate titles though, these bags really respect and make full use out of this material, maintaining its slightly rough quality as well as working in complex and intriguing shapes and patterns.    

















His final year graduate collection from the Royal Academy in Antwerp also incorporated leather goods but alongside a whimsical menswear collection with another curious title.  Peeraer is certainly a story teller of sorts and the good thing is that the final pieces in his collection aren't overly burdened with narrative and are in themselves, finely designed products.   







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  1. Jacqueline

    2012-02-23 at 3:51 PM

    wow, this is such an impressive collection. I can’t believe they managed to do all this with leather!

  2. lipnstick

    2012-02-23 at 3:53 PM

    I saw his collection at the show in antwerp!! it was sooo pretty!! love the guys in the tutu’s!!! love this post!

  3. Camille

    2012-02-23 at 4:06 PM

    Beautiful collection, I think it’s quite more Art than Fashion 😉 !!

  4. Those bags are amazing. I love to discover new talents.

  5. Aliquot & Amble

    2012-02-23 at 5:29 PM

    Wow, thank you for introducing this collection to us. Such an amazing collection and I am madly in love with the bags


    2012-02-23 at 5:45 PM

    Beautiful handbag….
    I like a lot… 🙂

  7. Leanne Kilheeney

    2012-02-23 at 6:35 PM

    This collection is so strangely calming to look at. Zen like photography and inspiring collection. Thanks for highlighting it. Ommmmmmmmmmm.

  8. Anneka

    2012-02-23 at 7:59 PM

    Do the bags smell as good as they look?!

  9. style-attack

    2012-02-23 at 9:18 PM

    love the bags and the way he uses the leather as a structure material!

  10. Jane Alisa

    2012-02-23 at 9:51 PM

    I need that bag in my life, sinister but sweet at the same time xoxo

  11. Material Fixations

    2012-02-23 at 10:18 PM

    Such intricate and clean products… Love the attention to detail and the apparent simplicity hiding a complexe and well executed design.

  12. ciara

    2012-02-23 at 10:55 PM

    will you kindly clear off and go curate your vain fashion week outfits, little sycophant?
    you know who

  13. Áine

    2012-02-23 at 11:01 PM

    This is absolutely beautiful. Delighted to have been introduced to something so amazing; thank you!

  14. Yuka

    2012-02-24 at 5:50 AM
  15. susie_bubble

    2012-02-24 at 7:51 AM

    I didn’t get right up close to sniff them (thought that might be a bit rude/weird) but I should think they do smell pretty damn good….

  16. Raphaëlle

    2012-02-24 at 9:23 AM

    I love all this cutting and folding, this is so edgy.

  17. Nathan

    2012-02-24 at 7:31 PM

    omg i remember seeing this too on the first floor of Somerset house and got a chance to meet the designer himself.
    i bet just like u that u were instantly grabbed by the attention of the leather craft pieces, did u at first think it was fleet ilya? i did.. lol

  18. silvia in venice

    2012-02-24 at 8:19 PM

    love this thing thank you to share them!

  19. faten

    2012-02-25 at 1:31 PM

    i just discovered your blog yesterday and i’m in love with it

  20. Shai

    2012-02-26 at 11:06 PM

    Those bags are so unique and exotic looking. So inspiring.

  21. Peter

    2012-02-27 at 11:21 PM

    This leather-work is otherworldly – I’ve never seen anything like it! Leather is, apparently, a very versatile medium.
    Peter @ low–

  22. Swan

    2012-02-28 at 12:45 AM

    This is insanely perfect. Off the scales. Want want want. REALLY want. And love too. Perhaps some druling as well.

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