Discover Benelux | Dutch Design | Made in the Netherlands
Poetic creations by Artessorio Conceived by designer Patray Lui, Artessorio specialises in creatively crafted leather handbags and accessories for elegant and style-conscious women who are looking for something truly unique. Designed by Patray in the Netherlands and made in Italy, Artessorio’s creations feature beautiful patterns and illustration art. The Artessorio story evolved from Patray’s passion for drawing. “I have always found it a wonderful way to express my emotions,” begins the creative, who completed her masters in design in Italy. Combining traditional handicraft with
TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER | PHOTOS: ARTESSORIO
modern technology, Patray’s designs evoke a timeless yet contemporary style, with their own distinctive texture and silhouette. Patray’s appreciation of Italian artistry is highlighted by the original brand name, which combines two Italian words: ‘arte’ and ‘accessorio’ (art and accessory). “As well as looking for something special and refined with a modern twist, my customers are conscious about product quality and want something that will last a long time, not just one season,” explains the designer, who originates from Hong Kong.
Patray founded Artessorio in 2009, with the brand soon gaining popularity in locations ranging from London to Singapore. After more recently taking a hiatus to raise her baby daughter, the creative is ready to get back to business and excited about the prospects for the future. Artessorio’s distinctive designs include a range of totes, shoulder bags, clutches and crossbody bags. Shop the collection via artessorio.com
A luxurious planner made just for you TEXT: CATHY VAN KLAVEREN | PHOTOS: LOVEDBYGABY
Planning is everything, but finding a tool that complements each individual person and their own needs is not always easy. That is, until you discover Dutch brand LovedbyGaby’s stylish, custom-made planners. Gaby van Sandijk has been passionate about stationary since she was a little girl, so it was only natural she would end up launching her own unique stationary business. The LovedbyGaby story began when she was homebound after recovering from an operation and searching for something to do. “I came across photos of planners that were so creatively made, I knew I could do that too. I also felt that regular planners always had something I didn’t like. I wanted something that was luxurious, that wasn’t too expensive.” Everything Van Sandijk made, she shared online. People liked her creations so much,
she got asked to personalise something for them as well. “Sometimes I would work all night,” she recalls. So, she decided to take things to the next level. Van Sandijk expanded her business by using modern machinery. Because she custom makes her designs, it was a worthwhile investment. “I show my clients every draft until they’re satisfied. When people tell me they’re happy with the finished product, I feel really grateful.” In June she will host a unique fair: Passion for Planners, in the Dutch town of Rijswijk, where everyone can see what creative planning is. Just a year and a half ago she began to design her own planners, traveller’s notebooks and pencil cases. Starting with just a stack of paper and an old printer, LovedbyGaby was transformed into a company operating worldwide. Other than planners, Van Sandijk custom makes stickers, dividers, stamps, bookmarks and much more.
Shop the LovedbyGaby stationary collection at www.lovedbygaby.com
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Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.