The Belgian Government officially recognised Nina as a craftswoman. Together with Jonathan she received several awards, including ‘International Design Awards’, a ‘Commerce Design Brussels Award’ and ‘Vitrine de l’Artisan’. Nina did an internship of 6 months at Delvaux where she learned to design fine leather goods. Before founding her own design studio, she worked as a designer and art director for Nathan-Baume, designing their handbag collections for 7 seasons.
They have worked for clients such as Maison Vervloet, the two-Michelin-star restaurant Bon-Bon, Bozar brasserie, Dierendonck butchers and Chef Jérémy Girvan among others. The fact that Queen Mathilde owns one of their handbags is something that makes them truly proud.
When we meet Nina and Jonathan in their shop/studio in Brussels, we immediately notice their strong and vibrant personalities. They complement each other, both have an eye for detail and a critical mindset. They are uncompromising in the best possible way and share our ideas about workmanship. A unique chemistry resulting in some custom creations for the HERITAGE collection.
From the moment we meet up, it becomes obvious to us that their true passion is to create from concept to finished product. Relying on their expertise and craftsmanship skills to create contemporary objects, using traditional methods. They are driven to search for new techniques which they then apply in an innovative manner.
THE COMBINATION OF DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP IS THE MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT THEIR JOB.
Leather as inspiration, helping to unwind. While training as a designer at ENSAV La Cambre, leather was the first material Nina developed a fondness for. She describes leather as having endless possibilities and working with it as relaxing. An encounter with a French master “maroquinier” [leatherwork expert] only helped her develop her vision and knowledge even more.
In a true tandem spirit. Nina and Jonathan feel privileged to have a unique work-life balance, where they can constantly inspire each other. They adore meeting and working with master chefs and culinary craftsmen. Creating within a mutual mind-set, whether it’s a tiny object to admire or even an entire room design.
THE GREATEST ART IS TO FIND THE FREEDOM IN YOUR MIND AND HEART TO REMAIN CREATIVE.
Heritist lovers, Frederik & Vicky