Hi, I’m Lea Athene, a designer and tailor based in Brussels. Ever since I was young I’ve loved dressing up and playing with fabric and yarn. I was very lucky my mother kept a lot of her old clothes, and it soon inspired me to start my own collection of what were mostly ‘nice-to-touch’ fabrics, often in the form of scarfs and hats. In fact, my mom gave me a beautiful piece of bordeaux silk as a baby, with which I couldn’t stop fiddling.
At 14 I sewed my first real piece of clothing on the machine. Sitting on the floor of my room, using my knee to work the peddle, because I didn’t have a desk or table, I turned my eldest sister’s trousers into a top. Soon after this, the ‘I-have-nothing-to-wear’ phase started, so I started creating garments from scratch. I drew my inspiration from a variety of things: the fabrics themselves, natural shapes and architecture I came across on my walks, the human form…. Once I had started my bachelor in Art history and Archaeology, I found that the styles, shapes and designs I came across also started influencing my work.
I’ve been making clothes for 14 years now, using fabrics I find in shops and markets, pieces I’ve knitted or crocheted myself, or a combination of the two. I have a strong tendency towards natural fibers such as linen, silk, wool and cotton, and I love working with plain colours. As is the case for many autodidacts, years of trial and error and lots of practice have allowed me to gain ample experience and expertise in designing clothes myself, drawing out the patterns, and using various sewing techniques to put them together.
Personally, I’m attracted to clothing that makes me feel confident as well as comfortable, whether I’m going for casual, sexy or elegant. Furthermore, I think it’s important to know that the clothes you wear have been made within a safe and healthy environment, and are available for a fair price. And, of course, knowing that they were made with passion is a nice extra 😉 The clothes we wear say a lot about us: directly, indirectly, intentionally and unintentionally.
Since I love designing, but think it’s great to stimulate or support people in their own creativity as well, I offer two services.
First of all, you can choose a design from my Wardrobe. Just pick a colour and a size, and I’ll make it for you! Would you like to use your own fabric, and/or have it tailored to your own personal size? No problem, just make an appointment with me. Once I have your measurements, they can be applied to all designs. You can also alter the design slightly, by changing the length of the skirt or sleeves for example. Or do you like the skirt of one model, and the neckline of another? Send me a message, we’ll talk and figure something out!
Or, would you like to take it one step further and have an even bigger say in the piece you want to wear? Step into my Atelier and let me help you with your design. Let’s sit down together, figure out what you feel comfortable in, what it is that you want to express with your garment, and create a unique piece made especially for you.