Press15 January 20240 min

#StaritFashion: Anton Janssens and Lies Mertens are the godparents of a new generation of fashion designers

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Antwerp entrepreneurs Anton Janssens and Lies Mertens are looking for the fashion designers of the future

Komono's watches and sunglasses and Lies Mertens' handbags have become a permanent fixture in Antwerp and beyond. This year, founders Anton Janssens and Lies Mertens are also godfathers and godmothers of a new generation of fashion designers for the first time. Eight novice entrepreneurs, selected by Start it Fashion and the city of Antwerp, receive guidance for a year as they take their first steps in the fashion industry. “We strongly believe in investing in the rebels of the future.”