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Hi fellow pineapple lovers!
I'd like to introduce you to one of my latest Belgian label crushes: Been By D'heygere. The one with all the funky printed leggings, yes! Their pineapple print legging was featured in one of my recent style stories, as you might've seen.
I had a virtual chat with Stéphanie D'heygere, the founder and creative mind behind Been By D'heygere. Stéphanie graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp as a fashion designer and started with BEEN afterwards. The brand name is a combination of the word "been" which means "leg" in Dutch, and the designer's last name. Stéphanie is currently living in Paris and works as a freelance accessory designer for Maison Martin Margiela.
Been By D'heygere is all about bright prints. My favourites are the pineapple print, the mussels print and the kiwi print. Next to leggings, Been also has T-shirts, running pants and bodysuits in their collection. Take a look at the website and webshop if you want to find out more. There is also a fanclub with pics of Been lovers from all around the world!
Hi Stéphanie! I love your designs. Tell me, how did you come up with the idea to start Been By D'heygere?
It was a logical step for me to start with Been. After graduating from the Fashion Academy of Antwerp, I decided to commercialise a few leggings that I had made for my graduation collection.
Where do you get your inspiration for the prints?
The prints are always inspired by textures. I find inspiring textures everywhere, like in fruit or sport balls. By turning them into prints, you get a whole new insight!
What is the design process of your collections like?
Whenever I am inspired, I design. I am not focused on producing a new collection every season, like most labels do. I don't feel obliged to create two collections each year. For each new collection, I do work with a certain theme, for example fruit or fish.
What are your future plans with Been By D'heygere?
I would really like to collaborate with a well-known brand that is specialised in a totally different product, like shoes for example.
How does a typical working day look like for you?
Next to designing for Been, I also work as a freelance designer for different brands designing accessories. I work from home and sometimes I have to travel to keep an eye on the production.
What do you like to do besides designing?
I love partying, traveling and discovering new cultures.
What do you like about living in Paris?
Paris is really nice but I had a hard time to get used to the city. Now I have my friends and my favourite places to go out or have dinner. The cultural aspects of Paris are also amazing, there are so many exhibitions!
Some favourites: who are your favourite designers?
Comme des garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, Prada, Miu Miu.
Girly movies, but I also enjoy watching series and trashy reality shows on television!
Thanks for the chat! Keep up the good work Stéphanie!
Follow Stéphanie's adventures on her instagram account / the Been By D'Heygere instagram account
Check out the webshop here / blog here / fanclub here.
Thanks for reading, I hope I can inspire you guys by introducing you to this awesome Belgian brand!