Mien Kaba is the atelier of Dominique Vieren, located in a former café in the small town of Sint-Andries, near Brugge. Here, Vieren creates the perfect handbag. “I don’t have my own collection or online shop, I only work on assignment,” Vieren explains. “Every handbag starts with a face to face conversation. It’s very important I know who I’m making this bag for. It’s a personal product, not related to any kind of trend or seasonality.” In the atelier, customers can take a look at prototypes, select their design and colour – and materials of course – to create their own unique accessory. Instead of using leathers such as crocodile or snake, Vieren turns to fish. A remarkable choice, but one that supports her vision.

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