Person of the month! La Belette by Charlotte Meese

I am Charlotte Meese, a 24y old teacher in fashion, current living in Antwerp. I teach in Berchem, secondary, where I am also class teacher in 5th secondary school. Beside that I teach in adult education in Turnhout, sewing lessons, in ’t Heilig Graf. A busy bee with a heart in designing.


How did you came up with the idea to start up your own clothing and jewerly line?
It started as a hobby, every year in education I try to do something new with my students. So I’m doing a lot of brainstorming and testing things. If there is something good coming out I make an example for my students and if they like it I make several pieces. That’s when my friends are so excited to buy something or when I design something personal for them. At the moment I’m still searching for the perfect balance between my work and being a designer but with all the positive feedback this hobby will become something big, it gave me a taste of more challenges

It is never easy to come up with a brand name, did it take much time to find one that fits you?
My boyfriend always calls me “Weasel”. He can speak French and one day he played a French song about a weasel, named: …
This number and the story behind it sounded so good, that I now using the name: La Belette BY MEESE

7804857c74-img_3427Where do you get your inspiration?
Especially of my students. I always ask them what they like, to see in fashion. They are always busy with trends and everything around it. From that point I start testing and making my designs.

Personally I find it really inspirational when someone who has a full time job still find the time to be creative and combines that with a personal- and love life.

Is it difficult in time or did you find the perfect balance?
For a couple of years I’ve been a busy person, what people know about me. It depends, even when I have a tight planned schedule it still can be stressfull last minute. I’m still young, so enough time to learn! It makes it more easy for me because my two passions: teaching and designing are attached to each other.

What are your goals, who are your costumers?
If I can make my dreams come true… I would love to open my own clothing store where I sell clothing from “unknown” designers/ brands and a part of my own collection.
With custom- and repair service, because that is something I already doing a lot. My biggest dream is to have my own collection, not to big with one style.

Where do you see yourself as a designer in the future?
As a designer your work is never done. You’re 24/7 busy with creating your own styles, searching for the daily needs in life.
I see it as a long, pleasant train trip. By mountains, over rivers, by dales, every part of the way you need to record. You can, never, be ready.
I want to show pleasure in my clothes, like every piece has his own story.

Keep an eye on this lady, she is one of the persons who has a really strong style. Who knows where we see her in the future!

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Welcome to A way of dreaming! Your online style diary with useful and interesting tips and tricks, carefully written and curated by me! The 26y old Fashion Stylist who loves to share her knowledge, love and likes to inspire people.

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