Story behind MLS-MarieLaurenceStevigny
It all started with a stolen handbag and pockets full of essentials for safety. The international Belgian accessories designer, ML Stévigny ever since travelled the world for prestigious design collaborations with her essentials hidden under coat for safety and to keep her mind free… the design concept of MLS brand was born.
The pocket and the zip pouches sets the shape vocabulary of a new whole collection of light leather accessories.
MLS provides simple, useful, universal, timeless, minimal, safe, modular premium accessories for daily moves, commutes or travels. MLS accessories simplify your life.
Designed & established in 2018 in Belgium by Belgian accessories designer Marie-Laurence Stévigny, the collections are quality handmade in premium materials. The leathers are Spanish or Italian cowhide and lambskin and made with recycled or upcycled fabric materials.
Manufactured by leather good experts in South of Spain and in Italy met by ML decades ago when she was accessories designer for Nina Ricci in Paris. A long-term business relationship merging strong design expertise and luxury craftsmanship know-how.
Did you know that bags origins are in the pockets?
Combine pockets and zips cross-body purses with bags and small accessories to create your own unique set of light leather goods. MLS accessories simplify your life.
Why the Pocket?
Because Pockets are the origin of the first bags in the history of Fashion.
Because it's a concept that sticks to men's and women’s skin in the era of mobility.
Because one always needs to have a pocket of reach.
Because as a designer, it is a bearer of meaning to create a multiple single-user product in the dematerialization: it is bearer of meaning.
Because only the essentials are carried away; you move more lightly.
Because with your hands free: you move more freely, lightly and safely.
Because Pockets are new vision of genderless leather accessories.
Because as Yves Saint-Laurent simply said: "You put your hands in your pockets and you have the look”.
Because Pockets are the new bag.
Distinctive and exclusive patented Belgian contemporary minimalist and timeless designs, made to last.
High quality handmade in Europe, in southern Spain by leather-goods & craftsmen experts working since 1987 or in Italy in the Firenze area for our Pocket Notebooks.
Between ML and the Spanish leather workshops, it is a long-lasting business relationship as our designer met them when she started her carrier at Nina Ricci in Paris : the leather craft-makers were already collaborating with luxury brands thanks to their handbags and small leather goods expertise with demanding clients worldwide.
MLS accessories are made in premium Spanish & Italian cowhide or lambskin leathers.
MLS accessories are designed in skin tone shades for core collection, easily combinable with other colours and finishes, also designed in seasonal limited editions.
The skin tones shades for core collections are a signature of the brand. with combinations around the black leather made to be available in black, ebony, tan, nude and off-white with seasonal Editions in other premium leathers.
Special RFID lining protecting your cards and documents against contactless identity theft...
These slim cross-body bags are the perfect and essential camouflage bags to be hidden under your coat or vest when needed to avoid pick-pockets.
Different ways to hold your pocket with a selection of narrow or wide straps with exclusive skin stripes ribbon or plain leather, chain or glitter. Personalise your handbag by using similar or different sizes, the Pockets, the Zips, small accessories and bags are combinable.
Marie-Laurence Stévigny is a Belgian fashion accessory designer with more than 20 years of experience in fashion and luxury businesses.
"I spent the last 15 years running my own accessory design agency called MLSTUDIO Brussels with years of exciting, challenging, and creative collaborations with international leading global brands such as NIKE, GUERLAIN, ASTON MARTIN, BENTLEY, SAMSONITE, LACOSTE, AGNELLE, ROCHAS..."
MLSTUDIO has been nominated in the Fashion category as "Best of Belgium 2017" by Paris Match & C’est du Belge (TV program).
MLSTUDIO won Who’s Next and Premiere Classe award in the Accessory category for her first collaboration “Marie Laurence Stevigny by Agnelle” bags and gloves collection which has been distributed since in premium stores in Japan, Italy, USA, France & Belgium.
MLSTUDIO won a Gold Fashion Award in Los Angeles at the IDA awards competition (International Design Awards) for a women’s glove collection designed for Agnelle.
Before starting MLSTUDIO, I acquired an international experience with deep and strong knowledge in designing and developing luxurious, premium men & women accessories with their proper DNA, being part of the NINA RICCI studio in Paris during 8 years and senior accessory designer within BILL AMBERG studio in London for 7 years.
Graduated from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris and Institut Bischoffsheim in Brussels I also studied Shoe Design at AFPIC in Paris and followed several creative workshops at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London.
MLS design vision
"Create simply beautiful, simply essential, simply familiar, simply rich, simply intimate and simply meaningful accessories."
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Simply extraordinary packaging for essential accessories.
Our packaging are made out "of the shelves" regular light boxes combined with white printed in belgium papers.
By not producing any specific boxes for us using any plastic in our packaging process we care about the waste make it easy to be recycled.