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Designerbox Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte
Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte for DesignerBox © mikomikostudio
Façon Jacmin - SS20 (c) Noel Quintela
Façon Jacmin © Noel Quintela
Belgitude - Milan design week 2017 ©Marek Swoboda
Belgitude - Milan design week 2017 ©Marek Swoboda

An accelerator of international development

WBDM supports the internationalisation of designers and firms in the fashion and design sectors in Wallonia and Brussels.

A curator of talents

WBDM creates links between the actors from the fashion and design sectors, and Belgian and international publishers.

A quality-focused agency

WBDM is a unique agency that makes a difference.

Team

History

  1. wbdm team (c) Paolo Mariotti

    WBDM is founded

    2006

    Founded in 2006, WBDM is a public agency set up with the aim of supporting designers and companies in the fashion and design industry to export their know-how abroad, thereby showcasing Belgian know-how.

  2. Milan Design Week

    2007

    Since its inception, WBDM has participated in Milan Design Week, the industry’s premier event, every year.

  3. Maison & Objet, Paris

    2009

    In January 2022, WBDM will participate in the Maison & Objet fair for the 13th time, with a collective physical booth.

  4. D2B (Designers To Business)

    2008

    These meetings between publishers and designers are an encounter and confrontation between the international production realities and the emerging, albeit confirmed, design in Belgium.

  5. Showroom [les belges]

    2010

    From 2010 to 2016, the Showroom [Les Belges] programme supported fashion designers through collective appearances at the Paris and Milan fashion weeks.

  6. Belgium is Design is founded

    2011

    Belgium is Design promotes Belgian design on the international scene. This programme of international collective initiatives was set up with the partner institutions of WBDM: Flanders DC for Design and MAD – Home of Creators.

  7. Reciprocity design Liège

    2012

    In 2012, WBDM presented an exhibition “Belgian Design on Tour” at the Liège Design Biennale, Reciprocity.

    For the 2015 and 2018 editions, the support for the event took the form of enhancing its international communication and inviting foreign journalists.

  8. Belgium guest of honour at the BODW in HK

    2013

    Set up in 2011, Belgian Spirit was an initiative of the three regions of Belgium, which chose the Business of Design Week (BoDW) in Hong Kong as its launch pad for the Asian continent, for fashion, design and architecture.

  9. Publication of articles - interviews

    2015

    Since 2015, WBDM has conducted 188 interviews with fashion and design professionals: designers, but also consultants, artists, journalists, gallery owners and photographers. 

    For its 15th anniversary, we selected 30 portraits (2 x 15 portraits), in an inspiring publication.

  10. Launch of the Fashion Programme

    2017

    Conscious of offering adequate support to a wider variety of brand profiles, WBDM launched the Fashion Programme.

  11. J'achète Belge

    2017

    The ‘J’achète Belge‘ (I Buy Belgian) initiative of Flanders DC, organised by the three regions since 2017, extended its purview in 2020 by integrating all the creative sectors: fashion, decoration, music, cinema, publishing, illustration, gaming, etc.

  12. Designers from Belgium

    2017

    WBDM edited two directories of Belgian designers:

    In 2017 “Designers from Belgium“, a book showcasing 35 designers from Wallonia and Brussels, was published. This book is a promotional tool for prospecting among international design brands (furniture, objects, textiles) and among the press.

    For the “Textiles Revealed” exhibition presented at New York Textile Month in September 2019, WBDM, in collaboration with Flanders DC and MAD-Home of creators, produced a publication featuring 50 established and emerging textile designers working in Belgium: “Designers from Belgium – Textile edition”. 200 copies were distributed during the week in New York, and it is still being distributed among professionals.

  13. Expo Design Generations au ADAM

    2018

    The Brussels Design Museum (at the time called ADAM) invited WBDM to participate in Intersections, the contemporary design biennial.

    The “Design Generations” exhibition invited visitors to take a fresh look at design, by highlighting the far-reaching value of this profession, which over the last century has borne witness to and often advocated changes in our society. Ten design offices from Wallonia and Brussels explained their approach through a selection of products from the past (the museum’s permanent collection), the present (their current output) and the future (an imaginary product).

  14. Exposition Textiles Revealed de Belgium is Design à la New York Textile Month 2019

    New York Textile Month

    2019

    Belgium is Design presented “Textiles Revealed“, an exhibition of the work of 11 Belgian textile designers, organised in collaboration with Li Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano as part of New York Textile Month.

WBDM falls under:

  • the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX), which supports exporting companies in Wallonia;
  • the Cultural Service of Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI), which encourages the international distribution of cultural enterprises and artists from Wallonia and Brussels;
  • the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Directorate for contemporary visual arts), which promotes visual artists and designers.

Services

Façon Jacmin - SS21 (c) Noel QuintelaEnora_Antoine_Synchronicity_2020_©Louis_Vielle
Services
Façon Jacmin - SS21 (c) Noel QuintelaEnora_Antoine_Synchronicity_2020_©Louis_Vielle
Services

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