Da-Lise fulfills all the desires for today´s strong and savvy women – but one who never looses track of her more emotional and intimate side. The namesake collection of Lise Van Der Boomen harks upon an era of the celebration of genuine friendships and ´quality time´ that was enjoyed between family, friends and siblings alike. This seems so many miles away from today´s constraints of the impersonalness associated with social media. Van Der Boomen´s gracefully refined handbags permits every woman the sensations and visual indulgence to celebrate being loved, welcomed and beautiful; both inside and outside of her domain. This is an emotion that becomes apparent the moment she comes into contact with the brand. Craftsmanship, diligently selected materials and refined designs set the benchmark for bespoke international luxury within this full range. The complete collection of handbags are handmade and detailed within Europe; with all leather and haberdashery sourced exclusively and ethically from Italian suppliers. The perfect marriage of Italian design and Dutch efficiency.
¨In the early days, the name of my company was still unclear. But, thanks to a conversation with a good friend – I finally arrived at Da-Lise, which means ‘By Lise’ in Italian.¨ (Lise Van Der Boomen) Handbag Designer
The range comes complete with a miniature perfume bottle, into which the wearer can install her own signature fragrance. As such, each bag has a compartment, specially tailored for storing this bottle. This first collection pays homage to the family and friends of Lise, ´five strong and individual women´ who act as the protagonists of the collection. In addition to the handbag specifications, each section has a emotive story-telling ´look-book´ of memories which portray the thoughts and emotions of the relationships which have been instilled within Van Der Boomen´s rationale for her collections. “The names of the bags are all inspired by women in my life who mean or meant a lot to me.¨
¨Lucy is named after my sister Loes. She is not only my sister, but also a very good friend. We have already experienced many things together and I hope that many more beautiful moments will come. I chose to name a larger bag after her, because she always walks around with large bags. In addition to this, she loves to travel, so this bag can also be used as a small weekend get-away bag.¨
This doctor’s bag is formed out of green Italian leather, with a light glitter cover over the leather. The bag has a red lining and can be closed with a doctor’s style lock, which can also be secured with the key supplied and is amply equipped with two large zip pockets on the inside. In addition, Lucy has a small compartment in which the travel perfume bottle can be stored. The corners are finished with a feature metal corner, so the bag is also protected against daily damage. Lucy comes with a complimentary shoulder strap that can be attached with the clips, depending on your style.
¨Harriët is the second bag that I have designed myself, and the first to have fulfilled the collection. This is why I named this bag after the most important woman in my life – my mother Harriët. She raised me harmoniously with my father and I inherited my strength, compassion and creativity from her.¨
This elegant bag is made of dark blue Italian suede leather and comes complete with a satin dark-blue lining. Harriet can be secured with a twist lock. Inside the bag is an extra compartment, which can be secured by a zipper. This bag also has a small compartment in which the travel perfume bottle can be stored. Thanks to the double chain, this model can be worn both cross-body and under the arm for the ultimate in stylish versatility.
¨Anny is named after my friend Annemieke. We have been good friends since high school and I can always count on her support. “
Anny consists of two compartments of premium black Italian leather which can be closed at the top with a contrasting silver-colored zipper. The interior of the bag is lined with a feature decadent red fabric. In the front section of the bag is a small compartment, in which the travel perfume bottle can be stored. An Italian leather strap runs over the two compartments with a ‘stone-like‘ relief, through which the wrist can be inserted when worn as a clutch. The bag is also supplied with a matching loose wrist strap and a shoulder strap which can be secured and removed from the bag by means of a hook to allow the style of a clutch and the versatility of a handbag.
¨Da-Lise gives every woman the feeling of being welcomed, loved and beautiful. All my bags are handmade in Europe and their design is one of a kind.¨ (Lise Van Der Boomen) Handbag Design
¨Mary is named after three very important women in my life – Marietje, Maria and Marije. Marietje and Maria were my Grandmothers, who unfortunately are no longer with us. The third woman is Marije, my Aunt (my mother’s sister) and another strong, creative figure in my life. “
This timeless handbag of Italian black leather has two large compartments as well as a smaller, discreet central compartment where a small wallet or mobile phone can be stored. For extra versatility, Mary comes complete with a pocket that can be closed with a zipper in the rear compartment and comes presented fully lined, with a striking red fabric. In the front part of the bag is the statement compartment, in which the travel perfume bottle can be stored with all the other compartments being secured by a flap. Mary Nero can also be worn under the arm as well as across the body and thanks to the leather shoulder pads, it sits comfortably on the shoulder, regardless of the contents or occasion.
¨This Merle bag comes from the name Merle, a good friend that I have known since we were around 10 years old. Over the years, we have have experienced a lot together as she was also influential in helping me to set up the Da-Lise label that you know of, today.”
Merle consists of two compartments of blue Italian leather which are overlayed at the bottom by an outer triangular motif. These compartments can be secured at the top by a sumptuous gold finished zipper. The bag´s interior is lovingly lined with a regalesque satin blue fabric and in the front part of the bag is an additional small compartment, in which the travel perfume bottle can be stored. A blue Italian suede strap runs across the two compartments, through which the wrist can be inserted when worn as a clutch. The bag is also supplied with a matching loose wrist strap and a shoulder strap which can be secured and removed from the bag by means of a hook to allow the style of a clutch and the versatility of a handbag. This model is the perfect accessory to transition between day and night outerwear.
Article: Charles Daniel McDonald
Photography: Lise Van Der Boomen