In 2018 I started the label ‘Arlette Schmitz’. The label is named after both my mothers. The surname of my birthmother who died a very young woman and the first name of my adoptive mother. After having worked as a journalist for many years I decided to revert to my first love, fashion. Not wanting to do things by halves I took courses at SASK Sint-Niklaas and combined them with a study in patternmaking. With my brand I want to be inclusive and cater to women of many shapes and sizes. There is beauty in every woman and the brand’s mission is to serve that beauty. Therefore the baseline is :  you are beautiful full stop ●