Born in Cologne, Germany on January 2, 1959, Dirk
Bikkembergs is a integral component of Belgian fashion, and
has remained so since 1982 when he graduated from the Royal
Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Dirk worked for various fashion companies in Belgium
until 1985, when he won the Golden Spindle Award for Best
Young Designer in Fashion. The award was created in 1982 as
a direct result of the Belgian government's mandate to
infuse new life into the textile industry. As a winner of
the competition, designers were given access to
manufacturers to produce their collections. His first
collection appeared in 1986 and was focused on shoes, rather
His vision for footwear became his trademark. Today, his
line of shoes includes mens, ladies and childrens in styles
such as sandals, sneakers, and boots.
Dirk Bikkembergs did not rest and continued to move
forward working with knits to create a clothing line. Within
two short years, he had launched a menswear collection in
1988 called "Dirk Bikkembergs Men". The collection was
manufactured in Italy and was shown in Paris to wonderful
In 1996, Dirk's designs were so popular that he licensed
his footwear business to an Italian company called Zeis
Excelsa SpA. The brand became even bigger with an
July 2011, it was announced that Dirk Bikkembergs sold
his label to the Italian footwear licensee, Zeis Excelsa SpA.
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