Mats Rombaut's design is about modernizing our way of thinking. By proposing strong aesthetics and humanist values, ROMBAUT aims to provide a way forward for a world in need of change – a progressive concept for a more equitable future.
The underlying vision is of an ecological way of life through stark, exposed designs where materials play a fundamental part, both in style and in philosophy.
Color, form and detailing are precise, essential and forward-looking. The style offered is modern and pure.
The craftsmanship of ROMBAUT transforms materials at a fundamental level, creating new material innovations out of stone, tree bark, natural rubber, cotton cellulose and coconut fiber.
All materials and fabrics are sustainably engineered - there are no toxic or animal-derived substances involved.
Instead ROMBAUT develops plant-based materials and is determined to protect bio-diversity in our environment.
The Belgian designer Mats Rombaut is based in Paris, France. ROMBAUT is his first solo project after over five years experience in menswear accessories development and production in Paris with Lanvin menswear and later the Croatian designer Damir Doma.
He draws inspiration from natural processes and science and translates them into modern objects with the help of traditional techniques, mastered by only few of the remaining artisans in Tuscany.
"He's honed a luxe, clean, hyper-minimal aesthetic—one would never know that the black or silver shoes, which he constructed from Ugandan tree bark, natural latex from the Amazon, and coconut fiber, were eco-friendly" — Style.com
"It's a rarity to find such a pointed balance of style and global conscience today, so there's no wonder Rombaut is causing a stir in green fashion circles." — Interview Magazine
"With all the waste on this planet and the growth in population and consumption, we are obliged to think about solutions to reduce our impact. One of these solutions is to develop innovative materials." — Mats Rombaut in VMAN