Balancelle is a women, feminist and sex positive brand that specialises in handmade and ethically crafted erotic accessories.

Who’s involved in it?

Me, Tess Makarti (she/her)

What’s your origin story and your motivation?

I started Balancelle after buying my first strapon online and being disappointed by the aesthetics and quality of it. Being pretty crafty I decided to design my own, initially for my personal use (I had an office job at the time). After having several friends commissioning me to sew strapons for them, I realised my little DIY project and it's original aesthetics could bring joy to the sex life of many others, so I decided to quit my boring job and become a full time seamstress.

Do you want to share a special memory with us?

Seeing my designs unapologetically worn all night and out in the open by 10 glorious models mingling with the crowd of the Pride Festival Closing Party this year <3

What are some of your favorite spots in Brussels?

Bois de la Cambre and watching the ducks at the Etangs Flagey (massive introvert here)

Where can we find you virtually and/or physically?

I don't have a physical shop but customers can contact me to make an appointment to visit me at my workshop in Ixelles for fittings, workshops and to see the products.


Balancelle, 2020

*based on queer archives