BORBOLETA: handmade, unique and zero waste.

I am Hellen and I am the creative mind and founder of BORBOLETA.

​I am a Belgo-Portuguese creative soul and started studying fashion at the age of 15. But my passion for fashion started at a very young age. Scarfs from my mother were draped into evening gowns and shown during improvised fashion shows in our family's living room.

​After 20 years of working for different companies and industries it was time to focus on my true passion, and BORBOLETA was born.

My sewing machine, my creative buddy for the past 25 years.

Thanks to BORBOLETA, I can do more than just create and sew, I can add value by giving new life to old clothes while protecting our beautiful planet.


Up-what? Up-cycling: Revaluating old pieces.

We all have clothes in our closet we are attached to but no longer wear or the first baby clothes of our kids we want to keep as a souvenir.

BORBOLETA, gives those clothes a new life by transforming them into something new and unique. So they are used again and no longer just taking space.

From the first baby clothes of your child I can make a stuffed toy or a patchwork blanket. Or turn your teenager's favourite hoody into a laptop sleeve or a cute little bag. Your beloved leather jacket in your closet that is worn out will be transformed into a handbag.

This way every creation is unique and tells its own story. Your story!


BORBOLETA? Butterfly in Portuguese and for you, symbol of metamorphosis.

BORBOLETA is also a reference to my origins.

A butterfly embodies metamorphosis and no two butterflies are identical.

Just like my creations, it gives the their cachet.

Zero Waste

My goal is to reuse as much as possible: not only the fabrics, but also for zippers, buttons, etc. So don't worry if your unique piece is delivered in a reusable bag, or in an original paper jacket.


Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly!