Born in Kinshasa. Amazing childhood in Kananga. She comes back to Kinshasa before moving to Brussels in 1992. Graduation and modelling. She falls in love with the jewellery design, which becomes a passion and an occupation. Opening of a first store in Brussels in 2004, then a second and a third. Laura comes back to Congo and opens Mandarine in Lubumbashi.

1992: Arrival in Brussels from Congo. I had to adapt to the weather…

2006: Opening of my first store in Brussels: “L’Ô des Perles”

2007: My son’s birth…

2009: My daughter’s birth…

2012: “Mandarine” in Lubumbashi


When on vacation where do you spend most of your time: in the city, on the beach or out and about exploring nature?

Beach. Crabs. Books. Sunburns.

 Describe the trip in 3 words.

Discover. Relax. Savouring.

What is your dream destination?

A whole week of ‘liveAboards” on the Aggressor Fleet (Cousteau’s son company): 4 to 5 dives per day in Papua. Extraordinary.

What is your favourite place in the world?

Trestraou: Every year my children enjoy horse riding on its beaches…

Favourite hotel?

Moevenpick Hotel in Luxor. Memories memories…

 Your favourite restaurant in the world?

The Kamo in Brussels.

On an island what would you take with you (key items)?

My Kindle…

Back in time…

Luxor. A sunset on the Nil.

Your last trip:

Italy (Tuscany & Umbria).

Your next trip:

Probably something unexpected!



Your most sentimental objects:

I don’t have any… But at the same time, anything becomes a necessity when I need it.