About us


Library/meeting room at the Luster office. Design: Élise Van Thuyne - Image: Marthe Hoet

Welcome to Luster

Luster creates books for cultural explorers. For curious people who are in search of inspiring places, fascinating stories and original creations. The themes of our publications usually centre around cities, art, culture, nature, architecture, design, food and drink. We also have a soft spot for Belgium and enjoy a bit of nostalgia.

We publish about 15 new titles per year. An important part of our offering consists of The 500 Hidden Secrets, a series of city and regional guides in English, covering over 40 destinations around the world. This series has its own website: www.the500hiddensecrets.com

Our publications are made available worldwide through a network of different distributors. We take care of the sales in Flanders and Brussels, where you will find our books in most bookshops, museum shops and a well-chosen selection of concept stores. In addition to books for the retail channel, we also produce commissioned publications

Luster was founded in 2009. Since 2019, our office is housed in an art-deco building from 1929 in the centre of Antwerp. There are six of us working from the office: 

Marc Verhagen, founder and publisher
Hilde Seys, sales and distribution
Hadewijch Ceulemans, editor and press coordinator
Louise Vanderputte, community manager and editor
Katya Doms, publishing assistant
Dettie Luyten, managing director and publisher The Hidden Secrets

Our general contact information and business details: 
Louiza-Marialei 2
2018 Antwerp, Belgium
tel. +32 (0) 3 298 37 23
VAT: BE 866 794 770