Disappearance of Myriam Ullens: a woman with 100 lives

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Myriam Ullens, founder of Maison Ullens, left this world on Wednesday morning, killed by her son-in-law. She will not be remembered for this tragedy, but rather for her vision of fashion and style, for her strong taste for art and for her big heart.

 

It is with sadness that we learned Wednesday the death of Myriam Ullens, at the age of 70 years. The information was confirmed by a statement from the Belgian luxury fashion brand.

 

This independent and committed woman had, like cats, several lives. And her name will be remembered not because of her murder, but because of the many things she accomplished during her life.

 

Born Lechein, she spent her childhood in Germany before moving to Belgium for her studies. At the age of 24, in 1976, she launched her first business, La petite salade, which she sold four years later to create a professional pastry shop called Sweetly.

 

In 1991, her life changed after meeting her future husband, Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten Whettnall. After a marriage, a title of nobility and a new life, she sold her pastry shop to devote herself to humanitarian work, with the creation of several associations.

 

A woman with a big heart

 

Presented as a globe-trotter with a big heart, Myriam Ullens helped build orphanages and health centers in Nepal in the 90s, for children suffering from malnutrition. More than a decade later, she and her husband founded a school in their name. Located in Lalitpur, Nepal, it was the first school in the country to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

 

Myriam Ullens was unfortunately struck by breast cancer in the early 2000s. After going through a difficult period, she gradually rebuilt herself. Aware that it is difficult to refocus on one’s well-being while being treated for cancer, she decided to create a second foundation. In 2006, the Mimi Ullens Foundation was born. It aims to be active in cancer research and the accompaniment of patients in various hospitals.

 

Mimi constantly reminded us that the most important thing is to thank life every day. This is how she would like to be remembered by everyone,” said Ullens House in its tribute statement.

 

After volunteering, art and fashion

 

Philanthropist and businesswoman, Myriam Ullens has more than one trick up her sleeve. Passionate about art, she quickly became, with her husband, a collector and donor of contemporary art. The fortune of Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten Whettnall, estimated at more than two billion euros, is a precious lever for their projects. In 2007, the couple founded the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), an independent non-profit art center in Beijing.

 

And then, one thing led to another and Baroness Ullens decided to create her own fashion house in 2009, named simply Maison Ullens. With over 10,000 followers on Instagram, an international following and a casual yet chic style, the Belgian aristocrat expresses her chic and practical inspirations through her creations.

 

The label has collaborated with fashion designers such as Véronique Leroy and the famous stylist to the stars and Haider Ackermann, the designer now invited by the House of Jean-Paul Gaultier. The company has three locations around the world: Paris, New York and Aspen, and sells to luxury retailers in over 100 countries.

 

Myriam Ullens de Schooten Whettnall will have left her mark on the world and on people’s minds with her kindness and great empathy. The world of art and fashion mourns this lady with a big heart.

 

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Myriam Ullens, founder of Maison Ullens, left this world on Wednesday morning, killed by her son-in-law. She will not be remembered for this tragedy, but rather for her vision of fashion and style, for her strong taste for art and for her big heart.

 

It is with sadness that we learned Wednesday the death of Myriam Ullens, at the age of 70 years. The information was confirmed by a statement from the Belgian luxury fashion brand.

 

This independent and committed woman had, like cats, several lives. And her name will be remembered not because of her murder, but because of the many things she accomplished during her life.

 

Born Lechein, she spent her childhood in Germany before moving to Belgium for her studies. At the age of 24, in 1976, she launched her first business, La petite salade, which she sold four years later to create a professional pastry shop called Sweetly.

 

In 1991, her life changed after meeting her future husband, Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten Whettnall. After a marriage, a title of nobility and a new life, she sold her pastry shop to devote herself to humanitarian work, with the creation of several associations.

 

A woman with a big heart

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Myriam Ullens, founder of Maison Ullens, left this world on Wednesday morning, killed by her son-in-law. She will not be remembered for this tragedy, but rather for her vision of fashion and style, for her strong taste for art and for her big heart.

 

It is with sadness that we learned Wednesday the death of Myriam Ullens, at the age of 70 years. The information was confirmed by a statement from the Belgian luxury fashion brand.

 

This independent and committed woman had, like cats, several lives. And her name will be remembered not because of her murder, but because of the many things she accomplished during her life.

 

Born Lechein, she spent her childhood in Germany before moving to Belgium for her studies. At the age of 24, in 1976, she launched her first business, La petite salade, which she sold four years later to create a professional pastry shop called Sweetly.

 

In 1991, her life changed after meeting her future husband, Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten Whettnall. After a marriage, a title of nobility and a new life, she sold her pastry shop to devote herself to humanitarian work, with the creation of several associations.

 

A woman with a big heart

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