VANK moved back to the Netherlands


Bye Luxembourg, Hello Amsterdam

Vank Design moves to the Netherlands

After living and working in Luxembourg city for more than 5 years, my family and I decided to move back to the Netherlands. It meant exciting times ahead but simultaneously a sad decision to make. Leaving behind the life I had known for the last 5 years, the sweet people we gathered around us and the inspirational people I got to meet in person while working for VANK, well… was tough.

But….. it was time for a new adventure! Following this path was what actually led us to Luxembourg.

I started VANK in 2013 out of the desire of being able to create a leather bag myself by hand. At the time I wasn’t able to find the perfect bag, so I figured why not try it myself. And if it wouldn’t work out, well, I would be able to keep the bags myself! With the support of family and friends I bought a big industrial sewing machine and started.

Luxembourg was the next chapter for VANK Design. Things really got going in Luxembourg when I was approached to attend the Lëtzebuerger Design Deeg. This was a great honour, because all the other designers were Luxembourg natives. I had now clients come over to my studio for whom I would create a custom made bag and international sales also increased. VANK is not a big brand and that’s exactly the way I like it. I enjoy taking my time to create something special. VANK also ended up providing a great balance to my day job as a marketer, for which I sit still behind my laptop most of the day.

Bitter sweet goodbye

Saying goodbye to the beautiful country of Luxembourg was not an easy one. I really enjoyed it’s beautiful nature and wondering around Luxembourg City, which often made me feel like I was the only one there, even though it was on a weekend. And the great friends I made.

We now live in a quiet little village very close to Amsterdam. For the first time in my life, we live in a house. It had been apartments so far. This means that I finally have a proper space for my sewing machine, the leather hides, drawing table and closet space. Things are slowly coming together with the studio. And I love it! More soon.

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