Bye Luxembourg, Hello Amsterdam
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 bag myself by hand. At that time, I wasn’t able to find the perfect bag. With the support of people around me I bought a big sewing machine and started. I figured I could at least try and if it wouldn’t work out, I would be able to keep the bags myself. Which wasn’t actually a bad result.
Luxembourg was the next chapter for VANK Design. Things really got going in Luxembourg when I was approached to attend the Lëtzebuerger Design Deeg. Which was a great honour, because all the other designers were from Luxembourg. I frequently had clients come over to my studio for whom I could create a custom made bag. 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, wondering around Luxembourg City, which often made me feel like I was there alone, 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 VANK Design in which there’s place for 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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