“I started thinking about water waste. How can we reduce water? So, our team had a meeting with our supplier, and we are evaluating new knitted textiles which can be produced with less water. I am especially proud of being involved in discussions like these, where we can mix innovation with our sustainability focus and achieve good results.”

Q: How did you start working for Kvadrat Febrik?

I have been with the company since the very beginning, ever since the birth of our first upholstery textile. Back then, in 2001, we actually had the name of our production mill, Innofa, where I was an intern in Sales. 

However, I was always fascinated by the Design department and would try to learn a lot about knitting techniques, drawings etc.  Later, Jos Pelders joined the company as a designer and we started exploring the idea of knitted upholstery textiles, which eventually became Febrik in 2008, and ten years later, evolved to Kvadrat Febrik.

Q: Looking back at your career, how do you feel about Kvadrat Febrik as it is today?

I remember in the beginning, our Creative Director, Renee Merckx and I would discuss different colour names since it was just the two of us. Eventually the company grew and when I look at where we are now, it seems unreal. I was 18 years old when I started working here and I’d come to work on a bike. In my time here, I grew up, bought a car and had children. But there is not a single day where I have felt that ‘I don’t want to go to work today’. 

I think the reason is that despite the challenges, working here has offered many possibilities. I love trying out new disciplines like sustainability and technicalities. So, I'm happy with where we are today.

Q: What are you most proud of accomplishing?

I worked with our Sustainability Manager a while ago, and ever since then, I have been trying to use that knowledge.  I have a good very good relationship with our suppliers, who are right next door. And instead of thinking about new materials, new yarns, recycled materials,

I just had a look in the factory. I started thinking about water waste. How can we reduce water? So, our team had a meeting with our supplier, and we are evaluating new knitted textiles which can be produced with less water. I am especially proud of being involved in discussions like these, where we can mix innovation with our sustainability focus and achieve good results.

Q: What do you love about your job?

I love having contact with our suppliers and following our supply chain. I also enjoy my diversity of work, including different disciplines and being able to cooperate with different people. We work with mutual respect and I think we are having a good time together. As a team, we share a lot with each other, and we cherish and celebrate small successes.