our roots.

“give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” - gandhi

telling stories

Inspired by her many journeys along the historical trade routes, Suzanne Mertens started dreaming of establishing meaningful connections that would make a difference. Following her strong intuition, the atmosphere of VAN VERRE became clear. This resulted in a company fueled by a strong desire to create social impact by preserving the cultural heritage of handicrafts.

With her sense of beauty and detail, Suzanne spots the finest products and takes these home. A fascination for other cultures and social involvement drives the ever-growing collection and is reflected in these unique products. She believes that fairness, quality, and trade are a perfect match, making VAN VERRE the company it is today; a well-established, international business with unique, contemporary and sustainable collections.

In 2006 Suzanne was joined by Gerard De Rooij, an enthusiastic and successful entrepreneur who was a great inspiration, true connector and passionate storyteller. For many years he was Suzanne’s perfect business counterpart. He provided balance during their travels and became a driving force within VAN VERRE.

stay curious

In 2020 Gerard handed over the helm to the passionate VAN VERRE team. Talented people who each contribute in their own special way. Together with Suzanne, the team is committed to follow in his footsteps, continuing his ever-inspiring spirit within this beautiful company. Carrying on Suzanne and Gerard’s beliefs and values that changing the planet for a better life is possible, and besides that, to stay curious and explore each new horizon.