Snekkerbuks is an Amsterdam design studio founded in 2012 by Kristin Maurer. Kristin studied architectural design and graduated at Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam. She worked in various fields of architecture and has a passion for using textile at an architectural scale.
In a small sewing studio in the heart of Amsterdam, all Snekkerbuks products are handmade. Kristin’s team works together on all manufacturing steps, from cutting to sewing and shipping. While textile productions are mostly relocated to cheap-wage countries, Snekkerbuks deliberately chooses sustainable manufacturing in Amsterdam to monitor and guarantee the high quality of sewing and to keep delivery short.
The Story of Snekkerbuks
The beginning of Snekkerbuks, pants to live in, can be traced back to the moment that Kristin spontaneously made leather dungarees for her daughter to allow the girl to play freely in all conditions. She was really happy with the result, it was a very useful and good- looking garment and she made many more versions for friends and family while improving the design.
After a number of prototypes and years of literal sandbox testing Kristin was finally satisfied with the design and started selling in 2012. Later, backpacks were added to the collection, made of the same durable leather.
The pre-owned idea came from Kristins own experience with her children that in two years not a single repair was needed, even though the girls wore their pants almost every day. Normal clothes would require regular fixing when worn this intensively (3 girls, playing outside every day). When after some years they finally had outgrown them, the pants would still be in such a good condition and with added patina, that she could happily pass it on to friends.
“I love quality, it really gives me joy to wear clothes that are so well made that they stay beautiful even when you wear them day-in and day-out. That is real sustainability for me” (Kristin).