Discover the rich history of MPD
MPD represents Menke, Poelmann and Drontmann. Three Dutch family businesses. The love for accessories has been running through their veins for generations. In 1999 these three specialists joined forces. MPD unites more than 100 years of know-how, quality and creativity.
In 1900 August Menke bases his haberdashery wholesale and hat workshop in Zwolle. In 1925 he moves the wholesale, now specialized in hats, to Amsterdam. At the Herengracht, the centre of the Dutch hat industry, son Jan Menke sets a new and successful course. Because it is not possible to import hats during World War II, he decides to produce the hats himself. After the war the company makes more than 10,000 hats a week. In 1978 the canals of Amsterdam become too crowded and Menke moves to the Haarlemmer Houttuinen under the leadership of grandson Jan-Hein Menke. He also opens a showroom in the World Fashion Centre. In the 80s the family business moves to Amsterdam Sloterdijk: to a modern office with a warehouse and better accessibility. In 1991 Jan-Hein joins forces with another Dutch hat family: Poelmann. Meanwhile the fourth generation of Menke, Menno Menke, is at helm.
Poelmann is born in 1924. On the Herengracht in the centre of Amsterdam, the former heart of the Dutch textile industry, Koos Poelmann opens his own production company in hats. Buyers are lured into the showroom with the slogan ‘Angelique looks chic on every lady’ for the fashionable hats from the label Angelique, named after Mrs. Poelmann. In 1969 his son Guus Poelmann takes over the company. Under the name ‘Poelmann & Co Confectie’ he swaps the canals of Amsterdam for the World Fashion Centre. As of 1988 grandson Joost Poelmann is at helm. Under his guidance Poelmann merges with Menke in 1991.
In 1991 the two hat specialists Menke and Poelmann join forces. Jan-Hein Menke sells the factory in the Netherlands and Menke-Poelmann starts focussing on development and production in China. It’s the starting point of enormous creative and productive growth.
The Drontmann family is inextricably linked to textile for four generations. In 1894 great-grandfather Johan Henri and his brother Anton Georg Drontmann sells horse blankets and plaids. Later on his son Gerard Drontmann specialises in woven handkerchiefs, which he imports from more than 35 countries. He also starts producing scarves. When the Dutch are introduced to paper handkerchiefs after the World War II, it is time to fully focus on scarves. Woven, knitted, mostly printed and produced in Europe. The third generation George Drontmann sells these stylish accessories to boutique stores throughout the Netherlands. Soon after he also starts selling to departments stores in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. When son Joris Drontmann takes over in 1984, he shifts the focus from boutiques to department stores and the production from Europe to India and China. A smart move. The company on the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam is bursting at the seams. The first containers from China cause a huge traffic jam. Time to move to a bigger shelter outside the centre of Amsterdam. Here the family business grows into a European scarf specialist.
In 1999 Menke, Poelmann and Drontmann join forces in MPD Accessories and an all round player in fashion accessories for the European market is born. They build a new office, showroom and warehouse based at the Dukdalfweg in Amsterdam Sloterdijk.
MPD: Menke, Poelmann en Drontmann
A lot has changed over the past 100 years. The Dutch textile industry has moved from the canals to suburbs. And many competitors are gone. But some things never change, like MPD’s focus on quality, creativity and innovation. The family businesses share more than their love for accessories and a rich history, but complement each other in every way. By joining forces in 1999, they can continue to meet market demands in the best way possible. Now and the next 100 years.
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