Han and his father Piet founded
P. Hamers B.V.
Sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts and polo shirts are produced here.
Sweatshirts, jackets and workwear are made here.
Production in India is also being set up. Here they make polo shirts and T-shirts.
The first ecological textile dyeing factory is set up in cooperation with an Indian partner.
The production of T-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts also started in Bangladesh. In addition, the shredding machine is also established.
Sally moved to Bangladesh, Dhaka to run the factory there.
In June 2016, there is an IS attack 200 metres from Sally’s apartment complex in Dhaka. Due to the ongoing threat, they have to leave everything behind and return to the Netherlands.
After a long development process around recycled yarn, they are ready and can be used.
From Germany, we received leftover batches of used textiles. These are mutilated in the Netherlands to make recycled yarn in India.
In 2018, the plan to start a textile company in the Netherlands originated.
In June 2021, the time had come. The start of the factory in the Netherlands, Etten-Leur.
Again and Again is live! In December 2021 the consumer webshop went online.
We can’t wait to see what the coming period has in store for us.
How did Circularity originate? We take you through the story of Han Hamers, the owner and founder of our brand.
I was born in Loon op Zand, which in the 1950s and 1960s was known for the production of shoes. After three years of trading and importing, I was informed that the manufacturer in Italy was closing its production facility.
This gave me the opportunity to take over parts of this company and I started my own production company, producing, sweatshirts, jog pants and joggingsuits. In the year 1989, a joint venture in Poland followed, where tracksuits and jackets were produced. The industry gradually moved to Asia and after a visit to India, I decided to have our T- and polo shirts produced in Tirupur.
In 2014, research was started in India on the recycling process of cutting waste and used textiles until we had “proof on concept” in 2018. At the end of 2013, I opened our factory in Bangladesh together with my daughter Sally.
A factory where we worked in a lean process, changing production positions every day. A company with living wages, correct HR policies, and producing a fair product. A totally different approach. Challenges than what we brought with us from India.
My daughter was in charge of the factory and managed the production, while I took care of sales in the Netherlands. We received recognition from Minister Ploumen for our human approach, attention to people, especially the CSR women’s policy set up by my daughter, and the product itself.In 2016, this came to an abrupt end due to an Isis attack 1200 meters from our apartment. As a father and an entrepreneur, it was no longer possible nor responsible to keep the factory open and we had to close it.