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A history of fashion

In 1936, Albert Westerman Sr and his sister started a knitting studio at the site of the current head office. A wall of the old factory is still standing and is visible in the new premises.

Initially, the employees produced knitted baby clothes in the 200m² studio for many years. In the next few years, the floor surface increased steadily. Simultaneously, the employees had increasingly more advanced machines at their disposal, which caused production to surge and which enabled the complexity of design to be enhanced as well. In the 1980s, there was a change of tack, and the factory made the transition to producing outer clothes for children and adults. These clothes could be found in the shops of large chains like C&A, Amici, P&C, de Bijenkorf and M&S Mode. As from 1986, the clothes were launched under the name State of Art. Later, it was decided to conquer the world with this brand – all from the same location in Lichtenvoorde since 1936.

Throughout the years, the company has had different variants in its name and logo. The different design styles together provide a nice overview of the time spirit and the development the company has experienced.

A history of fashion