About us

State of Art is a fashion company known for its rich history. A history that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Every year, State of Art develops eight new clothing collections for men with an active lifestyle. Since 1987, State of Art has been developing iconic menswear by using original, trendy details and upgrading to contemporary, high-quality fabrics and models. This creates new relevance for classic items that form the basis of any wardrobe. 

 

History started in Lichtenvoorde

In 1935, Albert Westerman Sr. inherited a plot of about 800 m² in Lichtenvoorde from his aunt, and he started a knitting studio together with his sister. They produced a very successful line of knitted baby clothes in this studio for a long time. Albert Westerman Jr., his son, joined Albert Westerman knitwear factory after secondary school, as the company was called at the time. 

Later, in the 1980s, when he finally started managing the company, it was renamed Albert Westerman Group.

Were you born before 1980? Then there is a good chance that you may have worn a knitted garment made by the Westerman family. A total of more than 40 million baby clothes were produced from 1936 to 1980. It was one of the most successful knitting companies in the Netherlands.

More competition, other fabrics such as terry cloth and fewer births made it necessary to change course. Albert Westerman managed to address an emerging market with the production of pullovers, among other things. Starting in 1987, these models were released under three of their own brands, State of Art, Collumn and Tender(grass). When the company itself started to produce less and concentrated more on trade, it was eventually decided to continue with the strongest brand: State of Art. In 1994, the first State of Art Store opened its doors in Almelo. Knitwear production ceased in 2001.

 

One roof, three brands

In the meantime, three labels are supplied from the head office. The main brand is of course State of Art, with which a strong market share position has been built up in the Netherlands and Belgium. The luxurious label Modern Classics (by State of Art) has been added to the top: classic fashion items with an up-to-date design twist. High-quality materials are used in the Modern Classics collection; elegance is central. Bluefields is a brand that is separate from the State of Art brand: it is a value brand and is only offered to wholesale retailers.

About State of Art now:

  • Showrooms in Lichtenvoorde and Antwerp
  • 40 State of Art Stores in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • Numerous shop-in-shop locations, with more than 600 official dealers
  • Official webshop
  • International Markets

Head office and garage in one

After a major renovation, there is now a modern headquarters in Lichtenvoorde, on the site of the former knitting factory, which has grown to more than 10,000 m2. A place where everything now comes together. The rich history of the Westerman family, who started a knitting workshop at the same place in 1936, is the foundation. In addition to its own design department, the building also houses a modern company restaurant and the State of Art Classic Porsche Collection, a 500 m2 workshop where the Porsches that the family collected over time are maintained. In the showroom in the head office, retailers and buyers can take all the time they need to put together their collections from the extensive State of Art range.

Showroom

The head office functions as a showroom for the new State of Art clothing collections. This is where the latest collections are displayed for buyers and retailers during an extensive tour. The many classic Porsches form a fantastic decor. Visitors speak glowingly about an impressive experience that gives even more gravitas to the State of Art brand.

Family Westerman

The Westerman family have possessed an eye for quality and fashion for many years. Back in 1936, Albert Westerman Sr. started a knitting workshop with his sister. In the workshop, which was 200 m² in size, they produced a wealth of highly successful, knitted baby clothes. After completing secondary school, Albert Westerman Jr. was employed at the age of 22 (in 1965) at Tricotagefabriek Albert Westerman (Albert Westerman Tricotage factory) as the company was called at the time. He simultaneously pursued higher education at the Higher Textile School. Ten years later, he succeeded his father as managing director and started running the family business - which took the name Albert Westerman Group in the 1980s.

If you were born in the Netherlands before 1980, there is a good chance that you have worn a knitted piece of clothing from the Westerman family. More than 40 million items of baby clothing were produced between 1936 and 1980. Albert Westerman Jr. was simply brought up with the production and sale of clothing.

 

State of Art Classic Porsche Collection

State of Art is inextricably linked to motorsport. It all started with founder Albert Westerman who fell in love with the Porsche 1500 S Cabrio at the age of ten. That feeling has never gone away. At a later age, Westerman started racing the 356s and 911s, including at Zandvoort and Spa-Francorchamps. 

Ultimately, his passion led to the State of Art Classic Porsche Collection. A collection consisting of more than thirty classic Porsches, including a rare 550 Spyder. These cars are on display at the head office in Lichtenvoorde. The cars are also used for marketing purposes to support the clothing collections. Several Porsches from the State of Art collection are also still often driven in various rallies all over the world.

 

Service area

The maintenance of classic Porsches requires expertise, skill and plenty of love. Mechanics work hard almost every day of the week on the most beautiful Porsches at the in-house workshop. They share their passion for the brand with founder Albert Westerman, who was convinced that every car in the State of Art Classic Porsche Collection must always be able to start immediately and instantly driven. The mechanics carry out repairs, are busy with restorations and prepare the cars for upcoming rallies.

 

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