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Spotlight on... Barts


Barts hats and accessories are a consistently popular brand at White Stone, their products being a firm favorite of many visitors to cold climates! Here are a few facts about them that you might not already know...

Barts began in 1986 when Dutchman Bart Koene began making beach shorts while on a work placement in France. Later that year he began selling his homemade beach shorts in St Tropez. They were an instant success, and after a successful period focused solely on beachwear, he expanded his collection.

The Barts brand was officially launched in the Netherlands in 1992, with a summer collection of colored bandanas. Bart created a way to present his collection using the famous clay Barts heads which were handmade by his wife. This collection was a success which then led to a winter collection of fleece hats.

barts hats

Now based in the center of Amsterdam, Barts focused their attention on hand-knitted winter accessories. Each collection was designed in Amsterdam and sought to ensure that all styles offered beautifully designed original products, made from the highest quality materials. Very soon after this Barts added scarves, technical gloves, bags and a children's range to their collection.

Barts quickly became a favorite of Dutch retailers and customers alike, before seeing their fan-base across Europe grow very quickly. Today Barts is based in their new head office ‘Barts II’, in the harbor of Amsterdam, where they have become one of Europe's most successful winter accessory brands.

The company’s success is built upon the entrepreneurial spirit of its founder Bart Koene, and the team of professionals around him: ''Do things right, or don’t do them at all, stick to what you believe in, even when it’s not always easy''. Bart's own philosophy of life is integral to all that the company does today and to the products it releases each season: 'Hard work, personal development and freedom are of equal importance for success and happiness'.

Now you know their history, why not take a look at Barts' current products by visiting our brand page here... some of the highlights can be seen below (Click on the image to view the full product details):

Barts Womens Beanie