Meeting with King Willem Alexander at ‘De Maatschappij’ Congress

Last week Hellen van Rees had the honour to meet the Dutch King Willem Alexander at the yearly congress of the foundation ‘De Maatschappij.’ The congress was staged around the theme ‘150 Years of Technology in Twente.’ Since textile is a huge part of this regions history (and we believe future also) the focus was on textile initiatives. Hellen was invited alongside manufacturer of sustainable textiles, Annemieke Koster of Enschede Textielstad, and Bas Timmer, founder of the Sheltersuit Foundation. They manufacture weather-proof sleepingbag/jacket combo’s and hand out to the Homeless and refugees.

It was a very special experience, more so, because the King really took his time to listen to our story and asked quite a few questions about what we presented. Next to the presentation for the King, Hellen als gave a 10 minute presentation about her work, the combinations she’s making between fashion and technology, based on crafts and textile design research.

We look back on a great day, meeting a lot of interesting people and in general a huge positive energy at this congress. Thanks a lot to the organizers and sponsors for the opportunity to present and for the support.