Our story / about us
Pleasant, we are Amy and Fred, the proud owners of Ecogents. The store for second-hand brand and vintage clothing for men.
How it started
After we started living together in 2018 and there was too little cupboard space (or Fred had too much clothing), Amy came up with the idea of selling that extra clothing at Marktplaats. Soon something was regularly sold and so we slowly came up with the idea of selling designer clothing and vintage clothing for men alone.
In the beginning only online via Marktplaats, but soon more demand came and wanted people to come and fit the clothing calmly. In this way we decided to look for a nice space that could be used as a storage as well as as a small showroom and fitting room.
2018: Showroom in Moergestel
After some searching, we came across a nice upper space in Moergestel on the Industrieweg in the former gallery 'De Floor' 'in August 2018. After a lot of renovation and especially a lot of lugging, we proudly opened ecogents in December 2018.
There we started to sell more and more online and more and more people came by to fit and view the clothing. After half a year in Moergestel, there was more often and more often the suggestion to give it a try in a store. This since the building in Moergestel is located on an industrial site and people could only come by appointment.
The building in Moergestel is still used by us, only now as sorting and storage space for our stock.
2019: The store on the Westermarkt in Tilburg
Because we live in Tilburg and also wanted to open the store there, we went hard for a suitable store. After some detective work, a nice shop premises at the covered shopping center Westermarkt in Tilburg.
This is the former building of the men's clothing store Adam Brandstore and therefore extremely suitable to start our '' real '' store.
In November 2019 we had our opening weekend there and, despite all the Corona setbacks, the store has turned out to be a great success so far. From all over the Netherlands and Belgium we now get many enthusiastic men (and women) in our cozy store.
2020: Own webshop
Due to all the problems with Corona since the start of our store on the Westermarkt and the Lockdowns and measures, we started our own webshop in November 2020.
This is to no longer depend on platforms such as Marktplaats and Vinted and also have an income during the forced temporary closure of the store.
From the start of the webshop, this has also proved to be a success and nowadays packages are being sent from us throughout the Netherlands and Belgium.
Present and future of ecogents
And despite all the corona setbacks and the fact that we had to build up brand awareness in this difficult period for everyone, we are still there! And with confidence in the future of our unique shop.
We also have this trust mainly thanks to our fantastic, fun, cozy, funny, sweet, loyal and growing clientele.
For the time being we are certainly not finished with our story and hope to see you all often on the Westermarkt or online in the webshop!
Fred & Amy