From beach shorts to a successful winter accessories brand. In the summer of 1986, Bart Koene, born and raised in Holland started his business. During a work placement inFrance he became bored. To enhance his working experience, Bart took the sewing machine and started to make his own beach shorts. Barts was so successful that he expanded his collection. he ventured into selling accessories, which made the collection also wearable for woman and therefore became more commercial. In 1992 Bart launched the brand Barts in the Netherlands, starting with a summer collection since today, with the famous clay Barts heads and a extensive collection for winter and summer time.