About us

Passion for leather since 1929
Who We Are

Van Oosterum Leder.
The Leather Wholesaler.

The leather wholesaler where you will find what you need. We have an extensive offering in all types of leather, vegetable tanned or chrome tanned. Our suppliers have been carefully chosen over the years and are spread out over Europe.

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Our team

Van Oosterum Leder is a family business and that is still noticeable today. After almost 90 years, the third generation is now in charge.

Passion for leather: in 1929 the driving force of founder Jan van Oosterum, later of son Gerard and now many years later that also applies to the current team. Leather is a fantastic natural product and requires treatment with the utmost care and attention. Our experienced team will gladly advise you on your choice for a type of leather and the finish. Together we work towards a final product to be proud of.

Our added value

“Leather is a natural and sustainable product, which is reflected in the way we do business”. Van Oosterum Leder is a company with a rich history. Since the start in 1929, the focus has been on sustainability. In terms of assortment and our relationship with customers, but also in contact with suppliers who deliver the best products to us day in and day out. For us, sustainability means that we not only want to provide you with the very best leather today, but also tomorrow and in the future. Van Oosterum Leder closely follows the trends and developments in the field of leather. For you it is important to be able to rely on the quality of a product. The processing to end product must be easy and predictable, again and again. Van Oosterum Leder understands that. We are constantly enriching and refining our range, so that you always have access to the best leathers and can easily respond to developments from the market. As an entrepreneur or producer you look for quality and continuity. Van Oosterum Leder is a partner you can rely on, since 1929. Read more about our history.

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Rich history

It probably reads like many other family companies that have existed for a long time. We ourselves find it special that we have been active for so long. Even though we do not think about it every day. We focus more on our customers, many of whom have been with us for years.

1929

The start of a company

During the big financial crisis on Wall Street the foundations were laid for a new company in the province of Brabant in the south of the Netherlands. Historically, this area of the Netherlands saw the appearance of many companies active in the leather industry. Founder Jan van Oosterum also saw an opportunity in offering a good piece of leather to the many shoemakers and leather factories in the region. This is the start of the trading company Van Oosterum Leather, import and export of leather.

1950

Success after the war period

By 1950 the province of Brabant had quickly become the centre of the leather industry. Tanneries and companies working with leather appear everywhere. Van Oosterum Leather was able to grow and to operate in a difficult wartime period. After the war son Gerard van Oosterum was of age and joined his father's company. Gerard apprentices with his father and learns the business inside-out, and eventually together they were able to accomplish a substantial growth for the company.

1990

From Breda to Raamsdonksveer

In 1989, the 60th anniversary of the firm, Gerard van Oosterum gives the assignment to build a new office and warehouse building in Raamsdonksveer. The building, apart from offering more space, is located in the business area Dombosch-I and is much more accessible than the former offices in Breda. By then Jan van Oosterum had already retired from the company, which continued to grow under the energetic guidance of Gerard van Oosterum.

2011

The third generation

By 2011, more than 80 years after its founding, it was time for the third generation to step in and take over the helm. Grandson Evert van Oosterum began managing the family business with the same principles as the prior two generations: honesty, cordiality and a passion for leather, which are the pillars on which the company thrives.