With Menno Van Meurs Of Tenue.
This month, we continuing our ‘In Conversation’ series and are handing over the reins to Tenue. founder and Amsterdam based denim legend Menno Van Meurs. We sit down to discuss denim (naturally), his passion for sportswear and defining the future of retail.
Interview by Meghann Thorp
Can you tell us about your upbringing and interest in fashion?
One of my brightest childhood memories was discovering my dad's closet where he kept everything from 1970’s jackets, to vintage biker boots and even his extraordinary wedding suit.
I was intrigued by not only the coolness of the pieces, but also by the fact that they were in pristine condition. They looked relevant, they felt relevant and they were still in amazing shape.
Growing up in the small school village dressing up like a Tarantino character didn’t always win you the popularity prize. So I went studying at 17 in the south Netherlands in pursuit of a career of business and marketing.
My first real retail job at 15 was in one of the best stores in Rotterdam. They would sell the real deal in terms of new sports shoes. If they’d have told me to work for free, I’d have been okay with that. It was simply the coolest job on earth. I’m completely mad about sports.