Why we created Paddle & Pen

Welcome to Paddle & Pen!

We are in the process of launching and developing our first ever online store and we are excited about what is to come.

We love discovering unique products, ideally products with simple, elegant designs, which are beautifully made. These are products where quality matters more than quantity.

The majority of products sold through Paddle & Pen are items we use and enjoy ourselves every day. These are products we discovered over the past 15+ years studying, working and traveling the world.

Most recently, we lived near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. This is just an incredible region and we re-discovered a passion for nature and outdoor life during the 3 years we lived there. We will be posting more on our experiences in the PNW in the Paddle & Pen blog.

At the end of 2019, after a career of 12+ years with a large corporate, we suddenly had to relocate from the US back to the Netherlands and are now grappling with, as are all of us, a new reality as a result of coronavirus.

One of the lessons we learned during our recent experiences is that we need to become more independent, less reliant on the whims of a corporate employer for our income, happiness and sense of accomplishment. We are keen to take control of our own future and Paddle & Pen is the first step in making this happen.

We hope you like the store and the other content we create. If you have comments, questions or suggestions, please do let us know. We love feedback, positive or negative.

Stay safe!

Ieleke, Mark & Max

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