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Smit & Zoon’s 200 Year Anniversary

On May 8, 1821, Albert Smit hung up his captain’s cap and settled with a newly founded company A. Smit on Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam. Now 6 generations later, we can celebrate the 200th anniversary of our beautiful company Smit & Zoon. An amazing milestone!

Our history: 7 Generations

200 years of entrepreneurship and innovation

Albert Smit – Captain of the vessel “De Koornzaaijer” – founded the company in 1821. Originally, he needed a way to trade his dried codfish, salted herring and medicinal cod liver oil. But the former captain showed himself a great entrepreneur as well: it didn’t take him long to expand his activities to trading animal oils, vegetable oils and proteins.

Through a series of innovations and adaptations, Smit & Zoon developed into a company producing chemicals for the leather industry. In addition, functional oils and animal fats for the food, feed and pharmaceutical industry were produced and traded.

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Anniversary Book

Beyond the anniversary year, our commemorative book creates long-term value as it preserves our historical record. This book  describes what has happened in the past 200 years, and just as important: what is our path forward?

The Anniversary Book, a beautiful designed 200-page coffee table book, will be issued in May. 

‘Royal’ Predicate

How amazing would it be if 200 years of good entrepreneurship were to be rewarded? Literally a crowning glory! 

We are eagerly anticipating to hear whether we will receive the Royal predicate. We will keep you informed and in the meantime… fingers crossed!

Design Challenge

We are excited and very proud to present to you Smit & Zoon’s Design Challenge 2020, a competition between 5 talented young designers from 5 different countries. Their goal is to create shoes for the high-end of the fashion industry, with an emphasis on the sustainability of their products. The challenge started in October and will have its grand finale at the 200th anniversary of Smit & Zoon, in May 2021.

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An impression of 200 Years of…

innovation, passion, pride, inspiration, diversity, dedication, caring, expertise…

We want to visually capture the special moments of the past 200 years and our vision for the future. A 200-year corporate film is in the making.

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