From origin Redgrip stems from a saddler's firm established in 1952. The craftsmanship, which is captured in the Redgrip products, originates from times past when handcraft and love for genuine leather was widely accepted.
During the first years the company produced equestrian-sports-articles and briefcases. With only two employees the production was started. The company's success was due to the craftsmanship and knowledge.
In this period the production of tool-cases and briefcases was the main business. A wide range of special-cases and tool-cases was developed to meet the needs of our customers. The assignments the company received from the government proved the quality did meet high standards.
As the demand for service-cases grew, the company started to think about the production of attaché-cases for this purpose. As soon as the new factory was finished the machines arrived for the production of the new service-case. The introduction was a success and even the Leather-Shops were interested in the case. To offer a complete range the company decided to extend the collection with leather-, aluminium-cases and attaché-cases made out of wood.
The company now consists of two divisions. The production-division for tool-cases and special assignments and the leather goods-division. In both divisions it is the aim to develop and produce articles that meet the standards of our customers and distributors. By 1990 the name Willemen is known as "the supplier of cases" in the Benelux. The range of leather goods comprises briefcases, attaché-cases and luggage from a standard execution to the most luxurious pieces of craftsmanship. The collections are sold under the names Partridge, Claymore and Redgrip.
As the selection is still extending, in March 1993 the company moved into a new factory with a warehouse of 4000 square meters. In 1994 the office in Belgium is opened, at the same time as the permanent showroom in Brussels Trade-Mart. The year 2000, a new century and a new office in the United-Kingdom. At present the third generation is running the company with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the United-Kingdom.