Please let me introduce myself. My name is Manon Idema and I was born in Leidschendam in the Netherlands in 1966.
I started my career in 1988 as a doctor’s assistant, followed by a job as a diabetes nurse in the hospital in Leidschendam. I enjoyed my work, but after five years I decided that this was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. To broaden my horizon, I became a medical sales representative for Servier and Milupa; a wonderful period during which I was able to travel to remote destinations. Nevertheless, I was also eager to start my own business. I just hadn’t figured out yet what type of business that would be.
In 1999 I had twins, so I took some time off. However, pretty soon something new came along. A shop with exclusive French baby and children’s clothing, Jacadi, was for sale in The Hague. Together with a friend I bought this shop. After a period of five years, in which we had a lot of fun, we decided to stop, because the French franchise organisation could no longer fulfil its obligations. Now the time had come to truly start my own business and to let my creative juices flow.
In 2006, I founded Outdoor Lifestyle and started to design my own outdoor lounge furniture. The production, which in the beginning took place in China, was moved to the Netherlands completely in 2011. A development of which I am very proud. At present, I exclusively sell outdoor lounge sets designed by me that are made from the highest possible quality materials and are suitable for long-term outdoor use.
I look forward to welcoming you in our showroom in Leidschendam.
Founder of Outdoor Lifestyle
2266 AJ Leidschendam