Our Story

It all started when I built out a van to travel along with my girlfriend while she went through PA (Physician Assistant) school in 2016.   We lived in it full-time while she went from clinic to clinic to gain real-world experience and I worked remotely from where ever it took us.

My primary career is a Data Analyst, but I’ve always had a knack for product design.  Living and working full time from the van really exposed me to all the critical concepts that makes a product great.   Convenience, practicality, durability, and sleek looks were my goals.   With the #vanlife movement on the rise, there were still only a couple companies out there making high quality van-specific products, but none that satisfied everything I was looking for.  So I thought I’d try my hand at it; it looked easy.  I took concepts I liked from different brands and combined their features.  I bought a Consew 206RB industrial sewing machine and began sewing.

It turned out to be a lot harder than I expected but over time, and after many, many iterations, I realized I had a product that was worth selling.  Listing items on the Sprinter Source forum was a great success, which lead to hiring two professional seam-stresses to keep up with demand.  We’re now on a mission to continue growing and producing the highest quality products that meet or exceed all of my original goals under the brand Vanmade Gear.