Who are we?

I was born in Ban Tahoui, a village north of Luang Prabang in Laos. When I was 11, I became an apprentice monk at the Pak Khan Khammungkhun Temple in Luang Prabang. In my spare time I started carving wood, and I have always continued to do so. After eleven years, and many wanderings as a monk in Thailand and Nepal, I came home again and started a family with Ly. Not much later our daughter Poi was born. During that time Herman and I met for the first time. We have spent many days together, and in the spring of 2020, we decided to make jewellery together.

Because I couldn't sit still as a child, I was sent to the Royal Institute of Ballet in Antwerp. I started a nice training where you learn to get the best out of yourself. But after eight years I got the irresistible urge to discover the world, and so I left my familiar surroundings. Years later, and after many wanderings to all corners of the world, I started an intensive training in classical woodwork in Mechelen, the furniture capital of Belgium. I had rediscovered my world. Until 2020 I worked in the interior design, furniture, TV and film industry for 25 years, the last 10 years of which together with my son Max. After a detour as a furniture designer in Vietnam, I eventually ended up in Laos, an enchanting country. I clearly hadn't seen all the world yet.

Since my early childhood I have breathed art and design and everything that comes with it. After completing my studies at the Luca School of Arts in Brussels, I have been active as a freelancer in the art and design sector, until today. I am the contact person for Tremani, the link between our customers and the jewellery makers in Laos. I also keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening in Europe in the field of art and design. I didn't have to think long about the question of whether I wanted to represent Tremani in Europe: I instantly knew this jewellery had to get to Europe, with my help.