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KVL fabriek

Once an abandoned factory,

now a lively hub

Founded in 1916 by the visionary businessman Christ van der Aa, Royal United Leather (KVL) has stood as a cornerstone in Oisterwijk, once recognized as one of Europe's largest leather production hubs. Over the years, KVL prioritized its workforce's well-being, fostering a unique community within its walls, evident in the establishment of employee amenities like a company doctor, fire brigade team, and a special sunlight room to pass the dark Dutch winters. 

Today, KVL's legacy lives on through the memories of the families whose ancestors contributed to its rich history.

Next year, we'll celebrate a significant milestone—the 100th anniversary of our steam engine, a testament to KVL's innovative spirit. Rescued from obscurity in 2012 by dedicated volunteers, we aim to restore this relic to its former glory, symbolizing our commitment to preserving history while embracing progress.


The Leerfabriek KVL complex underwent a transformative rejuvenation in 2009, thanks to the joint efforts of Oisterwijk Municipality and North Brabant Province. This revitalization saw the birth of a creative hub, hosting renowned establishments such as the EKWC ceramic workshop, the esteemed Bij Robert pastry shop, and vibrant studios, becoming a thriving center for art and culture.

The complex underwent an extensive overhaul in 2018, creating the elegant Neo KVL Hotel, modern KVL offices, comfortable residences and its very own brewery! 

KVL Fabriek stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of work, leisure, and creativity. We invite you to explore this unique space, where history meets modernity. Join us in continuing to inspire present and future generations to script their own stories amidst these historic walls.


A Century-Old Steam Engine in the KVL brewery

The steam engine, which used to be the heart of the industrial activities on the former Royal United Leather (KVL) terrain is beating again!

Next year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our steam engine, which was produced in Ghent in 1924 to meet the KVL's growing energy needs. After being forgotten for years following the factory's closure, this steam engine was painstakingly restored by a group of volunteer engineers in 2012. Significant progress has been made in the restoration of its electric generator, and our greatest aspiration is to see it fully operational once again, performing at its former capacity.





Polimeks took over as the new owner and developer of the KVL complex from the
Provincial Executive of Noord-Brabant.


Polimeks is dedicated to redevelop, repurpose
and manage the various heritage buildings that were once part of the largest tannery in

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