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At Paloma Van Den Akker, our extensive team of dedicated members at our workshop in Merida, the staff at our boutique, and the talented artisans in the communities around Yucatan, all share a deep commitment and value to our exceptional handmade products. Meticulously paying attention to detail, each individual's hard work and unwavering dedication play a crucial role in shaping the success of our brand. Together, we bring forth our beautiful artisanal products that hold the heart and soul of Yucatan, reaching the hands of our cherished customers.

We invite you to meet the team and embrace this remarkable
journey with us..


Paloma van den Akker (Founder & Creative Director)

Born in the Netherlands and raised in Carcassonne, in the south of France, she studied Design in Nîmes and Toulouse, earning a BTS degree in Applied Arts. After eight years of flying with Air France, love brought her to Mexico. Through her passion for Yucatán and interest in local craftsmanship,
she discovered the incredible artistry of local artisans, which inspired her to create a line of products for women and the home using local and natural materials through traditional techniques, all made with love by talented artisans.

The designs are inspired by the beautiful fauna, flora, light,
colors, and techniques found in Yucatan.


Olivia Novelo (Workshop Manager & Production Supervisor)

Olivia was among the earliest adopters of our brand when it first launched in 2016, demonstrating a deep understanding of every aspect of our organization. Her passion lies in fostering strong relationships with artisan communities and translating the concepts originating from traditional work into the refined designs envisioned by Paloma Van Den Akker.

Olivia oversees all production activities conducted within our workshop and extends her coordination and management efforts to various communities across the Yucatan peninsula. Amongst all, she brings a charming energy to work and is always looking forward to new opportunities

Pedro Duperon (Human Resources & Financial Administrator)

In 2020, Pedro joined Paloma van den Akker, taking charge of the brand'sadministrative and financial aspects. He handles responsibilities, including managing human resources, legal matters, and administrative tasks crucial tothe brand's operation. Known for his dedication and open mind, he approaches his work with great respect and professionalism.

Outside the office, Pedro enjoys traveling, watching films, and cherishing quality moments with his family.

Vanessa Martinez (Head of Product Development)

Vanessa is a seasoned fashion designer from Mexico City experienced in technical design, and product development. She graduated from IES Moda Casa de Francia with a BA in fashion design and was selected for the “Whos Next Paris 2013” exhibit. As the head of product development, she carries out the essence of the brand with her stylish
creativity and love for ready to wear clothing. Vanessa works closely with designer Paloma Van Den Akker and the production team to develop our beachwear and clothing, paying close attention to detail, therefore ensuring the highest

Apart from her job, Vanessa has a passion for psychology, language, and her dachshund puppy “Jacinta”.

Ivan Diaz (Inventory Clerk)

Ivan oversees all aspects of stock storage and inventory management at the workshop and boutique, which includes resources, materials, production methods, and finished goods. He also takes care of handling online orders, distribution, and packaging to ensure that products reach stores and clients seamlessly. Since joining the team in 2017, he has experienced substantial growth alongside the brand, gradually moving forward to his current role as the inventory clerk.

During his leisure time, Ivan enjoys the various activities around the Yucatan peninsula with his family, such as cenotes, historic landmarks, and beaches. He is always eager about sharing the beauty of Yucatan with his loved ones and often encourages them to visit and experience the region's wonders together.

José Caamal (Production Team - Handbags & Accessories)

Jose serves as the lead seamster in our production team, bringing expertise in sewing techniques for henequen handbags and accessories. His specialized knowledge in the native textiles and fibers to the region is essential for crafting these unique products. He pays close attention to the quality control of products and looks out for any defects. Jose truly
enjoys all things related to textiles, design and fashion. Before becoming a part of the team he was working several positions at a textile manufacturer. He's a great storyteller especially when it comes to scary tales and has a special hobby for gardening fauna.

Luccelly Eb (Production Team - Handbags & Accessories)

Lucelly plays a vital role as a member of our production team for handbags and accessories, providing support to Jose, in crafting our artisanal products skillfully showcases her embroidery techniques and artistic skills. Her dedication and passion for her work is evident as she approaches her sixth year with the brand. Lucelly is admired for her genuine and sincere expression, and her love for music is unmistakable.

Beyond herprofessional life, her hobbies include riding her bike, spending time with her family, and caring for her three dogs when she is not at work.

María Cumi (Equipo de Producción-Ropa)

Maria works closely with Vanessa, directly engaging in the production of apparel, including beachwear and clothing, where she meticulously assembles and sews each garment to perfection. Maria's passion for sewing started during her
teenage years, and her experience in the industry is extensive. Prior to joining our team, she worked at an Italian manufacturer specializing in luxury swim and intimate wear, gaining valuable expertise in sampling and product development.

Apart from her skills at the workshop, Maria is known for her green thumb and a talent for nurturing plants and animals. Her garden always boasts fresh produce that she lovingly incorporates into her cooking.


Natalie Canche (Boutique Manager)

In 2019, Natalie became the first member to join our boutique team in Merida, and is now our boutique manager. She takes  responsibility for ensuring the smooth functioning of our store, as well as overseeing distribution to various locations like Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and San Miguel. One aspect of her work that she particularly cherishes is the brand's idea of blending traditional artisanal products with Paloma's innovative and modern vision.
Hailing from the Yucatan community of "Acanceh," Natalie deeply values the effort put into the products at Paloma Van den Akker and effectively
communicates this understanding to the clients.

During her vacations, she loves spending quality time with her family and indulging in her favorite TV shows and films.

Eva Chable (SalesAssociate)

Eva, one of our sales associates at the boutique, is known for her charming personality and genuine love for fashion. She is meticulous when it comes to our clients, ensuring they feel genuinely welcome and respecting their individual needs. Her dedication to providing the best experience drives her
position in the boutique. To Eva, the most distinctive products are our signature henequen bags, which hold an iconic status within our brand.

Her style and creativity align perfectly with our brand's values, and she takes immense pride in representing Yucatan, especially its stunning beaches.

Maripaz Perez Sanchez (Sales Associate)

Maripaz, a dynamic, organized, and empathetic individual As a dedicated sales associate, her primary focus lies in communicating the uniqueness of our products and ensuring
that our clients enjoy a delightful shopping experience. Maripaz admires the diverse range of products offered by the brand and appreciates their impeccable quality. One product that holds a special place in her heart is the "Xmanicte Pillow," which features a rare Mayan embroidery technique that is currently facing endangerment.

Meriluz Palma (Sales Associate)

Mariluz possesses a strong sense of organization, approachability, and honesty. Her experience within a family-owned enterprise, specializing in henequen products, silver jewelry, and handcrafts, has endowed her with a deep familiarity with artisanal goods. She prioritizes building client relationships based on a thorough understanding of their unique requirements, ensuring utmost satisfaction through impeccable customer service. Mariluz's adeptness at
cultivating a welcoming environment encourages repeat visits and client loyalty.
Beyond her role at the boutique, she is also engaged in modeling, showcasing her flair for fashion and makeup, coupled with a keen eye for photography. In her leisure time, Meriluz relishes spending time by the seaside, basking in the serenity of sunsets.