Jef Vandebeek is the head of research and development at shoe manufacturer Ambiorix in Tongeren, Belgium. Jef has over 55 years of experience in designing and making shoes. He embodies the core values of Ambiorix; quality and craftsmanship. He combines his sense of craftsmanship with state of the production techniques like laser cutting. Jef shares his experience with the Custom Territory collective, who research the role of the shoemaker in the circular economy.

Jef Vandebeek together with Custom Territory at MIA-H, picture by Boumediene Belbachir