Here at 53 Degrees North we are seriously proud of our Barts collection.

In the summer of 1986, Bart Koene, born and raised in Holland started his business. During a work placement in France, Bart took to the sewing machine and started to make his own beach shorts. He decided to take a trip along the French coast looking for a place to spend the summer. He headed to Saint-Tropez and began selling his homemade beach shorts, displayed on a basic bamboo pole. Within six weeks he sold his entire stock! The basic beginnings set the foundation stones for what is now an internationally established accessories brand. Barts is still growing, but will not surpass the founder's initial deam of having a focused and balanced business and life. Customers remain loyal because Barts has stayed authentic and true to its philosophy: offering the best collection of accessories which improves every year.