MENDO was founded by Roy Rietstap and Joost Albronda and is co-owned by Gunifort Uwambaga.
When our general manager Roy Rietstap was fifteen, he already knew he was going to be an entrepreneur. After years of running a successful agency specialized in communication and design, Roy co-founded MENDO in 2002. Roy is constantly searching for new ideas and has a knack for connecting (with) people. When he isn’t busy managing the team and varying, all-round MENDO stuff, you can meet Roy in retail store at the Nieuwe Doelenstraat 10 in Amsterdam.
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Co-founder Joost Albronda is not only the designer of two beautiful kids, he’s also the designer of our MENDO books. After spending the first years of his professional career as a copywriter, Joost chose for his love for graphic design and transformed into an autodidact graphic designer with a clean yet classic style. As our creative director he is responsible for all creative outlets, while managing that typical MENDO look and feel.
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If there’s anything, literally anything, you need to know about our books, just ask co-owner and publisher Gunifort Uwambaga. Gunifort, whose roots are in Rwanda, finished two beta studies before he became MENDO’s publisher. And although he is busy enough with running our publishing department, Guny holds a board position at photography festival Unseen and is the father of Beaufort.
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Yeray Sabandar knows a lot about food, photography and fashion, so you bet he’s at the right address at MENDO. This Spanish bullfighter stays calm at all times, but knows when to strike. A perfect asset for him, since he’s also a very good photographer. You can find this all-round nice-guy in our Flagship Store. Say “¡hola!” when you see him.
Troy Martin is our communication content creator at MENDO. He may look Dutch, but he hails from the other side of the world. As much as he’s drawn to the idyllic landscapes of his country New Zealand, Troy lost his heart to Amsterdam and is sticking around the canals indefinitely. Troy knows a thing or two when it comes to visual communication. Being a travelling photographer and editor for many years, he has the knack when it comes to curating content that draws you in and leaves you wanting more.
Being the only girl at MENDO, Esther knows how to hold her own. When she’s not reading a book in the sun or strolling around the city of Amsterdam you can find her working as our E-Commerce Coordinator making sure everything runs smoothly. There are two things guaranteed to put a smile on her face: a witty joke or a plate of tasty (fried) food.
Willem Bohlmeijer loves to socialise and make everyone feel at home at MENDO. While studying at Hotelschool The Hague he specialised in food, fashion and popular culture, so you could say he's right at home in our flagship store. Should you need any tips and tricks whilst navigating Amsterdam, Willem's your guy.