1976 Announcement Date: 24 October 2016

It all started when, in 1976, Ine van Dam walked into Nico van Balveren’s bicycle shop and asked for a wicker basket. Nico had the basket made for Ine and made sure that Ine could enjoy her bike even more with this basket. Under the name ‘N. van Balveren Riet Import-Export’, later to be changed into Basil (made up of van BAlveren and SILvolde), Nico started importing baskets from the former Yugoslavia.