053grillz was founded by Dorien Broenink, a young queer woman born and raised in Enschede, The Netherlands. She dropped out of school for the third time in 2020 and had never forged a piece of jewelry before, but it was a dream to create grillz – so she did.
“I always struggled with finishing school a lot, because it’s not made to measure any human being, I think. It’s a place where passion burns out and learning slowly becomes boring and annoying. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve learned a lot there, but it’s definitely not where I was supposed to be. After quitting I made some big life changes and gained a lot of trust – in myself, people around me and life – and I met Michel Kortman. He’s an experienced craftsman (for over 30 years!), with the biggest heart and a clear vision on what he wants to achieve before his retirement. He saw something in me I didn’t see myself, taught me all he could and still does every day. Without his help I wouldn’t be where I am right now. We’re a great team.”
By creating a strong design and focussing on timelessness, we will make sure you’ll leave our shop with the piece of jewelry you asked for, so you can wear it with pride.