Since they had a few months time between two semesters, Moritz and Matthias decided to pack their backpacks and fly to Mexico. On their journey through Central America, they got to know new countries, new people and a new material, they thought they had known already: wood. They saw it everywhere, in every form and color: Wooden boats, cabins, cutlery and jewelry on indigenous markets. They fell in love with the timeless, natural and warm material and they were convinced: The potential of wood for fashion wasn’t nearly at a peak.
Back in Germany, they told their friends about their extraordinary idea and after long nights of discussion, a lot of red wine and even more blood, sweat and tears, the first KERBHOLZ products were made. Their friends Adrian and Nils joined the project and thus a crazy backpacking-idea became the brand KERBHOLZ.
Some wild years followed, in which the four founders (sometimes with a plan, sometimes without) toured Europe with an old VW van (sometimes reliable, sometimes not) to sell their first products.
Four naïve wood enthusiasts became four not-so-naïve enthusiasts and a few wooden sunglasses and watches became a whole collection centered around natural materials like acetate, wood, slate, and marble. A good idea became a company, a product became a collection, and four friends became a whole team.
One team, that has set the goal to be there for its customers. One team that maintains a conscious relationship with each other and the resources of this planet and that creates a new way to work and establishes a sustainable management. One team that is committed: to better products, better service – and a better future.