HEY IT'S US!

Hi, I'm Moritz. These two guys on the right are Matthias and Adrian. We are three out of four friends who founded KERBHOLZ in 2012.
Usually I'm a pretty talkative guy but I know you haven't got THAT much time. So I'm going to show you only some milestones of the KERBHOLZ-Story in a nutshell.

LET'S GO!


HOW IT ALL BEGAN...

Matze and me studied at the University of Cologne. Honestly, most of the time we lay in front of it drinking beer. ;-)
One day we packed our backpacks to make a trip to Mexico. We made a road trip from Mexico City to Panama City. During this time we learned a lot about good food (and drinks), about the feeling of independence and about wood.

Looking back, it's totally crazy that our love for wood began on this journey and has remained ever since.

Here are some pictures of that time.

Matze in Mexico back in 2011
(if you weren't sure, he's the one on the left ;-))

Matze and me on the beach learning Spanish with the great book 'caminos'.

... and testing the stability of wood

HOW IT ALL BEGAN...

WHY WE STARTED?

Matze and me studied at the University of Cologne. Honestly, most of the time we lay in front of it drinking beer. ;-)
One day we packed our backpacks to make a trip to Mexico. We made a road trip from Mexico City to Panama City.
During this time we learned a lot about good food (and drinks), about the feeling of independence and about wood.

Looking back, it's totally crazy that our love for wood began on this journey and has remained ever since.

Here are some pictures of that time.

Matze in Mexico back in 2011
(if you weren't sure, he's the one on the left ;-))

Matze and me on the beach learning Spanish with the great book 'caminos'...

... and already testing the stability of wood


WHY WE STARTED

Matze and me studied at the University of Cologne. Honestly, most of the time we lay in front of it drinking beer. One day we packed our backpack to travel to Mexico. We made a road trip from Mexico City to Panama City. During this time we learned a lot about good food (and drinks), about the feeling of independence and about wood.

In retrospect it is very funny that the love to wood started on this journey and lasted till today.

Here are some pictures of that time.

This was Matze (on the left ;-)) back in 2011

Matze and me on the beach learning Spanish with the great book 'caminos'...

... and testing the stability of wood

WHY WE LOVE WOOD

Wood is the most available material in Central America and is used everywhere in rural areas and especially in arts and crafts. We fell in love with the possibilities of this natural, warm and organic material. We thought to ourselves: we can make something very special out of this. Something OTHER than the salad cutlery and the earrings from the ethno shops that existed until then. Something that would fit to our idea of aesthetics and design - and that's how the idea of founding KERBHOLZ was born...

Matze, Moritz, Nils & Adrian

THE BEGINNING

Back in Germany we asked Adrian (had once slept in a bunk bed above Matze in Australia) and later Nils if they wanted to join our idea: create wooden sunglasses. As they also didn't know what it means to build a brand for sunglasses, they immediately said yes.

This is how Kerbholz was founded. By four friends (in german: vier Freunde) at one table in a flatshare. This scenery still determines the name of the company: The Vierfreunde GmbH. There were three main goals: beautiful designs, sustainable action and as much fun as possible.

Matze, me, Nils & Adrian

THE FIRST YEARS

THE FIRST YEARS

Back in Germany we asked Adrian (he had once slept in a loft bed over Matze on a trip to Australia) and later Nils if they would like to join our idea: to produce and sell aesthetically designed wooden sunglasses.
As they had just as little idea as we did what it means to found a company for wooden sunglasses, they were immediately into it.

This is how Kerbholz was founded. By four friends at one table (well, it was rather a door on table legs) in a shared flat. This scenery still determines the name of the company: vierfreunde GmbH.

Just from the start we had three main goals that still remain:
beautiful designs, sustainable engagement and as much fun as possible.

The first KERBHOLZ-watches (Lamprecht, Reineke & Hinze)

And the first packaging of our Sunglasses...

... all hand made by us!

And then our first big convention (Opti)

In 2013 we had a little Pop Up Store in Cologne

And this is Matze on our first business trip through Europe

NEW PRODUCTS, EXHIBITIONS AND BUSINESS TRIPS

At the beginning glasses were sold from a wardrobe in our apartment in Cologne Ehrenfeld. No one seriously assumed that we would ever be able to make a living with KERBHOLZ. But, despite the tested designs – designed without professional help – didn't correspond to what we define as our standard today, our fan community grew.

So did our product portfolio: we released the first watches and toured through Europe with a (sometimes more, sometimes less) reliable VW-Bulli to ask distributors and customers if they would like our products as much as we did - they did. Most of the time.

 

NEW PRODUCTS, EXHIBITIONS & BUSINESS TRIPS

At the beginning sunglasses were sold from a wardrobe in our apartment in Cologne Ehrenfeld. No one seriously assumed that we would ever be able to make a living with KERBHOLZ. But, despite the tested designs – designed without professional help – didn't correspond to what we define as our standard today, our fan community grew.

So did our product portfolio: we released the first watches and toured through Europe with a (sometimes more, sometimes less) reliable VW-Bulli to ask distributors and customers if they would like our products as much as we did - they did. Most of the time.

And here are some of our firsts in pictures.

Our first watches (Lamprecht, Reineke & Hinze)

Our first design flea market

Our first big convention (Opti)

The Pop Up Store in Cologne

Our first business trips

TODAY

We experienced many changes in the first years of KERBHOLZ but what remained are four friends working together with three goals: making the world a bit more aesthetic, act sustainably and have fun!

Food is always fun. Especially when you share it with some pretty cool people also known as your colleagues.

But we also have a lot of fun working together and creating new designs.

May I introduce you to our favorite work space: our terrace

OUR JOURNEY UNTIL 2019

First, we moved into a real office, won the first design prices and hired the first employees. So we had to buy bigger pots to get every mouth fed in the lunchtime. We grew and four naive enthusiasts became many not so naive enthusiasts. Wooden glasses and watches became a sustainable accessory collection around the natural material wood. An idea became a company and the four friends became a fantastic team...

FROM THEN UNTIL TODAY

And then all of a sudden, everything went really fast.
We moved into a real office, we won the first design prices and we hired the first employees.

And with time, we had to buy bigger pots to get every mouth fed during lunchtime. ;-)

We grew, and four naive enthusiasts became a bigger team of a bit less naive enthusiasts.
What has been a few wooden sunglasses and watches became a full sustainable accessories collection around the natural material wood.
An idea became a company and the four friends became a fantastic team.

 

We experienced many changes in the first years of KERBHOLZ. But what remained are four friends working together with three goals: making the world a bit more aesthetic, act sustainably and have fun!

Food is always fun. Especially when you can shared it with some pretty cool people also known as colleagues.

But we also have a lot of fun working together and creating new designs.

May I introduce you to our favorite work space: our roof top terrace

Wanna travel with us?


WHY WE LOVE WOOD?
Wood is the most available material in Central America and is used everywhere in rural areas and especially in arts and crafts. We fell in love with the possibilities of this natural, warm and organic material. We thought to ourselves: we can make something very special out of this. Something OTHER than the salad cutlery and the earrings from the ethno shops that existed until then. Something that would fit to our idea of aesthetics and design - and that's how the idea of founding KERBHOLZ was born...


Matze, Moritz, Nils & Adrian (2013)

THE FIRST YEARS

Back in Germany we asked Adrian (he had once slept in a loft bed over Matze on a trip to Australia) and later Nils if they would like to join our idea: to produce and sell aesthetically designed wooden sunglasses.
As they had just as little idea as we did what it means to found a company for wooden sunglasses, they were immediately into it.

This is how Kerbholz was founded. By four friend at one table (well, it was rather a door on table legs) in a shared flat. This scenery still determines the name of the company: vierfreunde GmbH.

Just from the start we had three main goals that still remain:
beautiful designs, sustainable engagement and as much fun as possible.


NEW PRODUCTS, EXHIBITIONS AND BUSINESS TRIPS

We started with selling sunglasses from a wardrobe in our apartment in Cologne Ehrenfeld. During that time no one of us seriously assumed that we would ever be able to make a living with KERBHOLZ. But although our test designs - designed without professional help - did not match what we define as our standard today, our fan base grew.

And so did our product portfolio: In 2013 we released our first watches and toured through Europe with a (sometimes more, sometimes less) reliable VW-Bulli to ask distributors and customers if they would like our products as much as we did. And they did - well, most of the time.

Our very first watch designs (Lamprecht, Reineke & Hinze)

And the first packaging of our Sunglasses...

... all hand made by us!

This was our first booth at a design flea market!

And then our first big convention (Opti)

In 2013 we had a little Pop Up Store in Cologne

And this is Matze on our first business trip through Europe

Our very first watch designs (Lamprecht, Reineke & Hinze)

And the first packaging of our Sunglasses...

... all hand made by us!

This was our first booth at a design flea market!

And then our first big convention (Opti)

In 2013 we had a little Pop Up Store in Cologne

And this is Matze on our first business trip through Europe


We experienced many changes in the first years of KERBHOLZ but what remained are four friends working together with three goals: making the world a bit more aesthetic, act sustainably and have fun!

Food is always fun. Especially when you share it with some pretty cool people also known as your colleagues.

But we also have a lot of fun working together and creating new designs.

May I introduce you to our favorite work space: our roof top terrace

FROM THEN UNTIL TODAY

And then all of a sudden, everything went really fast.
We moved into a real office, we won the first design prices and we hired the first employees.

And with time, we had to buy bigger pots to get every mouth fed during lunchtime. ;-)

We grew, and four naive enthusiasts became a bigger team of a bit less naive enthusiasts.
What has been a few wooden sunglasses and watches became a full sustainable accessories collection around the natural material wood.
An idea became a company and the four friends became a fantastic team.


A TEAM THAT IS STILL ON A JOURNEY AND PROBABLY ALWAYS WILL BE.
ON A JOURNEY TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND MORE AESTHETIC WORLD.

A TEAM THAT IS STILL ON A JOURNEY AND PROBABLY ALWAYS WILL BE.
ON A JOURNEY TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND MORE AESTHETIC WORLD.

WE ARE KERBHOLZ AND WE ARE HAPPY THAT YOU'RE HERE! :-)


YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR JOURNEY?