The story of hukkepack began with the school enrollment of our son in 2015. When we bought a commercial schoolbag – made of plastic and quite colorful – we questioned the purchase afterwards. That’s why we started researching.
We are Antje and Robert – in their early thirties and pleased with things that impress with simplicity, but also with design and functionality. We like natural raw materials, good workmanship and the possibility of re-use things. Inspired by our research, our then 3 ½-year-old daughter decided: “When I come to school, I want to have a yellow schoolbag made of leather!” In the following three years her opinion did not change. However, there was no contemporary, everyday life-suitable leather schoolbag to be found, which suited our ideas.
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Almost a year before our daughter started school, we met a young saddler. Our preschool girl simply asked her, “Can you make me a yellow leather schoolbag?”. That’s why we started thinking about the appearance and characteristics of the satchel and the saddler-master implemented our ideas with her know-how. Our daughter was overjoyed and just looked adorable on the day of schooling – in a red dress with white dots and a yellow leather schoolbag.
We will never forget the ceremony, where 51 commercial satchels lined up in front of their little owners and in the middle was a plain yellow leather schoolbag. The reactions followed immediately: “Where did you get that from?”, “I used to have a leather schoolbag when I was young!”, Are you selling them? “We were overwhelmed by the response and interest. Above all, we were and are convinced that there is a lot of good in it: A daily worn satchel made of vegetable-tanned leather, natural rubber and cotton canvas – natural materials that last a lifetime. More children should enjoy this and also contribute to minimize the growing of garbage mountains outside the gates of the city. This is how the idea arose, which subsequently became the company “hukkepack”.
The first model – our rough diamond – has been thoroughly revised over an infinite number of working hours in terms of materials and production steps, weight reduction, improved wearing comfort and much more. Finally in February 2019 our first collection was finished. At the end of March, the homepage and shop went online. A big milestone! Since the beginning of May 2019 you can find hukkepack in Berlin too. We are very excited to see how the story goes on and will happily share it with you also on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.