Katharina, Sebastian and Bernd, two German siblings and a Dutch guy, came up with an idea after realising that their quest for a sustainable, functional and good-looking rucksack only led them to uninspiring designs or things they couldn’t afford. Starting off as a university project and soon developing into an exciting new brand, they took it into their own hands to find a solution and founded [paper.] in 2016.
From the initial rucksack design, through the struggles of trying to source materials, suppliers and manufacturers in Europe that offered what they want at an affordable price, they were eventually able to offer their first product – the [square.] – and launch a Kickstarter campaign that would see it realised. They achieved their target in one month.
The Berlin-based startup crafts rucksacks out of a unique paper material that is water-repellent, tear-resistant and light. Combining minimal design with sustainability, the threesome have tapped into a market that demands thoughtful fashion that doesn’t compromise on detail. With a boxy shape, the bag provides enough room to everything you need in your day and then some, including protective zipped compartments for phone and laptop. The exterior is developed in Europe using a new paper material made from cellulose mixed with latex, sourced in Scandinavia from responsible forestry. Hemp straps are from Romania and the interior is a polyester mixed with 50 per cent tencel, one of the least environmentally-damaging materials regenerated from wood. Water-repellent, flexible, washable, as well as being environmentally and aesthetically gratifying.
Now that the Kickstarter target has been reached with the help of 121 backers, the project is now underway and the bags – both the rucksack and a simpler shopper tote, made of the same paper material with hemp straps – are available to pre-order on the brand’s website. With the unpredictable summer weather, we have already ordered ours.
Find out more and order yours at paper-berlin.com