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industrierelikt – craftsmanship with unused, high quality industrial production offcuts.


The idea to sew bags out of automotive textiles is much older than industrierelikt. While in school, Karen used to visit waste yards and remove seat cushions from scrap cars for her bags. These she sold to friends and various shops. However, due to stricter safety regulations Karen was then no more allowed on scrap yards. Instead, the materials are disposed together with the cars. In line with her bachelor thesis Karen got engaged with the ´resource industrial waste´: Unused materials being sorted out for disposal during the production process.

We, Karen Häcker and Michel Treiber are together the start-up label industrierelikt. Karen has a degree as product designer from Bauhaus-University Weimar and Michel has studied environmental sciences in Norwich and Oslo and completed a Master of Business Administration in Paris. As designers and dissenters, we are excited to find new ways saving precious resources from the industrial wastefulness and craft something new out of it.