Behind the brand Bridge&Tunnel we have passionate people. The young label is managed by us, Hanna Charlotte Erhorn (Lotte) and Constanze Klotz (Conny). And every single day we are happy to accompany our hard-working team joyfully watching it grow and flourish.
As founders of a still very young label, we have to be both: generalists and specialists. Whereas Lotte has a degree in textile design and is an expert in design and production, Conny holds a doctorate in cultural studies and is responsible for communication, fundraising and cooperation. We call them Minister of the Interior and Minister of Foreign Affairs. What unites us most, however, is our rocket-like enthusiasm for making the world a little better – step by step.
Aren’t there always people that have amazing (hidden) talents, but don’t hold the requirements in form of certificates to make use of them. Through many unique encounters in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, it quickly became clear to us: Even though many of our team members have not been able to find a job in Germany yet, many of them bring creative abilities and skills which they have learned in their home countries and can be of great use for our textile production:
Asiye Yalcinkaya is a trained garment technician, responsible for cuts and fit and accompanies our production team as an instructor. // Mandeep Kaur comes from India and has been living with her family in Germany for 11 years. Mandeep worked in a sewing workshop in India // Sayed Mohabatzadeh, born in Afghanistan, moved with his family from Iraq to Hamburg in 2013, where he worked as a men’s tailor. // Svetlana Beuttenmüller was born in Russia and is deaf. With our team she communicates easily via lip-reading or sign language. // Born in Nigeria, Idowu Ogunleye is a trained tailor and fashion designer who has run her own boutique for many years. Since 2003 she has been living in Germany with her daughters. // Gülsen Özer came to us as part of a vocational rehabilitation – and we could not let her go. The qualified clothing technician has been supporting us in overhead since 2019.
Since 2016, we have regular support from women and men with recent escape history from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. You can read more about this on our Facebook page.
We are very happy that we could find great supporters for Bridge&Tunnel who believe in our company as much as we do! Your help is essential for us to be able to offer jobs to our team and to take the next steps. A special Thank you to Aurubis and to our private investor!