In our three-part blog series we show you how two friends from their childhood days founded NIKIN and wanted to give something back to nature. In the first part, find out where the NIKIN founders Robin and Nicholas met and where the idea for their own company came from.
Nicholas Hänny (l.) and Robin Gnehm (r.) founded NIKIN in 2016.
The two NIKIN founders Robin Gnehm and Nicholas Hänny know each other literally from their childhood days. Nicholas is the godson of Robin's father. And vice versa, Jeffrey, Robin's brother, is Nicholas's father's godson. Sounds complicated, but means summarized: Robin and Nicholas know each other from their childhood days. But nobody suspected that they would found a successful company together at the time, and it is a combination of many happy coincidences.
Young and at that time already most fond of nature: the two NIKIN founders play together in the snow.
The wonderful NIKIN story began in 2016, when Robin traveled through the forests of Canada and was thrilled by the tree-rich landscape. When he returns, he meets with his old friend Nicholas. Over a beer in the pub „McArthurs" in Lenzburg, the two not only discuss Robin's travel experiences.
The idea for NIKIN was born on a cosy evening at the „McArthurs" in Lenzburg.
The two scouts love nature and decide to do something for reforestation. Nicholas has already designed his own small gym bag collection. Friends and family bought some of it from him. So one thing leads to another and Robin and Nicholas decide to produce their own caps and plant a tree for each cap sold. So said, done - only a short time later they sell the first NIKIN caps, today called Treeanies.
The two order 60 Treeanies in a first step. To their great surprise, they are completely sold out after three days.
Robin and Nicholas discussed via Whatsapp (in Swiss German) how many Treeanies they should reorder.
The two of them stored their goods in Robin's brother Jeffrey's bedroom. From there, the two soon sent their Treeanies not only to friends and acquaintances, but all over Switzerland.
How Robin integrated his whole family and how NIKIN kept a whole postal service alive, you can read in the second part of the blog series.