We are a young and active team from Switzerland that want to return something to Mother Nature through offering sustainable and fair fashion and planting a tree for every product sold.
We all grew up in rural areas, and during our time as scouts and from our environment, we learned to appreciate and love nature. We want to make people aware of an important realisation: That our planet, on which we are only guests and who suffers heavily from human influence, is not replaceable. We wanted to take the initiative with NIKIN to show that it does not take much to live more ecologically and therefore do something good for nature. It is high time to wake up and do something about it.
TREE BY TREE
„Tree by Tree“, one tree after another. Our slogan symbolizes our goal and our philosophy. With our success we invest in tree planting programs to counteract the global deforestation by planting trees in locations where trees have disappeared for various reasons such as agriculture, timber industry, habitat or natural events (forest fire, drought, ...). A single tree does not change the world overnight, but we plant “tree by tree” an make the world a greener place.
For every single product sold we donate a certain amount to reforestation projects all over the world, organized by our partner OneTreePlanted. To implement these tree plantings, we maintain a close relationship with the renowned environmental organization “One Tree Planted”, the American non-profit organization that plans and conducts tree planting campaigns several times a year. In addition, “Borneo Orangutan Survival Switzerland” is currently planting a tree in Indonesia for each of our “Treeanie Coal”.
Details about the process of the tree planting and how this works exactly can be found under Tree Planting.
We introduce the term „TreeWear“, which developed from the popular term „StreetWear“, simply with the additional effect that each product causes the planting of a tree. Tree by tree, the world is not changed from one day to the next, but it is a step in the right direction.
Tree Planting Event with OneTreePlanted in Colorado 2019
The Swiss brand „NIKIN“ was launched in Lenzburg, canton of Aargau, in winter 2016. The brand was founded by Nicholas Hänny (1991) and Robin Gnehm (1992), one a business innovation and the other an industrial design student, who have known each other since their early childhood. For a long time, the two former scouts and skaters wanted to launch a joint project, which was finally realized with NIKIN.
A fashion label that carries an ecological effect was their vision. Robin, who just returned to Switzerland from a trip through the vast forests of Canada, designed a logo that, as it turned out shortly afterwards, hit the public. After the launch, just before Christmas, the two soon realized that they could not accomplish this alone, as the orders began to flow in. With Lester and Jeffrey, the two brothers of Robin, reinforcements in logistics and communication were brought on board. Since then, the team around NIKIN enjoys a very family-like relationship, which is certainly also a reason for the success. The whole NIKIN family is always there to help and support wherever they can.
Keep up and keep the ball rolling was always important, because for a long time NIKIN existed without external investors, but only with own invested capital. For almost two years NIKIN was a complete side project for all four owners, which meant that everything related to NIKIN had to be realized in addition to a 100% employment elsewhere. A small project, that's how it started.
Meanwhile, NIKIN is much more than just a side project, because since the beginning of 2018 NIKIN can officially call itself NIKIN GmbH, which allowed us to switch from a sole proprietorship to an official company. Other employees in the areas of logistics, marketing, finance, sponsoring and communication were hired and also the storage capacity could be massively increased.
The first NIKIN orders ever were sent from Robin's parents' home, in an improvised office. After more than a year in a small rented room in the neighboring village, which was used before us as a vegetable shop, we were able to move in the summer of 2018 to a large warehouse in Lenzburg where we are still based today.
“NIKIN makes it easy for every person to do something good for the environment by plant a tree – but it’s not about the single tree but the whole movement in the right direction. We want to motivate people to live a more sustainable lifestyle. We plant tree by tree.” – Nicholas Hänny (CEO & Co-Founder of NIKIN)
NIKIN always wants to be innovative, modern and open-minded, yet at the same time sustainable and fair. That is why we attach great importance to environmentally friendly and fair production. In the beginning it was not easy to find and finance a supportable production. With our success we could follow our goal – to relocate our production from Asia to Europe – and today we’re almost completely detached from manufacturers in the Asian region.
Since January 2019 we and our products are officially certified by “GOTS” (Global Organic Textile Standard) which guarantees a sustainable and fair production.
Our textiles are made of big parts of organic cotton in combination with recycled polyester. Other products are made from various sustainable alternatives like bamboo or cotton from recycled jeans. We’re honest with ourselves and know that we are not perfect – but we are constantly trying to improve in order to find even better, more sustainable and fairer solutions to come closer to our goal.
At NIKIN we exclusively use tree-free paper which is made of bamboo or waste from the sugar cane industry. Of course, the personalized Tree Certificate, which every customer gets in addition to his order, is tree-free. The paper for your invoice is completely gone, because this is only sent by E-Mail.
The tree-free Tree-Certificate
With our products which are designed in Switzerland and mostly made in Europe, we want to make sustainable fashion affordable for everybody. But it’s more than just about the single tree – we want to reach the people and motivate them to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Variety and a common goal bring a fantastic atmosphere in our team. Together we can make a big impact and that’s what motivates us and makes us all proud to be a part of it.
Together we are looking for new innovative ideas for our brand NIKIN. We never stand still and bring this brand forward day by day and tree by tree.
PRODUCT & DESIGN
We think about new product ideas, design them and implement them. It is important for us to use environmentally friendly materials and to realize the production of our products in Europe.
Our job is to pack the products you order in an environmentally friendly way, to design your tree certificate and to deliver everything safely to your home. It is exciting that we have new challenges every day.
Every day we try to communicate as openly as possible with our customers. We answer your mails and find a solution to your problem.
FINANCES & HR
We make sure that NIKIN is not only sustainable when it comes to products and trees. We make sure that NIKIN is also financially sustainable.
Phone: +41 76 543 41 41
Address: NIKIN AG, Sägestrasse 46, 5600 Lenzburg