OUR FOUNDERS STORY

Creating is the single thing that gives me the most joy in my entire life. This simple truth is the foundation of this whole enterprise.But how can it be that something so bland like „doodling some sketches“ is so fascinating to me? It’s quite simple. The process of an idea evolving into a thought-out plan of action to create a new
NINETYEIGHT product which may one end up as a big, bright  FUCK YOU to the boring establishment,
is just an unparalleled experience for me! ​From day one, young me could be entertained with nothing more than pen and paper. Maybe my parents weren’t home, or I was simply bored but as soon as I could live out my thoughts on that paper I was overcome by a feeling of freedom. And eventhough I now have a more mature approach to it, being creative and creating new things is still the most fun to me. ​This more mature approach changed significantly in my later school years and I went from drawing for myself to drawing for friends and acquaintances which brought me an idea…
 This idea was NINETYEIGHT.
It all started in 2015 when my friend Matthias and I wanted to make our idea accessible for a wider range of people. Even back then we realized that the only way for a business (as well as a person) to leave a striking impression was to be radically different. Either way, sometimes by plan, sometimes by accident, we had stumbled upon what makes NINETYEIGHT unique: the willingness to try stuff nobody else tries, in order to achieve results no one else achieves. ​NINETYEIGHT was finally founded in 2018 and from our first day onwards we relied on nothing but ourselves, sticking to our independent and different approach to fashion. From the design to  the production and in all of our side-projects you will find soley our creativity and effort, unbound by the restrictions of mainstream fashion. This freedom allows our evergrowing team to continue pushing boundaries and explore new and exciting ideas.

 

THE TEAM

Felix Koller / Founder

What started as a little side project in 2015 became a real enterprise in 2018 - since then we are constantly on the lookout for new approaches to tried methods, staying true to nothing but our philosophy:

F*CK MAINSTREAM.

Andy Kohl / Photographer

The first time Andy shot for Ninetyeight was in April 2019 and it was "love at first sight". Andy has not only become an irreplacable part of the Ninetyeight Team, but also one of the best photographers we know!

By the way: check out his website! andy-kohl.com

Jana Barabas / Design

Jana joined our young team in 2020 and since then has added her knowledge on several topics regarding design. Jana is in charge for our Newsletter, day-to-day Designs, our Brand Ambassadors and is also the chief editor of the Ninetyeight Mag.