Co-founded by entrepreneurs Stefan Holwe and Jan Roosen, Horizn Studios caters to a new generation of millennial travellers, using digital innovation such as a removable and rechargeable batteries for phones and tablets while on the move. We caught up with Stefan Holwe to find out more.
Where are your favourite places to eat in Berlin?
I really love to cook, so I’m often at home with friends and family. However, when I do go out I love Crackers ‒ which is owned by a friend of mine ‒ for its great food and unique vibe.
What do you think will be the next key trend in travel?
Obviously, smart travel. Since travel has been democratised and many more people around the world travel with higher frequencies, the need for comfort and convenience on your journey is increasing. I predict that we will see some great innovations, and Horizn Studios is going to continue to push the category’s boundaries to create more enjoyable travel experiences.
Name your favourite stores in Berlin
Andreas Murkudis, Voo Store, Wood Wood, Horizn Studios.
I like small bars with a personal feel, such as Das Hotel in Kreuzberg or Sorsi e Morsi in Prenzlauer Berg. For a good night out, the bars on Torstrasse like Neue Odessa Bar are usually a great start.
I’ve been living for over 15 years in the same neighbourhood in south Kreuzberg, near Viktoriapark. I’m very happy there. Still, Mitte is great too. Also the northern part of Kreuzberg, or anywhere close to the river.
Any advice for visitors to Berlin?
I’d recommend getting in touch with someone who knows Berlin quite well if you can, so that you have the chance to experience it from a more local perspective. My general travel advice is usually not to plan too much and allow yourself to drift ‒ it’ll open your eyes to so much more compared to just checking places off a list.
What can’t you live without?
My little family. And music.
If money and work were no object, where would you prefer to live?
Right here in Berlin. As much as I love to travel, I love to come home to this creative and open-minded place.
Which five items do you always travel with?
1. Horizn Studios Model M cabin case
2. Noise reduction headphones
3. Earplugs for the night
4. My travel playlist, with music from Chilly Gonzales to Daft Punk
5. The new Horizn Studios Travel Hoodie which we just launched this month
What inspired you to launch Horizn?
I’ve always travelled a lot – as a teenager with my surfboard to far-flung places, then more recently with my laptop for work. At some point, on my frequent travels to Marrakech, I realised that while the entire world was being digitised and we are now constantly connected, with each other and with our things, the one thing that is still as analogue as it was in the early 80s was my luggage.
The biggest innovation the entire luggage industry came up with in the last 30 years or so was to go from two wheels to four, so it was a natural time to disrupt the field. From a brand point of view I felt the industry was missing a younger, more urban, and price-wise more accessible, premium label. I came together with some potential partners, we dived deeper and decided to go for it. That was in 2015.
What should we look forward to from Horizn Studios in the next year?
This is an exciting year for the brand. In early 2018 Horizn will not only extend its luggage product range (more sizes and fresh new colours), but we have just launched our first super-sleek backpacks, alongside a design-conscious travel hoodie. Coming very soon, we are launching an integrated travel assistant service; a personal assistant for all Horizn travellers around the world, so stay tuned. Additionally, we are going to launch a worldwide special edition with BMW, consisting of new briefcases and laptop cases.
What’s your favourite souvenir from a trip?
New ideas and new friends.
What’s your ideal weekend destination?
Ibiza in spring and autumn. In summer, the Berlin countryside.
What trip are you planning next?
I travel every week for work, but on the more fun side I am going skiing later this month and in the first half of the year will be visiting several cultural events including Art Basel and the opening of the Venice Biennale of Architecture.