Dear Readers and Fans of Pack & Smooch, we hope the year is coming to a stress-free close for you. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a nice and reflective holiday season. Especially during such ever-changing times as these, it’s important to stop and have a look at all that was accomplished. We’re looking back with thanks and happiness on a good year; on great and practical products and on collaboration with inspiring people in interesting places.
Design updates for the new iPhones 6S and 6S Plus
Whether it’s Elie, Herdwick, Shetland, Kirkby or our newest model Kingston, our reliable cell phone cases have made the most recent iPhones 6S and 6S Plus very stylish in 2015, along with design updates such as openings for recharger cables. Kingston and Kirkby trumped all with their innovative sound holes. We also introduced our new case for the MacBook 12” with a modified design including rounded edges, opening for recharger cable, topside access and features such as ultra-flat magnetic buttons. The case for the iPad Pro 12” also joined the group. 2015 vintage is also the Corby, the ideal pocket emptier for your daily belongings, as well as our mouse pad with a warming surface for clicking.
New strong partnerships in distribution – global and exclusive
We are also proud of the partnerships we have formed this year for the distribution of our products. The biggest retailers are GRAVIS and Cyberport. Additionally we have begun working with retail stores in Japan and Spain and have managed to be represented in some small concept stores in the USA and Canada. New collaboration has also been established with the online shop Neuen Zürcher Zeitung NZZ (not yet listed online). We have produced exclusive products for a host of providers and businesses including (among others) the Bank UBS, the NZZ online shop, and the up-and-coming Protonet, a sever manufacturer from Hamburg. A warm thank you to all these partners! We also mustn’t forget to include the many advertising agencies and advertising media suppliers who have worked with us to create high-quality customized products for our customers.
Experience and know-how from Pack & Smooch to the “betahaus Hamburg”
In October, Pack & Smooch’s founder Clemens Burket was invited by the sales platform etsy to a panel discussion at the “betahaus Hamburg” as a start-up consultant. There he shared his experience and imparted know-how with other young entrepreneurs. Here you can access a podcast interview with Clemens conducted by mental trainer Klaus Pertl: (found to the right of our blog). We’re excited about the public attention that has been bestowed upon us this year and Pack & Smooch achieved this online as well as in print in various magazines and daily newspapers such as Spiegel Online, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Macwelt, appgefahren, MacTechnNews, maennerformat.de, Homme, iPhoneMAGAZIN, Established, GQ Magazine (among others).
A trip to St. Pauli Wintergarten to end
At the end of the year we found ourselves on the floors of the Hamburg Christmas markets, away from the mainstream of the conventional stalls. For one week we shared a booth with the guys and girls of the hanseatic design house “Ahoi Marie” at the premier of the “Wintergarten St. Pauli”. This market, put on by our event partner Marno Happ (www.marno-happ.de), brought together those local artists, designers and many others who are looking for something a bit more on the alternative side. The gates of the “Wintergarten St. Pauli” on the front square of the Rindermarkhalle on Feldstraße will stay open until 31st December.
We’ve had a year full of news, happiness and fun. But the greatest joy afforded us this year was again your appreciation for our cell phone cases, laptop cases and accessories! A great confirmation of our daily work. A thousand times thank you!
We wish you happy holidays and a great start in the new year!
Your Pack & Smooch Team
Happy New Year!
Your Pack & Smooch Team