Setting up a business is a hard task and many choose to do it with a partner. Working in a duo can make life a lot easier, but does open doors of difficulty too: who takes the lead? Don't you get tired of each other? To answer these questions, we regularly sit down with a range of design duos to get the truth about working with a partner. In this instalment we took some time out of Thomas and Sebastian's days. Thomas and Sebastian founded About Vintage in 2013 and know a fair bit about watch-making and how to build a brand in the modern day. So, keep reading to find out how they distinguish free time and work time, and what their first impressions of each other were.
Thomas: My first real job was in the financial industry as an insurance agent and my first part-time job was on a Gas-station. Sebastian's first job was within an advertising-agency.
Sebastian: We met each other for the first time in high school. We had a few friends in common and quite quickly we began to hang out and realised our mutual passion for design, fashion and watches obviously. My first impression of Thomas was that he was nice, outgoing and well-dressed.
Thomas: My first impression of Sebastian was that he seemed genuine, dapper and actually slightly nerdy.
Thomas: Basically, yes. We do all designs equally together, actually this is one of the only tasks for About Vintage which we both do. The future path and brand identity is something that we really care about: the visual identity, the products, the stores and the entire appearance is based on what we believe in. No compromises.
Sebastian: We both bought our first high-end watches just after finishing our degrees as a sort of symbol of ending an era. But what do we do next time we want to celebrate? We couldn't afford to buy another timepiece without breaking the bank, at that point the idea of the brand came to us! Why not make the alternative? Your first affordable dream watch.
Thomas: Recognition in a major industry dominated by some huge brands. But also to forecast demand and growth. We have been sold out too many times in the past and we always try to adapt and increase production to combat that.
Thomas: The collaboration with Frederique Constant or the opening of our own stores in the heart of Copenhagen and in the legendary Copenhagen Airport.
Thomas: Its difficult because we always work. This brand is our passion. But since we both have kids and families we try to be more present away from the office. You have to make sure you cement vacations into the schedule.
Thomas: It’s actually pretty straightforward. We knew what we wanted and we wanted to create something that we thought was missing: modern vintage.
Thomas: Hard to say, but without any doubt we’d be designing another product.
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