Born for a good cause and saved by a confident entrepreneur – the Frankfurt label Affentor not only offers great bags of all kinds, but also an exciting story. It was founded in 2004 by a Frankfurt designer and an operations manager from the Frankfurt workshop. At that time, the Frankfurt workshop ran its own tailor’s shop, in which long-term unemployed women were trained as seamstresses in order to find their way back into independent working life. Under the Affentor label, young designers were able to have their bag creations sewn by the women.
The name Affentor is no coincidence, as the tailoring shop at that time was located in one of the two Affentor houses in the Frankfurt district of Sachsenhausen. Until 1860 the old town gate was located here, at which travelers the last Ave Maria was given on the way. In the course of time, the Sachsenhausen Schlappmaul turned the Ave into a monkey, and so the place and ultimately the label got their name.
However, when the Frankfurt workshop went bankrupt due to insufficient funding, Affentor was on the verge of collapse. In the winter of 2014, Hardy Ketterer from schoene Schreibwaren Berlin recognized the potential and the opportunity at the last second and has been the owner of Affentor ever since. The bags are now produced in our own tailors’ shops in Frankfurt and Berlin. The shop itself is located in Fahrgasse, not far from downtown Frankfurt.
The range is immensely diverse and offers ideas for every taste. From laptop, tablet and shoulder bags to wallets, pen cases and handbags to photo albums, notebooks and beautiful stationery, you will find practical things here for small and large trips. Practical is actually an important keyword, because all Affentor products not only inspire with their simple elegance, but clearly fulfill their purpose. Timeless and high-quality materials such as woolen fabrics and leather are used. Everything is produced in Germany under fair conditions.
Those who like individuality will love Affentor, because all bags are produced in small series and are therefore strictly limited. The quality leaves nothing to be desired and thanks to the excellent advice you can quickly find your new favorite. If you are looking for a great gift, you should definitely consider a visit. Affentor has long since convinced us and if you haven’t been there, you should do so as soon as possible!
Photos: affentor / Ralf Werner