Apprenticeship as a capmaker
I was allowed to stay with him and his wife just outside the city, and agreed to work six days a week. I was allowed to stand with the steam iron and sweated while it was high summer and the birds were chirping outside. And I eventually got to sew some caps for myself. And found out that it’s really hard. Herr Bullmann kept tearing open my caps and asking me to sew them back together properly. And asked me not to show them to anyone, or tell who had taught me to sew. After 19-20 caps and a month’s work, some friends lured me with a trip to a swimming lake further south, and then I said goodbye to Herr Bullmann and left.
When I returned home, I started an education as an accessories designer at KEA, Copenhagen Business Academy. It was mostly about what life is like for a designer who gets his things sewn somewhere far away in Asia, and didn’t really fit very well with what I wanted. But during holidays and every time we had to do an individual project or had an internship, I went to work at Bullani, and today I see Herr Bullmann as my master, even though I was not officially apprenticed to him. After two years of training, I set up a company that offered handmade caps, found a windowless basement room in the Northwest neighborhood, and bought my first industrial sewing machine. And every time I had a theoretical school assignment, I used the company as a case. In this way, I also got something out of the branding and marketing part of the education.
One day I got through to TV 2 Lorry, who came out into the basement room and made a feature about me, and it sparked demand. But it was still no more than 30-40 customers per half year. Just enough to pay the rent. So I continued to educate myself to get some tools to do business. I took a master’s degree in sustainable procurement in the textile industry and studied some business administration. Then I took a master’s degree in digital design and communication at the IT University, so I can now handle all online marketing myself.