...we are happy to make beautiful hats with excellent fit from great fabrics - with love and by hand - for happy children and their parents!

About PICKAPOOH

Since 1991 PICKAPOOH specializes on design and hand-production of ecologically sound, trendy and high-quality hats and other accessories that kids love to wear for their perfect fit.

 

In 1998 we switched our production fully to using organic materials exclusively. We live up to strict ecological criteria and social responsibility to the full benefit of people, animals, plants and our environment.

 

We solely produce „MADE IN GERMANY“, respecting internationally accepted social standards and only working with fix-contracted employees. Without a team that enjoys working together in creating great products, PICKAPOOH would be unthinkable! Our small family-style company ticks like a clock and each individual is indispensable for our „to order“ production. With personal drive everyone on everyday helps making our hats and accessories something really special.

 

We work exclusively with merino wool from ecologically raised livestock (kontrolliert biologische Tierhaltung (kbT)]. Respect and appreciation for humans and animals alike are the guiding principles of ecological upbringing of animals. The sheep live species-appropriately, healthy and stress-free! The range lands fulfil all climatic and ecological requirements. No pesticides are used on the land and the animals. The animals can breed naturally, don’t get their tails cut and can keep their horns. In short, fine wool from happy animals.

 

The fabric mix of merino wool and silk is ideal for our hats and scarves, as this material regulates temperature and humidity very well and thus supports a healthy skin climate. Our hats made from this mix of 70% organic merino wool (kbT) and 30% silk are comfortably and enjoyably to wear.

 

And we also use solely organic cotton (kontrolliert biologischer Anbau (kbA)). Organic cotton farming does not use any chemically synthesized fertilizers and pesticides. Genetically modified seeds are forbidden. It is the chosen abdication of potentially negative influences on humans, health and the environment. We do support fair trade and do business respecting human dignity.

 

Since 2004 we offer a collection with natural UV protection. Since summer 2011 we offer three different grades of UV protection (UV Protect 20, 60 und 80) – all certified according to the UV-STANDARD 801. This standard tests everyday-use conditions and is recommended by “Stiftung Warentest”. This strict standard exceeds the widely used Australian-New Zealand standard that only tests new and dry textiles. A material getting a UPF of 40 according to the Australian-New Zealand Standard falls back to a UPF of 5 when tested according to the UV-STANDARD 801.

 

We currently offer ten certified organic cotton fabrics (kbA) in a range of classic colours: navy, red, olive, turquoise, fuchsia and brand new dahlia and green slate (UV 80), jeans (UV 60) as well as grey and mauve (UV 20) – all free of chemical additions. All items made  from these materials protect reliably from dangerous UV radiation – from 2 hours up to a whole day! For babies we offer a sunroof for buggies and prams – the PICKAPOOH “CertiFlyer”.

 

You can identify our special UV protection textiles by the „UV Protect“-label of the UV-STANDARD 801. Further information can be found here: www.uvstandard801.de.

 

PICKAPOOH produces everything solely in Germany. We follow internationally accepted labour standards and employ only full-time employees. With our team we solely produce “to order” and mostly deliver summer and winter items all year. For some styles our size range covers 16 steps: from 34 up to 64 centimeter head circumference. This set of sizes covers the whole age-range from new-borns, through toddlers, kindergarden and school kids to grown ups.

 

Generally our delivery time for ad-hoc orders is 2 to 4 weeks, it may take a bit longer during high season. Pre-order customers can choose their "delivery calendar week" and will be served with priority.

 

We will be happy to assist you in selecting your choice of our products.

 

As a small family company based in Hamburg, PICKAPOOH works fast and attentive. Suggestions for improvements, wishes and ideas are warmly welcome. Just let us know.

 

For more information about our collections click here

 

PICKAPOOH is a registered trade mark at the German Patent and Trademark Office.

 

PICKAPOOH is regularly represented at the INNATEX in Wallau and the Kind und Jugend in Cologne.

 

PICKAPOOH is a member of the International Association of the Natural Textile Industry (IVN).

How we work

Without a team that enjoys to create beautiful products together, PICKAPOOH would be unthinkable.

So let me introduce you to those people that help me satisfying your needs.

Our small company ticks like a clock - in our "to order" production system each and everyone is dearly needed and contributes with peak performance everyday to make our hats and accessoires something very special.

Be invited to meet my team!

Best regards

Kerstin Tollmien

Office



Annette is always happy, friendly and competent for our customers, suppliers and employees. She performs all important tasks in the office safely and reliably.

Thank you, you are a great support for me.


Laura, organizes the smooth flow between office, production and quality control. She is responsible for invoicing your orders and carries out your tasks quickly and competently.

Thank you so much, you've been a great help!


Nilüfer, supports our team as a trained cutting directorice in the renewal of cap cuts, order entry and quality control.
Thank you for your great support!


Karolin Tollmien is supporting us with the detailed work that translates your order into a proper production plan. Often until late at night she will be at her PC, using Excel to the max to squeeze as many orders a single working week can take into a cutting plan. That takes a lot of heat out of our day-to-day business.

Thank you so much, Karolin!

Based on such plan the cutting and sewing crew do their very best to serve you as quickly as possible. To avoid errors while running our “to order” production we cannot add individual last minute calls to a “closed planning week”, even if they may be “ultra-early”. We sincerely hope for your understanding.

Design & Cut Development


At PICKAPOOH we work to get kids and their parents happy. With hats and caps that are cute, cosy to wear and that fit. Perfect fit sets PICKAPOOH hats apart from competition and makes them special!

My Team and I work jointly to turn my ideas to drafts, drafts to cuts and refined cuts to a fully graded set of sizes. All the way focussed on the perfect fit!

Cutting edge


Martina, Safar and Egeni are my current "cutting crew". They transform our cutting plans into parts that will ultimately become hats, mitten, booties, scarves and many more items from our collections. All our fabrics are - naturally - fully organic.

Their work requires full concentration - those saws are sharp and fast! They very competently get their jobs done - fast and efficient.

I am very glad to have them in our team.

Sewing Room

Without these competent, efficient and highly productive ladies and gentlemen, all PICKAPOOH hats would be unfinished business. With the eye for detail, experience and full concentration this is the heart of our production in Hamburg. This is where hats, mitten, booties, scarves and all other products are "hand-made in Hamburg, Germany".

This team ensures the high quality you expect from our products.

Thank you all for your efforts, each and everyone is important for our joint success!

Quality Control


You expect consistently high quality and Vera takes care of us not disappointing you. She handles every single item to cut the last threads, to insert ribbons in the respective tunnels and to tie last knots.

Thank you, Vera, for your reliability!

Eylem runs our ironing station on a daily basis, responsible for the prefect shape of your hats when they leave our factory.

Thank you for your professional help, Eylem!

Co-Production


The couple Sylvia & Bruno Krajka support us very reliably as an external cutting company and help us to grow healthy with the ever- increasing demand.



Karin Riekert owns and leads our external production company with her full-hearted energy, her determination and her special knowledge. Riekert Tex and some of their employees are fully specialised in PICKAPOOH products. Together with Karin they provide the extra capacity we need on a daily basis to make even more children happy. High personal engagement and love for our products are important personal qualifications to succeed.



These members of “our extended family” help us a lot. Thank you all – you make me sleep better!

Sales Team



Retailers from Northern Germany and Berlin will know Marlis Wengel, our sales agent for the region. For many years she supports her customers in selecting the right mix from our wide range of products, based on her long-standing experience in the field.

Her lively temper is a great support during our main retailer trade show INNATEX at Wallau near Frankfurt (www.innatex.de).

Our collaboration is great fun!

Contact:

Marlis Wengel
Im Buckhornwald 7b
22359 Hamburg
Tel. 040-6030193
marlis@wengel-hv.de

Marketing & Photography



After each new collection is finally produced, Olaf Lochschmidt, our photographer and marketing support, looks after PICKAPOOH's "visual identity".

With heart and passion for the subject he has captured countless beautyful portraits of our small and larger models. He supports with marketing input and we jointly shape the image of our little family business.

Without him, this "hat manufactury" would not be what it is today.


Patrick Joosten is our digital all-rounder. He brings lots of love for the playful work with our little stars and a new look to our picture style and - as a "digital native" - adds a lot to our post-production skills. You are viewing his last great product - our new website. I'm thrilled, do you like it?

I am very happy about this great addition to our family team!


Gisela Köhler, a great stroke of luck for our PICKAPOOH-FOTO-TEAM, with much joy, great competence and flexibility she now belongs to our photo team.


That's great, thank you!

IT - Computer & Co



At PICKAPOOH "IT" stands for „invisible Tom“. Since the beginning of 2016 he guarantees - invisible as a brownie - during our off-times the smooth operation of all our IT systems. Thanks to that I do not have to think about the infrastructure and can concentrate on the essentials – hats & more.

Thank you Tom, you are a perfect match!

Our photo kids and their great parents


I do not remember exactly how many beautiful, exhausting, funny and cheerful photo shootings we had with our photo kids. It has always been very personal, familiar and close meetings with the children as well as their parents.

I thank you all for your trust and so many beautiful moments!

Family


Yes, my family, what would I and PICKAPOOH be without them. All as they are there give me power through their love, support me in creative processes with ideas, suggestions and help! And they catch me when it really became too much. This is of unpayable value!

Without all of you PICKAPOOH would not be what it is today. I thank you with all my heart!