Klimbim (odds and ends, in German) is the name of Johanna Gross and Edgar Espin Lecina’s project and Barcelona is its surname, a natural addition after her founder Johanna came to the capital of Catalonia to finish her university studies and where she would fall in love with the language and her current business and life partner Edgar.
Johanna was born in a small city called Walsrode in Germany, where studying anything related to design was considered a future of economic uncertainty, so she devoted her studies to Hispanic Philology as her dream was to speak Spanish like a native since she was a child, thanks to various trips to the Dominican Republic where relatives of her live.
Here studies required one semester in a Spanish speaking place, that’s why Johanna ended up in Barcelona. Here she meets the world of design and starts working in a fashion boutique in the neighborhood of Gràcia. Thanks to this and a few contacts with designers, she’s motivated to design jewelry pieces that were economically accessible for both her and her clients. Hairpins made up of vintage bottons were the first pieces to carry the label of Klimbim Barcelona in 2010.
At the beginnings Klimbim was a kind of a one-woman show, as the label was growing step by step in 2016 her boyfriend Edgar incorporated and became part of the brand. Since then, Johanna and Edgar are working together hand in hand to fulfill orders, create campaigns and in the designing process. Klimbim stands for creation by inspiration. Ideas can come to us at any time, it could be while watching a movie, in an art exhibition or in architecture. There are days when we sit with a notebook and pencil to design, and others in which we play with the materials to see what we can achieve.
In terms of production Klimbim stands for ethical values, all pieces are made one by one in a sustainable way and with local suppliers trying to offer competitive prices.
As an honest brand and we don’t lie to our customers. Our clients are aware that our pieces aren’t solid gold, or silver, and that metals can wear out over time compared to pieces by luxury brands, but that same customer knows she or he doesn’t need to spend a three-digit figure for a piece that she may only wish to wear for one or two years.
Now, Klimbim is a sustainable & minimalist brand sold in fashion shops in Barcelona, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium, as well as online.