This is absurd. 11,800 km from home, I’m having goosebumps from looking at brown boxes closed by red and yellow striped tape, piled in a warehouse in Vietnam.
These boxes don’t matter to anyone else, but for me this moment closed a circle in my career I never expected being able to close.
A simple moment shaping an entire career
For me everything started with the love of sneakers and sporting goods. Being a sneakerhead, playing American football and doing other sports was always a big driver in my life. I was fascinated by limited editions, streetwear and how a product can help me perform at my best. Knowing I wanted to make it into the sporting goods industry, I made the step from being a consumer and started to work at The Good Will Out, a top-tier sneakershop in Cologne, during my studies .
And here is the reason why I get goosebumps from brown boxes…
Every time we received a new shipment from adidas, it arrived in brown boxes with red and yellow striped tape. Receiving and opening them was always like Christmas. Totally excited about what the latest drop would bring, we opened the boxes.
“I will never forget the special sound when cutting the tape and opening the box.”
We started looking reverently at the just revealed sneakers – always followed by emotional shop talks with my colleagues (all passionate sneakerheads), discussing designs, product stories and every tiny product feature in detail.
Curiosity closes the circle
This procedure sparked my curiosity about how products find their way on the shelves. My logical step was to apply for an internship in the wholesale business. I was lucky to get a job at adidas Key Account Management. But still, my biggest passion lay in the product itself. Shaping my personal career path, I managed to get a spot as a Product Creation Trainee at adidas. This was the place to get a holistic understanding of how a product is created. Even more than just that. Every new rotation in departments such as Footwear Development, Costing and the Future team widened my horizon.
Kickstart into the heart of manufacturing
After the traineeship I started my current role as Footwear Developer where I am at the center of creating. Every day, I learn more about the complexity of manufacturing and making our products the most emotional ones for our consumer. I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to do my first business trip to Vietnam and visit our factories. Meeting the teams overseas, standing at the assembly line with the workers, is one of the greatest moments I had in my career.
During the visit, we also got a tour through one of the warehouses, which sounds quite boring at first. But on that special day I was taken back to my personal starting point: unpackaging brown boxes at The Good Will Out sneaker store.
Moments, stories and pictures of the last years flashed by – I could not believe what journey I had already taken.
This was only one of the many goosebumps moments I had during my time with adidas and I am grateful for being able to build such holistic knowledge and to be able to bring this knowledge into my entrepreneurial mindset which is even fostered by our company.
Traveling the world, meeting new people, learning from their perspective and even closing the circle of the most emotional sneaker story of my life is why I love my job.