An innovation does not appear overnight. Even ideas, which often seem to pop into our heads at the most random moments, are also the fruit of a trajectory of experiences, exchanges, and perceptions that accumulate and blend into our unconscious.
With LOVR, the story could not be different. For the development of our revolutionary textile, a long journey was traveled, crossing years and continents. Let's start at the beginning, with the story of when our co-founder Lucas Fuhrmann went to Nepal.
The year was 2016. Lucas was in his early twenties and had just finished his bachelor's degree in Germany. Tired of the abstract world of academic papers and disappointed with his internship experience at a fashion company, he decided it was time to do something to improve the world.
And this is how Lucas realized that he wanted to delve into the textile industry. He already had a certain "inclination" for bananas, after working on a banana plantation in Nicaragua when he was younger.
After doing some research online, he discovered that Nepalese farmers were trying to work with banana fibers. In search of answers, Lucas packed his luggage and left for Nepal.
During this time, he met with different banana farmers. Everyone he talked to recognized that there was a lot of biowaste, but no one knew how to harness this potential. Lucas' luck seemed to change when he was introduced to a group of local entrepreneurs...
He only discovered that he had been tricked sometime later, when he returned to Germany. Excited about the fine fibers he had acquired, Lucas began to do tests in the home laboratory he had set up in his parents' garage. Only his attempts to replicate what he had been shown in Nepal were not working. When he took the material to specialists, they found under a microscope that these were not natural fibers.
Even with a frustrating start, Lucas chose to keep trying. LOVR was still far from becoming a reality, but the idea behind its concept had already germinated. This was just the beginning of the journey...