It was one of those infamous Berlin winter days when founder Karen Rohweder had the first idea for kidneykaren. As always, the cold crept between trousers and jacket. She needed something warm around her hips. But those classic waist warmers were not an option – for granny but not for her! Together with Claas Kauenhowen, she invented her own, stylish!, waist warmer. The prototype was promising and the first couple of models were sold out quickly. In 2009 things got serious with the first collection. Karen and Claas remember: “The feedback was overwhelming. Seems like there is a real need for our product.”
Today, kidneykaren is more than just an accessory. It is a new product category in fashion and sports. For many women, kidneykaren became a basic just like scarf and socks. It seems like there is a growing demand for multifunctional products that combine well with any outfit. We are proud, that we transformed a waist warmer into a sports and fashion “must-have”.
We have a vision: One day, there should be a kidneykaren in every wardrobe. Our aim is to further establish a new product category, that will be an essential accessory for women of all ages. Therefore, we keep close contact to our customers. We want to know, what they think, learn, inspire and be inspired so we can develop kidneykaren further.
Die Pro Feet Functional Wear GmbH ist ein mittelständiges Unternehmen der deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie, gegründet im Jahr 1988. Das Unternehmen agiert als Dachorganisation für die drei in der Textil-Branche verankerten Einzelmarken: H.A.D. (functional headwear made in Germany); F-LITE (Funktionswäsche für den Amateur- und Profisportler) und kidneykaren (Multifunktionale Tubes und Nierenwärmer).
Das innovative und hochwertige Produktsortiment wird in Deutschland und im europäischen Ausland gefertigt. Die internationalen Kunden werden vom Headquarter mit einem angeschlossenen Logistikzentrum beliefert.
As of 2017, kidneykaren is part of Pro Feet Functional Wear GmbH. Pro Feet Functional Wear is a mid-sized German clothing company, specializing on functional and stylish accessories. It was founded in 1988 and has three brands: H.A.D. (functional headwear made in Germany) and F-Lite (functional underwear) and kidneykaren (multifunctional tubes and waist warmers). The innovative and high quality products are manufactured in Germany and Europe. The company operates an own logistics center close to Frankfurt.