Sipping at their half-full mugs of coffee, the three young women sit in the spacious, glassy kitchen of the SpinLab, an accelerator space situated in Hall 14 of the Spinnerei-Area in Leipzig. On the large wooden table in front of them lies a short black piece of rope. Hold on, rope? No, the sturdy piece of fabric is an innovative bike lock made of textile, which the three women, waiting for the interview sipping coffee, invented by themselves. Their slogan: light, lovely and save. Not the first three words that cross your mind thinking of bike locks. With tex-lock business executive Alexandra Baum, developer Suse Brand and saleswoman Katja Käseberg we talk about their invention, work at the SpinLab and the reasons why they would not base their business in another city than Leipzig. Finally, we even get to know why the dutch royal couple is fond of their textile bike lock already. Another gulp of coffee and off we go.
What exactly did you invent with tex-lock?
You established tex-lock in Leipzig. A conscious choice?
We heard the Dutch King Willem-Alexander already owns a tex-lock lock?
Alexandra: Yes, in early February the royal couple visited Leipzig and the Spinnerei as well as the SpinLab. We were allowed to present them what we do and handed them one of our locks. Apparently, the three princesses ride their bikes to school every day. For sure it will be in use there.