GUNDULA CÖLLEN / FOUNDER BECYCLE

WHY GUNDULA LOVES VEE.

VEE: Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about where you come from and what brings you to Berlin?

GUNDULA: I'm Gundula, the founder of BECYCLE. I grew up in the Rhineland and then lived in England and Australia for 12 years. I always wanted to live in Berlin, because of the desire to be part of a city that is developing so fast and turning into an exciting melting pot of people from all over the world. 

VEE: Why do you love Berlin and what are your favourite places to visit?

GUNDULA: I love Berlin because one can feel completely free in this city. There is little judging going on and everyone just wants to get on with life and enjoy it. An easy way out of the city is to drive to Schlachtensee and take a walk around the lake. There is also a lovely restaurant (Fischerhütte) that serves great German food. For more ideas of where to find great places outside of Berlin, check out the book "Weekender Edition" by Take me to the Lakes. 

VEE: Favourite cafes, bars and secret party spots?

GUNDULA: My favourite café is our very own, My Goodness Café, right next to BECYCLE. I eat there every day and love the wholesome food they serve. Down the road from BECYCLE is one of the nicest bars of Berlin, Bar Milano. You can go there for a glass of wine and enjoy some great antipasto, just like in Milan. Since starting my own business, there is very little partying in my life. So often I just join a Ride Class and listen to tunes I'd normally listen to when I go out. It's nearly as good as dancing in a nice club. ;) 

 


"THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR SPORTSGEAR"

VEE: Where do you get your inspiration from?

GUNDULA: Weekend trips keep me inspired. I love checking out places in other cities. I always come back with new ideas. 

VEE: Whats in your Vee Tote bag?

GUNDULA: Lots of Gym clothes. I try to have a fresh set of gym clothes on me wherever I go. 

VEE: What essential do you carry with you everyday?

GUNDULA: Right now a little pouch with a toothbrush and toothpaste. I recently started my treatment at Sunshine Smile to straighten some of my teeth and need to brush them a couple of times each day. 

VEE: Favourite Vee Tote Colour? What do you associate with this colour?

GUNDULA: Midnight Blue, it's chic and works with everything in my wardrobe. 

VEE: Working with VeeCollective – what do you love about it?

GUNDULA: The fact that it is a local, up and coming brand and the perfect accessory for sweaty sportsgear. 


VEE: Why do VeeCollective and BECYCLE belong together?

GUNDULA: Both brands stand for great design and quality. At BECYCLE we only stock brands that fit into our sleek design. 

"VEECOLLECTIVE STANDS FOR GREAT DESIGN AND QUALITY"

VEE: Tell us more about BECYCLE. Any new projects?

GUNDULA: We are keen on expanding soon and are currently running Pop Ups at a beautiful space in Kreuzberg to see if there is the right demand for a BECYCLE studio there. 

VEE: What's your favourite workout?

GUNDULA: I like all 4 workouts we offer - Cycling, Barre, HIIT and Yoga. A perfect week for me consists of those 4 different classes. Sometimes, when I am too tired, I like to just do a lot of Yoga, including relaxing Yin Yoga classes. 

VEE: Your most challenging task building the business?

GUNDULA: Finding the right space and people. I was searching for a property for more than 9 months and got to points where I didn't think we would ever find the right property. Now that we are up and running, the toughest thing is finding the people that back your vision for the business and are willing to work hard. 

VEE: Last thing to say?

GUNDULA: Keep up the great work, VeeCollective! We can't wait to add more of your bags to our retail space. Thanks for this interview! 

 

Read more about BECYCLE on https://www.becycle.de


"THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR SPORTSGEAR"

VEE: Where do you get your inspiration from?

GUNDULA: Weekend trips keep me inspired. I love checking out places in other cities. I always come back with new ideas. 

VEE: Whats in your Vee Tote bag?

GUNDULA: Lots of Gym clothes. I try to have a fresh set of gym clothes on me wherever I go. 

VEE: What essential do you carry with you everyday?

GUNDULA: Right now a little pouch with a toothbrush and toothpaste. I recently started my treatment at Sunshine Smile to straighten some of my teeth and need to brush them a couple of times each day. 

VEE: Favourite Vee Tote Colour? What do you associate with this colour?

GUNDULA: Midnight Blue, it's chic and works with everything in my wardrobe. 

VEE: Working with VeeCollective – what do you love about it?

GUNDULA: The fact that it is a local, up and coming brand and the perfect accessory for sweaty sportsgear. 


VEE: Why do VeeCollective and BECYCLE belong together?

GUNDULA: Both brands stand for great design and quality. At BECYCLE we only stock brands that fit into our sleek design. 

"VEECOLLECTIVE STANDS FOR GREAT DESIGN AND QUALITY"

VEE: Tell us more about BECYCLE. Any new projects?

GUNDULA: We are keen on expanding soon and are currently running Pop Ups at a beautiful space in Kreuzberg to see if there is the right demand for a BECYCLE studio there. 

VEE: What's your favourite workout?

GUNDULA: I like all 4 workouts we offer - Cycling, Barre, HIIT and Yoga. A perfect week for me consists of those 4 different classes. Sometimes, when I am too tired, I like to just do a lot of Yoga, including relaxing Yin Yoga classes. 

VEE: Your most challenging task building the business?

GUNDULA: Finding the right space and people. I was searching for a property for more than 9 months and got to points where I didn't think we would ever find the right property. Now that we are up and running, the toughest thing is finding the people that back your vision for the business and are willing to work hard. 

VEE: Last thing to say?

GUNDULA: Keep up the great work, VeeCollective! We can't wait to add more of your bags to our retail space. Thanks for this interview! 

 

Read more about BECYCLE on https://www.becycle.de