Platzangst (engl. “claustrophobia”) has been part of the German gravity scene for a long time; its origins lie in Eastern Germany, in Eisenach. André Horak was tired of sitting on his mountain bike in spandex clothing and began to tailor his own pants from fabrics meant for terrace awnings. Luckily, his grandmother, who was a tailor, could lend a hand in developing patterns, the first one was made from an old bed sheet and adjusted several times until the biking pants fit perfectly. André Horak then found a manufacturer who sold cordura awning fabrics at a reasonable price and so Platzangst was ready to take off.