The finishing touches
The last step in our design process is assembling the sample. Our designers critique their labor of love before it goes into full production. It needs to look and perform perfectly. Technique, design, function and form must seamlessly come together – craftsmanship is what brings us from concept to creation.
Iris Zhang, a fabric engineer in Xiamen, manages the translation of critical product requirements to the seamstresses in the sample room. The techniques created in the Amsterdam atelier are applied in the Xiamen atelier, bringing to life special details in the hand-sewn stroller fabrics and handlebar grips.
The first production run answers the question- “Can the production line deliver on what the designers have created? Will creating the stroller in this way produce the best quality?” Since we have exceptionally close contact with our suppliers and do all the production in house, we can try out new things. This synergy makes us able to reach quickly to changes and anticipate consequences.
The samples are then sent to functionality testing. Can fabrics and materials pass tests for strength and durability? Can zippers open and close thousands of times? If negative results come out of those tests, then we have to make changes even though we’re in love with the look. We want the stroller to be beautiful, but also meet all of the necessary safety requirements.
Fabric engineer Marieke Borkent collaborates with Bugaboo’s production facility in Xiamen, China. “We are very precise about what we accept in terms of quality. We’re constantly improving on our own standards. We check and critique everything, even those little details you think no one would notice. That’s really putting on the finishing touches to create a perfect stroller.”