It felt like I was standing on the edge of a cliff about to jump when I called Niklas the first time. I hadent seen him in 15 years so I felt really nervous picking up the phone, but I did it...
Two months after that first call Catherine and Niklas had developed a collection of bags that a big swedish department store placed an order for. - Having worked as a distributor for ten years its very rare that a buyer is placing an order after the first meeting, I realized we created something special. Their business journey together started and the honeymoon of getting acquainted ended.
With two completely different backgrounds in both work and persona things does not always work smoothly. Catherine wanted to create a lot of different bags, she was used to present a large collection to potential buyers. Niklas on the other hand wanted to create just a few styles but that would be really well thought. -I see little meaning in creating products that follow trends, it must have it’s own character. I like when you see a product and think you recognize it somehow, but then, at a closer look, explore that it is something really new says Niklas. They ended up making 50 styles but keeping only 6 of them, this 6 styles has been refined every season. However, in everything they do, their different characteristics works as fuel.
Catherine being half French and Niklas being half Serbian sometime creates heated discussions at the office but thanks to their Swedish diplomacy-roots, they always manage to find a solution. Catherine is fast in everything she do, always wanting to move forward, where’s Niklas is more of a thinker, always searching to find the right answer before pulling the trigger. Catherine is not always very fond of Niklas slow pace. - She thinks you just push a button and then out comes the perfect bag. But their occasional argues seems to give the brand new air over time. Two stubborn souls working hard to get forward, sometimes as friends and sometime not, but always in the same boat.
Every detail on our bags has had it’s fair amount of focus. For example the hexagon zipper puller was something that Niklas spent about 100 hours on finding the perfect dimensions for. I am really into what first impression a product creates. This can be hard to see when you work a long time on one detail. So he developed a special technique…"I go out of the room where the prototype is and then enter again to get a kind of ”fake” first impression" says Niklas.
The two of them actually grew up a few blocks from each other and went to the same school when being kids. But back then two years of difference in age ment two different worlds. They never really got to know each other then, but Niklas recalls Catherine as the girl in the pink house with the strange nickname ”kaktus”. It is funny how life's rollercoaster take you to different places and then back again..