1980s Barcelona. In this Mediterranean city, the air was filled with happiness, optimism and a lot of design. Some started with chairs and lamps, and others with furniture and rugs. The most daring ventured into music, painting, and artistic expression in all of its forms. As for us, luck would turn our attention to hand bags and luggage. This was the magical setting that saw the birth of EQUIPAJE BCN.
We weren’t looking to be a shy brand. That’s why we made it our imperative to travel as much as we could to share our ideas and products. We wanted to see the world and to ensure that the passion we felt for EQUIPAJE BCN could be felt the world over. Our success was unexpected. One fine day we woke up and realized that we had points of sale in Germany, France, Great Britain and other countries. Even in Japan!
Along the way we managed to ride out some crises. Everyone faces these problems from time to time. And we found that we weren’t half bad at it either. Until the great red dragon arrived: China. At its hands came containers full of thousands cheap and indistinguishable products. Price won out over design; and quantity over quality. Many decided to relocate and have their products manufactured there directly. But we weren’t interested in playing that game. So we decided that it was time to take a break.
But EQUIPAJE BCN has returned, with the same passion and drive we felt the first time round. With renewed ideas, our own products and an excellent network of suppliers and expert hands ready to ensure that each of our bags is an authentic work of art. And yes, we have joined the online world. From our Barcelona location, we are still keen on reaching the entire world. We are convinced that Equipaje BCN’s future classics have a long life ahead of them. Want to join us for the ride?
*Félix Preciado, designer and founder of EQUIPAJE BCN