Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Reichardt.
Matthew, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In 2004, my wife, Emily, and I after the birth of our first child, Ella, started Bumbleride out of our home in Point Loma, San Diego. Living active lifestyles with our kids we were looking to create baby products that not only met our design and quality criteria but also a brand and culture that connected with modern parents.
Early on we realized that in addition to quality products that had a clean design aesthetic we wanted to reduce our impact on the environment. Manufacturing can be a dirty business and we realized that we needed to do our part.
We first focussed on eliminating any chemicals or materials that could be harmful. In 2011 we introduced recycled polyester using post-consumer plastic water bottles into our fabrics and in 2016 we moved to 100% rPET. Since 2011 we have kept over 1/2 million water bottles out of landfills from this process.
Beyond developing the best products that we can we are focussed on our culture and our customer. At Bumbleride we try to do good and have fun doing it. Our team consists of individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus not just on what’s happening in their department but on creating a brand built on our shared vision.
Our customer care team doesn’t have scripts we build relationships with our customers so that we can make continuous improvement to our products.
Ultimately we are aware that we make products for families most precious cargo. Being parents of 3 children of our own we want to help get families out and doing what they love while doing our best to preserve the planet we all share. That’s the Bumbleride promise. The ride of your life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We have definitely had our challenges along the way. Probably the biggest struggle we face is how to grow and build our brand while at the same time staying small and focussed on the small batch manufacturers we work with, the materials we use and maintain our high-quality standards.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bumbleride – what should we know?
We manufacture strollers and stroller accessories. Our products are focussed on active parents that appreciate quality, clean design and are environmentally conscious. I am most proud of my team, our Bumbleride family, without them we would not have the brand and culture that we have today. What sets us apart is our eco-conscious company culture…