Our Italian interviewer Millie has been busy, speaking to people behind the brands that make us look smart on two wheels. Here she speaks to the team at bellocyclist.co.uk who make great cycling caps
1. In 2016 and now we continue seeing your colourful caps on Instagram, which must be a great feeling. Tell us a bit about you guys, who you are and where you’re from.
We’re a graphic designer couple who met in London in 2014. Kris is from Hungary, Reneta is Bulgarian. We both love cycling and pedalled a lot together whilst in London. We went freelancing last year and now we both live in Bulgaria as Noah, our baby boy hopped into our life. We didn’t think growing up in London would be a good fit for him.
2. As an Italian, I can’t help but notice the name “Bello”. Tell us a bit about it, where does it come from?
True, it’s a very latin name. However, rather surprisingly, Hungarians often use the phrase 'hello bello’ when greeting children or cat-calling girls. When we've started thinking on the brand name, we have had a few other ideas, but when Kris greeted me with the ‘hello bello’ once when meeting up after work in East London on the super-blue-cycling-highway, we knew, Bello Cyclist™ would be great as all cyclists are wonderful!
3. It’s a fierce competition out there, but you seem to be making your way with colours and fun quotes. What do you think makes your gear different to other companies?
Well, yes, the competition is tough, but our success perhaps lies in the quality and flexibility in colour choices. We use a top notch garment printer called Kornit Digital to produce our caps, which gives them vibrant colours without the restriction of screen printing, where only limited number of colours could be applied. Our customers are intrigued to have their very own cycling cap no one else has.
4. Can you tell us a bit more about the materials you use and the thought behind using them?
Our caps are made of 100% cotton. The cotton-polyesther blends seemed much more rigid and crisp when worn on the head, hence we have decided to use pure, soft cotton, what gives you a much nicer and comfortable feel. We also sew an elastic sweatband inside the caps for a snug fit when worn on the head.
5. What are some of the challenges of setting up a business like yours?
Finding the right supplier and maintaining a good working relationship with them is a key factor. We have had a hard time finding printers and clothing manufacturers who were keen to get on board with us and understood our quality and turnaround requirements.