Baabuk slippers now have the "made in Nepal" label. Our new workshop is up and running and about to dispatch the first set of 900 pairs to the rest of the world.
900 pairs is a reasonable amount for a shoe factory but a big step forward for Baabuk at this stage. I just came back from Kathmandu where I spent one week on quality checks and last fine tunings. Together with the 30 pairs of production samples I brought back a general feeling that Baabuk is on the right path - wool is easy to felt, the shoes of top quality, people we work with, our partners, extremely competent and nice.
Earlier this year we visited Nepal and met different producers of wool goods. Convinced by their expertise we thought about moving our production units there. Between the moment we took this decision and this first delivery we have been through many up's and down's, hope and total uncertainty - short time frame, trouble to find a forwarder for our machines, the whole shipment blocked at the borders, and finally these two terrible earthquakes that shook Nepal and left thousands of people homeless.
Looking back at the last six months, I feel proud and grateful. In a relatively short period we concretised our plan, put in place a new well thought and organised factory, improved the quality and finishing of our products and, most of all, brought new work facilities in a country we love, that really needs and deserves it.
This first delivery might be the smallest amount we will have to deliver but I know it will be the biggest achievement in our production archive.