In 1990, Hubert van Ham started Radical Design. As a repair-technician for outdoor shops and with a passion for mountaineering, the goal was to make backpacks that excel in reliability and simplicity of construction. Since then the company has grown globally, but the original vision endures.
Whilst products such as the iconic bicycle trailer Cyclone and the walking trailer Wheelie remain core products, Radical Design now also manufactures technical textile products for other markets. Hubert nurtured Radical Design into the rapidly developing global business you see today. Now after 30 years the company has entered a new phase. Spring 2020, Hubert and Catherine pass the baton to a new generation of 'Radical Designers', to Bert and Kyra Ottens. Both families will work closely together over the coming year to achieve a gradual transition from day-to-day operations. In time, the new owners will use their own personal skills in modern international managment, business development, social media and creativity to continue the company, but the original vision and quality of manufacturing will remain key.
My mother called me the wanderer because as soon as I was free from school, I would enjoy to be outside cycling, skating, climbing in trees of running or I would be training for gymnastic of riding horses. When I was tired, I would sit down with a book and my cat on the laps. My father wanted me to be an executive secretary. No way! I thought. I would never sit more than 5 minutes at a desk!
Before I met Hubert, I was a nurse and was travelling around the world, working in Paris, in Abu Dhabi, then in Santiago in Chili where I met Hubert. When he came back to the Netherlands, he started his company. We cut and sewed a lot of bags together. From this time I stopped nursing. We have got two daughters and I started yogic studies to be a yoga teacher. And now I am not sewing anymore but sitting at a desk . My father was right. He knew that I would do something like executive secretary! Well, when I am finished with the papers, I enjoy a walk with Hubert and also to give some yoga classes.
My favourite holiday, if needed at all, is walking with the Wheelie, camping, climbing or cycling. Outside in any case!