So I'm gearing up for a quick trip to the ABC Kids Expo this weekend in Las Vegas. Last year at ABC, I realized that a whole host of the flashy, new stroller brands popping up in the US were ABC: Actually By China, meaning that a large part of the product design, not just the manufacturing, was carried out in China, which provided a big headstart for lean, local start-ups to tailor and tweak strollers to each country's market.
[Was it really only a year ago that moving everything to China seemed kind of cool?]
Anyway, one high-profile entrant to the US market which is touting its European Styling is Mia Moda. The "Unique Compact Fold" of their Cielo won the Innovation Award at the last ever JPMA Show. The Cielo fold is definitely compact, but unique? Not so much.
A sharp-eyed DT reader Jmommie spotted the Cielo--or more accurately, the Chinese ur-Cielo--on the German stroller company ABC Design's website, where it's known as the Takeoff.
This isn't the first time ABC Design, an old-line German strollermaker, has been spotted importing whole models from China. They share a model with Uppababy, too. Last one designing Euro-style strollers in Europe, please turn out the light.