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Re: Decline of Boutique Kites?

Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:41 pm

I'd suggest a decline in demand, 15/20 years ago new slack-line tricks were coming along on a weekly basis and often a new design was needed to help folks get that trick, when those tricks stopped coming people stopped buying!

Also with the great quality of open source kite plans that drove another nail in the coffin for boutique kite makers/designers.
 
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Re: Decline of Boutique Kites?

Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:18 pm

It is sad to say , but I think this sport is not growing and new generations are into kitesurfing and other stuff
To me this is a niche sport and very few pass the wall to 3D flying and tricks
Imagine you are a beguinner and the time and money you need to invest just to start tricking
In France you also get L’Atelier , RSky , than can be considered premier kites, and also Level One in Germany , but less artisan products maybe
Really small comunity I am afraid
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Re: Decline of Boutique Kites?

Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:15 pm

dragonfly wrote:

OSK Lazarus

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Now that's a nice looking kite 8)

Some nice flying here from Carlo: https://youtu.be/5unAJTrdF0A
 
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Re: Decline of Boutique Kites?

Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:05 pm

I didn't see the original post on this but I was thinking something similar the other day about the sad demise of all the independent builders. It would be useful to have a web list of who's still in the business...
 
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Re: Decline of Boutique Kites?

Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:35 pm

100 years ago, many fantastic artisans lost their saddle and buggy whip making businesses.  Today, equestrian sports are still very much alive, but it’s a more specialized market.  

For good or not, the kiting community has seen something similar happen.  That’s not to say there will never be a resurgence of interest, but these trends are largely out of our control.