The story of QWSTION started in 2008, when Sebastian Kruit, industrial designers Christian Kaegi and Fabrice Aeberhard, graphic designer Matthias Graf and Hannes Schoenegger founded QWSTION in Zürich, Switzerland. We sought to create products that do just as well on the daily bicycle commute as when things get more formal in a business meeting. Our approach to development and focus on sustainable solutions draw on the Swiss modernist design tradition.
We design and develop all of our products at our creative studio in Zurich. Doing our prototyping in-house allows us to test new ideas and unique constructions from a very early stage. We believe this results in better products.
QWSTION bags are designed and developed in Zurich, Switzerland. Manufacturing takes place in Europe and China, while our most important partner is in the city of Huizhou, around 120 kilometers from Hong Kong. Since 2010 we’ve been working with the small factory owned and run by Mrs. Wan and Mr. Lai. They have more than 30 years of experience in making bags and over time we have built a close partnership which allows us to accomplish the high quality standards we set for ourselves. The factory is audited by BSCI (Business and Social Compliance Initiative), an EU initiative with the goal to implement European standards in Non-EU countries. Part of our unique approach to design and production is that we develop and source almost all materials directly. Our regular visits to suppliers enable us to know who makes our product and achieve exceptional quality. We believe in truth to materials and use renewable resources wherever possible for our shell fabrics, lining, straps as well as our metal hardware. We use waxed vegetable tanned leather to avoid pollution which is often caused by standard chrome tanning.