Out of the emergency came the next inspiration. One of Giblin’s customers – a Mexican doctor – got in touch with a problem: He was frantically treating Covid-19 patients but wasn’t allowed to bring his backpack into the hospital. Could Giblin help?
Fast forward to September, and Giblin – now based in Manchester and Berlin – was again stress-testing materials, running social media surveys and producing various prototypes with the help of her workshop in China. After another successful Kickstarter campaign, she produced a new tarpaulin RiutBag including attachments on the straps for face masks and hand sanitizer bottles. Its easy-to-disinfect material gives anxious travelers extra peace of mind – this time concerning hygiene, not theft. “People want to minimize risks,” says Giblin, “and backpacks go everywhere and touch everything.”
Now, in the wake of Brexit, Giblin is embarking on the next part of her journey: looking for a logistics warehouse in Germany to distribute her new design throughout Europe.