Tuesday 25 June 2019

Bugaboo inventor 'crossed his fingers' when he heard Meghan and Harry were using one for baby Archie

New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trooping. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Tim Whitby/PA)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England
Royal baby: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is introduced to the public. Photo: Getty
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk away with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, in support of the Sentebale charity, at the Royal Albert Hall (Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph)
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

It was the celebrity choice of buggy of the noughties.

Once Sex and the City’s character Miranda was seen strolling around Central Park with one in 2001, sales rocketed.

Madonna had one, as did Gwyneth Paltrow, Elton John, and Victoria Beckham. And it soon became ubiquitious in Ireland too - the "Bugaboo brigade" grew with the Celtic Tiger. 

But more recently, brands like the Uppababy Vista and the Nuna Demi Grow have served up stiff competition for the bugaboo.

However, a bolt from the blue came last month, when reports suggested that Meghan Markle had been gifted a Bugaboo Fox Classic by a friend (rumoured to be Amal Clooney). 

Bugaboo’s creator was again celebrating, and he admitted he was hoping for the so-called "Meghan effect" to take hold.

“I’ve been crossing my fingers hard and when I heard they might have one, I was really happy,” Max Barenbrug, the Dutch inventor of Bugaboo, told the Telegraph.

Meghan reportedly pushes baby Archie around the grounds of Frogmore Cottage in the Bugaboo Fox Classic model, just as Pippa Middleton treads the pavements of west London with one. Hand-stitched handlebars and eco-friendly fabrics have made it a celebrity favourite again.

So has the Bugaboo once again become the buggy du jour in Ireland?

“Bugaboo was the top seller, then it was Uppababy and Nuna Demi grow,” explains a manager at Tony Kealy’s. 

“The Bugaboo has had a resurgence because they’ve given them nicer colours and there are new models – they’ve done a lot of research and development,” he added.

A standard Bugaboo Fox with an aluminium chassis starts at €1,149 in Tony Kealy's. The “melange” range in blue and grey colours is €1,184, while the buggy jumps to €1,209 for a black canopy and black chassis.

Laura Ward, managing director of Mothercare Ireland says it hasn't seen any knock-on effect from Meghan and Harry using the Bugaboo.

"Traditionally we have seen an impact on sales from celebrity endorsements but more recently we've noticed a trend that customers do a lot of research and make an informed decision on what they need and want. There's obviously a certain amount of 'brand love' for the likes of Bugaboo but our Personal Shoppers note that parents-to-be are much more conscious of what will suit their lifestyle, their budget and their personal choice."

Mothercare reports that the Bugaboo Fox is its fifth best seller.

The iCandy Peach Beluga (€1149.99) reigns supreme, while the Silver Cross Wayfarer Camden (€799.99) follows in second place, despite Meghan's taste for the bugaboo.

Irish charity shop that'll stock a buggy due to health and safety reasons, much like they don’t stock children’s car seats or toys.

On Done Deal however, second hand Bugaboo Fox’s are going for around €1,000. 

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