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Since the start of 2023, Mathieu Legrand has been learning a new job. In his office, there are several prototypes, specific printers, and of course water bottles. The father, who has lived in Tourville-la-Campagne for seven years, has launched his own business of customizable water bottles: Gourde Cadeau.
« With us, everyone has their water bottle »
This new activity occupies all his free time, he who works on the design of automotive batteries. The Legrand family is sporty and eco-friendly. “With us, everyone has their water bottle,” explains Mathieu. His companion, Séverine, is a former graphic designer.
Together, they started creating designs, bespoke, initially to give away to family and friends. « We make them for our children’s sports clubs, for events… » In total, Mathieu got his hands on a hundred gourdes. It can be photos, signs, drawings… The possibilities are endless.
The self-employed person did not want no plastic, but “durable” water bottles. He therefore opted for aluminum, for a light water bottle “for example for sport or for children”, and a stainless steel model, “heavier, stronger and more qualitative”. The gourd keeps the heat for 12 hours, and the freshness for 24 hours.
An ecological and economical gesture
For each bottle, Mathieu spends time to create « a unique product ». You have to create the visual, print it with a specific printer and go to « sublimation » by screen printing: the bottles are hot pressed in a kind of small oven.
For now, the investment to gain ratio is far from positive for Mathieu, but word of mouth is working.
It’s a challenge for me, the goal is to make me an additional salary. And if that doesn’t work, at least I would have made lots of gifts!
The gourd is, according to him, still a “niche market”. « Not everyone necessarily has the reflex to buy it, even if it’s a ecological gesture and economical. »
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