Web address: www.elliot.de
During the studies, but differently than planned!
Pit was studying mechanical engineering and I, Klaus Wanders, was studying graduate-sports. We did different things to finance our studies. Amongst other things, we built and sold wooden toys.The association with kites commenced through a friendly toy store in Aachen. We were so interested in this product that we decided to invest more energy and time in it. First, we sold kites as a seasonal business on the North Sea-Island Norderney. At that time, we had big problems to obtain kites. Since every important kite came from America at that moment, there were major supply-bottlenecks. As we did not want to lose our customers, we started our own production.
A friend of us sewed the first sails and we assembled the kites. In the beginning, we reproduced well-known American models. From the 2nd year, we developed our first own models.
5 “Skydarts” and 5 big “Brontos” were our first order to our seamstresses. In those days, the sewer had cut out and sewed more sails than ordered, so that he delivered us with 10 models each. My brother paniced : “Where to - with so many kites? Today, we still laugh about this situation. 15 years later, we belong to the largest producers and wholesalers throughout Europe.
Legend - 15 years in time-laps 1986Foundation of the company “Elliot” and start of sales1987Start of wholesale with kites and other things.