Some times things take so much longer than you first think – right?
For a quite a while I have had this idea that I wanted to offer my customers monogramming of the Bag-all bags. What could be a better gift then a bag with someones initials? I know I would be over the moon if someone had gotten me something with JJ on it. It would make me feel really special and super happy! In fact I am super happy to have anything personalized and monogrammed.
So, as usual when I start something I am thinking: how hard can it be? Monogramming must be a piece of cake.
Not so much, it turns out. There are very few places that offer monogramming in New York City and the ones that do are really busy. So I figure, let me just buy a machine and do it myself then. I start looking in to what monogramming machines costs and find out that the professional ones costs $10 000+ Of course I believe in my own idea, but I don’t want to invest over 10K before I know if people are as into this as I am.
I called and e-mailed people and companies all over America to try to find a good solution for monogramming that would suit my customers. Weeks passed, months passed and I got more and more frustrated. If there is something I can’t stand, it is to wait. Especially when I am all fired up about an idea. But there where so many dead ends. Too expensive… Too long wait for my customers… Too hard to embroider on bags that are already sewn (apparently embroidery people prefer to embroider on bags etc that are not already sewn).
In the end I went to a really nice sewing machine store in Long Island and got a smaller machine (that it turns out the same machine that many of the monogramming places in New York use). The ladies in the store showed me how you “hoop” the bags and taught me how to monogram.
Then it took me days and days and many, many bags to get it right. And finally I know how to do it! I am SOOO happy and pleased with myself. Honestly, I think I would be only half as pleased had I not worked so damn hard to make this work.
So tadaaa, drumroll…:
We monogram on most of our bags. You can read about it here: Monograms
Say hello to Lotti people: She is the newest member in the Bag-all team!
I hope you all like this idea as much as me!
The Bag-all Asia Tour is soon coming to an end. We are filled with energy and impressions from this beautiful continent. After meeting so many nice people and seeing amazing places, this trip has left us feeling extremely inspired.
Tokyo has been particularly inspiring and its with a long list of new product ideas that we will be heading back to New York. So stay tuned for new, upcoming favorites to our collections!
No rest for the wicked! We started off this year by traveling to Asia, where we've been visiting suppliers, customers and fabric markets in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai.
Now it's time to keep on moving and our next destination is Japan. We're very excited, especially about visiting Bag-all Travel Pop-up stores in Tokyo.
If you want to know more, follow our trip on Instagram: @bag_all.