I am an incredible optimist. I always think things are going to be easy and fast.
Had I not had that frame of mind I am sure I would never have started Bag-all. When I got the idea for Bag-all I thought: fabric bags – how hard can it be? That should be eeeaaasssyy breeezzzyy. Of course, little did I know, that it would take me over a year to figure out how to construct them, print the fabrics and have them produced.
Had someone told me that when I first started thinking about the reusable fabric gift bags I would have never done it as I have zero patients and hate to wait. (Honestly I kind of feel that the Universe has sent me the Bag-all project as a test of my character. How much waiting can she take before she goes completely in sane? haha)
Anyways, of course this was my perspective going into the renovations of my store space on Mott Street: this is easy and it will be fast!
This Monday I thought for sure that I would be able to open at the end of this week. But of course nothing is finished.
This is not due to anyone being lazy, not doing their job or even being slow, this is due to the fact that it takes time to do things right.
Yesterday the floor started going in and finally I could see how my space is coming together.
I wanted to honor the traditional American style of this neighbourhood with the subway tiles and the black and white mosaic floor. This is exactly the type of floor that would have been in these houses from the turn of the last century.
I have also bought some other cool pieces for the space such as this classical american lightbulb sign.
And this great table in rococo-style. I got this in Los Angeles so it is on a truck somewhere in middle america. Arrrghhhhh – I can’t wait – honestly!
The shelf I got in Brooklyn I already showed you!
And I got eight of these awesome old school accordion lights from Restoration Hardware. These might be my favourite thing in the entire store!
I think it is going to be a really special space once I am done – whenever that might be?!!
Anyway, if you are in town you are more than welcome to pop by as we are there in the basement working away!
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.