I think this quote by Richard Branson is great, but it could also have been:
“If you have a great idea, never mind if you have no idea how to do it. Say yes to yourself -then figure it out along the way!”
I first got the idea for Bag-all when I by chance found a small environmental movement that was talking about: wrapping gifts in reusable fabric gift bags. A completely new concept to me. They were saying that you can save the environment from a lot of garbage by using fabric bags instead of paper to wrap your gift. I just thought this was the best idea since sliced bread. The only problem was that the gift bags that were available were unattractive, in my opinion. So being a stylist for 20+ years I thought here I could really DO something. And I thought: making fabric gift bags – how hard can it be?
The answer turned out to be – it was pretty freaking hard!
I had NO idea how to do any of it:
* Produce a product.
* Market a product.
* Sell a product.
* Ship a product.
* Set up a web shop.
* You name it – I didn’t know how to do it. Except photograph the product (which of course have been incredibly helpful.)
I have had to figure out every little step myself and I still do most of it myself. I know my business inside out thanks to this and I am incredibly grateful for it. Although it has been a lot of work and it still is.
Besides the unexpected amount of work and having everything that can go wrong actually going wrong, the reward is much greater than I anticipated. Not financially, but getting the appreciation and love from people who e-mail me saying how much they love the bags and the concept! I am blown away by the fact that people take time out of their busy days to drop a line showing appreciation!
Another reward is me being proud of me! I didn’t know I had this capacity in me and I would have never found out if I hadn’t taken the leap of faith and going for my dream of owning my own business.
A few weeks ago we welcomed famous Chinese actress, Bea Hayden and Modern Fashion Lifestyle Channel to the Bag-all store on Mott Street.
Bea was documenting one of her days in New York and ended up finding some favorite bags, which she aslo monogrammed with her name.
They filmed their visit and if you speak Chinese, you can watch the full video here.
Thank you for visiting Bea, you are welcome back any time!
Finally! Its time to start packing away your gloves and beanies and start unpacking your caps and t-shirts.
Protect your leather gloves from dust, scratches and excess moisture by storing them in our new Gloves organizing bag.
To all our Japanese followers, here is an interview with founder and owner Jennifer that was made by Ships Magazine during her trip to Japan. Ships sells a selected range of Bag-alls items in stores around the country.
To read the full interview and see more images, click here