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.
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.