Graduating from college and stepping into the real world can be nerve-wracking, but Camille channeled her fears and confusion into a brand that's light, fun, but most of all, fashionable. Find out how Camille started her biz, Luang, in this week's "How I Started."
How it started. "Right after college, I still had no idea what I wanted to do. The brand literally began one morning with just half a yard of washed denim, pompom trims and cotton rope, I dusted off my portable sewing machine and everything else followed."
Why Luang? "I'm not really a bag person, but I just felt like I needed something that's easy to carry around without worrying about getting it dirty. So, I started creating something that's playful using only simple materials that are pretty easy to clean."
Young entrepreneur. "Being a young entrepreneur is definitely challenging, but fulfilling as well because I get to do things I never thought I'd be able to do. Also, being a young entrepreneur gives you a lot of room for improvement and a lot of time to learn, which I greatly appreciate."
Drawing inspiration. "I draw inspiration from all around! From the books I read, the places I go to, the people I meet, the list is endless!"
Flying solo. "I currently work on my own for Luang. I design, pattern, cut, and sew everything. But I'm so blessed to be surrounded by people who are always willing to help and support me. There are days when it's hard when you think that you're the only one who is going to be accountable if anything goes wrong. But at the same time, you also get that incredible feeling when things go well."
Little challenges. "The legal papers that I had to deal with were a huge challenge for me because dealing with them means that there's really no more backing out, I have to make it work."
Staying original. "I draw inspiration from what's already available in the market. From there I think of things that I can't find anywhere else, and develop the designs for the bags. I also use my own art in my prints for my products."
"Always be passionate about what you do because with enough passion the possibilities are endless."
What's next? "Before the bag line, I was actually designing clothes. So, it’s definitely something that I wanna push through someday. I'm currently working on making the brand more eco-friendly as well."
To young budding entrepreneurs. "Do what you love for a living, always try to learn new things, and know that it's okay to make mistakes. You will encounter people who will doubt you or your idea, but don't let them prevent you from achieving your goal. Instead, let their doubts empower you."
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