These Made-to-Order Rucksacks are the Brainchild of a College Student
One common misconception when it comes to fashion is that it has to be from an international brand for it to be of good quality. But more and more young entreps are proving that local fashion are 100% on-point, too. Plus, they don't break the bank either. Angela Martinez is one of the young entrepreneurs who shows the value of local craftsmanship and showcases Filipino talent through their trendy rucksacks. Read on to find out how Angela entered the fashion business with Wear & Bare's rucksacks.
How it started. "I started W&B while I was still in college. It started as a clothing store, but I eventually shifted the brand's focus and ended up selling rucksack bags on Instagram."
Why Wear & Bare? "I saw the demand in making fashionable and quality rucksacks. It quickly became popular among students and yuppies. Plus, I also like the style. So I thought why not sell rucksack bags instead?"
Young entrepreneur. "Being a young entrepreneur is definitely hard and challenging. It takes a lot of trial and error not just in starting up a business, but also in maintaining it, too."
Drawing inspiration. "I always draw inspo from my daily adventures, travels, and street style to keep my brand and designs fun and fresh."
Flying solo. "While I'm a solo owner of Wear & Bare, I do have a marketing assistant to help me with some of the promotions of the brand and to assist me in creating more exposure for W&B. After all, being a sole proprietor is a rigorous task—especially since all the business decisions will have to come from you alone."
Little challenges. "There's definitely a lot of challenges that I had to face in building up W&B, but looking for our bag makers was definitely the most challenging one. After all, we won't be able to produce our bags without them and we couldn't just settle for any bag maker, we needed to find people who are skilled and loyal, too."
Staying original. "In order to differentiate ourselves from the other brands, we try to keep a personal approach with our buyers. Our bags are mostly made to order, which easily gives a personal touch to our rucksacks. Plus, while we keep our price tags affordable, one thing's for sure, we never scrimp on quality."
What's next? "We plan to further expand our online presence and hopefully open up our own physical store, too!"
"She believed she could, so she did!"
To young budding entrepreneurs. Just go for it! You don't need to start big right away anyway. So go ahead, take that risk, and don't give up until something good happens.
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Hi! It's been so long since I planned to post my story in another platform aside from wattpad and now here I am, hoping that my story can be featured here.
My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
May gusto lang naman akong itanong... Paano kung may makilala ka sa kasalukuyan na nagpapaalala sayo sa nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang nakilala mo sa kasalukuyan ay may tinatago pa lang sikreto na kahit siya mismo ay walang alam pero may kinalaman sa iyong nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang dalawang ito ay may koneksyon? Anong pipiliin mo? Ang nakilala mo sa nakaraan? O ang nagpakilala bilang ibang tao sa kasalukuyan? Past? Or Present?
There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!