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Apr 20, 2016 7:46 EST

Help Sash & Belle make a baby bag: Surely I can’t be the only Mum looking for a bag that has style and functionality without looking like a traditional nappy bag

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 20, 2016

Help Sash & Belle make a baby bag

By Kristy McPhillips

 

 

The story of the project

Hi, my name is Kristy and I created Sash & Belle in 2014. Sash & Belle is an Australian handbag label with a passion for fashion and all things chic. We are born from a desire to provide women with stylish, feminine and timeless handbags. We have a stunning range of handbags, totes, backpacks, clutch bags and wallets. and now we really would love to increase the range to include stylish baby bags.

When I was pregnant with my first child Chloe, I searched high and low for a nappy bag that I liked. I never quite found what I was looking for, so settled for a cheap bag because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a bag I would rather hide under the pram than use proudly. After some time I went looking for a bag that was more stylish and could still fit all of the baby things and ended up with a cross body bag but it wasn’t great either; there was no room for much at all. Then when I had my son Jake I went looking and again I ended up with a cheap nappy bag urghhh!

Also, why are most nappy bags totally heinous. Note to other nappy bag designers: just because I have a baby, doesn’t mean I want my diaper bag to look like it belongs to my baby. What’s with all the cutesy prints?

Surely I can’t be the only Mum looking for a bag that has style and functionality without looking like a traditional nappy bag. Parents with babies often feel forced to sacrifice style for function daily and as pretty as they are, many handbags don’t hold bottles, wipes and nappies — and don’t even get me started on the stain risk you take by having your favorite bag near a baby.


Now that I have my own handbag label, Sash & Belle, I thought I would create one for Mum’s who want the same as me.
I have designed this bag with three purposes in mind:

      1) to have some features of a traditional baby bag including compartments, and pockets for nappies, phone and a bottle;

      2) to have a stylish and functional bag that no one will know holds the baby’s dirty laundry (so to speak); and

      3) can be used for an entirely other purpose such as carrying your laptop or travelling.
      How you say? Imagine a compartment that fits either a baby bottle or your drink, another that can hold nappies or a mini iPad; and how about changing between documents, baby clothes, your own cardigan or a laptop!

      The Sash & Belle ‘Perry’ tote is stylish, functional, and long enough to fit a laptop; this bag will carry literally everything you need including the breast pump.
      I have designed it for comfort and practicality, to address the gap in the market for trendy nappy bags. With 8 pockets, zipper to close, matching shoulder/stroller straps, lightweight and made of wipeable faux leather, this bag is a must-have


The interior of the bag will be slightly different to the picture above as the pockets will be trimmed with faux leather to make it more durable.

Dimensions: 
Width across the bottom: 36cm
Width across the top: 46cm
Height: 30cm
Width of base: 15cm
 

The will be manufactured in China (where all other Sash & Belle bags are made) I have met with the manufacturing company and will be visiting their factory again in May 2016, the factory is compliant with Chinese human right and a core labour standards and I was happy with the treatment of staff and factory workers.

The beauty of this crowd funded project is that you get an awesome bag for the money you contribute!

I wish I had a pot of gold from the end of the rainbow but I don’t; so I am taking pre-orders for the ‘Perry’ through Pozible crowdfunding website. The cost of the bag is not frightening, it’s recommended retail price is $110, but when you pre-order through my Pozible page you will get the Sash & Belle ‘Perry’ for $70, and that includes shipping to your home.

Thanks very much for your help to achieve my dream, I can’t wait to send you your new bag!

PS Do you know what the benefits of a faux leather handbag is? Here are a few:
– It is lightweight
– It doesn’t cost a fortune
– Durable (not as durable as leather but if you are one who likes to have several bags then PU is for you)
– Animal friendly
– Easy to clean (just clean with a baby wipe)

How the funds will be used

For $70 you get the Sash & Belle ‘Perry’ tote and immediate shipping to your house when it arrives in Australia. Here is a break down of the costs. The RRP will be approximately $110 plus shipping so you are getting a great deal.

Manufacturing costs: $30
Shipping to Australia: $15
Customs costs $10
Shipping in Australia: $15

If you choose one of the other rewards to get a voucher to shop online at Sash & Belle then we will provide you with a coupon code to use.

Some of my other work

Starting up a business from scratch is fun and rewarding but it is not cheap. I have come to the point now that I want to expand my range but need some help to achieve this and what better way to do this then giving you a reward (tote) for your help. This is the first time I have crowd funded for anything.

Sash & Belle is growing and we have had a great response from customers in the ACT with many sales and are working on promoting our brand in other states – you can see our collection at www.sash-belle.com.au Through our dedication and motivation it will become a well known Australian brand synonymous with other Australia handbag labels in the future.
I have worked in the public service for 15 years and want to change careers, I want to build a legacy for my children and I would love to do that through Sash & Belle. Please help me to continue to achieve my dream.

Challenges

I have to order a minimum of 150 totes but I would love to order more (normally it is 300 but I have negotiated 150). There is no maximum so I can order as many people buy.

The manufacturer is ready to make the bags so there shouldn’t be any problems with ordering and manufacturing the bags

 

Project Team

Contact Information:

Kristy McPhillips

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