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Hello Campers, Glampers, Campervan owners and anyone with an adventurous streak!
My business idea grew out of a frustration with only ever seeing the same ugly, polyester sleeping bags that people throw away after a few uses. I wanted to create something long-lasting and beautiful enough to be seen and used every day. Enter Sleeping Beauties... I created the company just over a year ago and actually ran a Kickstarter at concept stage which unfortunately didn’t reach its target. Since then I’ve got fantastic feedback from customers and clients across the UK and beyond, I’ve racked up considerable sales and really proved there’s demand for this unique product. Now I’m ready to take the business to the next level but need financial help to expand my product range and make more of my double sleeping bags.
My beautifully printed double sleeping bags are 100% cotton and are machine washable at 30 degrees with hollow fibre filling inside. They have been tried and tested for warmth and durability at many UK festivals and are perfect for spring/summer time. They come with 2 x matching pillowcases. Last year I was able to make a small order with my factory in India and – thanks to regular sales and enquiries from people worldwide - I have nearly sold out. Also, I would like to expand my range with hand-painted camping mugs (my prototypes have proved popular on Instagram) as well as throws and scatter cushions (as requested by glamping sites).
My small business has already successfully manufactured single sleeping bags and also a trial order of double sleeping bags out of India. Everything has already been designed, first range delivered (plus sold through my website) and new prototypes made.
While I originally focussed on the ‘young female festival-goer’, my target customer has expanded to include couples, campervan owners, students, mums buying for their kids’ sleepovers and outdoorsy men and women of all ages. Over the last few years, glamping (including glamping weddings) and festival-going has proved increasingly popular across Europe, America and Australia, and there are so many families looking for great products to make their experiences feel special.
KICKSTARTER FUNDS RAISED
I’d love for you to help me realise my ambition for the company. Your Kickstarter contributions will go towards ordering the cotton, cutting the screens for printing the fabric, ordering the poly filling and getting everything tested, as well as the general process of making the products. Manufacturing takes around 3 months so I really need your financial help to set things in motion so my new double designs, camping mugs and throws are ready for this year's summer camping and festival season!
Many thanks everyone!
Risks and challenges
Anyone who runs a small business on their own will understand the massive learning curve in the early stages of a startup.
I have encountered risks and challenges from setting up my business, but luckily a lot of these have been discovered and overcome from my first order last year. After flying out to India to discuss these "teething problems", a team was hired by the factory to solely concentrate on Quality Control. This massively reduces any potential issues.
I will still need to fly out to India before my next shipment to personally inspect my product, (and to look for inspiration for new designs!)
The only other major challenge is if anyone has ever dealt with shipping, logistics and importing before you will know that sometimes deliveries can be delayed!
These sleeping bags are from my first ever trial order with India last year. I sell these at festivals and markets. The reason for the amazing price is because I consider these to be "factory seconds". Perhaps the filling may not quite reach the end in a corner, or the print is slightly wonky. However, if I had not highlighted this issue...would you notice? They may not be perfect in my eyes, but don't hold it against them! These sleeping bags are still beautiful and work perfectly as a sleeping bag. They come with a matching pillowcase.
Visit www.sleepingbagbeauties.com to see the sleeping bags in more detail, below are the designs available.
1) Wild Floral
2) Vintage Patchwork
3) Fly Away Floral
4) Geo Dreaming
5) Ditsy Mashup
6) Indian Tapestry
*may not be suitable for anyone over 5ft 7".
Currently selling on my website at £64.99
The main reason for my kickstarter!
You will be one of the first lucky people in the world to own one of these new designs.
Each one comes with 2 matching pillowcases.
Please refer to the slide/gallery images for the design names.
1) Folklore Print
2) Woodblock Print
*retail price of these designs will be £149.99 in 2018...so grab a bargain now!