:: How GoGo Girl Tote Was Born ::
Have you ever been packing for a trip and found it difficult to put all of the toiletry items you wanted to bring with you in one bag, but still be organized, still be easy to access and look cute while doing it?? Well, I’m here to say, I have had, this, problem! For years I have struggled with finding a travel beauty bag that covered all these bases. Either they are too small, you have to pack eight of them to fit all your stuff, then what do you do with eight little bags of stuff?! Or they were to cavernous; everything goes in… everything has to get dumped out to be found… talk about frustrating! Or they are so not cute! I’m not sure about you, but I love rocking some cute luggage, even down to my toiletries bag. The system that I was using was a too small makeup bag, inside a Victoria’s Secret bag (the kind you get when you buy something), inside a large (cavernous) canvas tote bag. This is what I was rocking when we took a long weekend trip at our cousin’s lake cabin, and this, was the vacation that broke the camel’s back. After dumping all three bags out (what felt like 100 times) over the weekend to access anything, almost cutting my finger tip off on my razor from digging around in the Victoria’s Secret bag, and hauling all my bath and body supplies to and from the shower in my arms, dropping half of it on the way, I knew I had had it! My bag was born on the way home from that lake cabin. I started dreaming up shapes and ideas in my head and started sketching as soon as I got home. I ended up with a design for a bag that not only made my toiletry items organized and easy to access but it was large enough to hold everything in one bag AND was cute inside and out! Where we are now Fast forward about a year later to today. I have cemented the bag’s design, painstakingly created a prototype by hand (and I am no master seamstress either!), created the bag’s logo and branding, sampled with and secured a manufacturer, and am poised to begin my very first production run! I am SO excited and can’t wait to jump to the next step, but this is where I need your help. Literally everything is in place to make this dream a reality, except for funding and I hope you are willing to help me get there! When you do, you’ll score some super sweet rewards in return, including the chance to get your hands on your very own GoGo Girl tote!
:: The Process ::
GoGo Girl Tote has come such a long way over the past year and a half. Here is a look at the 2 prototype "attempts" that evolved into the final product and some sketches from the beginning and the end of design.
From left to right, 1st attempt, 2nd attempt, final prototype
:: The Tote::
The GoGo Girl Tote is made out of poly vinyl vegan leather to make the bag more water resistant and wear-proof vs. high-maintenance genuine leather. The inner bags are made of clear PVC plastic with poly vinyl piping and the lining is cotton. Currently the bag is available in two different patterns the inside lining (see below). In the future, I plan to offer the bag in an array of colors and patterns inside and out!
Pink Floral (inner lining fabric)
Blue Floral (inner lining fabric)
The bag features:
Heat Safe hair dryer and curling iron/straightener pouches with outside cord pouch, and elastic straps for round brush.
3 clear plastic bags with zippers
Shower bag with snap closure to hang from curtain rod
Small outer pocket
Large outer slip in pouch
Two different strap options, shorter or crossbody
***Please note, the bag above is the prototype I created, the final product bag, will have a different lining fabric.
Bag Dimensions: 17"T x 17"W x 6"D
:: Rewards - AKA, The Awesome Stuff ::
:: Manufacturing ::
Through personal connections I have secured a manufacturer located in Shanghai, China and have been working with them for the last few months. They have created a sample tote for me and we have finalized the production tote. They are poised and ready for my go ahead to produce my first production run and I can’t wait!
:: Fulfillment ::
Once I have raised the necessary funds for my first order, I will give the factory the go ahead to produce the bags. The order should be ready for shipment to all you lovelies by March 2015!
:: Timeline ::
January/Feburary - Run Kickstarter Campaign
Feburary/March - Order production order of GoGo Girl Tote's, taking pre-orders on Shopify Store.
March/April - Shipping orders, GoGo Girl Tote will be available to everyone on Shopify Store.
Risks and challenges
:: Risks & Challenges ::
The biggest risks we face will be potential delays from the factory and delays in shipping from overseas. We will make sure that we do everything in our power to get your GoGo Girl Totes to you on time!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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