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Alice MonroneyBy Alice Monroney
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Alice MonroneyBy Alice Monroney
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$535
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 20 2014

About

The iBaglet came about from our customer requests. It is exactly what they ordered and more. In addition to a spot for your tablet/Kindle/iPad, it has a little pocket for your phone, keys, wallet and glasses. It has great personality and is durable, functional and COOL. Chosen are 3 fabrics everyone loves. We have customers waiting to purchase the bags now!...as a tablet bag AND as a personal cross body handbag. We hope to launch on HSN, Skymall and through my network of boutiques and network of museum stores. 

To Do: Bob Circosta's (of HSN fame) Boot Camp at CEO Space, International in July. Our plans to market with some well placed PR/advertising, and launch nationally. It is a COOL bag and my customers asked for it...so HERE IT IS!! 

Thank you so much for being part of our adventure. We love having you.

What are you funding???

$5,000 This covers ALL the the productions costs. Those we have down to the penny. The purchase of materials:  fabric, lining, zippers, labels,  and the buttons production to make them unique, Also, the Cad design and then  the cut and sew. Galleries/museum shops and boutiques are waiting to buy these bags! We will hold back some of the costs for future orders. It is a really good idea!

$6,000 Advertising/Marketing, Has anyone seen the costs for advertising lately?! Geez.. Wired Magazine $46,000 to advertise! We can do better.

SEO advertising: We have a very cool company that we only pay if they bring results! Ah...accountability!This is ALL they do. We need them. They can get us the visibilty that is a must in today's online market. We would love to take a spin with Facebook ads!

Marketing Materials: We need to the big companies. We use Giradin Distributing they know all the buyers (Nordstrom's, Bloomingdales, etc.), We need investor and marketing packets. Buyers still like print materials. We do that very well.

$1500 for travel and promotion. We always have to get 'out there' and see people. We are setting this aside to meet with who we need to meet with, to get where we need to go,  to show up...if Skymall, eBags or J.C. Penny's wants to meet. I will get on a plane and go. You know? I love this part...and if we don't need to go...we can make more bags!

$4000.

Risks and challenges

The biggest issues in a new product are production, quality control, marketing, shipping and customer service to keep them coming back. With 18 years experience I know how to do it and still LOVE doing it, while collecting the best experts to help me, including other highly successful entrepreneurs who’s advice has cheered me on .

Production: I have a company that just does brilliant work. I have always used stay at home mothers, retired women and the disabled for the wearable art bags and always will, but for a project that I want to take to a bigger level of production I have a larger contract sewer (in America) to make the bags. I used them for the Oscar/Emmy duffle and wait until you see that bag! I am REALLY happy with them. They are an integral and valued part of the Alice’s Tapestries family.

Quality control: It gets a lot lower on the scale of concern when you KNOW they will deliver Colorado is lot closer than China (with all due respect) and I can get to them quickly if I ever need to. Cannot tell you how grateful I am for them. AND they are very reasonable. AND they employ Americans! Alice’s Tapestries is an American company. It is important to me.

Marketing: Getting the bag out there! I was trained in sales and marketing by a Fortune 100 company. I have always said there are a lot of people making great things, but if you don't know how to market the product it won't go very far. I am a fearless marketer and have gotten GREAT at teaching myself and getting help in all the new ways of marketing. PLUS, Bob Circosta of HSN has a “Boot Camp” in June will educate us for the HSN market. I would love to do HSN. He has been very supportive and kind in encouraging of Alice's Tapestries. The market itself: There is a great market for tablet bags. I have seen nothing offering the great personality we do, the wearable art flair if you will. Our bags are amazingly durable, too.

Distribution: We work with a distribution company that has all the contacts we would want to market to. Our distribution company is great at what they do!

Shipping/Fulfillment: I have shipped more bags than I care to count. I have a company that can fulfill for us if needed or we can do it ourselves. We have a near perfect record for getting the bags where they are supposed to go, when they are supposed to be there. I run a very tight ship. A well run company is SO much more fun!

Customer Service: We have never had a return...never. I didn't realize it until someone asked me 'what my return policy was?' not long ago. The question confused me. When you have been doing something for 18 years you have most answers at the ready. So I sat and thought about it later...not one. Ever! Our quality is extremely high.

Our Design work has been impeccable. We design a durable, easy to use, easy to navigate bag for everyday use.

Alice’s Tapestries has won, "Best of Denver," "Best of Santa Fe" and a number of other awards for our quality and entrepreneurial excellence. For 18 years "There are no problems only solutions," has been our motto and it is amazing how well it has worked.

Production, distribution, fulfillment and marketing are what we do best and we have the experts to advise and encourage when needed.

We are a lifetime member of CEO Space, International. A small to large business think tank and entrepreneurial incubator. Experts in all fields are available for hire or free consultation at these events.

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    If you just wish to be part of the adventure and donate an amount of your choosing we are extremely grateful for your interest in the project! Listed on our website you will get an internet high five.

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    We will send your our art magnets. Made from polymer clay they are a great decorative art piece. Can be seen on our website: http://www.alicestapestries.com/art-buttons.html

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    Our eyeglass case will hold a pair of large sunglasses or two pairs of smaller glasses or your cell phone. We will, of course, thank you on our website for the love!

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    Wall Art. Our gallery quality buttons made into fantastic colorful wall art. Each piece is one of a kind and goes anywhere you wish. Porch, kitchen, hallways, baths, etc. Great gift!

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    Travel like a celebrity with the bag that was THE swag bag at the Emmy Awards in 2012 and the Oscar Awards in 2013! This travel sumptuous duffle is lined with a crown moire watermark taffeta fabric. A big zippered pocket on the outside gives you speedy access to keys, phone and other gotta-get items. The sleeping bag zipper is durable and smooth to use. With two extra-wide straps, the duffle multi-tasks as a back pack. At less than two lbs. and 15" wide by 30" long, this top flight bag also folds well for packing. Choose your fabric at http://www.alicestapestries.com/the-ultra-cool-emmyoscar-duffle.html

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    This is what it is all about! Our new iBAglet is designed for your tablet or for use as an everyday cross-body bag. The main zippered compartment holds your with its protective covering, while another outside zippered pocket holds your wallet, phone, keys, and other items.
    Choose between our three fabrics: Renaissance, Fireworks or Chryss.

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    As an award-winning entrepreneur, trained in sales and marketing by a Fortune 100 company, Alice Monroney, will provide an insightful phone consultation for your product or business. Alice will advise you on how to get started and how to develop your work or your product.

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    Our award winning Passport Bag has been carried in museum shops, galleries and boutiques, internationally. using sumptuous fabrics, our handcrafted buttons and beads each one is one of a kind. A corded strap meant to wear across the body the bag with flap is 9" x 7". These are the bags that made us. Wearable art pieces...each and every one.

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    The iBaglet AND the Oscar duffle bag...yes, you get them both...one for you...one for your best friend...you will be very happy.

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    A package of our iBaglet AND our award winning Passport bag. It is a wearable art bag, one of a kind, magical day bag. Holds wallet, keys, phone and a lipstick. It can be hung on the wall OR makes a fantastic gift. AND you get 'Honorable Mention' on our website.

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    Alice Monroney will come and speak to your group, company, friends, organization....she has won a numerous awards and has great advice and stories to share! "It IS all about doing what you love." Alice and Alice's Tapestries has won multiple awards for her entrepreneurial skills and as a designer/wearable artist. She shares her adventures and expertise with humor and great insight. AND she will bring bags!
    ALSO, you get a link from my site to yours!
    (Awards: Best of Denver, Best of Santa Fe, etc)

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    Alice Monroney will come and speak gifting ten iBaglets...she will custom decorate each bag if requested. It is a joyful, fun, creative afternoon, evening or morning...your choice.
    ALSO, you will get a link from my website to yours with big advertising/sponsorship status on our website!

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