Who? Mee a Bee, all that's cute from Japan
What? named for myself, my surname Miyabayashi - Miya B - Mee a Bee - it always seemed like a cute kid's label
More about me - I'm Jacqui, a New Zealander living in Japan. I came here to teach English on a stopover on my way to Europe - a few months turned into several years and I now live just outside Osaka with my husband of nine years and our two sons.
When? I still don't call myself a designer, I'm just a person who enjoys sewing, luckily other people seem to like what I "design". The bags are all my own design. I make up my own patterns, I choose the colours and make the fabric choices myself, I guess that's designing.
Where? I have a degree in business management, an honours degree in marketing. I studied at the beautiful University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. More than anything I think I inherited my entrepreneurial spirit and my strong work ethic from my father. He owned many businesses over the years and from an early age I observed and helped him, even ran things for him in his absence as I got older.
How? I have my own website which links to my online stores: http://www.meeabee.com
I mainly sell through Etsy. From next month you'll be able to buy Mee a Bee from Trifleshoppe.com, an exciting new venture! And for brick & mortar stores I have just reached an agreement with Cackleberry Kids & Friends in Canberra, Australia - they have a small line of bags for boys in their store.
My online stores are filled with ready-to-ship bags. I love custom orders and these seem to flood in my Facebook fans, blog readers, family and friends. The easiest way to get the ball rolling is to "request a custom item" via my etsy store.
I don't sell fabric or books as a rule but I am happy to point you in the right direction if I can. I specialize in bags for children. Adults bags take a lot more fabric and extras so become prohibitively expensive. I don't make them.
Labels: artist's studio