One of the earliest writing advice that I got was to “write about what you know”. Another advice, this time on work goes like, “love what you do and it won’t feel like work.” In a recently seen TV show, one successful businessman got into the coffee business because he was passionate about drinking coffee. So, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise if I got into the business of producing and selling bags because I love bags!
It’s providential that I met my business partner in a workshop for writers. For a few months he and I wrote for separate TV shows in the country’s most popular TV network, and our realization that our writing hearts lie elsewhere happened consecutively. We kept in touch after leaving the TV shows and we discovered we had the same love of bags–tote and eco bags in particular, and soon after we decided to try making some.
After months of scouting and sourcing materials and labor, “Happy Totes” was born. We used high quality materials such as the canvas and the cotton twill straps. For the design, we chose old Philippine botanical prints. We didn’t want the bags to seem mass produced so we printed only a limited number for each design.
We sold our bags for the first time at a literary fair in UP Diliman, where we sold about half of our initial stock. Orders placed at our Facebook page comprised later purchases. A friend of mine made a bulk purchase; she will use the tote bags as Christmas gifts for her husband’s patients. Because of this warm reception, we are now in the process of producing the second batch of bags.
To those who have gotten themselves some “Happy”, we hope you enjoy using them. Watch out for the next designs. To those who haven’t, maybe it’s time to get some “Happy” as well.
As we say in our Facebook page, “Buy our bags. Think Happy Totes!”