Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mee a Bee ~ All That's Cute From Japan

About my shop:

Mee a Bee, all that's cute from Japan.

Who are you?

I'm Jacqui Miyabayashi, a New Zealander living long-term in Japan. I'm stay-at-home mum to two boys aged three and eight.

Tell us about your store and its products:

Mee a Bee is a specialty bag store. I make bags for young children using the best materials available here in Japan. The majority of the fabrics I use are Oeko-Tex certified which means dangerous chemicals are not used in the dyes or treatment. They are deemed non-toxic which important especially for children's goods.My most popular bags are the Little Kids' Messenger bags.

My design is simple. It lets the gorgeous fabrics speak for themselves. I take a lot of time in choosing the best fabrics combining them carefully with the right lining fabrics, straps and even thread.The fabric prints are not character-driven so you won't find the latest television super-hero in my store. Your child's imagination will be enriched with fairytales, pirates or ballerinas. Or perhaps you have a car-obsessed little boy like I do.Buying a Mee a Bee bag you can be assured it is absolutely unique. It was made entirely by hand by a mum (just like you). It was made in Japan - cool! It looks cute and is also functional.

How did the business come about? Shortly after the birth of my second child I started thinking really seriously about starting my own business. Since I had a small baby as well as a child in kindergarten, it needed to be something I could run from home in between my duties as a mum. An online business seemed the obvious direction to go in. I had discovered Etsy which was in the back of my mind. I was not particularly strong in any one area of making stuff although I do consider myself crafty. I was sewing some bags for my son's craft fair when I had a lightbulb moment. I did some research and decided that the area of children's bags would be a great little niche to explore. Living in Japan I have direct access to the amazing textiles produced here. Two years later and I am still really happy with my decision.

Mee a Bee

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