This week, I am excited to introduce you to Lauren Hong of Lauren Olivia & Co, a company with a new collection of handbags with a passion for global design. Today, Lauren shares some of her thoughts about travel, how her handbag collection is sourced from textiles around the globe and a few tips for women starting their own businesses.
CURRENT CITY: San Diego, CA
FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH (SO FAR): Barbados
FAVORITE EVERYDAY ADVENTURE: Taking a walk with my husband and puppy along the harbor
TRAVEL INVENTION YOU WISH EXISTED: Transporter machine to speed up the journey
BEST TRAVEL APP OR RESOURCE: Kakao Talk… such a great (and free) texting app
WHAT IS YOUR TRAVEL MOTTO? Explore. Dream. Discover.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHERE TO GO NEXT? Trips usually revolve around friends, family, weddings, work obligations and the like.
TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY/PRODUCT: Lauren Olivia & Company designs handbags covered in textiles sourced from around the globe. We really focus on sourcing our materials from small businesses and artisans. All of the pieces come together state side, and each product is hand assembled by our partners in Southern California. On our website, laurenoliviaco.com, we share the story behind each textile. It’s a lot of fun to see the finished products come together and be shipped off to a new home.
HOW HAS YOUR LOVE FOR TRAVEL INFLUENCED YOUR BUSINESS? Having lived in Asia for 3 years, I loved meeting new people and learning about their countries and cultures. Lauren Olivia & Co. spun off the idea to create beautiful products that tell stories—stories connecting people and cultures. We love that each product is unique and shares a bit about tradition, culture, or place or origin.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE ABOUT WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE COMING MONTHS WITH LAUREN OLIVIA & CO? We are working on a few new product designs—Japanese inspired products and others. Also, this April, we will be at the Fashion with a Passion event benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation in San Diego. A lot more is going on behind the scenes… and updates will be unveiled on our social media sites and via our newsletter.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN INTERESTED IN STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS? READ MORE