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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but was always afraid to approach it, or undermine the importance of the subject matter. Because it is a story that personally touched me & encourages me to push myself every day…

In her last month in the company Angi had an extra beat to her step, a glamorous shine in her eyes and was always accompanied by a very trendy white clutch bag. Only at the farewell party, did I find out that this is what she was planning to do in the future – her own brand of hand bags, purses and clutches…. I instantly had a million questions and incessantly bullied her into answering them & showing me more….

The Dream

“I always had it my head that I want to do something, my own thing, so that people will know this is Angi“*, Angi told me. But when there is a flood of Graphic designers with raging price wars, Angi though to herself : “What does a girl want? What can’t she do without?“.

The unique business model

Having previous experience with leather business gift items, certainly helped. But please do not understand the challenges of finding perfect quality execution, raw material suppliers and building a satisfactory business model. All of which Angi has achieved through sweat and blood slash careering between her office job and her entrepreneurial dream.

She focused on selling through various exhibitions, getting the word out through Facebook, and certainly satisfied customers. She told me that a whole chain of recurring clients can sometimes build up through one random purchase: “A guy buys a bag for his girlfriend, then his mother, then his friend wants to buy for his fiance… and now you have a group of loyal clients.”

And her business-model has a lot of integrity too. “I do not pitch up my prices like many retailers do, it simply doesn’t work for me, my prices are fixed and I can not bargain a lot with my clients, but at the end, I would never allow myself to price a handbag over what I, as a young girl, would afford to pay for one…It is not fair  it is not right…”. Angi told me that on average all  her handbags are between 30-65 USD, which is a premium bargain, since they are hand made in Lebanon using the best materials and accessories.

Going an extra mile is also normal for Angi, she accepts orders via telephone and can even design custom models upon request. Moreover, she is ready to deliver anywhere within Lebanon, and she even does it in person most of the time.

Angi Barakat Biel Invitation

The Future

Besides being in every major exhibition on the Lebanese terrain, Angi is now planning to open her own store really soon, and is also working hard on launching her own website. And she is happy with what she has achieved so far – ” The good thing is that people are starting to know Angi as a brand.”

 

So even if you are not in need of a handbag drop by the Mother & Baby exhibition @ Biel to meet this extraordinarily inspiring girl, who has such amazing energy. Maybe it will rub off on you, as it did on me :) And remember if you think hard enough about it and work enough your dreams will come true too.

 

 

 

Do you know any other successful young entrepreneurs?

*All quotes in this post are liberal and not literal

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