I want to publicly say thanks to Anda from Etsy, who did a great service to me this morning (click here for the link). It feels really great to get this recognition - I've worked hard to develop Moop and am proud of what its become. I've felt uneasy seeing many similar designs out there and its really nice to be credited for making the original Market Bag. I'm dedicated, invested, trained and motivated and have become a perfectionist since starting this small company of mine. So, you should know, when you buy a Moop bag, you're getting only the best!
I'm working hard to grow my company in a dynamic way that strives to address problems of labor within textile production through products that are beautiful, functional, extremely well made and produced in a way that I hope makes tiny steps towards making the world a better place. I still make each and every bag that comes out of here. I sew for long long hours everyday. I also research, source materials, answer emails, problem solve, photograph, design, troubleshoot, package, mail, model, manage the bookkeeping, tend house, raise a 10 year old (and a husband) (both of whom are wonderful in tending to me). I love what I do. And, as I grow, I hope to add a few employees who will also get to work in a fantastic, creative and rewarding environment. I'm so looking forward to the day I can employ other women with kids, and provide a daycare so kids can be with their moms. I was a very young (19yrs. old) single mom for the first 6 years of Parker's life and it's hard work folks. I can't wait for the time when I can help a few other people in the way so many people helped me.
So, I've edited this since my initial post this morning. Some time and some thoughtful comments have made me reconsider my feelings. I agree with you all, there's space for all of us - everyone participating together in this network of independent making needs and deserves support. This is how we'll all be able to grow as a community and maybe together we can do something more than make a few tiny steps! Sew, on we go.