My phone has been going crazy since winning #sbs on Monday. I was just watching TV when I was flooded with emails! Fantastic Publicity!
Skiing and snowboarding have been a big part of my life from a young age. I have always found that my ski/luggage bags broke or became damaged very quickly. They rarely lasted more than a year (Mainly because I overfilled them) and I became feed up of buying new bags every year.
After I finished a product design degree at Aston University in 2011 I decided to start a business related to this problem. I moved back to the farm in Somerset at the end of 2011 and began to experimenting with different materials to create a durable bag. I soon found some old lorry curtain lying around on the farm. I cleaned it, cut it up, bought a second-hand machine and made a ski bag. It wasn't the best looking thing but it was very tough.
After a bit of research I soon discovered there was quite a market for this type of product. This sparked my imagination and I began to make other products. I started using local sewing experts to make the products, who were MUCH better at sewing than me. I applied for a business loan through the princess trust in June 2012 and a grant through my local council. Both were approved and I began to design a small range of products. I later launched M-24 at the National ski and snowboard show at Earls Court London. I sold 70% of my stock, had a huge amount of positive feedback and have been trying to keep up ever since.
1: Now working with the Stobart Group (Eddie Stobart)
2: 1st Place in Shell-livewire Grand Ideas award.
3. Working with Music artists.
4. Stocking various shops around the UK.
5. Working on the KINGS RD London in a popup store 18th-31st July.
6. Winner of Theopaphitis#SBS !!
I love what I do and I want to create the next big brand in the luggage market!
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