Meet Kelley

Did you know that I invented Bagnet in 2014 and handmade thousands of them to sell to women at street faires and holiday shows in the Bay Area (with my amazingly supportive husband in tow)? I worked my day job selling commercial furniture and spent my nights and weekends making and selling Bagnets until my fingers bled (literally).
 
Even though I was exhausted and completely stressed out trying to juggle it all, I loved that I was building a product, a brand, and a company. It excited and terrified me all at the same time (seriously, I needed therapy). I struggled with choosing work over family at times, the immense amount of pressure I put on myself, leaving a company I’d been with for 8 years, the insecurity of not earning an income, and the very real possibility of failure.
 
Fast forward to 2018 and the challenges are very different today (marketing campaigns! Raw material projections! Launch dates! Payroll!). There’s still sweat and tears (thankfully my fingers don’t bleed anymore) but the memory of those early days really makes me appreciate how far my company has come and makes me proud to be an entrepreneur who built her company from the ground up. I am extremely fortunate to be growing my business in the current atmosphere of female empowerment, equality, and opportunity. I don’t have to look far for female inspiration. I have friends who are starting, running, and growing their own companies. My Instagram feed is full of business women killing it in all sectors. I meet women who have taken on the uncertainty of entrepreneurship because they believe that the potential for success far outweighs the possibility of failure. I am proud to be included in this global community of strong, driven, and determined women and so thankful for the opportunity and ability to grow a company I call my own. 

Comments

  • Posted by Jennie on

    I just ordered a Bagnet for my youngest sister who is always out hobnobbing at events with her purse in tow (she works for Bacardi in Dallas), and I can’t wait to see it in person. I just may have to have a Bagnet for me, too. I read a little bit about you, and I love that you are from Sac! We live up in the foothills, but my husband and I both grew up outside of Sac. Keep up the great work, girl! :-)

  • Posted by Shiri Prasad on

    Hi Kelley, I really enjoyed reading about your entrepreneurial journey. It is absolutely inspiring!

  • Posted by Mabel on

    I clicked on this because my daughter posted it and said she wanted one. First I thought it was about the bag, and now having read everything on here. I still really dont know what it is beyond an assumption of it being a magnet? You may want to include something showing n what situations it is helpful. I admire your story that brought you this far, so just a suggestion you may want to give some more product information on here too. Best wishes for your continued success.

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