B.SHIGLEY BAGS

COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT EVERY ONCE IN A BLUE MOON....

I have some exciting news!!! I'm coming out of handbag design retirement (again)! I've been invited to be part of an amazing trunk show featuring Andrea Li, Maggie Burns, and Vanessa Barcus! This has brought a whole new inspiration to my heart!

With my She Shed all done and all the space to create, I set up my permanent design studio! I just ordered my labels and am slowly collecting fabric (along with some beautiful fabric of my Mommas!).

For those that don't know this, I started my handbag business at the age of 23 in 1999. The internet was not what it is now. There was no Google, no Etsy.. I taught myself how to build a website, uploaded my html files to the internet and voila!

5 months later, my handbags were selling internationally in Paris, London, San Franciso, New York City, and of course here in Denver.

The internet was so new that the bags were taking off like crazy on AOL's search engine. In fact, if you typed in "handbag" my bags were #3 in the search engine!

I had to teach myself very quickly how to run a business, how to keep up with demand, how to keep the boutiques stocked full, how to hire, how to fire... so much!

I am a self taught handbag designer. I can't follow a pattern and I can't even fold it back up. My brain works through just doing it!

My handbag business led me to adventures in LA, San Fran and even Paris!

To make a long story short, I wanted to take everything that I learned and use those lessons to help other designers start their businesses. In 2004, Fashion Denver was born!

What an adventure it has been and I am so grateful to get back on the sewing machine! Thank you Andrea for inviting me to be part of this event and believing in me! Thank you to EVERYBODY that has been part of this journey!!! I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it!

OH! BTW! I found some pages of my VERY VERY old website! Check it out 🤪

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