Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Make Sure Your Bag Says "Sasaki"

Oh what a small island I live on! I am not sure whether to be flattered or a little irritated. So, I will opt for both. I just found out that "someone" was in the fabric store the other day and confessed to buying one of my bags to disassemble because they want to make their bags just like mine! Did this person not think that everyone in the fabric store knows me? Evidently they have been awarded a corporate account and the client wanted the quality people have grown to expect from my bags. What a shame that they won't be getting a real "Sasaki Bag".

I guess in the end, it doesn't really matter, though, because even if you use the same fabric I use and the same weight canvas I use, and even the heavy weight cotton webbing that I use, these other bags will be missing one important "ingredient"! Each of my bags are made with passion and Aloha! By stealing my pattern and copying my composition, you won't grow into the bag maker that you may have the potential to be! Your bags will simply be knock offs.

So please, if you love my bags and appreciate my ethics, make sure that the bag you buy has a Sasaki label sewn onto it.

a hui hou


sarah @ squigglesizzleswirl said...

OMG! That's really terrible news to hear that someone would want to try and rip off your design! How Rude! You have a great outlook on the situation though, I cant say that I would not be mad as a hatter about it! Good luck to you!

Sasaki Bags said...

Sarah, as a fellow artist, I know you probably understand what my first reaction was! Luckily, I have enough life experiece to realize that "what goes around, comes around". I just need to keep my treadle to the metal, and sew my heart out!

sarah @ squigglesizzleswirl said...

Great advice for life and art making!

Betty Townsend said...

I'm just now reading this...there is another person on Facebook that makes coffee sack bags. I thought it was rather strange that this person's bags looked similar. You have a fantastic attitude about this situation although I have no doubt that was not the case intially. Your bags are fabulous and you are a great person...I treasure the opportunity to get to know you via cyberspace. Aloha!! Betty

Sasaki Bags said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a message. Perhaps one day we will meet in person!

Barb Sasaki