As much as I respect others opinions, I also have to be true to myself. I believe that the whole reason why Sasaki Bags has experienced the growth that it has over these past six years, is because I make things that I love and would personally use. When I start straying away from that, in an effort to please EVERYONE on the planet, well, I believe it is a "lose, lose" situation.
I have been asked, "Can you make diaper bags?", or even "Can you make a bag for doggie poop bags to fit inside?" Although many of my bags were born from the great minds of my customers, I have found that sometimes, my answer has to be "not at this time". The reason? For example, diaper bags. Yes, I am a mom. But my kids are 30+ years old! I am not familiar with all of the current doo-dads and do-hickeys that the modern mom wants to carry. It needs straps carefully positioned to attach to the new stroller designs and hooks and such for all sorts of things for the modern baby. Also I believe that a great diaper bag must have oodles of pockets and I would want it to have vinyl on the inside so that I wouldn't be caught "crying over spilt milk". I COULD do all of that, but my pricing would have to be too high and I couldn't mass produce them due to the time it would take to make them. It isn't cost effective for me to design a bag that I only make a few of. So I admit, I have recently purchased diaper bags from companies who specialize in just diaper bags. I invite you to do the same.
Now, mind you, I love variety and don't have plans to eliminate my tried and true designs. But I do believe there is a lesson in there somewhere that I could learn from. Do something, do it well and don't second guess your gut. I know I will make mistakes. I only hope to live long enough to make some doozies! ha! But that is how each of us grows, by seeing what works and what doesn't for us. Listening to our OWN voice before that of others. Being true...to ourselves.
a hui hou
|A stepping stone I made out of hypertufa with the Japanese images for "Peace".|