As I have been going to more vendor shows and meeting other designers, I am always impressed by the creativity, hard work and dedication that I witness in these designers’ products. The craftmanship is always extremely detailed. And if you take a moment to think about how much time and energy was put into each product, it truly is inspiring.
I am going to start highlighting some of the amazing independent designers that I meet on the Melinda Mae Handbags blog. The first designer that I am going to feature is a UCSD alumni, Angelina Fong of Angelina Fong Designs! I first met Angelina when I was a student at UCSD and we crossed paths again years later when we found out that we had each started our own business! Angelina is an awesome person and makes awesome products as well…but don’t take my word for it, let her tell you!
Melinda Mae Handbags (MMH): Please tell the Melinda Mae Handbags blog readers about your background.
Angelina Fong Designs (AFD): My professional background is actually in media. I’ve worked in everything from newspaper to movies to radio. I currently work full time in digital marketing.
MMH: Tell us about your company and your products.
AFD: I started my company back in April of last year and my focus is on handmade accessories, art and home decor.
MMH: What made you decide to turn your hobby into a business?
AFD: It actually came about more by accident than out of careful planning. I’d been making handmade items for myself and as gifts to friends and family for years. People always told me “you could totally sell this!” but I always thought they were just being nice. To my surprise, around March of last year, I actually started to receive requests to buy my handmade items (mostly from coworkers and friends) and it just took off from there.
MMH: What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
AFD: As you can see, a lot of my designs and patterns are Asian-influenced. I’m very inspired by the Asian Arts. I also find a lot of inspiration for my work in nature and all the amazing colors and textures She has to offer, as well as jazz music.What keeps me motivated is the dream of one day being able to quit my day job and pursue AFD full time! But on a daily basis, what really keeps me going is the satisfaction I feel each time I finish another beautiful design and the positive reactions of my customers.
MMH: How do you decide on which fabrics to use?
AFD: This is a tough one. It’s really just a matter of my personal taste. Everything I make is something that I would want for myself and that’s how I go about choosing fabrics. I tend to be drawn towards colorful patterns. Again, I’m also drawn towards Asian-inspired prints, but also more simplistic, contemporary prints.
MMH: Where can people go to buy your fabulous products?
AFD: www.angelinafongdesigns.com and at Modern Mouse at the Alameda Towne Center.
MMH: What special offers do you have for MMH blog readers?
AFD: I’d like to offer an exclusive 10% discount to all your readers with code: MELINDA-MAE at checkout. On top of that, I’d also love to give away one of my Tadashi Zip Pouches– one of my most popular designs. To be entered in the give-away, please visit http://www.angelinafongdesigns.com and leave a comment on this blog post on which is your favorite AFD product by Friday, February 25th!
Thanks Angelina for offering a discount and give-away to MMH readers! Thank you for also taking the time to introduce yourself and your products. You are truly talented and I wish you great success! Okay folks! Don’t forget to leave a comment about your favorite AFD product by 2/25 and be entered to win the Tadashi Zip Pouch!