Hania of Moose Design
Since I can barely sew in a straight line well enough to hem my pants, when I find a maker who creates handbags that look like they belong in a museum, I’m instantly enthralled and want to chat them up. That’s exactly how I found Hania, the entrepreneur behind Moose Design. She’s based in Poland and sews the most amazing handbags characterized by minimalist style and originality. I think you’ll really enjoy her interview today.
Can you take us on the journey of your creative career path so far?
As a child I loved to sew, embroider, and draw porterty. Creation always gives me a lot of fun. That’s way I decided to become an architect. I graduated architectural studies and started to work in an architectural office. Unfortunately, in that profession creation was only a small part of the whole process…too small for me. After a few years working in architecture offices, I decided to change something in my life. I quit work and I started designing handbags.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome so far in your business?
When I decided to change my life and run my own company making bags, I needed to become a boss of my own company instead of simply being a worker doing jobs requested by someone else. I think that has been the biggest challenge for me so far.
Felt Bag with Leather Handles – Fox Bag
What has been the biggest ‘fist-pump’/successful moment for you so far?
It was when I started to cooperate with foreign companies (e.g. from Belgium, UK, Germany, etc.). At the beginning I planned a small business selling bags only in Poland, but it turned out that there were a lot of requests from abroad for my bags and with that I’m really happy.
Are there things you yearn to achieve, but haven’t yet found the time for?
Of course there are lot of ideas in my head I wish I had time for but there are so many things to do right now that I need to take care of. I’m planning now to hire my first employee. It will be a big step for me.
Are there times when your creativity and inspiration seem to disappear? How do you handle that?
I like running. It helps me rest and clear my mind. Then when I’m tired after a long run, before I fall asleep a new ideas comes to my mind easily.
White Cotton Tote Handbag – Seal Handbag
How do you balance your work with the rest of your life ~ what does a typical day in your life look like?
I wake up, go out of my bedroom, turn left into the next door and I’m already at work 🙂 My home is also my workshop. It cuts both ways. I can walk in sweats all day but as I don’t have to rush to work, I have big problems to wake up and get started.
I’m a seamstress, designer and manager in one person that’s way my day is a bit crazy and chaotic. I answer on e-mails, order materials and of course sew and design handbags.
What has been the best marketing move you’ve ever made for your own business?
I believe the decision that I made to cooperate with a professional and talented photographer was a really good idea and had a big influence on my business. I believe that a great photo is needed to attract the attention of customers and sell an item. (Megan here – I think you can agree with me that Hania’s photographs are absolutely breathtaking!)
Gray Cotton Tote Handbag – Bear Bag
What is one piece of advice you’d like to give fellow makers about running a successful creative business?
You work needs to be your passion; you do not need anything else.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I hope to develop my business, have a big workshop, and cooperate with shops from all over the world.
You can find more of Hania’s work online at:
Her website: www.moose-design.eu
Her Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/MOOSEdesignBAGS
Her facebook fanpage: www.facebook.com/MOOSEdesignBAGS