dreams come true

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

Walt Disney

When I started to form my company, nearly twenty years ago, I had to find office space and get started immediately.  I needed to make money quickly to support myself and my niece whom I was raising.  I had no money left from a previous business partnership.  Necessity moved me forward and I found clients for whom I designed and manufactured bags under their logos. 

My dream was to have a handbag company of my own.  And, a few years after starting my private label business, I went to Italy to make my first leather handbag samples.  As I worked with extremely gifted Italian model makers and walked the streets of Florence, my dream began to come true.  In my mind's eye, I could see my designs.  Everywhere I looked, I found inspiration.  

Many colleagues advised that it was nearly impossible to start one's own brand without great financial backing.  Sometimes, we have to listen closely to our own voice only.  Sometimes, we have to follow our heart.  We need to have the courage to believe in ourselves.  You believing in yourself is the most important step to making dreams come true.

My brand, barr + barr, was launched and sold over $150 million at retail.  Over the coming years, I saw warehouses filled with cartons stamped with my logo.  My dream had come true.

Never stop believing!