Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cigar Box Purses

I started my business, ANA Designs Inc., by creating beautiful cigar box purses (a few limited editions are still available online). Gorgeous one-of-a-kind handbags that are signed, numbered and have lovely fabric linings. Truly show-stoppers. It was for them that I came up with my ceramic ANA hang tag and customs stamp ("Passed As Super Cute").

One of my first online customers bought two purses and then called me the moment they arrived. "I don't know what to do!" she exclaimed and my stomach dropped. Was something wrong?

The next thing I knew she was talking about displays, FedEx and a party. Huh? The grand opening of her interior design store in Seattle was the next night and she loved my purses so much she was asking if I could overnight 10 more. She was buying them to display around her store as something both "beautiful and interesting."

It was my first taste of what I call "the enthusiasm of strangers." I have been trying to make people that happy ever since.


LillyB said...

I love these purse but have not owned one! Lucky for the world you enjoy creating such beautiful things!!

Anne Reeves said...

That is very nice of you to say, Lilly, thank you .

MmeBenaut said...

I watched your interviews - it was great to hear about the development of ANA and, to hear your voice! Your enthusiasm and energy were so apparent and abundant. I know I've said it before Anne but you truly do inspire others. It's a special gift that not many have and it is so generous for you to share it with us every day. So, thank you (again).