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Chapter 6: Blind Pitching

I emailed our bag drawings to a friend who organizes a dads-and-kids club. He responded immediately and said, “You need to talk to my friend, Amy Meadow. She’s a fashion consultant.” “But, wait,” I texted. “What did u think of design?” “It’s awesome!” Phew. Validation is nice. I’m such an actor. I called Amy. I pitched my idea, talked about my own search for a cool diaper bag, and made self-conscious disclaimers about my own un-stylish jeans-and-t-shirt aesthetic. Over the phone I could hear her typing. “Ohmigod, this is a great idea. I can’t believe it doesn’t already exist. Ok. We can talk more, but my expertise comes in later. First you need to talk to my friend, Julia. She’s an international bag sourcer.” “Thanks so much. This is awesome. Um, also, because I’m so fashion-unconscious, do you think I should start subscribing to Vogue Men, or something, to be more fashionably aware?” “No. Your naiveté is refreshing. Hold onto that. And go call Julia.” Phew. Less tedious work for me. I’d rather remain naive, …

Bag Project Chapter 5: Too Inexperienced to Fail

So I’d secured a designer and validated a dream. Next? The only business class I took in college was “International Marketing.” My group’s project was to open a bagel shop in Buenos Aires. One of the justifications for its projected success was the relatively high Jewish population in Argentina. That was my idea. Armed with that fantasy-world business experience, I concocted my first few steps in this bag-building venture: Design the bag. Build the bag. Peddle the bag in baby boutiques in New York and Brooklyn Develop a website for online sales Watch the money flow in. Easy enough. Though no money had been spent, I could taste anxiety trying to derail me with every decision. Everything felt debilitatingly critical: where should we bank? Can I still consider myself an “occupy wall street” wannabe if we bank at HSBC? When we secure a website, should we purchase the .info and .org domains as well? What about when .xxx is released? When I’ve made $10 million, should I buy a yacht? Will the “Amazing Race” ever …

Bag Project Chapter 4: What’s a diaper bag for? Sunglasses.

During our meetings to discuss mission statements and blankets and company names, James and I of course discussed aspects of diaper bags. He’s not a father, so I told him the basic needs: “We need pockets. Lots and lots of pockets. We need to feature the pockets whether or not people use them. I mean, I don’t use pockets. I’m not that organized. I dump things into my bag. The only time I actually organized the contents was taking a flight, and even then, the contents spilled out during security screening, proving my point that there’s no point in organizing the insides of a bag. Still, pockets were a selling point for me and they will be for prospective parents.” James laughed. I went on to make a personal point, “However, I did use the pockets on the outside of the bag. There was quick access for a bottle, for pacifiers, and – I’m a little embarrassed to admit – a pocket for my sunglasses.” “The important things,” James laughed. “Happy daddy makes a happy …