What About the Local?

For a long time people in the blogging sphere of life talk about how it’s very important to find your niche, or your “voice”. After all what would distinguish you from the rest of the competition!? Although I don’t specifically claim to know what my voice in blogging is, or do I know if I actually care about something that seems fairly trivial as that (in the past I would have spent weeks trying to figure it out). I have definitely discovered what I want to promote through it.

My passion for local business is definitely where my heart lies. I’ve discovered that the heart, and spirit that the business owners put into their work is definitely something I’m willing to get behind and put my own heart and soul into. So being South African, I thought it would be a good start for me to head into home territory and reach out to companies who I know and love. Local, home grown businesses that have grown through shear love for their product or service.

One of my first collaborations ever has been with a company called Binny Bags. Which for a travel blogger like myself, is an absolute gift from God. Who doesn’t want to work with a company that makes bags, I’m literally always in need of bags, and obviously backpacks that look good. I’ve got both now! I want to share with you a bit of a behind the scenes of the story of Binny Bags and the incredible woman who owns it, Megan Beswick.

I’ve actually known Megan for about 3 and a half years in total, I’ve always admired not only her fashion sense, but also her whole “Lady Boss” persona. Honestly, as a wannabe entrepreneur I genuinely value the idea and strong mentorship that a woman who owns her own business can contribute to your life, or my life rather. I noticed that Megan had started a business, that people were fully buying into, she loved her product and put herself into it, and it clearly showed. So I emailed her, I wanted in. (Not in those exact words, but you get the point).

I suggested a possible collaboration, being a travel blogger I’m always on the lookout for new bags, and well I travel a lot. She wrote back and said that she was keen. Let’s go Little Brave. We set up a meeting and now was my chance to pick this brilliant woman’s brains. We met at a relatively new cafe called Kindred, vegans completely welcome they cater for all your green needs.

Turns out the real story behind Binny Bags has a lot less to do with the bags, although they really are incredible, but a lot more to do with passion for a family legacy. Megan began telling me the story, and I’m not going to lie, my initial reaction was wow… I don’t have a story nearly this cool. So here is the story, a business born out of love and pure hard work.

Megan’s Grandmother “Binny” essentially taught herself absolutely everything. She read a lot and taught herself everything, including cooking and sowing, making her own clothes. I mean, completely self made, figuratively and literally, what a woman. Megan found some old material in her cupboard from her grandmother, which was actually originally used to upholster her lounge suite. I imagine Megs picking up the fabric and the idea was literally born through that.

Megs told me at the meeting that she literally can’t stop the creatives ideas that keep coming to her, these ideas don’t even let her sleep at night. She eats, sleeps and dreams bags. Megs actually taught herself how to make the bags, and her very first Binny bag was designed, created and born all from the comfort of her own home. Each bag is made specifically with the client in mind and each one is original, just like the Binny Bag clients! I mean, this little seed of a creative dream was planted more than 60 years ago, and is now coming to life. How exciting that I get to be a part of this dream?!

One of the things that struck me most about the meeting with Megan, was not only the story that she told me but how she completely saw who and what I was. She believes in my dream, just as much as I believe in hers. After all, who can stop a woman on a mission.

Honestly, I’ve used the Tote Bag, and a Backpack for just over 3 weeks now, and I genuinely wouldn’t want to use another. They are so big and spacious and the colours completely fit my vibe. Who else needs them in their life?!

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2 Comments

  1. November 23, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Ohhhh! I can’t wait to check them out! I am OBSESSED with bags!!! Yay

    • Courtney
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      November 25, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Me too! I love them!

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