Nina taking her first sewing class

In an attempt of understanding better Ilaria’s explanations and the technical challenges our suppliers are facing I decided that it is about time to take my first sewing class ever!

The moment I arrived this big machine seemed way too complicated for me to ever understand. But under patient supervision and endless trials to pass the thread through the needle I was ready to sew! And honestly, it was so easy and enjoyable!!

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Our workshop consisted of sewing a pillow and later a small cosmetics bag. Here you can see me extremely proud of my first sewing results. And I started humming to the melodie ”one day, baby, one day, I can sew the entire business bag for ya” 😉

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Habits of highly effective people 

How often have you noticed that you have been working for the sake of working rather than being really productive? Facetime in the office, constant coffee breaks or long over hours don’t make us more productive. They just stop us from developing a holistic view of the entire picture. If you believe it is time to boost your efficiency read our top 3 favourite habits to be more focused and optimize your time:

  1. Write down every day your top priority of the day. 1-2 things that need to be completed by the end of the day. This helps you prioritize your daily tasks and feel good when you completed them. The rest can wait.
  2. Deactivate your constant email synchronization. Only open the emails at certain points of the day. This helps you focus and not get constantly distracted with every new email coming in. Nina tried it out and says it has changed her life!
  3. Quantify the consequence of possible decisions or errors into numbers. Ask yourself what can happen if you are not available for an entire afternoon. Is it really the end of the world? Or if you got a customer complaint. Instead of feeling extremely stressed try to step back and take an analytical approach. Most mistakes we do can be fixed with a follow up call or will cost you under 100 EUR to fix. Being aware of this will change your life 😉

In a world that gets more and more connected and stressful it is important to set the priorities right. Books such as the “four hour week”, The “E-Myth” and “the hard things about hard things” are highly recommended to those of you who would like to optimize their precious time and become more efficient and productive. Success!

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Creative chaos

Designing a bag comes with endless design changes and new prototypes. We know that some of the most frequent complaints about handbags include the bag being too small or too heavy. So right now we are trying to find the optimal solution of making a bag for you that is as big as possible and as light as possible but still fits a laptop.

With the help of Nina’s (amazing ;)) husband we spent the entire last week drafting and designing the body of our bag. In order to understand the dimensions better we sew felt together to get a better feeling before we move over to leather. Here you can see Mahmoud in the process of sewing and the creative mess we have at home these days 😉

 

Brave Bessie – a shooting star

„The colour of my skin, at first a drawback, now drew large crowds wherever I went. At first, I was a curiosity, but soon the public discovered I could really fly.“ We love this inspirational story of Bessie Coleman, the first black aviatrix in the United States.

Born in 1892 in a segregated America, Bessie Coleman had one big dream: flying airplanes! Because no flight school in the US would accept a black young woman she decided at the age of 23 to learn French and move to France, In 1920 she travelled to France and earned her pilot’s licence within a year. After returning to the US Coleman participated in flight shows all over the country earning her nickname Brave Bessie.

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In 1926 Bessie Coleman died during an airplane crash. 10.000 people attended her funeral in Chicago. Jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges recorded the song Good Queen Bess in 1940 and her portrait appeared on a United States Postal Service postage stamp in 1955. Shortly before her death she had opened the first flight school in the US that would also accept black Americans.

We find the story of Bessie Coleman so impressive because she did not accept a defeat. When she was not allowed to attend flights schools in the US she decided to look further and took the courage to move to an unknown continent to pursue her dream. Bessie Coleman questioned the status quo in the US and set a sample for female and black pilots everywhere in the world.

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Source on which this article is based: http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/group-vision/Airbus-Heritage/female-pioneers/Bessie-Coleman.html

The importance of having fun :)

Over the past couple of months we realised that laughter is one of the most important aspects of our great teamwork. 🙂 We both work in challenging fields and sacrifice our weekends and evenings to bring our bag project to life. While we really love what we do it is important to have a good time together and laugh often 😉 The picture shows us with my husband and a common friend who are our closest advisors. They are both bright engineers and help us bring our project to live ❤ Tonight we simply enjoy life, but soon we will come with some new updates for you 🙂

 

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Receptionist sent home from PwC for not wearing high heels

Unfortunately we have read several headlines like this one over the past year. Especially shocking was the case of Nicola Thorp who was told to leave on her first day at City accountancy firm after refusing to wear shoes with a 2-4in heel.

We firmly believe that you can look both elegant and professional wether you decide to wear flat shoes or high heels. And as long as you feel comfortable wearing them. It’s time to bring a fresh air to the corporate offices. 🙂

Link to the full article on the Guardian : http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/11/receptionist-sent-home-pwc-not-wearing-high-heels-pwc-nicola-thorp

 

We got nominated for the Emotion award!! <3

We have BIG news for you!!!! We got nominated for the Hand in Hand award for great teamwork by the Emotion magazine – one of the leading magazines for working women in Germany!

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We feel so honored and grateful to be part of it! What an exciting journey so far and we can’t wait for the final result! Thank you to the Emotion magazine and everyone believing in us !!! 🙂 🙂 The winning team wins 5000 EUR that we would use entirely to produce the perfect workbag for you. In between please cross your fingers for us and our project ❤ ❤ ❤

Link: https://community.emotion.de/emotion-award-17/de-DE/abstimmen