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Melissa Hall and Her Success Story

Back in 2010, the first time I had visited New York City, I absolutely fell in love with its charm and elegance. It was also an honor and a once in a lifetime experience to be selected as one of the top 5 designer finalists in the 'Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design' category in NYC. This event led me to countless opportunities in my career. She was the one who encouraged me to attend the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. And now she is still the one who continues to inspire me and many others through The Emerging Designer Network she has founded. It is my privilege to introduce you to Melissa Hall and her philosophy of her success.

Melissa Hall tells us her story...

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Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up

We are all obsessed with fashion. We all love to keep our wardrobe up to date with trends. But, I am extremely sorry to say, some of us prefer fashion over style. And multiples of quite cheap products over the ethically-made ones.

Let's face it, fashion is a never ending process and we all have dozens of clothes, shoes, bags loaded into our wardrobe. Too many pieces purchased on impulse, for seasonal or only for an occasion, and yet they are hidden in the back of your wardrobe, forgotten and worn only once. It is a big SHAME! Because, in the end, these garments find themselves in the bin, replaced with the new ones. They are never deeply loved. We call this familiar experience for all of us, "Fast Fashion."

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10 Tips to Become a Successful Handbag Designer

Wouldn't it be fascinating to have your own line, enjoyed by the masses, and mentioned by top editors? Imagine seeing your handbags worn by celebrities on the red carpet. You and your handbags are all over the headlines of the top magazines. It is such a great feeling, isn't it? The reality always starts with dreams. You can turn yourself into the person you always want to be, but dreaming is not enough. You need to start realizing your dreams, act upon them, but watch your steps while you climb to the top. Based on my own past and present experiences, and to help you avoid the mistakes, as well as highlight the successes, here are my 10 important points before you set up your handbag business.

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5 Steps to Eliminate or to Reduce the High Risk of Child Labour

Recently, I had quite an experience unlike any before. I am now an aunty of a new born baby girl; Asya. Very proud! How beautiful, pure, and innocent she is! Words cannot describe my feelings, my love I feel so strongly for her. I recognise she needs to be protected, supported by our family so she can become a beautiful young lady one day. And I know she also needs our love and guidance to discover her dreams and the meaning of being here in this world.

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How to Design Your Handbag Line in 5 Steps

If you place your pencil and paper on your desk and wait for inspiration to come, most of the time you'll end up frustrated and unable to create what you really want. Instead, if you begin with and pursue the following helpful steps, you will experience more success and have peace of mind in the process.

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Love Protects, Love Defends, Love Restores, Love Empowers and LOVE 146!

Before anything else I am a girl, I am a woman, I am a sister, I am a designer, an entrepreneur, and one day a mother, but always a dreamer and always FREE! What I have achieved in my life comes from the ability to dream! I promised myself to be a great mother one day and protect my children from anything preventing their happiness, freedom, and dreams, just like my family did with me!

Why all this introduction? What made me feel this sentimental? It's partly due to the letter I read recently from Rob Morris to Alec Baldwin at  Huffingtonpost.com.

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What is Your Unique Reason, Your Purpose to Exist in Business?

Have you ever given any thought to what your unique reason to be in business?

If your immediate answer is only to be one of the wealthiest, I can say you lost already, at least my attention. No one in this world is willing to make you rich or to make your dreams come true unless they gain favor from what you offer or your purpose.

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