Some of you may remember those bags from the 70's with the wood handles and the interchangeable fabric exteriors. I had one of those, and I loved it! What a long-forgotten great idea....
What I found was a lovely little store filled with wonderful colors that made me smile and filled me with happiness. Inside there were completed display bags and a never-ending assortment of components to build your own custom bag. The bags are in fact cruelty free - made of a very soft but durable foam rubber, super light and easy to clean. The handles are made in a wide range of materials such as leather, faux leather, fabric, rope, etc, and the inserts/trims are made of many materials including man-made fibers, wool, and cotton, many of which are washable.
What???? Why didn't I know about this fun, wonderful company? As it turns out, it is an Italian company well-known in Europe but not yet in the U.S. I had a great time building a couple of bags to purchase and bring home.
From Madrid, I flew to Turin for work, and landing at the airport I saw two stylish Italians carrying O bags. I approached them, and using a bit of English and quite a bit of unofficial sign language, I learned that O bag was a big thing here and they loved their bags.
After getting back home to Nashville, I began thinking about how much I loved my bags and the concept and I felt others would also. The problem: I am an engineer who does contract work in the automotive industry. Other than working in retail during my college years (ancient times), I knew nothing about the fashion world. But I decided that with a positive attitude, determination, and a passion for O bag, I could make it work.
And so, the beginning of O bag Nashville. A fun store in The Mall at Green Hills where you may build your own custom Italian handbag. Plus we have jewelry, inter-changeable watches, and scarves - all made in Italy!
I love my work in the automotive industry because it gives me the opportunity to travel the world, something I never thought I would ever get to do. And now with the O bag store plus our online store for other products made in Italy (hand selected by me - each one something I love), I get to combine my passion for travel and building beautiful things - a dream come true. You never know what's around the corner or what new idea you will find!
Madrid Nov 2015