RagBags Fiji Crafter Profile
Successful School Project
RagBags Fiji was initially set up as a school project by friends Anika and Mercedes. It started small in March 2014 with the production of bags made out of recycled clothes, something new known as "upcycling". It has grown into a small business, run and managed 100% by 18 year old Anika Taylor.
Anika is an impressive young lady, balancing studies with running the business; she won the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ award at the Women in Business Awards Dinner in March last year.
Anika and Mercedes officially started the business in early 2014 having been given the opportunity by their school to come up with a business idea. Since it was a school project, they were some requirements they had to satisfy such as: legally register the business, set up a proper bank account, market their product, create a website, make a profit of at least one cent, and then at the end of the project hand in a formal AGM report.
Whilst working towards completing their school requirements, Anika and Mercedes were fortunate to be exposed to many unexpected opportunities to grow and expand their little business. For example TV and newspaper interviews, participating in the Fiji Fashion Week, creating proper tags, labels, business cards, hiring people to work for them and many more aspects to running a business.
They have learnt valuable lessons about business (and life) that they most definitely would not have been able to properly learn and understand in a class room alone (e.g.- how to deal with customers, how to bargain, be creative and work with what you have got, see the potential of something when it seems like it is nothing, manage your time).
All in all, RagBags Fiji began as a small school project, and became an open door to wonderful experiences, beautiful memories and lifelong lessons.
It is no longer a school project, supplying bags to myFijiStore for international sale and marketing, as well as two retailing outlets in Fiji. To cope with their increasing orders, they are engaging a combination of artisans ranging from cottage industries to factories. Anika is diversifying into coin purses and wallets - we hope to showcase them soon on myFijiStore.
About: Anika Taylor
Anika never intended to set up her own business at the age of 17. Her school project was a runaway success, inspiring Anika to keep working on the business in addition to her studies. Anika's energy and enthusiasm is contagious - she continues to work hard on RagBags Fiji, with new designs and products in the pipeline.
Products from Supplier
The Fiji Pink & White Hibiscus Small Hobo Bag is a lovely island style bag for carrying your essentials. Just the right size for your phone, wallet, sunglasses and whatever other essentials you need. It's a great size when you want to grab and go and don't want to take too many things with you.
Made from recycled clothing by Rag Bags Fiji, this is a cute, stylish bag that will add some oomph to your outfit!
The Fiji Brown & White Swirls Small Hobo Bag with Denim pocket is a lovely island style bag. With brown & white Hibiscus print strap. Just the right size for essentials such as a phone, wallet, sunglasses, lip balm, sun block and whatever else you need. It's a great size when you want to grab and go and want a small bag that will hold everything securely yet look good.
Made from recycled clothing by Rag Bags Fiji, this is a cute, stylish bag that will complement your outfit.
The Fiji Blue & White Hibiscus Small Hobo Bag is a stylish and cute bag for carrying your essentials. Just the right size for your phone, wallet, sunglasses and whatever other essentials you need to take with you. It's a great size when you want to grab and go and don't want to take too many things with you.
Made from recycled clothing, this is a cute, stylish bag that is bound to brighten up any outfit!
Fiji Bag designed by the talented 17 year old Anika Taylor of RagBags Fiji in Suva, this bag has been lovingly crafted from materials that would have otherwise been wasted. Each piece in the RagBags Fiji range is unique - every bag is made from recycled materials creating a one-of-a-kind handbag that no-one else will have.
This Patchwork bag combines many colours and prints, creating a vibrant bag that is big enough to carry all your essentials. The Patchwork bag was designed for those who love colour.
Anika's sense of style means that each unique bag she creates has character and looks beautiful. Not only are the bags one of a kind items, they have a durable lining which means the bags are made to last.