The day I announced Pink Initiative's official 501(c)(3) status on this blog, which automatically updates my Facebook status, Sea Bags co-owner Beth Shissler spotted the news and emailed me a congratulatory note saying that she wasn't sure how, but that she wanted to partner with our efforts! Gotta love the reach of social media!
You'll recall I posted a vendor tour of the Sea Bags shop last October, showcasing their bags made from recycled sails from around the world and constructed in the US. These trendy totes are a sought-after accessory used as handbags, diaper bags, beach bags (I got one to take to St John for our wedding), and even bridesmaids gifts (more on this option later this month!).
Beth recently visited my studio and we put our heads together brainstorming ways we could collaborate. I mentioned I would be attending a luxury wedding seminar in Las Vegas called engage!09 the encore (you'll recall I attended this conference last October in Orlando and made more connections than I can count... Bee Kim, the founder of the mega popular website WeddingBee who invited me to be a blogger for their sister site Weddingbee Pro... Traci, owner of Traci Romano Events in Connecticut, who helped me with my wedding dress nightmare... Liene, owner of Blue Orchid Designs in Scottsdale and founder of Splendid Communications, who is now on the board of directors for Pink Initiative... Larissa, owner of Weddings Costa Rica, who won the Campaign for Change raffle and is bringing us to Costa Rica for two weddings this December and on and on...).
At this year's conference many of the same big name players attended and presented (Sean Low, consultant, friend and founder of the Business of Being Creative, author and business coach Simon T Bailey, celebrity cake artist Sylvia Weinstock, and Kleinfeld fashion director Randy Fenoli also of TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress") as well as some new additions to the line-up (planner Marci Blum and designer Todd -Avery Lenahan to name just a few). Without question, it's the "Who's Who" of the wedding world in one room for an insanely juiced 10 hours of connection and inspiration.
Sea Bags just launched a new wine bag to accompany their annual Cure Bag (proceeds to benefit Maine Cancer Foundation). We decided a custom version of this would make a perfect giveaway for the conference attendees, especially after learning there would be a wine presentation from JT Wines vineyard from California. emilie inc designer Christina created the label, and the kind ladies of Sea Bags produced and shipped 100 bags (retail: $35/each) to Vegas for the conference earlier this week.
Conference founders Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce of Engaging Concepts gave me the opportunity to tell the group a bit about Pink Initiative and surprise everyone with our super swag. They were a huge hit and opened the door for several introductions of those in attendance affected by breast cancer who are excited to join Pink Initiative.
Thank you Rebecca and Kathryn, and thank you Sea Bags!! Look for Pink Initiative custom wine and tote bags available to the public for purchase on the Pink Initiative website soon!
(If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that the second bottle of wine we packed was broken in my suitcase and so nicely stained most of my clothes red. This bottle, tho scratched, made it home in tact to be photographed and soon, enjoyed with dinner).