Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Bag is for LIFE not just for Christmas – Win a bag or 50% off voucher

I first came up with the concept of Mia Tui just over a year ago, I would travel to and from Vietnam with the kids and use a big bag that was the perfect size, but I couldn’t find anything in it as

1. It was Black inside, – couldn’t bloody see.!

2. It had no pockets, everything would fall to the bottom.

So the Mia Tui concept was born, a bag that was Airline compliant size, and allowed you to know where everything was easily and quickly, but also allows you to carry all but the kitchen sink.

So what is different about Mia Tui bags, I have tried to keep things simple, pockets around the side of the bag, that come with their own bags, so you know where everything is, you have clips for your keys, mobile and pen pockets, and a bottle holder, or for your umbrella.

I use water-proof material inside and out, so you don’t have to be precious about your bag, but it is made with the best thread and hardware, equivalent to a designer bag.

The Amelie is our big bag, and for me the BEST bag for travelling , a weekend away or for the gym. You can travel and feel superior, there is no panic about where you have put your passports or boarding passes, keys are easily found on the clip and when you need to fill out a form you can get to your pen quickly. It zips close so no fear of anything falling out.!

You chose how you use your bag, whether it’s for Travelling, as a Gym bag or as a Baby Bag.

Ava is our Medium sized bag, great for Work, Travelling and it makes a fantastically stylish Baby Bag.

Then let’s not forget Grace, a handbag that can be worn across your body or under your arm, this is the perfect everyday bag for me, I can fit everything I need. This make a great travel bag when visiting cities, it zips close for security, and you can fit everything you would need for a day out or use as a stylish baby bag ,as your baby becomes a toddler you no longer need to take so much with you.

This Christmas  I am giving away 20 50% off vouchers and to one lucky winner a gorgeous Grace Bag

All I want you to do is follow Mia Tui on Twitter!/miatuibags and RT I want to win a Mia Tui bag or 50% off voucher .  To keep up-to-date with all Mia Tui offers have a look at our Facebook page

Closes on Thursday 15th at 9PM – open to UK residents only.

Spirit of Christmas.. and a whole lot of moaning

We were at The Spirit of Christmas Fair in Bluewater last week.

This was a new show on the back of the long running Spirit of Christmas at Olympia. This event is usually a paid for event, and that is how they expected the Bluewater Fair to be, and people would pay £12 a ticket.

What they forgot was they this was in the new event halls within the BIGGEST shopping centre, where there is probably nothing you can’t find, so why would you pay to go and see more shops.

The 1st day of the show was awful and I only sold 11 bags! a meeting was called by the stall holders to sort the issues out.

The next day the doors were then open to the general public and they could walk in FREE.

This made a big difference to me and we got to talk to people about our bags and sales were good.

Many of the other stall holders were still not happy and instead of concentrating on selling and customer service they were huddled in corners working out how they can get money back from the organisers and are bringing the atmosphere of the event down.

I can’t tell you the amount of letters that came round from different stall holders moaning and trying to get some vigilante going, there was even someone trying to profit by acting on our behalf of a collective to try to get compensation for a 10% success fee!

Yes it wasn’t the event that everyone expected, and we all know it had been a tough year, but instead of working out ways to get more money back, maybe they should have been looking at ways to increase sales.

The organisers had already said that they will compensate after the event, so why not do the following…

  • Smile
  • Give some great offers to the customers to encourage them to buy
  • Talk to people
  • Smile

Most of these people have been in business a long time, they have seen the good times, but we are in the middle of a big recession, customers have to think about how they spend their money, and are looking for bargains.

As for Mia Tui, we have spoken to so many people about our bags and have had such fantastic feedback. I have even had people coming back a day later to buy more bags.

It’s about getting the brand out there, and letting people know why Mia Tui is unique. I even saw someone who had brought my bag from another show, she told me how much she loved it, I don’t think she realised how happy it made me feel.

We are heading to the end of the year, a year that had seen so many changes for me. I feel in a good place, I think we have a business that can work.

It was a long 6 days and I missed seeing my girls, it is hard on everyone, my Mum & Dad have been amazing and helped out when we are away. Mum is not well at the moment, and looking after a 5&6 year olds is not easy.