Local sells natural products
“I’m a natural lady, I’ve always been natural,” she said. “I decided I wasn’t going to carry a synthetic bag and just decided to come out and look for bags that are made of natural products,” she said.
O’Sullivan Quick studied art at the University of Connecticut and went into graphic design work for 17 years. Wanting to do something new, she started her own business in 2008 as a way to incorporate all of her interests. Natural Mystique was a physical store for a few months, and she moved it online to reach out to more people.
Her husband, Ralph Quick, said that when she brought up the idea it seemed like a “no brainer” considering the growing interest in things natural and organic.
“Just like recycling and organic foods, [customers will] start clinging to natural hand bags,” she said.
Through intensive research onl Pandora Bracelet ine and using her contacts from college, O’Sullivan Quick has created relationships with artisans in Pandora Bracelet Africa and Asia. She sells handmade scarves, jewelry, bags and clutches from local artists from Thailand, India, Ghana and Kenya. O’Sullivan Quick said she is inspired by Asian art because of the vibrant colors and unique fabrics. She hopes to expand her line of bags to pieces made in South America.
All of the items she sells are made from the local natural materials by free trade artisans, since she does not want to deal with items made from sweat shops. The bags from Kenya are handmade with sisal fibers by local woman who keep up the craft, although the bags can take up to a month to complete. From Thailand, she has a line of bags made from bamboo, water hyacinth and hemp.
On the site’s Green Vibes blog, she takes the opportunity to educate her customers about natural living and its Pandora Bracelet benefits. She lists the materials used in the bags and gives a description of each to help buyers learn more about where their bag came from. As the “Green Diva,” she posts more thought provoking topics regarding the fashion industry, such as using natural dyes or the use of lead in many mainstream bags. Also, she posts photos of popular bags being sold for thousands of dollars, such as those from Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana, that can be found in her line for a fract Pandora Bracelet ion of the cost.