Wow, a year has already come and gone! I can’t believe it! It’s amazing that just one year ago we were just getting our website up and running. Oh, and I was 37 pounds heavier back then, being pregnant and all.
And now it’s a year later. The economy is slightly better, by just a tiny bit. The price of oil, leather and cotton has skyrocketed– organic cotton alone has tripled in price from a year ago. And just when everyone thought no one was buying anything, the iPad and iPad 2 completely stunned everyone with their record breaking sales.
So what’s in store for year 2 for Plaid Doctrine? Well, the biggest thing going on right now is bracing ourselves for a big move. So at the end of May we’ll be taking our online store offline until we get settled in our new digs. I’ll also be pounding the pavement like crazy trying to find new local vendors so we can minimize our carbon footprint.
We’re also finished with the messenger bag sample, and we are super happy with it. But given the timing of the move, we need to decide whether to produce the bags in the Seattle area, or wait till we move and delay the product launch until fall. It’s a tough call. I’ll keep you posted on the final decision.
Interestingly we’ve recently been solicited by many manufacturers outside of the US, and we’ve politely declined their offers. Have no fear– we plan to continue having our bags and accessories handcrafted in the USA. We are glad to do our part to keep jobs in the US.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for supporting Plaid Doctrine. Happy Earth day, and happy birthday to us!