On Wednesday 2nd March, I was fortunate enough to meet and interview FellowFullTimeDreamChaser Emma Cornes, at her beautiful home near Chester.
Who is Emma?
Emma Cornes is simply a British bag making extraordinaire. Once a marketing researcher and the proud owner of a geography degree, Emma started her own bag brand after feeling like there was a void in the market. 3/4 years on, her brand has grown from strength to strength, evolving from making bags with off the shelf fabrics to having 4 in demand silhouettes all made from custom fabrics and she has plans to expand into the homewear and male market later this year.
Emmas products are all manufactured in the UK and 'built to last'.
Here the video of my interview with Emma:
My Main Lessons
1. Manufacturing in the UK is for product that is minimal in design. What I mean by this is that UK manufacturing is for products made from great materials with less steps. The Uk makes funtional product that can last a lifetime.
2. Kickstarter works best if you already have a following.
3. When doing things for free always send an invoice to the customer with how much it normally costs with a discount of 100%, this allows the recipitant to see that they recieved value not just a favour.
4. 'Learn to love spreadsheets'. Its great being a creative but without an income how can you continue to live and create? Know exactly (to the pennie) how much your services cost whether thats product costs or costs for your time.
5. The fith and most important lesson that I learned from Emma was to 'Be Adventurous!'
Check out Emmas' amazing product at www.emmacornes.com
Here are some photos from my visit:
I would like to thank Emma and Pete for allowing this interview to happen.
Emma is a lovely, talented and adventurous individual. I wish her much success.
FFTDC will be a series of video interviews with interesting individuals (like Emma) who I feel are Fellow FulTime DreamChasers. Look out for the next instalment of FFTDC.
Interesting Fact: On the day I wrote this post in 1969 Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde made its first test flight.