meeabee

Handmade bags for toddlers and preschoolers, since 2007

Sano, Japan · 855 Sales

meeabee

Handmade bags for toddlers and preschoolers, since 2007

Sano, Japan 855 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Note from shop owner Thank you so much for visiting Mee a Bee!
We're closed for a re-brand.

Contact me on jacqui [!at] meeabee.com if you have any questions.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 23, 2017

Thank you so much for visiting Mee a Bee!
We're closed for a re-brand.

Contact me on jacqui [!at] meeabee.com if you have any questions.

Jacqui Miyabayashi

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Jacqui Miyabayashi

About

How did a New Zealander end up living in Japan sewing bags?

After having two kids and being a stay at home mum for about five years the question on everyone's minds was when was I going back to work.

Returning to the corporate scene was very unappealing so I secretly started a blog where I worked through several small business ideas and asked for feedback from my readers. There were only a few readers at first, of course, but they were a huge support and source of encouragement.

So I tried card-making. Cake decorating, party planning and catering were other ideas.

It was when I was sewing for my son's kindergarten craft fair that I hit upon the idea of sewing for kids. I already knew that Japan produces the most amazing fabrics. Once I started looking at the fabrics for children I became absolutely hooked on them myself.

I am a perfectionist when it comes to my work. I just love seeing how a new fabric looks as a bag and feel a great sense of pride when I see how many bags I have made and sold over the past eight years.

So how did a New Zealander end up living in Japan sewing bags? Well I blame my husband for me staying in Japan - he was too great a catch to let go. As for sewing bags, sometimes you hit upon an idea that just seems right.

These days I balance my time between sewing, mainly as a hobby, and working with other creative entrepreneurs. Now that my kids are both at school I have returned to my main profession and work as a marketing consultant. I am still steering clear of corporate life. Suits and commuting are just not me anymore. Mee a Bee is still a wonderful creative outlet for me and I love it dearly.

Thanks for reading! I would love to hear from you or connect via any of the social media websites.

Jacqui

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  • Jacqui

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    hello! I am Jacqui, a New Zealander living in Japan. I have been living here for twenty years, have two children and am happily married to a great guy. I love sewing, especially bags but I also read a lot, swim in a Masters Club and do aquarobics.

  • Tyler

    Model

    My two sons have been a huge source of inspiration and motivation. They give the final approval for most of the boy's designs!

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Last updated on Aug 29, 2016
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Strap color or length change out? YES, I can do that, just let me know the color and the age or height of the child.