FOF Ellen Hart is giving away one of three fabulous tech accessories from Careerbags.com. Choose from an iPod charger in the shape of a classic novel, a savvy rolling laptop carrier, or a chic iPad case from Amy Butler. Enter by answering this question in the comments below: Which of these three accessories would you most like to win?
In the 1988 movie, Working Girl, Melanie Griffith made power suits–stylish, and dressing for the office exciting for women.
In 1991, FOF Ellen Hart did it again. That year, Ellen launched the first ever line of briefcases made specifically for women. “No one made them for women back then,” Ellen says. “Every store that I went into, they tried to sell me that same burgundy men’s briefcase.” Frustrated, Ellen took matters into her own hands, she had her own work bag made–a pink snakeskin briefcase.
Ellen was on a flight with her new briefcase when she met two professional businesswomen. “[I was] sitting between a forensic accountant with a giant black ugly duffel bag, and an attorney with a bunch of ridiculous stuff. I told them my concept. They thought it was a great idea.”
It was then, that Ellen decided that she was going to create a line of beautiful, functional attache cases just for women. “I had no idea how I was going to do it,” Ellen says. “I started doing some consulting work for a woman who had a bag company. [She offered] to teach me how to manufacture locally.” Ellen attended a trade show for the bag company which turned out to be quite serendipitous. “I met a very handsome Italian man that had the most amazing handbags for women,” says Ellen. “I told him my idea, we started talking, and two weeks later, we ended up getting married.” Together Ellen and her husband moved to California and manufactured the first line of briefcases for women for Hartmann luggage, which they named Veronica Hart (“my daughter’s first name and my last name,” says Ellen.)
Ellen’s briefcase contract with Hartmann luggage ended in 1999. A few years later, a friend suggested that she bring the line back, but this time, make the carriers better serve modern tech devices. Ellen did research and found that there were already a number of manufacturers making tech carriers for women. “I found 30 great lines of [professional bags] and laptop carriers for women, but they were too small for major stores to pick up,” says Ellen. “So, I decided to create CareerBags.com. I snatched the domain name, contacted all of these little boutique designers and put together my first online store.”
Since launching CareerBags.com in 2007, Ellen has sold over 20,000 bags through her site. She revamped her site just this week, adding over 2,000 new professional bags and tech accessories for women. Ellen’s site has everything from laptop bags to business totes to cases for any iGadget you might own, and ships all over the world.
With technology changing constantly, Ellen makes it her mission to keep her site stocked with the most up-to-date, trendy tech accessories available. “I read all of these fashion and technology blogs,” Ellen says. “I go to trade shows. A lot of the lines [that] I do business with update their collection according to the latest devices.”
Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: which of these three accessories would you most like to win: an iPod charger in the shape of a classic novel, a savvy rolling laptop carrier, or a chic iPad case from Amy Butler?
Ellen is offering 10% off of any purchase at CareerBags.com, exclusively for FOFs! Use the code FOF726.