I'm so excited with our Do What You Love interview today! It's with a lady that I've been admiring for a few years now who I've featured on Modish many times in the past. The maker of the bags we all know and love, some of the most simply stylish and durable handmade bags on the market. It's Wendy Downs of Moop! Wendy just recently added her hubby Jeremy onto the Moop team full time, and now they're working together, around their daughters schedule, moving to a new city and trying to renovate a new home at the same time, to make Moop better than ever. Read on!
What do you do for a living?We design and manufacture bags for men, women and children.
How long have you been self-employed? What made you decide to take the leap?
I started Moop about 2 1/2 years ago. For the first 6 months I worked my regular job as well to build things and reach a point that I could work on Moop full time. I was really unhappy at my job so it was easy to make the decision to leave it, but it was also a big risk. Moop was not making enough money to support us yet, but I was confident we would get there.
For two years, we worked tirelessly building the business (we still do this.) My husband is a university professor. One of our goals for this year was to have Moop in a place where Jeremy could join me full time... and we've just decided to make this leap.
In June we moved from Massachusetts to Pittsburgh to be closer to his family and to live in a city that we would be proud to have our business located in. We have BIG plans for the future and feel so fortunate to have such prospects ahead of us. Just as it was a risk for me to leave my job to work on Moop, the same is true for us now (i.e. a tenure track university position certainly offers a more comfortable security), but we are excited about the challenges and opportunities looking forward.
Do you work from home or have a studio/office elsewhere?