oovoo handbags have a unique blend of Asian and Western influences that translate into handcrafted works of art. The bags are 100% hand-embroidered and carefully crafted â€” every bag is a unique personality!
oovoo was started as a collaboration between one woman in Virginia and one woman in Vietnam and has grown to support hundreds of Vietnamese women in cooperatives. This multiple award-winning company has a strong focus on producing high quality products while improving the livelihood of women in South East Asia.
Years in Business
Top Selling Product or Service
What Inspired My Business
Five years ago, Pauline Lewis quit her day job as a successful international market researcher and headed east on a life-altering trip through Vietnam. Little did Pauline know, here in the land of Vietnam she would find the inspiration, talent, and drive to create oovoo design! On her trip, Pauline was invited to observe a womenâ€™s cooperative and she remembers, â€œFrom the moment I stepped into the small house where eight women were sitting in an embroidery circle, I knew that I wanted to work with them. I knew right then and there that I would have a company that incorporated embroidery, for women by womenâ€.
Most Unusual Client or Client Story
Recent Business Surprise
I was recently interviewed on TV and the piece ran on the ABC local news network! That was a surprise bit of PR that I wasn't expecting and it was a nice way to end the year!
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Fun Facts About oovoo
Coolest Personal Item on My Desk
I have the following inspirational saying that I got from a fortune cookie, taped to my laptop so I see it every minute of the day: "Let no one every come to you without leaving better and happier."
Where I Plan to Retire
Thailand? Or perhaps New Zealand!
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Make Mine a Million, LinkedIn, Facebook
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Most Challenging Business Obstacle
Other Problem, Growing the business and getting past the "hump" a 3 years of unchanged growth
We applied for a high profile business contest and won and that gave us the self-confidence & PR boost that we needed to continued to grow the business!