Thank you for stopping by my Etsy store. I'm the owner/designer/manufacturer of BabyPeachOriginal. I'm originally from Nara, Japan but have been residing in the US for over 20 years.
BabyPeach was originally created back in 2002. The first sale was at a local flea market in Raleigh, NC with just a small selection of bags. Despite the small selection, I had the best responses from my audience and that led me to create an online store. Over the course of 5 years, my business grew tremendously and I ended up making more than 2000 handbags - most of which were one-of-a-kind. My orders ranged from individual customer sales to wholesale purchases to a number of boutiques in America, Europe and Asia.
In 2008, I decided to take a break from BabyPeach in order to pursue my college degree in textile design at East Carolina University. I learned many different techniques in fabric, weaving, and yarn dyeing such as Ikat, Shibori, and encaustics. Focusing on textiles design at college emboldened my love for textiles and my future career to be based on textiles related field.
In 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a focus on surface design in textiles. During my undergrad, I worked at a NC-based canvas bag manufacturer, Parrott Canvas Company as a product developer/CAD designer. During my five years there, I learned an extensive amount about the mass production process as well as technical skills such as pattern-making and problem-solving while working with heavy duty industrial grade materials.
In 2016, My family and I decided to move to the Portland, Oregon area so I could be a little closer to my family back in Japan.
Currently, I work as a full-time designer and a production manager at Kirikomade in Portland, Oregon. During the week, I create new, innovative designs and art with Kirikomade and during the weekends, I still push myself to produce the bags and accessories I love for BabyPeach. In this way, I am always trying to incorporate a little bit of my home into all of my products to bring a little piece of Japan to you.