On 15th November,2017, we were honoured to have hosted some students and facilitators from Dartmouth College at the mSimps shop. We had conversations on global trade, manufacturing and entrepreneurship. Great conversations always.
mSimps’ Adwuma Leather Laptop Bag is a uniquely crafted unisex gear from the most durable leather and amply padded to provide the ultimate, stylish and yet secured holding for laptops for him or her. mSimps consciously created this exquisite laptop bag to provide the right amount of room for your accessories and those extra necessities the everyday user of a laptop requires while ensuring that you carry it around on your shoulder or in your hand with utmost pride and comfort.
Travel on that business or fun trip in absolute style with mSimps’ Travel Duffel Bag from our Adwuma line. It is big enough to hold all you need for a quick business trip or weekend away.
mSimps’ Travel Duffel Bag has an exterior made of pure leather with fugu detailing to give it that sleek, African and yet global look. It also comes with both inside and back pockets serving as additional storage.
mSimps’ Travel Duffel Bag combines quality with style and a uniqueness that blends with the user’s personality in a flawless and appealing manner.
There’s always that time all you need is to grab your laptop and dash for that meeting across town. Or that time where you know you have to move around light but need your laptop to remain secured and unscathed.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Adwuma Leather Laptop Sleeve from mSimps. It is for both he and she, comes padded with a back pocket, and in a variety of beautiful colours. Adwuma Leather Laptop Sleeve is designed for the corporate executive and the student who can’t do without his or her laptop.
The ‘charlies’ are made of leather and patched with Africa print fabric.
TIP 1: How to clean fabric
Use a damp cotton cloth dipped in a solution of very mild detergent to gently bloat the fabric area and rub over it. After,use the damp cotton cloth dipped in clean water and rub over the fabric. This will take out the detergent.
For the leather part, brush over it with a little amount of shoe polish (depending on the colour of the leather;black or tan).
Go through this step and you will have your mBarima ‘Charlies’ looking as lovely as the first day it was purchased.
Tip 2: How to clean White leather
Bought an mBarima ‘Charlies’ made of white leather? Here is how to clean it.
Dip a piece of cotton wool in nail polish remover. Rub it over the leather and allow to dry.
It’s as simple as that.
mSimps wants to say a big thank you to all who have and are yet to purchase an mSimps handbag and clutch. Knowing how you love your bag, we decided to bring you some tips for caring for your handbag.
The handbag is perhaps the most functional fashion accessory. Most women use their handbags everyday and count on them to hold their precious possessions. Handbags come in a wide array of styles and matrials. Whether clutch or a handbag; fabric or leather, it is important to take proper care of your handbag. Doing so will improve the longevity of the handbag, keeping it looking its best.
TIP#1 HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FABRIC BAG
mSimps’ fabric handbags are constructed leather and wax print. Dry cleaning is recommended but you can also clean the handbag yourself. A damp cotton cloth dipped in a solution of very mild detergent can be used to gently wipe away the dirt or spill. Before trying this be sure to test in a hidden area so as not to damage your handbag. Then use a small velvet brush to gently brush along with the grain of the fabric. Allow your handbag to air dry completely before use.
TIP #2 HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LEATHER BAG
If you bought an mSimps bag made of leather or had a part made of leather and you stained it, here is how to take care of the stain or spill.Use a damp cotton cloth dipped in a solution of very mild detergent to gently bloat the affected area or wipe but never rub it.Test it out in an inconspicuous area first. This method is most effective when a stain is fresh. You can’t rush the process cleaning handbags, so don’t be afraid to let your bag dry and repeat the process. Successful cleaning may take several tries.
What truly defines humanity is realising your potential, living up to the potential and to crown it all, share the valuable experience with up and comers to help shape their future and continue to grow society.
Mabel Simpson of mSimps, a leading fashion house, has pledged to share her experience, gained over the years, with the youth who are venturing into entrepreneurship
As an exceptional fashion entrepreneur and creative director at mSimps, producers of Made in Ghana slippers, bags, and iPad covers all made out of leather and African print, Ms. Simpson, believes that with five years in the industry, she has gathered enough experience to motivate and inspire others.
Mabel resigned her office job in 2010 to set-up her fashion accessory brand, mSimps. With an initial capital outlay of GH¢200 and a sewing machine she borrowed from her grandmother, mSimps has evolved into one of the biggest fashion brands that, today, manufactures customized hand-made accessories such as handbags, dresses and hair brooches, laptop bags, shoes and other accessories.
With her company sourcing about 80percent of her raw materials locally, mSimps provides direct and indirect employment to several Ghanaians, and her products are now in shops in the US, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa.
Ms Simpson, who just returned from the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) in the United States of America (USA) believes she has returned to Ghana with new ideas for her business and youth entrepreneurship in general.
She has therefore expressed her company’s readiness to improve its overall operations so as to deliver better products and services to its numerous clients.
According to her, the AWEP programme which is under the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) offered her and about 30 other African women entrepreneurs the opportunity to attend professional development meetings and network with U.S. policy makers, companies, industry associations, non-profit groups, and multilateral development organizations.
The three-week programme, she indicated, was a great learning experience which allowed her to share her experiences and challenges as well as learn more about how to grow her business in the long term.
She was elated when she met face to face with distinguished personalities such as Ms. Natalia Koliadina who will be moving to Ghana to become IMF Resident Representative; Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa; JC Mazingue, Apparel Trade Advisor of USAID; and Rahama Wright, President and CEO, Shea Yeleen of Workshop and Social Entrepreneurship.
“We were privileged to have representatives from the IMF, World Bank and IFC speak to us on how to access capital and how they are supporting the growth of SME’s in sub-Saharan Africa.” She stated
Other global women entrepreneurs such as Ella, co-founder of Shopsoko and Sara, founder of Beau and Ro Bag Company were also at the programme to share their challenges in starting and running their businesses, and how they have overcome them and gave them tips on branding, packaging, managing a website and social media pages.
The programme also offered them the opportunity to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico where they were welcomed by the Mayor Pro Tem, Mr. Peter Ives the International Museum of Folk Art, where they learnt about the International Folk Art Market, met with buyers who educated them on procedures, standards and pricing and also visited the Spanish market and Canyon Road which houses lots of galleries and art shops.
They joined other participants at the Chicago Cultural Centre where they showcased their products to businesses and individuals in Chicago.
The AWEP participants were also privileged to be hosted by Mr. Russ Rosenzweig, Co-Founder and CEO, 86 Pillars LLC at La Maison Florsheim.
Rosenzweig is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, business advisor and instructor in the area of entrepreneurship. He also gave a presentation on how to structure their businesses, win the right clients and maintain them and how to prepare ourselves for success and wealth.
“One of the opportunities this trip has offered is learning about each other’s country and culture. It was a great learning experience,” Mabel said with excitement. She expressed her profound gratitude to the US Embassy Ghana and the Department of State for believing in her and presenting her with this lifetime opportunity.
“The best experience I’ve had since I started the entrepreneurial journey. All I can say is: whatever you are doing, do it, be passionate, stay focused, make the mistakes and learn, face the challenges, have faith and you will be noticed,” she advised
The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is a trade capacity building program started by the U.S. Department of State in 2010.
In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the program provides firm-level technical support to sub-Saharan African women entrepreneurs to help them access the networks, knowledge, and capital they need to grow their businesses, export their products, and create jobs and economic growth in their countries.