Simply Vague supports local artists, handcrafters, food artisans, and farmers. They are a consignment based store who sell new, one of a kind (handmade) items. Everything in the store is made locally! Visit Simply Vague at www.shoplocalsv.com or at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing in Dublin Ohio!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Personal Baggage! I am so thankful that my husband and I were able to place 3 dogs in forever homes this year so they were able to spend the holiday season with their new families and not alone! I can't save them all, but I am happy for the ones I can save! Please opt to adopt!
We had a great time at our first Craftin' Outlaws event! Lots of new customers and an overall great turn out. Best of all we were able to raise some $$$ for the Ohio SPCA's hay fund through our tshirt sale donation! (Photos by Jessica Miller Photography)
Come see our display at the Simply Vague store in Tuttle Mall! This store supports local artisans in Ohio. As always we will continue to donate to local animal rescues and causes with our tshirt sales. So remember to Support Local Small Businesses at Simply Vague this Holiday Season!
We had a great Trunk Show at What The Rock last night! There were some great loyal Personal Baggage supporters as well as some newbies! A portion of our t-shirt sales at this event benefitted PetPromise!
We are so excited to be selling our shirts in Three Dog Bakery! This is our first time ever trying to sell our shirts in an actual store front. We have the cutest little display with some of our most loved designs. If you haven't been into Three Dog Bakery before try to image a posh pet boutique nestled in the Short North with anything from gourmet treats to toys and clothing for your fur kids! They are located at 611 N High St in Columbus Ohio, you can also check out their website at www.threedogcolumbus.com!
Our first fostering experience was a bit of a whirlwind. Let me start by saying that my husband and I both work full time, I do Personal Baggage on the side, and we share our home with 2 beagle mixes and 1 domestic rabbit. So we are busy 90% of the time. However, I have been volunteering with animal rescues in central Ohio for the past 5 years and I know how important fostering an animal is. It can literally mean life or death for the animals involved. So it had been on my bucket list if things I wanted to try. So after many discussions and excuses of why we couldn't foster, we finally bit the bullet and decided to take in 2 Daschaund/Beagle brothers. We named them Mo and Bubba and basically treated them the same as we did our dogs. We fed them, played with them, started the potty training process, took them to their neuter appointment... At times it was pure chaos taking care of 4 dogs at once! We didn't know how long they would stay with us until they found their own permanent homes, but we took it all day by day. They both ended up getting adopted by the same family, and I got to be very involved in the adoption process. I will say that as happy as I was to see them go to their new forever home, a small piece of my heart ached that they wouldn't be "mine" anymore. All and all the whole fostering process was bittersweet and I would definitely do it all over again!
Our first Trunk Show was a huge success! Kristen from the Candle Lab in Powell was so kind to host us. Personal Baggage supporters from all over showed up to shop our t-shirts! A portion of our sales at this event benefitted the Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Please check out their amazing adoptables - www.powellpaws.org.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
PB: "My name is Nikki Doran. I am an animal advocate. I design fashionable graphic tee's with strong messages regarding animal welfare and animal rights issues. This isn’t your plain old t-shirt brand. We live and breathe each message we put on our shirts."
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
PB: "I work full time as a CAD Artist for Lane Bryant. I am on the volunteer fundraising committee for a local rescue called PetPromise. I also do some volunteer work with Powell Animal Welfare Society. I am a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and Bowling Green State University. I love to travel, read, and watch documentaries. I also love just spending time with my husband, our 2 rescue dogs, family, and friends."
Where do you get your creativity from?
PB: "My whole family is creative. I was raised by parents who rarely told me ‘No’, they encouraged me to explore and create without boundaries. My older sister is an Art Teacher and my younger sister is an Installation Artist. I guess it’s just in my blood."
What got you into the craft hobby?
PB: "I loved the fast pace energy of the fashion industry and I have always loved animals. I came up with the concept for Personal Baggage when I was in college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. When I started learning about CAD design with Lane Bryant I knew that I loved it and soon I started designing graphic tee’s at home specifically geared toward animal rights."
How would you describe your creative process?
PB: "LOTS of research on animal rights issues, I like to really believe in something if I am putting it on one of my shirts. Then I like to research what’s trending in fashion and what types of similar messages are already out there on t-shirt's so I don’t copy anyone else’s work. I like to be as unique and original as possible."
What is your most favorite item that you have ever produced?
PB: "I love all my t-shirt designs, but my favorite one is ‘GO FAUX’. This one really hits home because I work in an industry where animal products are so frequently used and animals are often mistreated in the process. I choose not to wear fur, wool, or leather because I believe there are great alternatives out there. I love my cruelty-free wardrobe."
What is your goal with your talent, what are you hoping to achieve?
PB: "Currently I just want to spread the message about animal cruelty issues in a fashionable way. I want people to wear my shirts and basically be a walking billboard for animal rights. And, I want to continue to help support local animal rescues through our donations; it’s nice to know that every time we sell a shirt we can give to an animal in need. However, someday when I retire I would love to open a vegan boutique in Central Ohio."
What got you into selling your art/craft?
PB: "I knew I wanted to make a product that made a difference. When people started seeing how passionate I was about the cause, they started to support it. I started selling shirts to my family and close friends. Now I ship shirts all over the U.S., it is very cool."
What is the message behind your work?
PB: "Education. I am a firm believer that you cannot fault someone for something they don’t know, all you can do is educate them and let them decide for themselves. I can’t change everyone’s mind about animal rights issues, but the way I see it I would rather be doing something to help then nothing at all. We are not perfect; we continue to learn and grow every day. Personal Baggage is a way for me to combine my love for animals with my lust for fashion."
How long have you been doing this for?
PB: "I came up with an idea in 2007, and then I started putting it into motion (very slowly) in 2009. Today my business has tripled and I continue to work with more local animal rescue groups and enter more and more shows. It is really exciting to see the response from people who support what we do. Personal Baggage continues to evolve every day."