When we first started researching the idea of creating our Bridget boutique-designed party and gift set for bridge players we explored every possibility in creating and producing packaging right here in St. Louis. We also relied on our long-standing relationships with local printers when producing the reusable bridge tallies, invitations and score pads featured on our website www.bridgetlovesbridge.com
Everything seemed to be coming together quite nicely until we decided to introduce a fabric travel bag as part of our product offerings, hopeful that bridge players that often take bridge cruises would find the bag useful. We searched high and low in the United States until our search took us to China. Reluctant, we had all of our products estimated by printers, seamstresses and more in China only to discover that after shipping, our costs would be only slightly less and we wouldn’t have the opportunity to keep business in the States.
While we still don’t have a travel bag, we were able to produce our gift box packaging and all of our accessories in the United States, and mostly in the St. Louis region. We have taken our dedication to locally produced items one step further and are working with a local (Glen Carbon, Ill.) seamstress in the production of our custom handbags, our alternative to the travel bag.
Lessons learned? Yes, we can do it all here in the United States. There is no reason to look beyond our borders when the talent and resources we needed to launch a product were right at our doorstep. Now, we can proudly display our Made in the USA symbol on everything we sell and for that, we are very grateful.