Bubble gum pink is my signature color, so while standing in yet another long shopping line this week, I was intrigued with a handbag a sharply dressed woman behind me was carrying. I found out that it was more than just a cute and rather unique handbag, but her way of sharing her personal story of surviving breast cancer five years ago. She shared with me her entire journey, pausing a few times as tears filled her eyes and as she became choked up, expressing repeatedly how much more special Christmas time is to her, since it was around this time of year five years ago that she was initially diagnosed. She hopes that by carrying her Beijo handbag, it will continue to give her an opportunity to share her story of triumph and remind women to get their annual mammograms.
Later, I did my own research on the company Beijo, and found that it was designed by Susan Handley, a single mom struggling just to make ends meet, with no prior business experience. With the encouragement of her friends, a loan from her father, and the desire to make a better life for herself and her toddler son, Kyle, Beijo was launched. It was Kyle, in fact, who provided the name for his mom’s company. “Beijo”, which means “kiss” in Portuguese, was his second spoken word.
Handley designed this bag as her Pinky Promise and a labor of love, with 35% of the sales of this bag being donated to three fabulous organizations that were instrumental in helping her own mother successfully battle breast cancer – Breast Cancer Network of Strength, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Society. Your purchase ensures that no one faces cancer alone, and will help to raise funds to benefit research and patient support, both locally and nationally.
Pinky Promise is a medium size handbag with a detachable shoulder strap, a zip top closure, interior zip compartment, cell phone and PDA pockets and hardware feet along the bottom provide upright support and additional protection. This bag has been designed with a unique, meaningful profile that speaks volumes, without you ever saying a word !
This purse retails for $95 and for ordering information, (think of me as your personal shopper with the fee waived), I have located you a Beijo Handbag Consultant at www.RBritton.beijobags.com and all you have to do is mention seeing this on Ask Miss A! Pinky promise.