I am thrilled that everyone who uses my bags, knows they are getting a unique product worthy of New York high fashion.
Before I created Designs by Joanna Stanek, I was actually a Physics major in college. I eventually changed my major to Meteorology, then ended up as a Photography major after two extremely challenging years.
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life, just that the arts, especially photography, made me happy. After graduating though, my passion for sewing grew until it was all I wanted to do.
I’ve never had any formal sewing training; my mom taught me the basics of hand and machine sewing when I was little, and I have since taught myself everything else I know (with some helpful tips and pointers along the way).
I was concerned that maybe my bags wouldn’t be good enough, and that no one would take me seriously since I am from such a tiny, rural town.
But then one day, I decided that I was going to make it happen, no matter how hard it was going to be, and no matter how many people told me I couldn’t do it.
I decided to set out to create the most high-end, quality based purses and bags for the most beautiful women to look and feel their best.
It turns out, the road was more difficult than I imagined.
Many people, especially around my home town, got offended, and ridiculed me when my prices were higher than what they’d find at Walmart or Target.
It was really difficult for me to find quick and efficient methods of working since I was running a business by myself, and even more difficult to find someone who could help make my bags to my standards.
I worked as hard as I could, for 12-15 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether it be sewing, researching, website work, advertising, or somewhere in between.
It took me about six years of hard work and dedication to be 100% proud and confident of my own products.
I sometimes still face days of disappointment and setback. However, I live my life and run my business based on the qualities of faith, perseverance, diligence, self-discipline, self-control, and the goodness of God.
Through it all, Designs by Joanna Stanek keeps growing and improving every day.
The happiness of my customers and my love of creating is worth it all!