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Most Coveted Jamaican Made Travel Accessories

After falling in love with Janz Creations images on Instagram, I tracked down the brains behind the brand to get the inside scoop about Jamaica’s most talked about travel accessories. Where I was excited to learn that Janz Creations is a thoroughly modern, Jamaican family affair.

Join me as I catch up with the trailblazing trio to find out what they are up to this year, plus I have gleaned some of their ‘in the know’ insider tips for the best that Jamaica has to offer.

Flying the Flag for Jamaican Made Products

Janz Creations is one of the new breed of fearless Jamaican creative companies that has been launched to much acclaim. Filling a niche in the market with a product line that wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of a glossy magazine. Janz Creations are putting the stylish edge into ‘Jamaican Made’ with their line of Travel and Tea Accessories.

Following a hectic couple of months being featured at the most stylish events on the Kingston shopping scene on the run up to Christmas, Janz Designs have hit the ground running in 2017, with new fabric designs being launched, along with a limited edition romantic Valentines Day campaign.

Coveted by all the most stylish people in Jamaica, those in the know are stocking up on pieces from Janz Creations to carry back overseas, smug in the knowledge that they have brought back something from their vacation that everyone else wishes they thought of.

If you are visiting Jamaica and are looking for an authentic memento that you will still love and use when you reach back home, seek out  a stockist of Janz Creations. You heard it here first…

More Information: Support Jamaica Buy Jamaican!

In the Beginning – A Kingston Born Entrepreneur

No stranger to business, Janet Ferguson had designed and created products long before Janz Creations was formally launched. As Janet’s artistic background and passion for practical designs meant that every time she created something for herself, her friends and family would insist that she made another to sell to them. This support and encouragement spurned Janet on to team up with her daughters, Kerri-Ann and Keisha to launch their family owned business in September 2015…

“I was motivated to make products that are useful and necessary, but often forgotten or unavailable. High end shoes come in bags, but the majority of people cannot afford such shoes, but the bags are so useful for travel and everyday use. Who wants to have their underwear on display when their bags are being checked at customs? The lingerie bags provide privacy for these personal items.”

Priding themselves on creating high quality tea and travel collection products, their company philosophy is to provide ‘products that are useful and which offer good value for the price charged’. This vision is effortlessly executed with the beautifully shot marketing images shot by, Toni-Ann Photography.

 

Shoe and Lingerie Bag Janz Creations
Shoe and Lingerie Bag Janz Creations

 

Hand-Made Products Hitting the Fabric Trends

Scouring through the images on Janz Creations Instagram feed, there is no denying that Janz Creations is on the pulse of the latest colour and fabric trends. Taking inspiration from nature, culture and magazines, the Team selects fabrics and prints based on current trends in the fashion industry.

These fabrics are then hand-cut and meticulously sewn by Janz Creations Founder, Janet Ferguson, assisted by a local seamstress in her atelier. The choice of fabrics cover the full spectrum, so you can find modern heritage floral patterns, colour blocking, polka dots, denim, prints and stripes. There is literally something for everyone, including men and children.

The pieces are priced in the range of $600 – $4,500 JMD, which is super affordable if you want to start collecting their range.

I will be stocking up on the products with the the iKat, batik, geometric and blue anchor fabrics, which I absolutely LOVE!

Why it is a Good Idea to Invest in Travel Accessories

Whether you are zipping around town or visiting an overseas destination, travelling can be stressful. One of the best ways to make travelling less stressful is to be organised. It’s the little things that help, like having a place for everything and putting everything back in its place. By investing in some travel accessories you can make sure that you stay on top of your game, whilst dazzling everyone you meet with your practical and stylish hero products.

Purposefully designed travel accessories can also help protect the lining of your favorite bag, whilst fun prints make things easier to find when scrabbling in the depths of your handbag for something small. And who doesn’t want a pretty little teabag wallet to toss into their handbag for Green Tea on the go?

 

Janz Creations Product Line

Janz Creations currently carry two products lines, Travel and Tea Collections.

Travel Collection:

  • Card Holders
  • Cell Phone Charging Pockets
  • Diaper Bags
  • eReader Cases
  • Laundry Bags
  • Lingerie Bags
  • Luggage Handle Covers
  • Passport Holders
  • Shoe Bags
  • Swimsuit (wet) Bags
  • Children’s wet bags and lunch bags

Tea Collection:

  • Tea Cozies
  • Tea Wallets

 

Tea Cozy Janz Creations
Tea Cozy Janz Creations

What’s next from Janz Designs…

You heard it here first!

“In the next 3 -5 years we would have added more products to our collection and a few more vendors, some of whom would be in other Caribbean islands. We continue to listen to our customers as we have gotten very good product ideas from them. We will also be exploring the bridal market through partners, where we will offer our products as customizable bridal party gifts”.

 

Card Holders Janz Creations
Card Holders Janz Creations

 

Janz Creations Insider Guide to Jamaica

If you are looking to visit Jamaica like a local, there is more than one way of doing it. So in the interest of public service I have quizzed the stylish trio for their insider knowledge on ‘how to do Jamaica like a Kingstonian PRO’!

 

Janet Ferguson raised her daughters in her childhood stomping ground of St. Andrew, where they all have fond memories of the area…

“We all grew up in St. Andrew. Our favourite memories were playing with friends in the stream at the front of our house and mini adventures into the hills. Road trips to the rural areas, picnics at Hollywell and attending Easter morning performances by NDTC (National Dance Theatre Company) are some of our family faves”.

 

Janz Creations on Why Jamaica is an Ideal Vacation Destination

“Jamaica would appeal to a visitor that is looking for a change in pace, with friendly and welcoming people, fantastic food, beaches, rich history and vibrant art scape. Many people would be enlightened by a visit to the Synagogue which is one of the oldest in this hemisphere”.

 

What Janz Creations love about Living in Jamaica

“We love the lifestyle, weather and overall energy of the country, having all lived at some time in the United States and the Jamaican example of ‘Out or Many, One People’”

 

Places Fixed on Janz Creations Jamaican Speed Dial

Retail Shops: Kerry Man Woman Home, Kutriments, Tea Pot, Taylor’d 4 Babies, Courtney Washington

Restaurants: Triple Tz on Annette Crescent has the best Sunday Morning breakfast.

Hang Outs: There are so many, but San San beach in Portland is a must. Can’t forget Devon House Ice Cream…ooh that rum and raisin.

 

Janz Creations Favourite Island Hide-aways for a Weekend in Jamaica

“We love to stay in Ocho Rios (Old Forte Bay). Ochi is now very close with the new high way and we loved the staff at Old Forte Bay. It is very relaxing and great spot for a small group or family get away.

We also enjoy Ibero Star in Montego Bay. This has been one of the best hotels we have stayed at, from the staff to the food and accommodations”.

 

Janz Creations Highlights about Living in Jamaica

Living in Jamaica is truly a wonderful experience. Nothing beats living in a warm climate on an island year round. When we have free time we enjoy trips to Hellshire Beach to eat fish and festival, the taste cannot be replicated anywhere else we have visited so it is a must go for all visitors. Also the simple things: the ability to laugh at ourselves, relax and the congeniality of our people. With all its problems there is no place like Jamaica”.

 

Janz Creations Top 5 Spots to Visit in Jamaica

1. Devon House – ice cream
2. Hellshire Beach
3. Triple Tz
4. San San Beach
5. Tastee Patties

 

Janz Creations Favourite Authenic Jamaican Foods and Pastimes

Jamaican Food: “Ackee & Saltfish, Patties, Fried dumplings, Escoviche Fish and Festival”

Jamaican Pastimes: “Carnival, Track Meets, NDTC Performances, Live Concerts, especially Sumfest & Rebel Salute”

 

Shop Janz Creations

Janz Creations website offers delivery within Kingston & St. Andrew. Wholesale items can be personalised.

 

Retail Locations Carrying Janz Designs

Kerry Man Woman Home
18 South Avenue
Kingston, Jamaica

 

Kutriments
Shop #18
Mall Plaza
Kingston, Jamaica

 

Taylor’d 4 Babies
27 Lady Musgrave Rd
Unit 3
Kingston, Jamaica

 

The Teapot
106 Hope Rd.
Sovereign Centre
Shop 27a
Kingston, Jamaica

 

Island Florals
Devon House
Shop #25
26 Hope Road
Kingston 10, Jamaica

 

Contact Janz Creations

Janz Creations Website: www.janzcreations.com
Email: janzcreation@gmail.com
Instagram: Janz_Creation
FaceBook:  Janz Creations

Disclaimer: All images used with kind permission of Janz Creations, copyright Janz Creations.

Photography Credit: Toni-Ann Photography.

 

 

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Bresheh Enterprises a ‘Jamaican Made’ Success Story

I have a new bag crush. I have wanted to get a backpack for a while as a hands free alternative to my usual luggage, but haven’t seen anything that took my fancy. That is until now. I recently came across a socially aware luggage company that has launched in Jamaica and I am now desperate to get my hands on one (or two) of their gorgeous bags! Bresheh Enterprises is a home-grown company set up by two special twenty-something brothers with one industrial sewing machine on their veranda in Kingston, Jamaica and a bag of drive and tenacity. Bresheh Enterprises a Jamaican Made Success Story in the making has got my attention. Support Jamaica! Buy Jamaican!

Who and What Are Bresheh Enterprises?

Who and What Are Bresheh Enterprises? The story of the Bresheh brothers, Davian and Randy McLaren and how they came to set up Bresheh Enterprises is an inspirational one. The brothers wanted to translate their love of Jamaican culture into a business venture and choose to initially tackle the imported luggage and accessory market with a line of their own. This seems logical when you consider that Randy was a successful social entrepreneur trained at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, whilst Davian had plenty of retail experience and was naturally creative, already successfully remodelling shop bought backpacks whilst at school. ‘Bresheh’ is a Jamaican term for ‘Breadfruit’, (which is one of my favourite foods to eat in Jamaica) and the McLaren brothers celebrate it in all it’s glory and versatility in this range of Jamaican inspired luggage.

Copyright Bresheh Enterprises
Copyright Bresheh Enterprises

Bresheh Enterprises is Launched

Like many young Jamaican’s the brothers had big dreams and on 1st August 2015, they launched Bresheh Enterprises on their home veranda full of hope for the future. The McLaren brothers wanted to bring a high quality alternative to the mass imported luggage market in Jamaica, whilst creating local employment opportunities. And so, by pushing forward and utilising the brother’s respective skills, Bresheh Enterprises was born. The brothers design and produce all of their luggage line right here in Jamaica, for the Jamaican and international market.  Nearly one year later, the Jamaican Made accessory line with the brother’s flair for design and 100% customisation, is quickly knocking spots off the competition. Their initial tenacity has paid off as the Bresheh Brothers sold close to 150 bags in less than 3 months of launching and have completed 500+ orders to date. If you would like more information or would like to order a bag from Bresheh Enterprises you can check out their website here….

Bresheh Enterprises Goals in Their Own Words…

Bresheh’s goal is to capture the good vibes and high energy of Jamaican culture in a range of high-quality, locally manufactured products, beginning with bags. Bresheh bags are locally made and 100% customizable, allowing customers to choose the design, size, colours and materials used. Customers can also add their names, initials, logo or social media handles to further personalize the bags. Bresheh also offers after sales support to guarantee their customers’ ongoing satisfaction. The Bresheh Collection is ideal for students, teachers, corporate professionals, musicians, gym enthusiasts, companies, government agencies and event planners.” Randy McLaren

“Bresheh is an enterprise with a social mission. Apart from providing jobs for young people, our intention is to include tags in each bag that will carry information on how to report child abuse, sexual and intimate partner violence. Additionally, 5% of every bag sold will be donated to wards of the state, juvenile offenders and reintegration programs. Via partnerships with schools, we plan to start a scholarship fund to assist students needing financial and development support.” Randy McLaren

Bresheh Bag A Dreams
Bresheh Bag A Dreams

Bresheh Bag a Dreams – A Crowd Funding Project for Bresheh Enterprises

The McLaren brothers have a crowd funding campaign on isupportjamaica.com, which is governed and organised through Jamaica National Small Loans Division. The ambitious brothers are hoping to raise US$10,000 to grow their business to the next level and to start their social mission objectives. Show some support and get behind the Bresheh Bag a Dreams – A Crowd Funding Project for Bresheh Enterprises.

How will the funds be used?

  1. Industrial sewing machines
  2. Embroidery machine
  3. Fabric cutting machine
  4. Raw material
  5. Product Development

“This means that we will be able to train and employ more people, give back more in scholarships and grants which is part of our social mission. We will also be closer to rolling out an empowerment and training programme for underserved/unattached youth.” Randy McLaren

How You Can Help Bresheh Enterprises Reach Their Crowd Funding Goals

Randy McLaren has this message on how you can help support the Bresheh Enterprises crowd funding project:

“THANK YOU!  This project cannot happen without your help! Thank you for believing in us and encouraging us as artists and manufacturers. With this success, we hope to bring you more products inspired both by the versatility of the breadfruit and the culture of Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world.” Randy McLaren

 

Copyright Bresheh Enterprises
Copyright Bresheh Enterprises

Disclaimer: All images and quoted text, copyright Bresheh Enterprises. 

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