Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqui McMahon.
Hi Jacqui, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
Born and raised in Essex, England. I worked in finance for many years before moving to Utah in 2010. I left my career in 2016 to focus on my three children, which was both a hard and wonderful time in my life!
Early in 2021 I still felt like there was so much more I could do with my time and energy. Whilst I am so grateful to have been with my children during these crucial years of their lives, I really had a desire to build something that was going to challenge me to grow and learn new skills.
So, when I couldn’t find a functional yet stylish everyday bag that allowed me to pack all the things for my family in all our daily excursions, I decided to make one myself! I felt there was a gap in what I was looking for. I like the functionality of certain bags, but I really didn’t like the look of them and how they made me feel about myself.
Designing, creating, and building the BRNG brand has been my most fulfilling career challenge to date. I am constantly inspired by the different ways everyone uses their BRNG bag, from skiing to groceries to the beach and beyond.
At the end of the day, not only do I want people to stay organized, but I also want to help them show up on time and look their best – so they can have fun, make memories, and always feel confident doing it.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I would say the biggest struggle was believing in myself and realizing that I won’t have all the answers straight away. It was definitely a messy progress situation where I had to do everything myself. I’ve always worked in environments that foster teamwork, Working alone was new for me and although I’ve come to really enjoy it, it’s been difficult at times to know what the next step should be.
My husband Ryan is my greatest supporter and he’s been crucial to my success so far.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
What sets us apart – The BRNG Bag isn’t a bag you use every once in a while… It’s your everyday companion that helps keep you organized and make life on the go easier. Our bags are lightweight, durable, and have a large capacity to fit all your essentials for whatever the occasion. This superior functionality coupled with our stylish prints makes the BRNG Bag the perfect everyday bag that our customers love.
I’m most proud of never giving up on the end goal. There’s been times where have doubted my ability and have allowed imposter syndrome to take over. Starting a business and having a young family is hard as you are always pulled in so many directions and it’s a challenge to keep everything afloat; I think allowing myself the grace to know things don’t have to always be perfect. I have allowed progress over perfection which is where I have seen things go from just an idea to having the end product.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
I would love everyone to use their bags and show us how they use them. We really need to get the brand out there that it’s not just a bag. It’s an everyday essential!
It helps you stay organized and look cute.
We are also coming out with a new Mini collection which has so many uses!
- $45 for each bag
- Website: www.brngbag.com
- Instagram: brng.bag
- Facebook: brng.bag
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