Envision Designs is bigger than just a couple of amazing ladies who make beautiful handbags. Started in 2012, it is a part of First Chance Center, a non -profit that operates out of Paoli and serves adults and children with disabilities.
Not only do they keep discarded fabric out of the landfill, 100% of their profit goes back into First Chance Center to help fund programs for our adults and children with disabilities.
How cool is that?
For Amanda Bush, who spearheads the project, knowing that Envision is helping the adults and children at First Chance Center with every bag sold is both her inspiration and the best thing about her job. What’s more, she loves knowing that they’re upcycling fabric that would otherwise be thrown out to make beautiful, functional pieces. “Also,” Amanda tells us, “seeing the joy a new bag brings to our amazing customers is so much fun.”
For the makers of Envision, the job is creative and fun and a nice change from the fast-paced careers that they have worked at in the past. They listen to their customers and come up with some custom masterpieces. The whole design process is inspiring to them.
Amanda’s favorite product is the big utility tote that is perfect for hauling groceries or for use as an overnight bag. It’s big with customers, too, which means you’ll probably love it.
Amanda will have plenty of help on Market Day. She says, “My husband’s nickname is Mr. Envision because he will help build displays, and he will drag our camper to shows and help set things up, and even sell a few bags here and there. My middle daughter also works for First Chance and is kind of shy. Selling our product has helped her learn to talk to people, how to market a product, and what it means to do something that will benefit others. These are valuable lessons she can take with her in the future. My youngest daughter will volunteer at shows and at the center with our clients, as well as model product for me when needed.”
Stop by Envision designs on Market Day (May 11 & 12) and get yourself a cute, handmade bag and support First Center’s mission to make the lives of those with disabilities better. In the meantime, you can find out more about them on First Chance Center’s website or follow Envision Designs on Facebook.
See you there!