Interview with BANGS Shoes' Hannah Davis
There is something extremely exciting and encouraging about the development and explosion of young entrepreneurs making a difference and impacting the world through their businesses. Hannah Davis, founder of BANGS shoes is a strong example of a passionate young entrepreneur who is making a difference while doing something she loves.
Hannah's journey to turn BANGS from an idea into a reality is one that would have left a weaker person far behind. Her mbt shoes sale passion and perseverance would not allow her to fail or even to consider giving up. I have a degree in Political Science with a minor in Mandarin. My passion resides with the potential for individual action to positively impact social development. Running a social enterprise that uses a business plan to make this impact a reality seems to fit with my passion and drive.
ML: How did you get the idea for BANGS Shoes?
HD: BANGS is a social enterprise that connects an ideology to a specific style of mbt shoes for men shoes.
There was no one event that sparked the inspiration for the ideology behind BANGS. In retrospect there were a series of experiences that helped form my worldview and an inextinguishable desire to affect change. There was, however, one specific event that inspired me to connect this desire for change with the style of BANGS shoes.
While teaching English in China after I graduated from Clemson, a friend and fellow teacher at Nantong University bought a pair of Chinese worker's shoes from an mbt mens shoes army surplus store. This event showed me the potential for this specific style of shoes in the Western market and inspired me to develop the quality and look of the shoes to sell in the US.
ML: Very cool. How did this experience result in associating each color of BANGS shoes with a specific nonprofit cause?
HD: The correlation between colors and causes for BANGS shoes was developed through conversations and bouncing around ideas with trusted friends. Once the decision was made that each color of mbt trainers BANGS would represent a different cause, I had to make a decision about how this could maximize positive impact. Would BANGS start a new organization to benefit each cause? Would we partner with already existing organizations? What would partnerships look like? I ultimately decided that impact is made through community leaders, and because there are so many amazing organizations that are already have a presence in communities around the globe, why not work together?
ML: You have four colors representing mbt shoes outlet different causes, are you planning on creating any more in the near future?
HD: Yes! We are currently in development of all black and all white high tops that will roll out in July 2013. The black high tops will invest in Education in the USA, and the white high tops will invest in Financial Empowerment.
The nonprofit partner for Financial Empowerment is Kiva, and we are still researching partners for Education in the USA. The summer of 2010, a few weeks after I conceptualized the color cause timberland outlet correlation for a shoe company, I decided to link the name of the company to the ideology behind the brand. The Chinese character for the word "help" is phonetically spelled b a n g. BANGS.
ML: The first shipment of BANGS took just over two years from an idea to being shipped to your door, how did you stick with it, and what hurdles did you have to overcome to make your dream a reality?
HD: I get that question a fair amount, and the honest answer is the idea of giving up rarely crossed my mind. When timberland waterproof boots you are so far in to something that an idea becomes an indistinguishable part of who you are, your reality switches and it's not a matter of "if", but "when".
The biggest hurdle was securing a manufacturer to make the first order of BANGS. When you're competing for spots in a factory with companies like Nike and Adidas who place orders of 50,000 pairs of shoes every couple of weeks there's a lot of waiting around you have to do.
ML: Has your age been an obstacle or benefit to your business? discount timberland boots Why?
HD: It depends on the situation.
When I am speaking to college groups, I think my age is a benefit. I can easily relate to the audience because I remember very vividly what is was like to be where they are.
When I am speaking with people who have established 20 or 30 year careers running profitable businesses, I think my age can be an obstacle. I have found, however, that in most situations if you are respectful, maintain confidence, and prepared for the situation age is irrelevant.