I understand from your sister that you did not want to get treatment for your mental illness because you were afraid of how it would impact or damage your happy-go-lucky brand. But I can tell you: I would have understood. I think we all would have understood. Or maybe even learned a great lesson.
I too am guilty of showing too little to others. And as a female entrepreneur especially so.
This bag made me look how I wanted to feel: chic, sleek, got-it-all-together. But you open it up & it tells the truth: that we are all more colorful & complicated on the inside than we want to show on the outside. We are both. Art and artifice.
And that is what makes your story so rich and important: yes, you designed sunny, fun, quirky, happy-go-lucky bags and clothes. And they were, to some extent, a reflection of you & your personality. But you also were in great pain. You were both.
A sea of black and a riot of color.
We are all so much more than we want others to see or know. We are never just one thing. Just one color.
I will try and learn your lesson: your bag is a metaphor.
BookMovement Founder & Fellow Female Entrepreneur