After many successful get-togethers, the MIB Spirit Spring Meet-up once again brought together independent business owners from all across Dhaka, giving them the platform they need in order to interact with customers first hand, and to get the kind of exposure young and creative entrepreneurs are looking for.
The event kicked off on the 6th of April at 11:00 AM at Clay Station, Banani. The place was full of young creative minds beaming with excitement as they chatted with customers who they usually interact with via social media. There were stalls with traditional and contemporary clothing and jewelry, home decor items, hand-crafted leather shoes, beautifully designed notebooks, bookmarks and of course, delicious cupcakes and brownies. The one thing they all had in common though, was that they were all independent, Bangladeshi business owners, who make their products here.
Like Ornate by Ona, who, even though she has a full time job at a digital marketing agency, has always had a passion for designing clothes. She told us how her full time job inspired her to make affordable yet trendy clothes for students or young working women who wanted to look on point when they are going to work or class.
Another designer, Mehnaz Ahmed Adiba, is a full time architect by profession, but is also a designer of ethnic and traditional jewelry, but with a modern twist. She has rings with rickshaw art on them and also headpieces inspired by jewelry worn by her grandmother; bringing together the past and the present in perfect ornamental harmony.
Muchi, an adoring reminder of the true shoe experts of our country, is an initiative taken upon by four friends who love shoes, and who took time out of their everyday office jobs to invest in making hand-crafted leather shoes for men. Shafaqat Alam, the Managing partner of Muchi, told us how important it was for them to maintain quality and to use local artisans only and raw materials from Old Dhaka.
There were stalls like Brownie Hut as well, for those who wanted a bite to eat. Brownie Hut is an independent dessert endeavor run by two sisters, Mehruk and Madiha. We spoke to Mehruk who told us how she always loved baking and that she decided to use it as a project for her entrepreneurship course while studying BBA. It’s been three years since she opened a Facebook page for her business and by now, she has already worked with 10 other restaurants, and currently holds a pop-up shop inside Oregano, in Dhanmondi.
Other pop-ups included Eat Better, another delicious dessert venture which brought its signature dessert – Perfé. Apart from eateries there were many other businesses present at the event such as TigerBow, a company which makes bow ties using local materials and Home Junction, a home decor company, as well as many other artisans from Bangladesh.
The perfect platform for up and coming creatives, the MIB Spirit Meet-up, upholds the spirit, the vibrancy and the authentic beauty of Dhaka city, through art, entrepreneurship and everything in between. The event is on till the 7th of April, so go check it out!