Hey babes –
So if you follow me on instagram… You’ve probably seen me posting an embarrassing number of stories… A lot of the time without makeup or filters LOL. But you ALSO probably know that I am going to be starting as a brand ambassador for Swanky Explorers. So you may have been wondering what this company is all about… And I CAN’T WAIT to help spread the word about this amazing subscription box.
You know how the best part of traveling is that you come home with a suitcase full of special little knicknacks you picked up along the way? Well, Swanky Explorers captures that FOR YOU and once a month, you’ll get a box from a different city around the world! They will have a little breakdown for you as well explaining exactly why each item was included. What an amazing idea right?! Well I think the concept is genius (as millennials we all want to wander as much as possible but don’t alwaysss have the funds to do so!) so I went ahead and interviewed the founder for you guys so you can hear her story and the thought process that went into the company. She also provides some great advice for young business women looking to start something of their own. Take a read below! xx
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- Tell us a bit about YOU! Where are you from? What did you study in school? What are your interests?
My name is Sumintra, I am originally from Delaware, and currently reside in Georgia. In college, I studied Psychology and Public Health. I’m interested in giving back to the community, maintaining my physical and mental well-being, and traveling to expand my knowledge.
- How did you first come up with the idea of Swanky Explorers? What was the thought process behind it? Tell us it’s story!
As a child, my mom and I would shop in these quaint artisan stores wherever we travelled too. My mom would always purchase their bath products.
As I got older, I wanted my friends to travel with me as well. Most of them couldn’t afford the places I could go. I figured why not bring the local products to my friends. The products I would bring back to my friends were not tourist related like the “I love NY” mugs or shirts. They had a more local feel to them, as if my friends were on vacation with me in that moment.
I try to include necessities that I know people will love and use the most. No one wants items that just sits and collects dust in their homes. Generally, each box will contain candles, snacks, planters, spices, tea, coffee, bath products like soap or body scrubs, etc. This way people can experience each city using their five senses.
One night while browsing on Pinterest, a pin appeared of a subscription box. In that moment, I knew it was my destiny to create a subscription box company. I decided upon a box for artisan lovers from a different city every month. No one should worry about the hassle of packing their bags or bringing travel size liquids and perishables. This box arrives to them at their front door.
- What have been some of the major challenges you’ve faced as an entrepreneur?
Major challenges I’ve faced is getting the Swanky Explorers brand out there for the world to know who we are and what we are about. Most people think we are a gift basket or travel agent. Correction, we are a subscription box company. If you want to send one of these subscriptions to a person in mind, that is an option. As we are able to include a note.
- What are a few things you’ve done on a daily basis that you think have helped grow Swanky Explorers and keep you focused?
Posting on Instagram three to four times per week, and being active in the Facebook business community. I am very driven and talented which keeps me focused on my end goal for Swanky Explorers.
- What advice would you give to other young women hoping to start their own business?
If you have a business idea, do not wait on others to start your dreams. Just go for it and pray, everything will fall into place in the end.
- Where do you want to take Swanky Explorers? What is your end goal with this business?
Swanky Explorers will succeed to the top level. Swanky Explorers will have its own identity not associated with gift boxes. Everyone will be talking about Swanky Explorers monthly, as well as using the products daily.
- Do you have a favorite quote & what does it mean to you?
“Life is an adventure, take the plunge or die not trying” – Sumintra. Live every day like it’s your last day on earth. No need to follow in the corporate footsteps you think you are expected to do. Create your own footprints and explore explore explore.
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