It was a depressing year, the country was in recession, companies are panicking and people are fired left, right and centre. Goran, the founder of Karabars, lost his job at a handbag designer after being with the company for 6 years. With a 2 year old son, second baby on the way and a huge mortgage, his life was suddenly turned upside down. It was at this time when the idea of starting a business became a reality. Karabars was born. The business idea was simple; if a department store can buy a handbag for £20 and sell it for £120, then why can't we buy the same handbag for the same price but sell it three times cheaper?
£2000 of savings is invested in the first order, the garage becomes a warehouse, the storage shelves are reorganised to accommodate the new stock and the dining table becomes the packing bench. Karabars started trading online. The results were great but so were the challenges, naturally it was a slow and painful start.
In January 2009, not long after starting, we moved to our first warehouse. Daunting was a word that was thrown about a fair bit. However, it was rather exciting.
After very short time we outgrew the warehouse and in February 2010 we moved to a larger one. We started selling luggage, alongside handbags and purses.
As it turned out, luggage was a great seller and very quickly we outgrew our warehouse again.
In March 2011 another two warehouse units are added. The sales doubled and the company's accounts were growing rather quickly. Enough to have a guilt free shipping trip, put it that way.
A milestone was reached, we got our first luggage branded with Karabars name. The turnover hit the roof.
From then on out it became milestone after milestone. By this point we had over 200 products with the Karabars brand.
Today we have 25 employees at the company's HQ's near Cardiff, South Wales. We have an in-house design and photographic studio, IT department and a dedicated customer services team availible 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. It's fair to say we've done quite well. "Onwards and upwards" as some may say.