I’m super excited about this week’s Small Business Spotlight. One of the best accessories in the whole world is belts. I love a great belt, and Mango Bay Design makes some of the best.
Their canvas belts are so versatile – they look great with breeches or just with jeans. I love the flat ring closures because they lie FLAT underneath a show coat and they don’t loosen or slip open while you’re riding. Not to mention the wide range of style choices. From bold lime or orange to classic gray or tan, chevron patterns to h/j patterns to dressage patterns – there truly is something for everyone. And the absolute best part? The price! At only $18 you don’t have to worry about picking just one, you can get several. Must Have ALL. The. Belts.
I have the “Equestrian Collage pattern on cornflower blue” belt and absolutely love it. As I said before, it lies perfectly flat under my softshell coat (I really don’t need any extra lumps, thankyouverymuch) and fits perfectly into the belt loops of my Animo breeches. I’ve also worn it in a non-horsey setting with shorts and a tee, a subtle but fashionable way to still show my equestrian pride. All belts are available in sizes S-3X, plus they can make custom sizes if you so desire.
Now for the best part of this Spotlight: THE GIVEAWAY! Mango Bay has graciously offered to give a belt to one lucky reader. Any belt on the website could be yours! You can earn up to three entries: 1) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite Mango Bay belt is. 2) Go to Facebook and “Like” MangoBay. 3) Follow MangoBayDesign on Instagram. To register your entries PLEASE CLICK HERE. If you don’t do that part, I won’t know you’ve entered. Please make sure to leave your email address with your blog comment so I have a way to contact you if you win. Also you must be a US resident to enter. Sorry foreign friends, I am bound by laws and such. The contest closes Sunday night at 11:59PM CST, so get your entries in soon! The winner will be announced on Monday.
Want to know more about the awesome company who is making this giveaway possible? Pam at Mango Bay was kind enough to answer some questions so we could get to know them better!
1) When did Mango Bay start?
I started my business 5 years ago in 2009. Had spent the prior 30 years doing artwork for Broadway shows – painting backdrops – the large canvas that’s in back of all of the built scenery.
2) How many employees are in your company?
Right now I have 1 employee who helps when we print and then does a lot of the sewing.
3) Where did the idea for the business come from?
Got the idea for my business because I love belts and was tired of the stereotypical preppy ribbon belts. I wanted to do an updated version, replacing the d-rings, which always loosen up, with flat rings, which stay closed. I really enjoy doing the equestrian designs, as I love horses and love going to the shows.
4) What is your background in horses?
I rode while in middle and upper school, then stopped in college, as it wasn’t “cool” to ride when one was going to design school, esp. in the early ’70’s. After college, I became addicted to sailing, owning and racing several boats when there were very few women doing that outside of dingy racing. I totally understand what it’s like to put all of one’s effort into excelling at something that most of the world thinks is as easy and elegant and painless as it appears in a Ralph Lauren ad.
5) Any interesting notes about yourself, your business or your products that you would like for people to know?
New products – more designs on wider fabrics, a steeplechase print for the fall, and have had many requests for an equestrian print scarf for holiday gift giving, (when size can be an issue with belts). Most importantly, and one of the reasons I love doing shows, is to learn what my customers need and want!
Whether you prefer classic, bold, fun or modern, Mango Bay really does have something to suit any style. In writing this post I perused their website again and am now obsessed with the denim chevron belt. I NEED THAT. Next time you’re buying a belt, give this small business a shot – I hope you like your Mango Bay belt as much as I do!