Queen Creek girls, mother start company

A mother’s idea and a boost from her daughters created a company. (Submitted photo)

Milla and Claudia Marie Fabirkiewicz of Queen Creek started their own company in October 2018 with the help of their mother.

Mila Marie Bags are “design-yourself backpacks, everyday bags, evening bags and beach bags that allow the customer to customize their looks and then change it up depending on their mood or their outfit,” according to a release.

The girls spend their hours after school designing new straps, accessories for the front, modeling for photos and packaging orders among other things necessary for the business.

“I want to give my girls the confidence to be able to run their own business in the future. In order to do that, they have to be involved in the day to day,” Valerie Fabirkiewicz stated.

Ms. Fabirkiewicz generated the concept several years ago.

She was going to a wedding and realized her everday bag was clashing with her cocktail dress.

“I can be a little lazy about changing my purse out. I thought, I wish there was a way to just change the straps so it could work for day and night. I went home and researched and couldn’t find what I had in mind, so I began to create a prototype.”

Then, she stated, “I started second guessing myself and got scared. I put it all aside for four years even though I couldn’t stop thinking about it. My girls were the ones that asked why we weren’t doing it anymore, and I couldn’t tell them that I had given up.”

It took almost two years of designing, finding factories, getting prototypes made and getting to the point of being able to sell, but today, mila-marie.com is a fully functioning website.

“I think it’s cool that my friends like the bags and when I go to dance, there are a bunch of them in the locker room that all look a little different since every girl can design their own,” Milla stated.

The company has plans to expand this year.

“My ultimate goal is to involve more girls and show them that they, too, can do things out of their comfort zone. I think confidence is key, and I want to find ways to incorporate even more kids than just my own,” Ms. Fabirkiewicz stated.

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