BANDI Wear was created by two busy moms in order to provide a unique way for stashing in daily essentials of every woman on-the-go. With their strong desire to develop a product that will be possible to carry basic necessities hands-free backed up by their professional backgrounds in creative and apparel industries, co-founders Beverly Perrea and Beth Koenig finally launched the brand in May 2012 after 18 months of product development, refinement and testing. The result is a new line of stylish apparels such as pocketed belts and headbands all manufactured in the United States.
BANDI Wear comes in a variety of functional yet fashionable accessories such as the classic pocketed belt, which can hold a cell phone, cash, credit cards, driver’s license and keys; and a larger pocketed belt, which can hold a passport and a tablet-sized cell phone. Headbands are also available, which can conceal a house key or a small amount of cash. Each product can be utilized in the busiest situations, even the most pressing ones!
“They are great for vacation, biking, hiking, attending sporting events or concerts, or anytime a woman does not want to carry a handbag or wallet,” explains Perrea. “They do not bounce or ride up, so they are awesome for runners. There are other running belts on the market, but they are not stylish enough to wear with everyday clothes.”
The pocketed belts and headbands have 48 colorful prints and eight solids styles to choose from. The larger pocketed version is also available in several prints and solid colors. The classic belt is reasonably priced at $14/wholesale or $28/retail, while the larger belt is priced at $16/wholesale or $32/retail. The headband wholesales for $4.50 and retails for $10.
“We began this journey about three years ago,” recalls Perrea. “Beth is a runner and I am a walker, and we are both busy moms. We were looking for a sleek, modern way to carry our essentials when we were out and about. We couldn’t find anything on the market other than bulky pouches with zippers and Velcro that were not at all stylish. We set out to create something we would wear, knowing there must be other women out there searching for a similar product.”
The minimum order quantity is around 18 pieces for belts, and may include a mix of classic and large pocket styles. The minimum order for headbands is 12 pieces in addition to belt orders. For headband-only orders, the minimum is 24 headbands.
BANDI Wear also offers a foam core easel back sign with images at the bottom for product display, which includes a display phone that can be tucked into the pocket for product demonstration. “The in-store signage helps customers see at a glance how the belt functions,” explains Perrea. “Retailers can also display a belt on a mannequin with a phone inside the pocket.” The company’s ecommerce site offers a clear overview of the products, and the colors and patterns available, as well as a video that shows the belt in use.
For more product information, visit the company website at www.bandiwear.com.