Shop Talk: ban.do

Written by on October 4, 2011 in Lifestyle, Shop Talk - 32 Comments
BanDo Studio Tour

Photography: Bonnie Tsang

We chatted with the cheerful, glittery masterminds over at ban.do, Jamie and Jen, to get the scoop on their sweet (and rather sparkly) office digs. From the mesmerizing wall collage, to the bounty of sequins and pom-poms, to the champagne-filled fridge, it’s no wonder this ban.do team is constantly inspired (not to mention giddy!). The adorably creative environment makes long days spent at the office seem like such fun!

Jamie and Jen in front of their inspiration wall.

When did you decide to start selling your handmade headbands?
We got the idea in the summer of 2008 and launched the site in August of that year. It was a small website with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that Jamie and Jen designed and made. It caught on like gangbusters and has been going strong ever since!

The ban.do candy shop!

What was your inspiration behind such a girlie, cheerful line? Have you always been drawn to that aesthetic?
I think the cheerfulness is just an extension of our personalitiies. We’re both huge fans of over-the-top style, and we love to laugh. We believe color is very important (oh — and sparkly stuff, too!).

Kelly brightens Jen’s day with a personal confetti bomb.

Can you tell us a little about how the brand / ban.do office is a direct reflection of you?
We’ve always been very conscious about making our workplace a fun and inspiring place to be. It makes work seem a lot less like, well, work! People’s reactions are always the same when they first step into the studio. “Wow!” is exclaimed frequently. Running a business isn’t always simple, but being surrounded by inspiration (and candy) does make it a heck of a lot easier.

ban.do gals getting serious (or seriously glamorous).

Three words to describe the ban.do girl:
Fun. Stylish. Modern.

We love the collage wall! Did you cut and paste all of  those images yourselves?
Yes. It used to be just a tiny section behind our desks, but it’s grown over the years (and continues to!). We always joke that if we have to move, we’ll need to find a good way to transport that wall!

The ban.do office must be such an enjoyable work environment. What is your favorite aspect of the office?
Hands down, the tiny fridge stocked with champagne.

Where do you turn for inspiration?
Everywhere! Swap meets, magazines, fashion blogs, our friends, old movies, Pinterest. In this day and age, we’re so lucky to have access to inspiration at all times!

What do you love most about working at ban.do?
All of the ban.do gals! We have been so lucky to have such a happy, fun-loving, hardworking group of girls who understand the brand and what it stands for.

Jen & Kelly’s latest obsession . . . iced green tea!

How do you sparkle?
It’s easy! Glitter on our shoes, sequins around our necks, and crystals in our hair.

 

  • http://www.coeurdela.blogspot.com Caroline

    Loved this!

  • http://apieceoftoastblog.com Molly

    this office space is too fun! super insipired by their giant inspiration wall and shelves of crafty stuff… i think they win the award for most fun workspace ever!

  • http://joannanoel.net Joanna Noel

    Oh Lordy this is too fun. Thanks for the awesome inspiration! Love those Ban.do chicas!

  • oni

    i love the shop talks so much!!

  • Sweet Nothings

    love this! question for GG or the Ban do ladies: is the glitter gold heart banner on the wall handmade or did you guys buy it somwhere?

    Thanks!

  • http://apinchoflovely.blogspot.com Krystal

    Ah, I wish my office was this fun! Love the glitter and candy jars!

  • http://www.aplaceandaspace.blogspot.com Launa

    I love ban.do! I have a few of their products and love them! And the presentation in the box, and even through the mail, makes it even more fun to purchase a ban.do product!

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  • http://www.mystyledaffair.wordpress.com Megan

    Love ban.do even more now… How rad are these ladies!!!

  • http://www.kakayard.com Regina

    Loving this, how fun!!!

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  • http://www.ever-ours.com lydia {ever ours}

    yay for ban.do!

  • http://www.genchidesign.com/blog Leslie Genchi

    LOVE their Inspiration wall. I blogged about it! What a cute company and it is so nice to feel like you are getting to know the owners. Love that! Thanks :)

  • http://inthecitywithcrystalin.com/blog1/ Crystalin

    One of my favorite shoots from GG! Such a fabulous office with so much inspiration everyday!

  • http://www.mylushalisciousblog.blogspot.com Nicola Davey

    their inspiration wall reminds me of the Vintage Shop, “Bang Bang” on Goodge Street in London.

    They have this gorgeous downstairs den with loads of mag cuttings plastered all over it – every time I used to go there (I live in Sydney now) I would spot a new random clipping

    They also had a gorgeous vintage free standing mirror that they stuck loads of sequins, beads, necklaces, broaches to it

    The girls are so right – we are spoilt for inspiration girls!! Love it!

    Nicola
    x
    http://www.mylushalisciousblog.blogspot.com

  • http://jenniferanneking.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    I love these girls! Great interview. Who wouldn’t love to work there.

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  • http://www.gawgusthings.com GawgusThings

    What a fantastic place to work!

  • http://www.undeniablestyle.com kate @ undeniable style

    SUPER cute. What an awesome girly workspace!

  • http://laperleaparis.blogspot.com La Perle

    This is too cute and now I am hooked on looking at all their goods – so beautiful and creative. I can’t wait to make an order. International shipping ok right!?!

  • http://www.cougarvintage.blogspot.com carla mccarthy

    Very happy enviroment! Work comes easily! Loving the 70s boho dress and all the clips!

    htt://www.cougarvintage.blogspot.com

  • http://www.stylestruckblog.com stylestruck (@stylestruckblog)

    let me know if you’re hiring!! :]

  • http://poshxoxo.blogspot.com natasha @ twenty-something blog

    How awesome…are they hiring?! lol :)

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog
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