Lyli Vuong’s three-year-old son had a request for his grandmother, seamstress Kim Nguyen: “Make me a fanny pack!” The doting grandmother was blissful to oblige. She additionally made one for Lyli and her different daughter, Le Ching Vuong. “We rapidly realized how helpful they have been all through pandemic life, having simply the necessities inside attain,” Le Ching says. “Many people, together with ourselves, sought the ameliorative results of nature and self-prescribed each day strolls. Keys, pockets, telephone? Examine! The fanny pack was the right companion.”
As a patternmaker, Nguyen all the time has an ever-growing pile of scraps. To make use of up the supplies, she continued to make extra fanny packs. “Too many for us to make use of ourselves,” Le Ching says. And so Roncy Packs was born. Why the name? “I live in Roncesvalles, and it’s been an incredibly supportive community,” Le Ching explains. “I’m all the time in awe of the best way people rally for his or her small companies right here.” The household started hawking just a few on their native buy-and-sell teams and by way of Instagram in June 2020. Inside three months, they needed to launch an internet retailer to satisfy demand.
Seeing how standard the fanny packs are has been great — particularly for Nguyen. “It’s very clear that Roncy Packs is the place our mother expresses herself creatively,” Le Ching says. “Having labored behind the scenes for different designers for the previous 40 years, it’s good to place our mother within the highlight for as soon as.”
The fanny packs are crafted from regionally sourced upcycled remnants, so each is exclusive — and sometimes has its personal backstory. “For example, your fanny pack may embody swatches from a neighborhood furnishings retailer that was about to discard bins of them,” Le Ching says. “Or typically people donate leather-based coats and baggage that maintain loads of sentimental worth however are broken not directly.” Nguyen painstakingly dismantles damaged umbrellas, jackets and backpacks to present them a second life. Extra not too long ago, she’s been patching small leather-based scraps collectively to create some really one-of-a-kind items.
Even their packaging is eco-friendly: Roncy Packs reuses community-donated mailers to maintain it minimal. “We have been fearful it’d look humorous to ship a high-end product in a (used) taped-up Amazon mailer,” Le Ching says, “however our prospects simply get it. It is smart for the atmosphere.” The household additionally donate a portion of proceeds every month to a special group initiative.
And everybody pitches in. The sisters’ brother, Quang Vuong, assists with product and occasion pictures. Le Ching’s companion, John Niravong, helps with deliveries and stock pickups. “And my dad cooks us superb meals and makes positive we’re all fed,” Le Ching says. “Roncy Packs is a method we join with one another.”
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