Feel Good Friday – STATE Bags

 

There is a plethora of do-gooder bag companies out there sending bags to those in need. STATE Bags however is going the extra step by filling those bags with nutritional snacks, school supplies and books. And all for kids right here in America. Praise!

Founded in 2013 by husband and wife, Scot and Jacqueline Tatelman, STATE Bags reflect their brand name. When the couple noticed how many kids they worked with carried their possessions in trash bags they realized what they needed to do to make a difference.

The company gives back to local kids living around America. For every STATE bag purchased, the brand hand-delivers a backpack full of essential tools for success. But that is not all, the company hosts BAG DROPS where teams of ‘PackMen’ and ‘PackWomen’ lead motivational rallies to boost kids’ self esteem and outlook on life and deliver their good looking bags.

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The Tatelman’s have ample experience in the non-profit world, although STATE Bags is a for-profit company with a non-profit pedigree. In 2009 they founded Country Roads Foundation that has served thousands of kids around New York.

Then there are their collaborations. They blew it out of the water with a partnership with Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD global charity campaign. The partnership included:

– A limited edition BeyGOOD x STATE Union bag

– Each donation went towards school supplies for the bags

– BeyGOOD and STATE hosted six bag drops in underfunded communities across the East Coast.

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They have also worked with Bombas socks for a Coalition for the Homeless event. Each bag came with a free pair of Bombas socks. It was a chance to work with an older demographic. Also, every bag sold in February 2014 directly supported the women of Coalition for the Homeless.

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We spoke to the happy couple based out in Brooklyn:

Who designs the bags?

We do! But we hired an in-house designer and that collection rolls out in the fall.

How did you get so many great collabs?

Our mission and our project really resonated with people. We are trying to be more than just a donation for these kids. We host our exciting Bag Drops to interact with these kids.

We have had a list of celebrities and retailers that we wanted to work with and we went after them and it hit!

What is next?

We are working with a big retailer for the new school year where we will be donating bags across the country. Stay tuned!

To see all the magic that happens check out these videos for a bonus Feel Good moment.