DEREK ADDUONO      .      ANGELA PIOVESANA 

  DEREK ADDUONO                 -                       CO-OWNER         

derek adduono red bag ownerI BELIEVE THAT MY LOVE FOR THE WORLD, TRAVEL, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE HAS BROUGHT ME HERE. I WANT TO SHARE THE WORLD AND MY EXPERIENCES WITH EVERYONE WHO ENTERS RED BAG. ME AND MY MOTHER ANGELA STARTED THE IDEAS OF THE STORE IN 2007 AND WE HAVE BEEN GROWING THIS IDEA SINCE THEN INTO SOMETHING EVER EVOLVING. WE CONTINUE TO DISCOVER AND WE STRIVE TO OFFER YOU A COMFORTABLE QUALITY UNIQUE PRODUCT. ITS BEEN AN ABSOLUTE THRILL TO CREATE, LEARN, EXPLORE, AND EXPERIENCE SIMULTANEOUSLY FOR MY JOB. 


DEREK ADDUONO AND BROOKE NOWAKTHE NAME "RED BAG" CAME TO LIFE DURING A TRIP TO MEXICO AFTER I GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY.  I WAS ROBBED AFTER ONLY 5 DAYS OF A MONTH LONG TRIP OF EVERYTHING BUT MY RED BAG IN WHICH I HAD MY MOST VALUABLE ITEMS; PASSPORT, CAMERA AND WALLET. IT WAS MY FIRST EVER EXPERIENCE BEING ROBBED AND IT REALLY RUFFLED MY FEATHERS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE LEFT WITH MY RED BAG AND THE ABILITY TO MOVE ON AND KEEP TRAVELLING. TO THIS DAY  I CARRY MY RED BAG ON ALL MY TRAVELS AND BUSINESS TRIPS ABROAD.  I CANNOT WAIT TO GO ON MY NEXT TRIP WHERE EVER IT MAY BE, BUT THERE IS NO PLACE ON EARTH I LOVE MORE THAN MY HOME.

ANGELA PIOVESANA                          -                           CO-OWNER                  

ANGELA PIOVESANA OWNER RED BAG

I HAVE SPENT MOST OF MY CAREER IN FASHION RETAIL AND IT WAS MY DREAM TO SOMEDAY OWN MY OWN RETAIL STORE IN THE TOWN OF HIGH RIVER WHERE I HAVE LIVED FOR 18 YEARS.  A DESIRE FOR WORK/LIFE BALANCE AND A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE IGNITED THE DREAM BUT IT SOON EXPANDED TO SOMETHING SO MUCH MORE.  IN 2008 OUR DOORS OPENED IN HIGH RIVER AND NOW WE HAVE GROWN TO THREE STORES!  IT HAS BEEN A HUMBLING, CHALLENGING AND WONDERFUL ADVENTURE GROWING THIS BUSINESS WITH MY SON, DEREK.  I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT, "HOW GREAT WOULD IT BE TO BE ABLE TO PUT RETAIL BUYING DOLLARS TO WORK IN A WAY THAT HAS REAL MEANING?"  AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE DONE.  EVERY ITEM IN OUR STORE HAS A STORY, A PERSONAL CONNECTION, AND A VALUE FAR BEYOND THE STITCHES AND DESIGN DETAIL.  I LOVE THAT WE CAN SPEND TIME WITH THE PEOPLE IN NEPAL WHO ARE CREATING OUR GOODS.  I AM IN AWE OF THE TALENT, CREATIVITY AND LOVE THAT THEY PUT INTO THEIR WORK.  IT IS EXCITING WHEN WE COME ACROSS A DESIGNER IN THAILAND THAT HAS  CREATED SOMETHING TRULY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL.  AND IT IS THRILLING TO SEE THAT SAME EXCITEMENT ON THE FACES OF OUR CUSTOMERS WHEN THEY SEE THE PRODUCT FOR THE FIRST TIME.  MANY CUSTOMERS HAVE COMMENTED THAT THEY JUST LOVE TO SPEND TIME IN THE ENERGY OF OUR STORES AND WE OWE A HUGE AMOUNT OF GRATITUDE TO EVERY BEAUTIFUL SOUL WHO HAS PUT THEIR ENERGY AND LOVE INTO THE ITEMS THAT FILL THEM.  THE COLLECTIVE SPIRIT OF OUR TEAM BOTH LOCAL AND ABROAD MAKES THE RED BAG EXPERIENCE WHAT IT IS.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO EACH NEW SEASON AS WE LEARN, GROW AND CREATE!  OUR SLOGAN "INSPIRED FASHION FOR THE CREATIVE MIND" ALWAYS THE MOTIVATION FOR OUR EXPLORATION AND IMAGININGS.