My name is Vriko, some of you may know me as the founder of Poupée de Papier , but today I want to share a bit more about myself with you:
Being young may not equal to being foolish but apparently, that didn't apply to me. I was 22 years old, fresh out of college, when I started this business. 4 months in plus a dozen of terrible business investments, I ended up with only $7 USD left in my bank account. Losing is no fun - It was in fact embarrassing. At time, I had two choices: I either call it quit and forget about my dream, or get a job to fund the business.
I went with the latter, and spent the following season working at the Bergen fisktørgot (Fish Market).
Every morning I would come to work, bake the bread, cut the fish, lay out the caviar and all the other souvenirs I needed to sell. I would also scrub the floor, wait table, clean up the leftover and wash dishes. For the whole summer, my fingers were often wrapped in band-aid, and I never seemed to be able to shake off that strong fishy scent. I am not going to sugarcoat this: Work was tough, but only then would I treasure every penny I've earned and invest them wisely. The job helped me stand back up on my own feet, and I'd always be tremendously grateful for this fish-girl experience in Norway.
But that was only the beginning of the story: YOU, YOU, and YOU are who we have to thank for for what we have achieved today. 💓💞🙏🏼 It is YOUR support towards our business that made my dream into reality, so THANK YOU.
I'd also like to use this opportunity to make an announcement: Recently, a number of counterfeit Poupée de Papier products have been founded in the market, but thanks to the good work of the legal team as well as reports from our loyal customers, we [Poupee de Papier (Paris) Limited] have filed lawsuit against the culprit over infringement, and violation of our trademark and intellectual property. We have faith in Hong Kong's judicial system in protecting designers and their work, and would like to thank all of our customers once again for supporting us.
Shall any of our customers or friends have been tricked into purchasing the counterfeit products, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org We will be in touch and send you an authentic handbag.
❤️A heart full of gratitude,
Vriko a.k.a. The Fish Girl 🐟