By Sophia Ling
A pandemic didn’t stop mother/daughter duo Donna Sweat and Amanda Mansard from launching their own company. Their new business, DD Bird, sells tote bags.
“We fulfilled our lifelong dream to work together, designing our dream bag to share with other women,” said Mansard, DD Bird’s chief managing officer.
Christended after Sweat’s maiden name, Donna Dee Bird, the bird on the logo represents beauty, strength and freedom.
“It is indicative of limitless possibilities and breaking glass ceilings,” said Sweat, the company’s CEO. “The sky is the limit to what you can achieve.”
The Carmel residents were inspired to create their own line of bags after being frustrated by the lack of functional but stylish options for busy women. They realized that fashionable totes were not durable and functional bags were not chic. To improve utility, DD Bird totes have features like suitcase sleeves, top locking zippers and hidden security pockets to secure and organize personal belongings.
The totes are made with high-quality, cruelty-free products.
“We want these bags to be used every day throughout all stages of a woman’s life,” Mansard said.
The business aims to empower women. In the future, Mansard and Sweat want to hire and work with other women to expand their company and sell other products. Mansard the product is a lifestyle brand “by women and for women.”
DD Bird totes can be ordered at myddbird.com. View the bags in-person at AH Collection, 14511 Clay Terrace Blvd., and Michelle’s on Main, 285 S. Main St., in Zionsville.