- Tell us something about yourself, your background
My name is Amika Adams I. I am a born artist and have been drawing since the age of 4 years old. Ever since then I have been putting my creative spin on sewing and fashion. I have later in life become an Elder/ Evangelist, computer technician, digital media designer, and patent inventor. I know it is a lot but my creativity has no end.
- Tell us about the product you invented with a brief explanation
Locking Fastener: I created a locking fastener system patent # 10165840 to replace the buckle or swivel hook. I am using the locking fastener on the only purse for heels in the world (Latrenae’ Collection) that is specially designed for heels or can be used as a purse still. The locking fastener holder and key allows you to connect the strap to the purse in a unique way.
- How/Why did you start inventing. What set you off?
Well, I started by going to a ballroom dancing event then lessons later and found women were using t-shirt material cotton with the logo rubbing off drawstring bags for the fancy ballroom heels. That is what set me off on a mission and saw that this was a real problem. I started sewing satin on the outside and velvet on the inside drawstring bags and the ladies love them. I later took my satin drawstring bag to a Customer 2 Cash program and won 3rd place $2000. After interviewing over 80 women the drawstring bag turned into a drawstring bucket bag.
- How did you get from idea to finished product?
Well, I went on a journey of using my program resources and was able to patent my invention under $900. I was also able to use those resources to find connections for me to get the 2D/3D CAD images done, then I put my project on a manufacturer’s website that is looking for work and my handbag was made.
- Let us know of useful resources that helped you i.e. Books, websites, software etc
Book: Invent it, Sell it, Bank it by Laurie Greiner
Software: MS PowerPoint (for presentations)
- Where are you with your product?
Right now I am in the process of raising funds for my handbag to purchase from the manufacturer. Then from there I will be able to get the crowdfunding started for pre-orders
- Social media, website and video links
Facebook: Click Here
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LinkedIn: Click Here
Website: Click Here
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