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Bag Lady

It's a Hollywood story for this stylin' designer.

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This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

As an aspiring actress, Poppie Harris was familiar with rejection. But in launching a business, she wouldn't take no for an answer.

Having designed a mini handbag she knew would be a hit, Harris, 26, founder of Poppiebags in Los Angeles, approached accessory showrooms in New York City. Though the cell-phone-sized handbags elicited oohs and aahs, Harris' request to show the bags to high-end retailers like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel was met with caution. So Harris fashioned another approach.

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