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As an aspiring actress, Poppie Harris was familiar withrejection. But in launching a business, she wouldn't take nofor an answer.
Having designed a mini handbag she knew would be a hit, Harris,26, founder of Poppiebags in Los Angeles, approached accessoryshowrooms in New York City. Though the cell-phone-sized handbagselicited oohs and aahs, Harris' request to show the bags tohigh-end retailers like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendelwas met with caution. So Harris fashioned another approach.
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