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From In-Person to Online business with Victoria Close of Bikudesigns

Updated: 5 days ago



It was so nice to have my guest for this week back on the show again after exactly three years! In episode 7, Victoria Close from @bikudesigns spoke about just taking off with her accessory business and starting to ship internationally. Now she ships her creations all around the world and is trying new things, too. I loved checking in with Victoria to see how far she has come and how much bigger her dreams are moving forward! An awesome transformation!

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Victoria Close is a long-term resident of Tokyo and is the founder of the vintage kimono accessories brand, Bikudesigns. She is passionate about all things handmade which led her to set up Overseas Makers Guild, a community to support expats around the world to establish and run their handmade businesses. Victoria is also the founder of Tokyo Instamingle, an IRL meet-up group for Instagrammers in Japan.


In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How Victoria started moving from an offline business to almost completely online

  • How Victoria went from struggling to find time to be creative to working her ideal schedule

  • Some stores she would love to have her products in

  • How collaborations between businesses can create more value than the sum of the parts

  • Community building for makers around the world and how you can join

  • The importance of support and helping others to take a step in a new direction.

Links of things mentioned in this episode:

Native and Co: https://www.instagram.com/nativeandco/

Nadinoo Clothing https://www.instagram.com/nadinooclothing/

Shizen Natura https://www.instagram.com/shizen.natura/

Erica Ward https://www.instagram.com/erica.ward.illustration/


Connect with Victoria:

Website: https://www.bikudesigns.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bikudesigns

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bikudesigns

Facebook VIP Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/254399134978215

Overseas Makers Guild: https://www.facebook.com/groups/347500526246146

Tokyo Instamingle: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1882660371811746


Connect with Jayne:

PodLaunch with Jayne: https://www.jaynenakata.com/podcastconsulting

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