November 2nd, 2019 was an ordinary day. I was at Bayshore Center in Ottawa for our pop-up shop with the girls from Omy Cosmetics and the day had been quite busy so far.
In walks a lady, laden with shopping bags, drawn in by our gorgeous bags. She proceeds to browse around as I explain our customization concept and she tells me that she would need a sturdy bag, as she has to carry quite a load. I then show her the Emilie bag, which I thought would be perfect for her as it can be worn different ways and it is love at first sight!
She tells me that she needs to test the bag with what’s in her current bag and that’s when I see why this lady is so exceptional : she has an artificial heart and carries the replacement parts in her bag, in case her artificial heart stops working. I ask her a few questions and she tells me her story : she’s been waiting 3 years for a heart transplant; she’s originally from Newfoundland, but has been living in Ottawa with her husband in the hopes of getting her new heart. She just got her car down from Newfoundland, but had been riding the bus everyday for the past years and she is also very active despite her condition : gets out of the house everyday, does her shopping, goes to concerts and even volunteers!!!
She got emotional as she had truly found the perfect bag for her and we proceeded to customize the Emilie bag. We introduced each other, her name is Mary. Little did I know, that would not be the last time I would see Mary...
Our last day at Bayshore on November 3rd, in walks Mary and she tells me : “I want to leave here with a bag!” So she chooses the Clara bag we had on display, black and red! She switches all the content of her bag in her new tote and then off she goes with her stylish new handbag!
With her positive outlook on life, Mary truly made an impact on me and the Kanevas team. We are kicking off our series of stories behind the bag with her beautiful story and we hope that it will inspire you too!