Here at NaturisimoHQ we love to collect and stack our Mantrabands, so we decided to catch up with founder Aysel to find out more about how she started her brand, and what mantra she lives by.
Can you tell us a little bit about the creation of MantraBand? What was the inspiration behind it?
The idea and inspiration came from my son, who was 2.5 years old at the time. As a new mom, I often found myself drifting in thoughts of past and future, not being present in the moment with my son. It had happened many times before, but one day it struck me and I tried a little exercise bringing myself back to the moment every time I wasn’t.
Then I wished I had a little reminder to “live in the moment,” somewhere I could constantly see, to remind myself to be present. I imagined a bracelet with those words on it. I'm not a jewellery person, so the bracelet had to be simple, small and durable, so I could wear it every day. Of course, there must be other people who want the same thing!
That’s how MantraBand was born in summer of 2012.
How did you choose the mantra's that appear on each band?
The majority of the mantras come from customer suggestions. We get a lot of requests and consider all of them when deciding on new additions. There are also a few that I needed for myself as a reminder in different phases of my life, such as Be Present, Trust Yourself, One Thing at a Time, I Am Enough, etc.
What has the response from customers and followers been like?
From the very beginning, we’ve had amazing support and a very positive response. I launched the company in 2012, but for the first two years I worked another job, attended grad school, and had a toddler! There were lots of challenges, but, I was inspired by many of our first customer's stories, and knew that the bracelets made a positive impact. It was this that gave me the energy to keep going. We have the best customers ever! They are positive, strong, supportive people that want to improve their lives and make the world a better place. We wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are without word of mouth, customer feedback, and all the love we get from our customers.
If you could only choose one mantra to live by each day what would it be?
The mantra I need changes in each phase of my life. Sometimes I need several reminders. However, I recently decided that my life mantra is 'Be the Light'. I want to be a positive influence in the life of my children, my team, our customers, and everyone that comes in contact with me and our products.
Where are MantraBand produced?
Our bracelets are designed in Dana Point, California and made by our teams in Shanghai and Guangzhou, China.
What does the future look like for MantraBand over the next 5 years?
We will continue adding more mantras, expanding our necklace and men’s lines, and continue growing internationally. We believe in the power of positive thinking and want to continue to inspire and empower as many people as we can.