El Pasoan launches company focused on high-end reusable bags
Janean Mann was living in New York. During a visit to her hometown of El Paso, she took a trip to Juarez.
And it changed her life.
“They took me to a fabric store because they knew I liked to make aprons as a hobby,” she said.
That hobby turned into a full-time business. Three years ago, Mann moved back to El Paso and founded a company called Junes.
“I design and manufacture fashionable market bags for your groceries,” she said.
The eco-conscious bag company makes aesthetically pleasing reusable bags. The bags can be found in more than two dozen retailers nationwide.
And Mann was recently featured in Forbes talking about the evolution of her entrepreneurship.
“It was her new column and she wanted to feature me," she said. "She thought I would be the perfect business woman to highlight.”
Mann is pretty much a one-woman operation. She works out of her West El Paso home and as the company's direct-to-consumer on-line sales continue to grow, so do the growing pains.
“I’m not quite there yet, but I’m really close to trying to find a bigger space where I can store all my fabric and all of my inventory,” she said.
Some of the bags are manufactured in Los Angeles. Some are manufactured at a women's cooperative in Juarez, bringing Mann and her vision full circle.
“I donate part of my proceeds to them to give money to organizations on the border working to combat violence against women,” she said.
Prices for Junes products can range from $14 to $54.