“The starting point of all achievement is desire, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” – Napoleon Hill.
During the height of the pandemic lockdown, Lola Louvan, founder of Lola Lou Designs, decided to chase her dreams of designing and making a bag layout that she believes will revolutionize the industry.
“As a child growing up, I remember the hard work and dedication my parents put forth in feeding eight children. Things were really difficult for them, but they never gave up. I learned a lot about the value of hard work through them,” said Louvan.
“I started Lola Lou Designs during the peak of the pandemic, which claimed my mother. I was going through a really difficult time, but through many prayers and sleepless nights, God gave me the strength, vision, and wisdom necessary to help make my dreams become a reality,” she said.
“My sister-in-law Kelly was also instrumental with my dreams, and I am indebted to her forever. She was a constant pillar of strength and encouragement during the early days,” she stated.
Louvan is no stranger to the business world. In 2006, she was one of the original founders of Houston Christian Chamber of Commerce, a chamber dedicated to bringing Christian businesses together to network and develop relationships with one another.
“Being one of the founders of Houston Christian Chamber of Commerce 16 years ago was an extremely proud moment in my life. Having a personal relationship with Christ, it was nice being part of something so much bigger than oneself,” Louvan said.
Lola Lou Designs has six different bag designs, and women are using them as purses, gym bags, beach bags, and for virtually anything else where style and fashion is needed for a woman in today’s world. In 2022, she plans to add a smaller design strictly as a purse. Between now and Christmas, her company is offering free shipping and delivery for orders of all sizes.
Being a small business owner myself and the cofounder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, I always tell people attending one of our meetings this: “When you shop off of Amazon, you are helping Jeff Bezos buy a fourth Christmas vacation home somewhere in the world. When you shop local, you are helping a family put food on their dinner table, helping a child get braces, or get a school uniform.”
If we want to have a middle class in America, then we need to support small local businesses like Lola Lou Designs.