Meet the Team: Lewis Maslen

Meet Lewis Maslen. A Portsmouth university alumni no less, Lewis joined us here at WBC Bags for life straight out of university.

Little did he know that all those years of intense study in geography, would lead him to becoming our very first dedicated bag master. As a skilled full-back rugby player he’s a consummate professional on or off the pitch, your bags are in safe hands. We asked him a few questions about his job…

What do you do at WBC Bags for Life

My official title is Bags for Life Specialist. On a day to day basis thought, that involves managing my clients brief from conception through to delivery. Sounds easy but it’s always a juggling act that we’ve become specialists at. 

What’s your favourite part of the job?
Seeing new bags and materials, developing these with my clients and watching our concepts hit the shelves. 

What is your least favourite part of the job?
The part I find most challenging is balancing my clients budget with the quality required and realistic production lead times.

What’s the question you get asked the most (by a customer)?
If I sign off on the design today, when will my bags arrive?

Any favourite jobs you’ve done recently?
Imperial War Museum has been a great one for me, having my first meeting with them and now we have become their only supplier for tote bags as of 2018.

Describe your typical day for us?I get in around 8:30 in the morning and head straight to the coffee machine. I start my day following up on quotes and then work on pricing for new projects. I head down to the showroom for lunch, we are lucky enough to be fed here at lunchtimes so my energy levels are raised for the rest of the day. Most afternoons, you’ll find me reading the trade press or scouring online blogs for new potential customers and ideas!

What’s your strangest talent?
Being able to tell you the dimensions for the majority of our bags, which is a bit worrying!

If you were a chocolate bar, what one would you be?
A Milky Bar – I look about the same age as the milky bar kid and as pale as the chocolate. 

What’s your claim to fame?
Of course, I am the undisputed King of Bags but I have also played rugby with players from Premiership clubs!

You are taking part of Movember, why and what cause are you supporting?
I am trying to grow a mo for Movember this year which I doubt will work but it’s the thought that counts right! I am supporting this year as its focusing on men’s health which is something that men tend to push under the rug. If you’d like to read more about Movember and the great work they do visit movember.com

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