Paul Barmes: Designer & Founder, Barmes

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My Native Admission Statement: I’m Paul Barmes, designer and founder of Barmes, the world’s first patented carry-on travel case with three separate hinging compartments. I created the lifestyle brand in 2012 to redefine the way people live, work and move. I’m an eclectic artist and entrepreneur, bringing extensive business leadership to my position, where I oversee the brand’s design and vision. When I’m not working to optimize the travel experience, I enjoy engaging in local charities and connecting with people from many walks of life

How did you get into the industry?

I have always been interested in people and how they live, work, and move. So I wanted to create a lifestyle brand for a better every day through thoughtful design.

Inspiration for the business idea and your vision for the business.

With the rise of the gig economy, people now have the ability to Live and Work from almost anywhere and at any time. This requires one to be more organized and focused on what is required. Our mission is to make moving more seamless and help people optimize their opportunities. 

What's next for the Business in the near future?

To establish our brand as an innovator of stylish, thoughtful design.

We see technology as the ultimate creative tool. We will only move on new ideas when we add value people. I am not short of ideas, but we will remain focused to evolve every offering to be the best it can.

Your most difficult moment at the Business?

After three years of development, we had quickly realized our manufacturers were the key to achieve the level of quality required. The Barmes case is a unique design with tight tolerances and we actively push the boundaries of every step in our process. With any new innovation, it requires partners to firstly believe and are prepared to work outside of the ordinary. Our design now has patents granted to validate the belief, time, and efforts of many.

Career advice to those in your industry?

My advice is to anyone from any industry or service: Always challenge what is the accepted standard or deemed normal and push the boundaries. How people live and work will continue to evolve, and new solutions are required. 

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What do I do best?

I think it is that I relate to many people. I have a wide variety of interests and passions and I can, in most instances, find common ground. I travel well, as I enjoy people and living amongst their cultures.

What makes me the best version of myself?

To get up every day and challenge myself.

What are my aspirations?

Business-wise, it’s to bring on-board young talented people to design and develop new and interesting solutions for the next generations. Personally, for me life is about experiences, which requires more travel to new places.

My Biggest Success?

I haven’t reached it yet. I will let you know when I get there.

My Most Challenging Moment?

I have had many, but meeting my In-Laws was certainly one of them.

My Motto?

I have a few:

"Carpe Diem" (Seize the Day)

"RCA" -- Recognize, Choose and Act.

"Give more than you take."

"You are only responsible for your own actions."

My Favorite People/Role Models?

I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors and role models at various, and important, stages of my journey to date. It does not matter whether the person is older or younger, people who have wisdom should be listened to and learned from. They don’t have to be famous; they just require good values. I have enjoyed sharing some of the wisdom I have gained with others, and to see others grow on their paths has been very rewarding.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

There are many for various reasons, but to mention a few:

My home of New Zealand, I think our South Island is very beautiful. Italy, for the people who embrace family, food, wine and life. Israel and Jordan, for its history and culture. New York because it is New York. That being said, I still have many countries, places, and cultures to experience.

My Favorite Products/Objects? 

I have an appreciation for architecture and design so there are too many to name. 

My Current Passions?

My family and friends. This Barmes case is a close second.

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My Daily Thoughts:

The goal of the Day:  Challenge myself.

Thought of the Day: There are many and they vary.

Action of the Day: To do as much as possible.

Deed of the Day: Give more than I take.

Tip of the Day: Enjoy every day. It is not a dress rehearsal.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

No matter where you are in my city, there is a beautiful beach very close.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

I frequently enjoy Bircher Muesli with fruit for breakfast. As for my favorite restaurant, right now there's a great Italian restaurant near my house in New Zealand

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – wake up

10:00 AM - make myself a quick breakfast and a flat white

12:00 PM - Go down to a local Lunch spot near my home.

7:00 PM - Usually I'm either walking the dogs on the beach, at my son's sporting event or preparing dinner with the family.

11:00 PM - Thinking about what's next when I should be going to sleep.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I am not really a creature of habit, so this varies according to where I am and with whom. But usually either water or wine.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? 

As a keen sportsman, my sports apps. My favorite Instagram Account right now is undoubtedly @barmesdesign

What should everyone try at least once?

An activity that puts them outside their comfort zone.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

At the beach, or a new city

My Pic of the Day: The view from our house, I never get tired of it.

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