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Inspirational clippings, along with possible future patterns, arrive in the mail from Sugihara’s mom on a regular basis. “We did the original nylon bag for about a year, and when we wanted to expand, my mom mailed us a duck bag that was very close to the thing we ended up producing. At this point, she’s the shape designer, Ellen is graphics, and I’m the business person who figures out how to mass produce everything, but we all overlap.”