The idea for With Bogart originated several years ago after I became unwell with a serious chronic illness. Previously, I had been a happy, healthy student spending my days doing what I loved: flying. I was afforded remarkable experiences, met wonderful people, and ultimately achieved my dream: my Airline Transport Pilot Licence.
And then, very suddenly, I became unwell and my world changed dramatically.
Countless aspects of my life were transformed and the simple freedom to move about was one of them. I was not well enough to wander shopping centres or city malls when I had things to buy or simply wished to browse. Everything needed to happen online and, as I soon discovered, this was a time-consuming, often dull, process.
The scope of the Web is tremendous and when searching for something specific or simply wandering, we can be overwhelmed by the search results. A Google search for stores offering the style I enjoyed, items I needed, and gift ideas for family and friends would return hundreds of results, the majority of which were useless: wrong price, wrong style, and wrong country.
When I did find stores I enjoyed I would jot them down in a notebook and when this became disordered I used Bookmarks and an Excel spreadsheet! Unsurprisingly, this was clumsy and lacked any sense of pleasure.
Then one day a thought struck me: wouldn't it be great if there was a website that did all of the tedious work for me?.
And so With Bogart was born.
Fast forward three years and the idea is now a reality: a Virtual Shopping Mall. A sophisticated index of hundreds of online stores from around the world, organised to personalise, simplify, and modernise online shopping. Not only do you have direct access to all of these stores, conveniently organised by country and price, you also have the option of saving your favourites so you don't forget them.
So, welcome to With Bogart. I hope it's what you have been looking for.
The name With Bogart has strong meaning for me. Before I began flying I worked an office job, saving for my flight training. I would use my lunch breaks to surround myself with all things aeroplanes and much of the time this meant searching for antique aircraft online.
The Stearman was one of my favourites. I fantasised about spending my weekends soaring in my very own, exposed to the quick, crisp winds, suspended in flawless skies. It appeared to me as would a debonair gentleman, decorous and poised, evoking thoughts of screen legend Humphrey Bogart. So I decided I would call my plane Bogart. And I would spend my fantastical weekends, With Bogart.
With Bogart is now a reality in a very different sense, but still one with great meaning for me.