Zara Merbaum, Founder The Mother Load

We hope to see you at the next meeting of the Inventors’ Association of St. Louis — Thursday, May 4, 2017!

This Special Quatro de Mayo meeting is one that you will not want to miss! The keynote speaker at this meeting is entrepreneur/inventor Zara Merbaum, inventor of The Mother Load Bag!  From her start at the May Company, to her work at Soft Surroundings Corporation, and finally through the launch of her company — Zara will discuss her pitfalls and successes of her baby product invention — The Mother Load Bag!

This meeting will be at the Venture Café/CIC, one of the area’s top venues for entrepreneurs to get together and talk shop!!

Venture Café @ The Cambridge Center
4240 Duncan Avenue | 2nd Floor
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110


Zara Merbaum graduated from Washington University with a BFA degree in Fashion Design. She was soon employed by the former May Company as an apparel designer in Women’s Ready to Wear Division. She worked for 5 years as a casual sportswear designer and eventually moved into private label home textiles and hardline design. Macy’s bought May Company in 2006 and moved design offices back to NYC. Zara decided to remain in St. Louis and quickly moved over to our local Soft Surroundings headquarters taking a job as Fabric Coordinator. Zara’s job was to build a fabric library, source new fabric opportunities and insure production consistency through multiple channels. Eventually, Zara decided to start a family and realized that with the birth of her first child that she wanted to pursue other interests and focus on raising her son. She spent a year deep in diapers and realized that the time was now or never to pursue her life long dream of starting her own company.

Mother Load Bags

With the birth of her son, Noah, she saw her life quickly erupt into chaos. With diapers, baby toys, bottles, binkies, and more overrunning her house, car and handbags, Zara saw firsthand how challenging it was for busy parents to stay organized and efficient. What’s more, Zara wasn’t thrilled with diaper bags – both the aesthetic and the functionality. While her diaper bag had multiple compartments, Zara still found herself digging around and dumping her diaper bag to quickly find a toy or binky, only to realize she left it at home or in the car. Instead of diaper bags, Zara began using her own totes and handbags in order to express her personal style, and she organized and compartmentalized Noah’s things by putting them into large Ziploc bags. She loved being able to grab just one or two categorized bags to throw into her purse or the car, but she quickly found that the plastic storage bags would get grimy and had to be replaced often – plus they all looked alike, causing confusion when she asked her husband or babysitter to grab a specific one.

Zara knew there had to be a better, easier and more efficient way. Thus, Mother Load was born!


Before and after the keynote presentation, we anticipate another productive meet-and-greet, in which the St. Louis Inventor community can share a beverage with Zara Merbaum and the IASL Directors.

My fellow Directors — who consist of leaders from their respective fields of invention, manufacturing, intellectual property law, research, finance, engineering, and marketing — are always eager to lend an ear or offer advice whenever needed. Please do not hesitate to reach out at the meeting, if you feel that one or more Directors can be of assistance! You can read the biographies of our Directors HERE.

Also, we expect a sizable turnout for this meeting, so the offline discussions and networking opportunities networking should be extra-special.

Please Note! — This month’s meeting will be held at Venture Café at the Cambridge Innovation Center! See below for details.

We hope to see you there!

Meeting Location:
Venture Café @ The Cambridge Center
4240 Duncan Avenue | 2nd Floor
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110

Thursday, May 4, 2017
5:30pm-6:00pm – Networking
6:00pm-6:30pm – Main Event Keynote Presentation with Zara Merbaum
6:30pm-8:30pm – Meet & Greet with Zara Merbaum & Inventors

Free, Ample Parking (park on the NE corner of the building). Enter on the NW corner.

Food & Beverage
Free Refreshments Provided.

For Our Full Calendar of Events and Directions, Please visit our Calendar Page.

Jim Mimlitz

About Jim Mimlitz

Board of Directors, Vice-President at Inventors Association of Saint Louis. Missouri Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer @ Navionics Research Inc./SCADAmetrics.

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