The Back Story
We are a small business inside a big dream. We have spent considerable time abroad for our work, for education and sometimes just a tourist. Many of our journeys are not to well known places, in fact we doubt that some will never make your bucket list of places that you must visit.
This site was developed as our son, J. Wilder announced at dinner that we should start a online import business. Soon our daughter chimed in, buying inventory - 'it's guilt free shopping'. Both of them seem to be able to find treasures in unlikely places and we all love sharing their clever finds. As some would say my kids have an 'eye'. They may be on to something, because we have seen that our beautiful shoes, belts or scarves can transform an ordinary outfit into a bold gesture of color, helping one to express their unique style.
Our focus is on handmade and affordable fashion accessory items. We prefer organic dyes when we buy kilim or carpets. We demand only premium leathers and all cotton threads. We love silk and especially hand dyed silk ikat. These one-of-a-kind items are produced in small cooperatives and family businesses. Our efforts in advising in designs, sizing and colors allows these far flung artisans to develop a market among US consumers. We aim to be a fair trade business as well as a business providing sustainable products.
We love what we are doing, what we have done and hope you will too.