All items for July, 2009
The products we’ve kept around for a long time are truly some of the most special ones. These Kuba Cloth Pillows are a perfect example. One of our friends from Africa, Mohammed, travels all over the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa in search of Kuba cloth from various tribes and villages. He seeks to promote the talents and amazing artistry of the people who make these ornate cloths. The Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo weave strips of raffia (natural fibers made from the leaves of the raffia-palm) to create a cloth that they drape around themselves at celebrations. We loved their graphic style and the texture that comes from handmaking these cloths out of raffia. And, because they’re handmade, every single one is different; indeed another aspect that makes them so great.
Masami Overstreet, the vice president of production, has been here since the very beginning and has done almost every job there is at one time or another including driving trucks to photoshoots, hunting for product in India, answering customer service calls and much more. If it seems that we are overly enamored of Masami, that’s because we are.
What are your favorite things about working at Wisteria?
Working at Wisteria is never boring, always changing, and usually crazy, and I love the fact that it is. Somehow, we make it through all of the insanity, and get to create something beautiful, whether it be product, an image, or a landing page on the website. I also get to work with amazing people everyday and I feel lucky I am able to work with the people I do. We are a wonderfully dysfunctional family that works and laughs hard, and we all genuinely care about each other.
What is one thing about you people probably don’t know?
I have an irrational fear of cockroaches.
*Editor’s note: She used to be a sushi chef with her dad, was a child model, and has even done some modeling for Wisteria.
What are you known for?
Getting hives when really stressed out.
*Editor’s note: what Masami won’t tell you is that she is known for her humility and wicked sense of humor.
What is your favorite place to visit?
Anywhere is fine by me as long as I am with my husband and sons.
What is the one place in the world you’ve never been but would love to go?
One place? That is really hard. I have not traveled all that much so I have a lot of places… The entire European continent. Can I do that?
How would you describe your personal style?
Monochromatic, practical, and utilitarian.
What is your favorite Wisteria item?
We used to carry these white plates back in the day. They were octagonal in shape and had demure white dots lining the edge. They were good-looking plates, but what I loved most about them was the bottom-when you flipped the plate over, our logo was there. It was the very first product we carried that had our logo on it, and I helped get it there. Now our logo is on a lot of our products, but being there and being a part of the very first one makes those plates my favorite item to date.
How many/what languages do you speak?
Two. English and Japanglish.
My one indulgence is:
The internet, namely gossip and fashion sites, Facebook and cuteoverload.com.
Craziest food ever eaten?
I have eaten chips made with Olestra back when that was a fad. . . pretty crazy if you remember what the disclaimer for it was.
Favorite spot in your house?
My bed on a lazy Sunday morning. (However, with a 4 year old and a two month old “lazy” and “morning” don’t quite go together for me right now.)
- Hagen Daaz Chocolate chocolate chip ice cream
- Corn on the cob with butter salt and pepper
- Greek food
- Shu Mai you buy in the train stations in Japan
- Chinese BBQ duck
- Japanese white rice…
Can you tell I like food?
Favorite place to watch the sun set?
Somewhere with no bugs or allergens.
To read more about some of Wisteria’s employees, click here!
This particular organization does everything they can to support local artists purely for the sake of art, for all of its eminence, distinction, and overall virtue. Unfortunately, the art and craft is disappearing due to insufficient order of production. And with the global economic crisis, less work is available for skilled art and craft workers. The workers, who are mostly middle aged men and women, need to support their family with their earnings. Moreover, they are worried that the new generation will not inherit the skill of art, since it is taught from one family generation to the next.
This company supports and motivates their craftsmen in anyway possible so that they keep their skill of art alive. Not affiliated with any non-governmental organization, this organization is dedicated to providing work for the jobless, unskilled, yet motivated, elderly men and women.
Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal, is a cosmopolitan city and has the most advanced infrastructure among urban areas. It is home to many of the government offices, embassies, and palaces and has been popular with western tourists since the 1960s when it became a key spot along the hippie trail. Most of the hippies gathered in the tranquil surroundings of Freak Street, consists of two parallel streets attracting tourists with shops, restaurants, and little hotels. Situated in the heart of the Himalaya Mountains, Kathmandu is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Only in the Wisteria Outlet, can you find hidden treasures, including our handmade jewelry collection. Made from sterling silver, gold plating, and other fine materials, our collection includes beaded necklaces, sterling silver cufflinks, colorful bracelets, coral earrings, turquoise charms, and all sorts of other beautiful pieces. Most of the jewelry is handmade by artists in Nepal and India, but we also have pieces made right here in Dallas.
For the next two weeks, with any jewelry purchase, you’ll receive a free bangle! Simply click on the coupon, print it off, and bring it in with you to the Outlet. We hope to see you there.