When the owners of Kouboo, Patrice and Joey Gerber, first began envisioning their dream of creating an online home decor store… inspiration came from their homelands as well as their travels around the world, especially their extensive travels throughout Southeast Asia. As they design beautiful products, the preservation of the artisan’s craft which is passed down from generation to generation is of great importance. They are passionate about the people who make their products, as well as the techniques and materials they employ. The use of natural materials such as wood, fibers and seashells produces one-of-a kind, sustainably-made products.
My own travels have inspired the decor of every home I’ve lived in…i.e. the clear blue skies above the majestic Andes mountains influenced the whisper soft blue walls of a home in Las Vegas…just as the stands of pines in Park City sparked my desire for shades of earthy greens in my condo there. The cultures of the lands we visit – whether across the states or across the oceans on other continents – influence the “story” we tell.
How can one not be affected by azure oceans, lush green tropical forests, swaying palm trees or even majestic mountains rising in the sky? Recent travels by Patrice and Joey to Cebu, Phillipines, as well as their own home town, Laguna Beach, keep the creative juices flowing.
As a side note – the vast majority of items offered for sale on the Kouboo.com website are made in homes and smaller workshops. In many instances, the craft the artisans learned from their ancestors is either their livelihood or supplements their income from other activities such as farming. The opportunities for many of these artisans and their families are limited. For that purpose Kouboo sends a portion of their profits to KIVA, a non-profit organization that empowers people – particularly women – around the world with small loans … small loans by us, but loans that make an about-face difference in many of these women’s lives. Each time you make a purchase through Kouboo.com, you are essentially helping us help these inspired, entrepreneurial people who just need a small boost.
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