I went live with Fabricadabra four years ago this month after six months of developing product, sourcing vendors, building the inventory and getting the Web site up. I have always worked in textiles and knew that I wanted to bring home-textile products to the market that were relatively affordable and reflected my personal interest in globally inspired, handcrafted and non-toxic home textiles. I was bored and uninspired with poor quality, mass-produced textiles. I finally decided to just do it when I saw these outrageously priced (but beautiful) pillows using a certain ancient weaving technique all over the shelter mags. I found it offensive that the company was trying to claim design ownership of timeless, classic motifs and charge 25 times the cost as its sell price.
What are some of your winter style tips?
I love the Hmong Hilltribe hand embroidered, patchwork fabric throws. They are stunning, and the images need to be re-shot to reflect this. They are handmade in Thailand and Vietnam from scraps of hemp and cotton indigo batik and printed fabrics that the Hilltribe people use to make their clothing. I am fascinated by the Hilltribe culture. After the throws, the West Ghanan Africa indigo-dyed fabrics that I use for pillows are a personal favorite. They look beautiful against a white or natural upholstery fabric. It is a very crisp, coastal look.