Last fall, Suzette and Holly headed from Charleston to Namibia, NIgeria, Ghana, Togo, and South Africa in an epic adventure, scouring little known and less visited places for things that people make. Things to be loved. They call their business The Find Life, and indeed, what they find is not only remarkably skilled and remotely located artisans, but people that become their friends.
Like Sandy, a Namibian woman who discovered a way to use the myrrh collected by remote tribal Himba women and add melon seed extract to create a celebrated organic body lotion and shower gel. Mbiri is a beautiful gift, and ibu is proud to be the first and only place in the US to offer it.
Just prior to their expedition, Suzette and Holly emailed me cold and invited me for a bottle of bubbly and before the night was out the three of us were bonded at the hip. With ibu on their brain, they returned two months later for more clinks of the glass and a show and tell that made me weak for breath. While we cultivate designs from some of the women’s groups they found, I suggested we let you in on the other goods as well during our New Africa exhibit. Boon!
The Find Life has found tiny carved elephants with personality plus, bottle openers from warthog tusks, zebra hide coasters, Gemsbok horn sconces, leather chokers, baskets, (baskets!) baskets from Namibiawhere Suzette’s uncle ranches. She and her sister have designed sophisticated hide bags from the food-chain cast offs. Paintings, like the one above, that capture a slice of life in South Africa.
Come tonight to our Opening Launch of The New Africa and meet these intrepid goal-diggers who are determined to turn dreams into something beautiful for all. They help to find the life in all of us which wants to explore and expand and embrace this colorful world.
See you tonight!
All the Best,