For quite some time, I have been feeling an increasing desire for something different. And for a while, I couldn’t put my finger on it. Did I need a new place to live? Some new friends? A new hobby? And while I might still make an effort to meet some new people or sign up for a pottery or cooking class, this wasn’t what my soul was asking for.
I wanted to share something with an amazing community of people who have similar perspectives, to inspire and to be inspired. It wasn’t so much about a momentous enlightened moment, but more about the everyday moments that I wanted to cherish and share with a like-minded community.
It’s not like I didn’t share things before, but I was longing to share something that I felt truly excited about, something meaningful that celebrated life and being alive.
The light bulb moment came when I walked into a small store tucked away somewhere in the foothills of the Drakensberg, South Africa. The store instantly brought back fond memories of the community store from my childhood. It was packed to the rafters with everything from lip balm to ceramics and rugs. The owners knew where every single item originated from and who made it. They knew the stories of the people who frequently buy at the store, and they shared their own stories with whomever willing to listen. The community store that can still be found in smaller places but has been replaced by malls and supermarkets in cities. It was at that moment, that I decided I that I wanted to recreate something like a community store, where artisanal items and stories are shared, where an appreciation of craft and the human touch is celebrated, and where an object carries meaning and value.
And so The Storer was born….
The Storer travels the globe in search of craftsmanship, stories, experiences and connection. We might not be able to bring all the artisans together in one room, but we hope to create a relationship between the maker and the receiver through the stories that we tell and the experiences we present. The objects, garments and pieces are all made in small-scale studios, and a lot of them are one-of-a-kind. They are not made in factories and they are not made in large quantities, they are made by hand, with love.
We love every single item we bring you and have met every single artisan. We hope that you can experience some of the warmth and intimacy too.