About The Artist:
Ever since I was a child, I've wanted my own retail space. I would keep price tags, bags, etc and set up "shop" in my bedroom on a regular basis. I loved the whole process of picking out items (by raiding my family members' closets), curating the merchandising and then opening the door for my customer(s). Typically this was just my sister, who I'd force to pretend to shop. Thanks again, Summer, for playing along! I constantly begged my parents for a cash register.
Fast forward to (more than a few) years later. The lovely PomQueens gave me a pair of her awesome earrings and within 24 hours I had given her website info out to about a dozen people. I was having a glass of wine with one of my best girlfriends, who owns Lovecraft in Austin, and she suggested I sell them. She started out a couple of years ago as a popup and filled me in on the ups and downs, ins and outs. The next day I hit the ground running and I'm still going. It's been almost a year since my first popup and I'm looking forward to what's ahead!
I carry handmade jewelry and leather goods from small designers throughout the United States and Mexico. Most of the designers are people I've personally purchased from through my travels over the years who have no representation in Houston, much less Texas. I love to travel so it's been nice to get to meet the makers I didn't know before The Treasury started. I get to see their studios and get to know them when I'm in their town.
For me, the most important part of this is telling a story. Their story. I love introducing a customers to a designer and watching them really connect. I think our retail environment has been shifting for a while to a time where customers want to know who they're buying from and why. I think even though as a society we're disconnecting more and more from each other our social media outlets are keeping us going. We're able to keep learn about people we never would've had the opportunity to know before.