We were flying over mountains and valleys in a tiny airplane to get to Cape Haitian, a seaside village located on the north shore of Haiti. Something kept trying to come to the forefront of my memory… a nagging feeling… something I should remember. Then, it hit me… I asked our Haitian guide, “Somewhere between here and there, isn’t it possible that we will fly near the Citadelle?” “Right over it,” he replied. The Citadelle, an ancient French fort built at the beginning of the 19th century was a subject of a painting that I knew well. It had been painted by a young artist… a girl of 14… from a tiny picture out of an old national geographic. The young artist tried her hand at rendering the small photograph in oils. It developed into a very large and magnificent work of art that, years later, hung in the young woman’s house where she raised a family. As we flew over it that day, I was consumed by chills as I peered out of the tiny plane. It was exactly as the young girl had painted it 46 years ago… it was exactly as I remembered it… remembering the painting that hung in our house as I grew up. In the house where the young girl raised a family… the young girl who is my mom.
If there's one thing for certain about Kalalou owner Susan Williams, it's that she loves her beautiful horse, Saint! And how could you not? Saint belongs to the Appaloosa breed of American horses, which is known for its colorful spotted coat pattern. He's also a proud graduate of the Ohio Police Academy, and from September through March, he spends most weekends fox hunting in Mississippi!
A few months ago, while brainstorming for the new Kalalou catalog, Susan had the wild idea of using her beloved horse in the cover shot. After some coaxing with a few of Saint's favorite treats, we were able to get that amazing photo which now adorns the cover of Fall - Winter 2015. And we couldn't be happier with the result! Featuring a wide selection of new and classic Kalalou products, it's our most eclectic cover to date. We hope you have as much fun looking through the new catalog as we had making it. If you haven't received your copy yet, make sure you get in touch with your sales rep or call 1.800.249.4229. Don't miss out on Kalalou Fall - Winter 2015!