Celebrate 30 years of kalalou in atlanta!

The Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market starts tomorrow! Join us in Americasmart Building 2 showroom #1022 as we celebrate 30 years of adventure with Kalalou. In addition to our usual market specials and giveaways, we'll be hosting a 30th Kalalou birthday party on Friday night. With free cupcakes and champagne for everyone, you won't want to miss it! And that's not all, we'll also be unavailing a new line of nearly 500 brand new products for the Spring / Summer 2016 season. See y'all there!

Looking Back: The Citadelle

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.

Celebrating 30 Years of Kalalou with Spring/Summer 2016!

We invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Kalalou with our new and expanded Spring/Summer catalog. Featuring 450 new products plus our original stories remembering 30 years of adventures, it's our most exciting release yet! Contact your sales rep today for more information.

HERE’S TO NAIVETY...
It was a beautiful sun drenched day in the colorful market square of Ocho Rios, Jamaica when fate tapped us on the shoulder. That was 30 years ago... we were young, creative and energetic. But, mostly we were naive. We didn’t know about all the things that could go wrong in growing a business. And so we embarked on a journey that has brought us to where we are today. Had we known of the challenges and obstacles that were possible, we never would have taken that first step of importing baskets from Jamaica to Mississippi. But, we did take that step and the many steps afterwards for 30 years. Our cover shows a 30 year old photograph of Mr. Fire, our first basket weaver. Sadly he passed away in 2005, but will live forever in our hearts and history. It has been quite a ride, and we are reliving some of our great adventures of growing a business with some old stories in this catalog. We hope you enjoy. So here’s to naivety and here’s to 30 years! Thank you for being a customer.

DOUG AND SUSAN WILLIAMS
Owners since 1986

Stay tuned for more stories and memories as we get ready for an exciting market season in 2016!