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!

Last minute gift ideas

The mayhem of the Holiday shopping season is in full swing but it's never too late to deck out your store for those Christmas shoppers. Kalalou is here to help with a few last minute gift ideas! We've put together our list of top 10 picks for the season, featuring a few Holiday items as well as a several items from our 50% off Opportunity Sale. So whether you're looking to round out your counter display with a few stocking-stuffers or you simply need a few unique gift ideas, think of Kalalou as your very own Holiday helper!

Meet The Kalalou Family: Morgan Stringer

Tell us about out your family.
I am the daughter of Chuck and Tammie Stringer of Jackson, MS. I am the only girl in between two brothers (which definitely works out in my favor sometimes :). Last year, I gained a sister-in-law and this May we will have the first baby of the family. I say she is the first baby, however, I got my little baby (my puppy) for Christmas this year from my boyfriend, James. He's a beagle, his name is Walker, and he has quickly become my favorite thing in this world!

Personal Style:
I would say my personal style is shabby chic with a Southern feel.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to be outdoors. In the summer, I enjoy spending time on the lake on the ski boat, jet skiing, swimming, bass fishing, you name it! In the Winter, I like camping and tailgating. I graduated from Mississippi State University and I love spending the fall tailgating and traveling to games.

I also really enjoy a good concert. My friends and I never pass up a chance to see someone we like live! I can't count the number of weekend trips we take to New Orleans or Nashville or where ever to see our favorite bands play.

What was your previous work experience before joining the Kalalou team?
Actually, Kalalou is the first full time position I have taken. I am the youngest sales rep on the team and came straight to Kalalou after I graduated. I did, however, work at C Spire Wireless as an Intern for a year during school. I learned so much from working in the telecommunications business and am grateful for the experience I gained.

What special skills or traits do you feel you bring to the Kalalou Team?
I feel that I bring motivation to the team. I am always very driven to succeed and I think that it brings a sort of determination with it.

What do you find most fulfilling about your job at Kalalou?
The relationships built with customers. I feel most fulfilled at Kalalou when I can help a person find that perfect piece to complete a look or that one gift that they've been searching for.

Favorite Kalalou Product:
The tilted pitchers. I love them for parties, showers, cookouts, etc. but also used as a vase for fresh flowers.

FAVORITE STYLE BLOGS:

Sincerely Jules & The Fashion Guitar



Happy 20 years, Dave!

Happy 20 years, Dave!

Today on the Kalalou blog, we celebrate Warehouse Supervisor, David Dixon! This coming September will mark his 20th year with our company and we couldn't be happier to have such a good-natured and hard-working guy as part of the Kalalou family. Dave gave us a little insight into his 20 years with the company as well as his thoughts on the future of Kalalou. We hope you enjoy getting to know this Kalalou All Star while also getting a closer look into what goes on behind-the-scenes here at Kalalou!

"To all my friends and family at Kalalou, current and past employees, I hope your journey has been as joyful and entertaining as mine. I look forward to the next stage in my Kalalou journey!"
-David Dixon
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Market Best Sellers

Three shows into the 2015 Summer market season and the Kalalou team is abuzz with excitement! We could not be happier with the response to this year’s Fall - Winter collection and are ready to pass that excitement on to you. With three new categories featuring the top 20 items from each show, you can now easily shop the hottest items of the Summer market season!

Thanks Vegas!

As the lights dim and the final curtain is drawn on the Kalalou showroom, we can't help but look back in awe of the five day spectacular that was Las Vegas Market.  After three years of displaying in Vegas, the show just keeps getting better! It's easy to be distracted by the bright lights and allure of sin city, but the real reason we keep coming back to Las Vegas is the customers. We're thrilled to be able to bring the Kalalou line out west and meet an entirely new variety of potential buyers!  It makes it all worth while. So, we'd like to say a special thanks to everyone who made the trek out to the dessert and helped make this year's #LVMKT our best one yet! Viva Las Vegas baby! because Kalalou is here to stay!

We've got a little break before our next show in October. So if you haven't made it out to any of the Kalalou showrooms thus far, there's still time to make your plans to visit us at Suites at Market Square in High Point, North Carolina. We hope to see you there!

2015 SUMMER MARKETS
DALLAS  JUNE 24 — 30
DMC TradeMart
#2010
ATLANTA  JULY 7 — 14
AmericasMart
Building 2, #1022
LAS VEGAS  AUGUST 2 — 6
LAS VEGAS MARKET
Building C, #604
HIGH POINT  OCT 17 — 22
Suites at Market Square
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Hello from Hot'Lanta!

After the excitement of Dallas, we're back on the road! This time, we have our sight set for Atlanta! It's always nice to be back in AmericasMart ATL, one of our largest and most elaborate showrooms. We love that the customer gets to see the entire Kalalou line in person and, of course, there's the tradition of unveiling our new Botanica Creation! This time, we decided to go with a wintery forest scene which incorporates our classic Scrap Iron Deer sculpture as well as a wide selection of old and new Botanica flowers. We can't wait for you to see it all in person!

You know we have plenty of show specials and give-a-ways going on this week!

  • Half off shipping on orders over $1,200
  • $1,000 Give-A-Way on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
  • Free Kalalou tote bags for everyone!
  • 600+ new and never before seen items!
  • Meet this season's Kalalou Botanimals!

 

2015 SUMMER MARKETS
DALLAS  JUNE 24 — 30
DMC TradeMart
#2010
ATLANTA  JULY 7 — 14
AmericasMart
Building 2, #1022
LAS VEGAS  AUGUST 2 — 6
LAS VEGAS MARKET
Building C, #604
HIGH POINT  OCT 17 — 22
Suites at Market Square
#M2003


Let's get this show on the road!

It's that time again! We couldn't be more excited to be back in Dallas for the Summer edition of the 2015 Home & Gift Market. As usual, the Dallas Market Center is a buzz with excitement on the first day and the Kalalou showroom is certainly no exception. We always look forward to Dallas market as our first opportunity to unveil all our exciting new additions to you, the customer. This year, with over 600 new items, we can't wait to get some one-on-one interaction with our customers and share our enthusiasm for Kalalou's Fall - Winter collection! So if you're in Dallas, make sure you stop by showroom #2010 and say hey! Here's to another awesome market season!

Don't forget about our exclusive show specials and other happenings this week!

  • Half off shipping on orders over $1,000
  • $1,000 Give-A-Way on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
  • Free Kalalou tote bags for everyone!
  • 600+ new and never before seen items!

Not in Dallas? No need to fret! There's still plenty of time to make plans to see us at any of our other three showrooms...

2015 SUMMER MARKETS
DALLAS  JUNE 24 — 30
DMC TradeMart
#2010
ATLANTA  JULY 7 — 14
AmericasMart
Building 2, #1022
LAS VEGAS  AUGUST 2 — 6
LAS VEGAS MARKET
Building C, #604
HIGH POINT  OCT 17 — 22
Suites at Market Square
#M2003


Meet Saint, the new Kalalou Cover Star!

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!

Hot off the press!

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Hey Guys!
The crew here at Kalalou is teeming with enthusiasm and with good reason!
We just got our hands on the new 2015 Fall - Holiday Kalalou catalog, and simply put….our amazing design and product development team has outdone themselves! This book is a breath of fresh air – if not downright stunning!  And it will be landing at your front door any day now! You’ll find it to be stocked full of the most incredible assortment of fresh accessories in the industry. And best of all, it includes well over 600 NEW introductions – the largest single introduction of new items in our 29 year history! Don’t just survive – let’s thrive in the second half of 2015!  We have a plan for you!  I encourage you to contact your sales specialist or make plans to visit us at an upcoming market and review what is sure to be the most exciting line in the biz! Let us help you become the most enlivened, fresh, and bustling business in town! Available at www.kalalou.com or by calling 1.800.249.4229.

Warm regards and a special thanks to all of our customers for their many years of support,

Josh McKay
VP Sales & Marketing

Meet the Kalalou family : Kristy Moore

It takes a family of hard workers to run a company like Kalalou and we couldn't be prouder of the group  we've assembled. That's why we've decided to periodically feature a Q&A with one of our many awesome team members here on the Kalalou blog. This week, we're thrilled to introduce one of Kalalou's young stars, Kristy Moore. She's one of our full-time Regional Sales Managers with a sharp wit and heart of gold. We hope you'll enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Kristy and look forward to meeting the rest of the Kalalou crew!

Quote to live by: “Quitting doesn't enter my mind.” - Jimmy Buffett

What's the Kristy Moore story?  My journey started off in the 80’s in the great state of Alaska. I was born into a military family that spent a lot of time traveling the world. My biggest move was to Lubbock, TX where I became a proud alumnus of Texas Tech University! Wreck’em Tech! 

What was your previous work experience before joining the Kalalou team?  I worked at The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TASA) serving has the campus outreach coordinator developing a campaign for their program Sexual Assault Legal Services & Assistance (SALSA). I coordinated various community events and media outlets to promote their legal line.       

What special skills or traits do you feel you bring to the Kalalou Team?  Honesty, I’m not one to beat around the bush.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Giving back to the community is extremely important to me. Over the past couple of years I have worked with various Habitat for Humanity chapters building low-income housing. I have helped 14 families completely build their homes from the ground up.  

Do you have a nickname?  Krispy- like "Krispy Kreme"… my fellow Kalalou co-workers gave me this name!

How would you describe your personal style?  To understand my personal décor style you have to think "I Love Lucy" meets "The Big Bang Theory."

What do you find most fulfilling about your job at Kalalou?  It always makes my day a little brighter when I get a call from one of my customers with a great success story. I enjoy developing relationships with my customers and helping you guys grow your businesses to new heights. 

Favorite Movie: It’s impossible to have just one favorite movie! A few I like are: Norbit, The Help, Waynes World, Bridesmaids

What is your favorite Kalalou product and why?  The red butterfly chair is a personal favorite of mine! I use my butterfly chair has an accent piece in my living room paired with a cloth ottoman to soften it up. The pop of red really stands out next to my grey sofa.

antique gold pendant lamp with gems hand-stiched pillow - wolf with glasses antique gold pendant lamp with gems Iron Butterfly Chair / antique red tall recycled champagne flute Read Kristy's Interview

Spotlight: Elm & Iron

Here at kalalou, we have the pleasure of doing business with retailers and interior designers from all across the country. One of the greatest perks of having such a variety of customers is seeing the different ways they display Kalalou product. When combined with each shop's unique personality, our products can take on a new life. We'll often forward customer e-mails around the office, sharing the awesome ways owners style their stores with Kalalou. So we decided, why not share the inspiration with everyone?

We got in touch with one of our favorite customers, Elm & Iron, and asked them to share a few photos showcasing how they incorporate Kalalou in their store. We were blown away by their response. Their style is a blend of industrial and rustic with a touch of Mid-Century charm. We love how they mix our Botanica flowers and glass pendant lights with antique pieces and selections from various other brands. We hope that you'll draw inspiration from seeing how they merchandise their store. If you'd like to be featured next, please let us know! You can contact your sales rep or email us at art@kalalou.com

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Get a hop on Easter!

 The Easter Bunny isn't the only one offering up a few treats for Spring. This year, Kalalou is celebrating March with a storewide sale! Head to shop.kalalou.com and enter promo code "EASTER2015" at checkout to recieve 10% off any order over $500. This offer won't last long, so act now and pick up all the colorful pastels and goodies you need for Spring!

* no backdating, freight is calculated before markdown on sales items. Other restrictions may apply

Meet the Kalalou Family: Meghan Newman

One of the most rewarding aspects of working for a company like Kalalou is the friendships that are built while collaborating with others. A company our size can often feel like a family, with each member doing their part as we work together to acheive a common goal. So, we thought it'd be nice to give you a "behind-the-scenes" look at Kalalou and introduce a few of our team members that help make all of this possible. We hope you'll enjoy getting to know us a little better!  

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Meghan Newman is one of our full time Regional Sales Managers. She is dedicated to working closely with customers, over the phone and at market, in order to find the right products that'll help take your business to the next level. We did a quick Q&A with Meghan and got to know a little more about her family life outside of Kalalou.

Quote To Live By: “God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain but God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way”

Tell us about your family. I'm married to Matt Newman. We have our son, Cash Newman, who is 8. We live in Brandon, MS, where I grew up.

What do you like to do in your free time? Weekdays/Weekends consist of Cash playing in Baseball tourneys, playing soccer and football in the fall. When big events come up, such as birthdays or big football games, we enjoy entertaining family and friends at our house.

What was your previous work experience before joining the Kalalou team? Before Kalalou, I sold advertising for 6 radio stations in the Jackson/Metro area for 4 years. That's how I ended up meeting my husband Matt.

What special skills or traits do you feel you bring to the Kalalou Team? I enjoy encouraging the group with ideas.

How would you describe your personal style? I would say traditional with a twist of modern.

What do you find most fulfilling about your job at Kalalou? I enjoy decorating and love finding new ways to help our customers use our products. It's always great to see pictures, hear ideas, and share those ideas with others.

What’s a fun fact about you? My husband plays drums in a band (on the weekends) so I’ll go with friends to enjoy the live music.

Favorite TV Show: Wellll... I watch a lot of Bravo! Sooo as my husband calls it “all those women yelling channel”

Favorite Kalalou Product: One of our signature items, our glass cylinders, they truly are a stand alone product with so many styling possibilities. It's a beautiful piece and it was the the very first item I purchased when I started working at Kalalou almost 5 years ago!

Winter Market Wrap Up

Wow! It's hard to believe that the 2015 market season is already coming to a close. With each new year, we look forward to our whirlwind market adventures, traveling to Atlanta then Dallas and finally Las Vegas. It's a thrilling way to kick off the new year, yet it seems like the show season is over before we even know it.

Over the past six months, we've been busy developing over 400 new Kalalou products and market season is our chance to finally unveil this collection to the world. It's always exciting to see which items will rise to the top as new Kalalou "classics," and this year is no different. Included in the group of best-sellers are the Ceramic Gold Brick Bank, our Recycled Ammunition Canisters, and the Haitian-made Bam Jam. Our team studies this list in order to learn what items work and decide what types of products we should expand upon. For a full list of market-proven top sellers from 2015, contact your Kalalou sales representative.

We look at each show as a new opportunity for us to get to know our customers a little better while listening to your feedback and considering new ways to improve the Kalalou line. So, we'd like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to a Kalalou showroom this January, we truly could not do any of this without you! It really was a fantastic show season and there has never been a better time to be a part of the Kalalou family, cheers!

Summer Market Wrap Up

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The sun has set on Kalalou's 2014 Summer market season and what an amazing couple of months it has been! Thanks to everyone who came out to see this summer's Kalalou collection. It's always exciting to meet our customers and talk one on one, about our new products. We're incredibley proud of the entire Kalalou team, for all the hard work they put into making each show a success. We couldn't do it without each member of the Kalalou family or our fantastic customers! It's vastly rewarding to see everything come together for the market season and we can't wait until next time.

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Our last show of the Summer, Las Vegas, is always a blast and we'd like to say a special thanks to our customers who braved the desert heat to shop all the fantastic new Kalalou products in person! After setting up the showroom, the Kalalou design team got a chance to enjoy a little retreat to Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. We had an amazing time hiking the Narrows and climbing to the top of Angels Landing for a breath-taking view of one of America's most gorgeous National Parks. It was truly an unforgettable experience!

After wrapping up our Dallas, Atlanta, and Las Vegas showrooms, it's time for a much needed break from traveling, but not for long! In September, the design team will fly out to High Point, NC. to set up our last showroom of 2014. High Point Market happens October 18-23 and we can't wait to see all our east coast customers!

See y'all soon!

Thanks Atlanta!

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Kalalou showroom at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta! The ATL show always has a fantastic turn out and this year was no different. We had a blast catching up with long time customers as well as meeting new ones. Unveiling our new Botanica creation is always an exciting part of our Atlanta Market experience and we were thrilled to hear your amazing feedback on this year's "Botanimal!" Nicknamed "Ella Phantzgerald," our Kalalou mascot was a roaring success! If you joined us in Atlanta, we hope you were inspired and excited for the upcoming Holiday shopping season!

Click "Read More" to see some behind the scenes photos and read a little bit about the making of "Ella Phantzgerald" ...  

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