The Beginning: Our Founder – Local + Lejos


A Note From Our Founder

Growing up in a diverse household, I was born with an innate curiosity about other cultures. On my first trip to Iran as a child, I'll never forget being mesmerized by  woven  carpets and handcrafted gold jewelry in the bazaar. This  curiosity  grew  as  I  ventured to South America, befriending alpaca weavers in Peru and leather designers in Argentina. After returning home to “oohs” and “aahs” over these uncommon goods, their stories of struggle stuck with me. As a retail buyer, I knew I could apply my skills to make a difference. I left my corporate job and  Local + Lejos was born to connect discerning consumers with world class goods, while creating lasting social impact.

Besos y Abrazos,