Victoria Harbor is situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. Famous for its spectacular views, this harbor is the main tourist attraction here and familiar to all who visit. But Hong Kong is a place of congregation for a lot of foreigners, sometimes people who live there for quite some time. And sometimes, they start businesses. Tiny Footprints was started in 2011 to be the premier store for mothers and their babies.

Tiny Footprints Fresco Chrome Highchair Set

Photo of Hong Kong by Dice, Wikimedia

Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City” due to the blue-painted houses near the Mehrangarh Fort in the state of Rajasthan India where the photo above is taken. Handicrafts happens to be the biggest industry in Jodhpur. Tilonia Artisans of India is a business with its roots in the small village of Tilonia (also in Rajasthan India) which is helping local rural women to promote and market rural handicrafts.

Tilonia Artisans of India decorative pillow cover

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by fabulousfabs on Flickr

Pestemal is a traditional Turkish towel historically produced for centuries by women weaving on hand looms in Turkey’s eastern Black Sea and Aegean regions. Today, pestemals have become very popular all over the world. Thanks to their fine texture, they absorb water fast and dry quicker than classic towels!

Blue honeycomb pestemal towel with white fringes

Photo: Istanbul, Turkey by Fikret Onal on Flickr

Senz umbrellas were born out of pure frustration with traditional umbrellas. Umbrella struggles are familiar to all: go inside-out, break, poke you in the eye, don’t protect your back, etc. Three Dutch men in the Netherlands decided to solve this problem and history was made in 2006 when they started selling Senz umbrellas. Aerodynamically built, the Senz umbrella will withstand 70 mph (100 km/h) winds!

Red Senz mini foldable pocket size umbrella

Windmills in Netherlands Photo by Bogdan Migulski

Jerome and Gustavo created Decodelire in France in 2004. During a trip to Argentina, Jerome met Gustavo who was a young designer at the University of Buenos Aires and jointly decided that Gustavo should come draw in France. The rest is history  :)

Lola Glass Case available at Decodelire

Paris, France photo by Bevalde from Wikimedia

The Mlabri people in northern Thailand have battled exploitation, death threats, malnourishment, malaria and displacement. Their numbers have dwindled until UNESCO placed them on the “Endangered Languages List” with only 300 Mlabri left in the world. Yellow Leaf Hammocks started by Joe Demin is an example of one person trying to make a difference—- through hammocks!  

Classic Queen Yellow Hammock available here

Read more about the story of Yellow Leaf Hammocks: Do Good, Relax. 

And see their Kickstarter project from 2011!

Milan is the hub of finance and fashion in Italy. Home of its stock exchange and the place where fashionistas make a pilgrimage to shop at designer flagship stores in the Quadrilatero d’Oro. But Milan is also home to not as well-known designers such as Elena Salmistraro. Love her cup and pitcher design.

Cup + carnivorous pitcher by designer Elena Salmistraro

Milan, Italy photo by Spens03, Wikimedia

Brigadeiros are Brazilian chocolates, created in the 1940s and named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. Brigadeiros are shaped like some varieties of chocolate truffles. It is a popular candy in Brazil and is usually served at birthday parties or any other party event.

Brigadeiros from the company Obrigadeiro

Photo of Sao Paulo, Brazil downtown by Francisco Anzola, Wikimedia

The Dala Horse is a traditional Swedish handicraft art symbol and is one of Sweden’s most popular souvenirs. The name comes from its home province, Dalarna, in central Sweden. Since Viking times, the horse has been considered a special animal in this region. Enjoy some handcrafted Dala horse jewelry!

Sliver Dala horse necklace by redtruckdesigns on Etsy

Red Dala horse necklace by Madeleine Rose on Etsy

Stockholm, Sweden via Aleksandra Glustsenko,

Do you know the difference between the Czech Republic and Bohemia? The short answer is not much. Both names refer to nearly the same region. From the Middle Ages to 1918, Bohemia was the name of what is today the major part of the Czech Republic. This region has been famous for its beautiful and colorful glass. And glassware from the Czech Republic is still as beautiful today! Peek at a few pieces from a boutique called Artel in Prague

Glassware from Artel

Downtown Prague Photo from Jorge Royan, Wikimedia