A Taigan is a sighthound noted for its hunting skills and ability to deliver the best to its master. At Taigan, we are always “on the hunt” seeking to find well crafted & presented products for our marketplace. Each of our shops is unique in their own way. They all have a background story like no other which is why they were meticulously chosen for Taigan.
This week we are going to share some of our favorite “shop stories”!
Hand Embroidered and Embellished Tunics & Tops
Founder Pam Schaecher launched Amaya after 35 years of living, working, traveling and raising a family abroad. Inspired by the vibrant and intricate designs of saris and shawls she experienced while attending traditional Indian weddings, Pam created Amaya to present this extraordinary artistry in fashion to North America and Europe. A person who purchases an Amaya product is not only selecting a hand embroidered piece, but also buying a work of art that can only be made in select villages in India.
Artisan Knives, Handmade in Italy
Coltellerie Berti has a long history of steel, fire, and skilled hands. It was founded as an artisan workshop by David Berti in 1895, and today, under the guidance of his great grandson Andrea, it continues its production in the Tuscan countryside, 25 miles north of Florence, Italy, making handmade knives, all by Italian artisans.
Palmetto Bug Inspired Jewelry by MINI
The Goldbug Collection was created by “Mini” Mariana Hay, one of the 4th generation daughters at Croghan’s Jewel Box in Charleston, SC. Mariana’s mother challenged her to design a line of jewelry that would be something unique to Charleston, but something that people all over would enjoy.
After some thinking, and living in an old house in Charleston, the idea struck Mini, “Cockroaches!” or as they are more politely called “Palmetto Bugs”. She gilded her first bug and made a necklace with pearls to test the waters. The necklace sold that day and she has been expanding The Goldbug Collection ever since.
Artisanal Cookies from Legendary Family Recipes
South Carolina legend has it that the “Grey Ghost”, a friendly spirit, appears to alert residents of impending storms and protects those who heed his warning. Inspired by her summer days spent baking and sharing Lowcountry lore with friends and family on the porch of her Pawleys Island beach house, owner Katherine Frankstone named the company for the beloved legend.
Like the ghost tales of the Carolina Lowcountry, Grey Ghost Bakery’s legendary recipes have been passed through their family for generations. Grey Ghost is a small family-owned baking company that uses the highest quality all natural ingredients to create their made-from-scratch, hand-formed cookies in a range of truly addictive flavors.
Handmade Whiskey Barrel Furniture & Gifts
In 1926, James Edgar Broyhill founded a small chair manufacturing company. Four generations later, James Thomas Broyhill II took on his family legacy, inspired to create something aesthetically pleasing from something of true character.
Created for a discerning clientele, Heritage Handcrafted uses traditional woodworking methods to build furniture and other original pieces from a nontraditional medium. Specifically, reclaimed Whiskey, Bourbon & Wine oak barrel wood known as “staves”. While the medium presents challenges, the naturally occurring patina, preserved reminisce of the barrel woods past life, offers a distinctly unique piece that will be enjoyed for generations.