Five minutes with Briar Walsh, owner of Made in Mexico.
How long have you been importing from Mexico? Our first container came in 2012. It was following a three-month family tour of Mexico. We were so taken with the passion of the artists and the connection to family. Many of the Artists we deal with hand down their craftsmanship through the generations.
Which pieces in the collection resonate with you most? Iconic Mexican motifs – hand rolled clay bead Rosaries, Ceramic gold leaf wings, Alba hand-painted tableware in the Talavera style. Each piece comes from an Artisan in Mexico, most of whom we have built long-term relationships with over the years. We guarantee that all our products will be different. Each piece is made by hand. There will be variation in colour, size and texture. Our Artisans pride themselves on their work. All goods are produced with the utmost care and attention.
Where are your favourite places to visit in Mexico? Mexico is such a popular holiday destination for New Zealanders. We hear of so many weddings and honeymoons up there. The beaches are gorgeous and the art and culture so colourful and interesting. And lets not forget to mention the food and Tequila. Every year we travel to Mexico to hand select our annual collection; we always go to Mexico City and Guadalajara. Then to relax we enjoy – Oaxaca, Sayulita and the Baja.
We have so many travellers visit our store, who are not able to bring home all the Mexican treasures they fall in love with. We select gifts and homeware – perfect for complementing the Kiwi aesthetic or an authentic gift.
All Made in Mexico products are personally selected at the source and curated for an annual collection.