Kalalou is Doug and Susan Williams. Doug and Susan bring us their extraordinary line of products in an unparalleled way. Their story is unique and a wonderful addition to the designer lines offered at Woman in the Moon.
Doug had posed the idea to Susan of returning to Jamaica to try and import baskets, they'd found at a market on the island, back to Mississippi. Now Doug and Susan knew next to nothing about importing, so they learned. Well, Doug did… because the couple didn’t have enough money for both to make the return trip to Jamaica. As the story goes, it was Doug who convinced the Jamaican Trade Council to ship a container load of baskets to Jackson, Mississippi with no money down and 30 days to pay. That was miracle number one of many miracles to follow in the life of a true entrepreneurial company.
So, Doug and Susan set their sights for the Dallas Wholesale Show; but along with the regular Jamaican baskets, Susan had stumbled upon an idea that would become a turning point for the now full fledged wholesale company named Country Originals. It would be a brand new introduction that came to Susan one day. While studying the unique rounded shape of the Jamaican baskets… Susan saw a watermelon. She sent the design to Jamaica along with kegs of Rit Dye and the famous watermelon basket was born. Some of you, who have been in business long enough, may remember the long line to get into their booth. The watermelon basket and the newly named Country Originals Company were the hit of the Dallas Wholesale Show… the month was July, the year was 1986. In less than three years from the fateful Jamaican vacation, the little basket idea would grow from vacation to avocation to vocation to viable industry.
Over the years Doug and Susan, and their company, have developed charitable projects in several of the countries where they do business. These projects arose from situations spotted by Doug and Susan and are not projects sponsored by other charitable groups or government agencies. All the money raised by Doug and Susan’s Kid Foundation is given straight to each project. No money is taken out for administrative costs, as their company absorbs all of these costs. Click on Doug and Susan’s Kid Foundation and read the unique stories about Sister Clara’s Cross (Haiti), The Atuto Kids (Honduras) and The Tom Sawyer Project (Colombia).
The word Kalalou is Creole in origin for a type of soup that is never made the same way twice, much like many of the company’s artisan products.