Kei & Molly Textiles
WHO THEY ARE
"We are Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi -- two friends, mothers, and printers living in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We founded Kei & Molly Textiles, LLC in 2010 to create both a printing studio dedicated to producing artisan-quality fabric goods as well as a vehicle to develop good jobs in our community."
"We design all our images ourselves, often inspired by what we see in New Mexico as well as by our individual backgrounds -- Kei is Japanese but grew up in Montréal; Molly is Swiss American with a Japanese husband. Our product line includes kitchen linens and home & fashion accessories."
"We both bring a lifetime of experience to this new venture. Kei has printed for designers such as Jonathan Adler and Denyse Schmidt, and has shown products at the New York International Gift Fair. Molly’s international background brings a global perspective to our designs and sensibility. She has been a dedicated educator for over 20 years and speaks five languages."
"Supporting our community means a lot to us, and it's the reason we started this business in the first place! We are located in the International District of Albuquerque, an area home to many of the refugees and recent immigrants to our city. Vibrant with culture, it is nonetheless one of Albuquerque's pockets of poverty. We are committed to creating good jobs in this area, and work with refugee resettlement programs to find many of our employees. We provide on-the-job training, health and education benefits, flexible hours, and, we hope, a great place to work!"
"Our printing studio is the heart of our business, and serves as our center for production. We often open up the studio for workshops for the greater community and for sales with other artisans. We believe in sharing our skills while helping to re-vitalize this area’s International District."
"Being environmental stewards is also important to us. Our studio uses only water-based, non-toxic inks to minimize our impact on the environment -- no plastisol, please! We filter our waste water to 20 microns to keep pigment out of our water system. Our product line is also made using only 100% natural fibers. Waste fabric from our production is often recycled into community projects through schools and community groups."