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Temples and Markets
Judith started Temples and Markets in 2015. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Temples and Markets?
My love of S.E Asia is represented through Temples and Markets.
I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and often to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore over the last 20 years. During those travels, I’ve been awestruck by the creativity of the people I met, their stories of resilience against hardship, and their creations that are borne out of hardship.
So often they have come from marginalized or poverty-stricken areas and use traditional crafts and sustainable materials to handmade unique and gorgeous items that one could never see elsewhere.
When I would return back home in Sydney, Australia from a trip to S.E Asia and be stopped in the street to be asked: “where did you get that?”.
From there, I conceptualized the idea to expose the unique creations I found on my travels to a broader market outside the region.
Furthermore, I wanted to help others who experience what I call “Buyers’ Regret”. I know I’m not the only one who experiences this. Buyers’ Regret is a name I give to not buying all those wonderful things you see on your holidays because of budget or financial restraints. One gets home and wishes we’d bought more.
Temples and Markets showcases many products that can usually only be found on one’s travels so solving one’s buyers regret!. For example Eugenie Darge is a popular brand of homewares found in Vietnam, however, prior to launching Eugenie’s designs on Temples and Markets it wasn’t possible to find her brand online or outside of Vietnam.
At the time of business conception, I was owner of interior design and renovation company Inspired Property Designs. When I first left university however I worked in the Buying and Merchandising of two major Department Store groups in London - first House of Fraser and then Debenhams. I guess you could say my working life has gone full circle. I’ve always sourced product whether it be in retail or interior design.
I used the revenue from Inspired Property Designs to invest in stock for the new business Temples and Markets.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater