The Beginning

The Beginning

Caju Collective was born from a shared passion for Brazil and its art, culture and unique sensibilities. Longtime friends Barbara Lustbader, Duda Maia and Virginia Weinberg came together, each with a different background and living in a different country, to create an online platform that connects Brazilian art and design with the world. Sisters Barbara and Virginia, having lived all over the globe for the last decade, relished in introducing friends to their favorite Brazilian artists. Barbara, an interior designer, always let Brazilian modernism inform her style, and Virginia, an art collector, was growing her cache and connecting with different artists and designers with each trip back home. Their friend Duda, a journalist, marketing strategist and fashion lover, was the perfect point person in Brazil to grow the business and help curate their collection.

 

      

 

The three women believe handmade objects have a story to tell; that an object that embraces history, tradition, culture and creativity. The first iteration of the platform launched in June 2021 under the name The Artisanal, with the main goal of highlighting Brazil’s artisan culture and traditions. The focus was bringing to light unique materials and techniques that otherwise would have been lost in time, celebrating diversity with respect to medium, materials, style, ethnicity and geography.

The Artisanal became Caju Collective, a platform that weaves together the most creative well established and upcoming Brazilian artists, designers and artisans, with the focus on what makes Brazil special, the Brazilian je ne sais quoi - what we like to call our “bossa”.

At Caju Collective, we value authentic experiences and believe in buying less to buy better. Every time you buy one-of-a-kind objects that tell a unique story, you have a purchase with purpose. Handmade pieces are part of life stories.

What stories are you carrying home with you?

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