|1974, Manila, Philippines
Maravilla Misa, an enterprising widow with eight feisty children, began
exporting Philippine handicrafts to Europe. Soon she was supplying big
distributors in Europe and America with her own designs of baskets,
hand-crafted from the many-textured vines gathered throughout the lush
forests of the Philippine islands.
In 1979, her daughter, Lucia, ventured to Boston, Massachusetts. There she
set up Luzon Imports, Inc., across the street from the Boston Flower Exchange.
The company flourished, creating its own niche of natural rustic baskets.
In 1990, the "Twigs" line was created, a line of vine structures and
bases, catering mostly to the crafts industry. The graceful black vines were
an instant hit, blending beautifully with New England's dried flowers and silks.
Today, Luzon Imports continues to produce unique baskets and Twigs floral
backgrounds that combine an old world beauty and elegance with the wild
abundance of nature.
The legacy and inspiration of Maravilla's designs are carried on and
celebrated by her grateful children.
Lucia and brother Martin supervising quality control
in their Philippine warehouse.