We opened our Gallery and Coffeebar, Monkey Forest Road, in Oakland in December of 2011. Monkey Forest Road is the main street in Ubud, the cultural center of Bali, Indonesia, and we named our shop after it because when we first traveled to Bali over ten years ago, we instantly fell in love with not only the beautiful style of arts and crafts there, but also the great kindness and openness of the Balinese people. Through our travels, we met many local and expatriate artists whom were living and working all over Indonesia, and producing really incredible works of art, the likes of which we had never encountered in the United States, and in all different mediums. Several years ago, we decided to bring these amazing works to the U.S. by renovating a big old bank building in Oakland into an art gallery, along with a rad coffee bar that serves delicious Verve coffee and artisan baked goods. This venture has been a great success and we are proud to now be able to bring the spirit of our vibrant shop to the online community.
Our online store carries our jewelry and textile lines only, for now. These lines come from a variety of different artists, many of whom with we have close working relationships – some pieces have even been designed exclusively for us! All items are imported from Southeast Asia, mostly from Bali. We find high quality and unique designs by working both with local artisans, and with expatriate artists who have learned to apply the eye for detail and perfection they learned in the West, with the meticulous craftsmanship and artistic sensibility of the local workers. We choose items from a variety of materials, but always of the highest quality, such as fine sterling silver, hand dyed leather, real pearl, and hand carved rose gold.
Last but not least, our awesome accessory models are all members of the cute and talented staff at our gallery and coffee bar!
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