I’ll cut straight to the point: The Citizenry is everything that Urban Outfitters wishes they could be.
Early this year, I stumbled across The Citizenry by nothing but fate. As a culture enthusiast, I am always looking for ways to get a little closer to cultures I may not have the time to visit in the near future. When you have a family, a full-time job, and limited funds, you have to choose your next travel destination carefully. I followed The Citizenry on Twitter early on and gawked at new collection releases as they rolled through my timeline.
This past week, I saw something different. The Citizenry announced that they were opening an open-to-public studio off of Knox Henderson in Dallas’ uptown scene. I text my husband telling him to clear his Saturday afternoon schedule because as an early adopter and sincere fan, I had to show my support for co-owners, Rachel and Carly. Their mission hits home for me and will for anyone who wants their home and lifestyle to be a reflection of the vibrant experiences we seek out on our travels. The products offer more than an aesthetically pleasing arrangement, but each product is an authentic artisan good to be treasured.
Their philosophy shares, “By personally traveling to each country and using only local materials, we establish sustainable relationships with our artisans. From there, we sell directly to you online–there is no middleman. This is how we’re able to offer handmade goods, crafted with the highest quality materials, at more reasonable prices than traditional luxury boutiques.”
When we entered, the staff greeted us with a warm cup of coffee and ushered us to enjoy crafting our own flower arrangements under the guidance of The Southern Table. Greenery and blooms spilled across tables as young ladies focused on their bundles. It was a true enriched lifestyle experience. In support, I purchased the Adia Planter, priced at $65 and handcrafted in Uganda. It is a gem indeed. To top off the afternoon, my husband decided he could “add the finishing touch” to my floral arrangement. By finishing touch, he meant grab the scissors and start chopping. I admit, he did seem to add a little something special.