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How We Started


rockflowerpaper was born from owner Katie Smith’s lifelong love of international travel. With a degree in international relations, she not only wanted to see the world but to also work with people all over the world.


In 2009, rockflowerpaper launched its first collection with elegant home goods. We developed innovative techniques to apply nature-based art to lacquer serving trays which nobody had seen before. Everyone loved rockflowerpaper’s unique and lively aesthetic, and they wanted more. Smith brought on VP of Design Katie Shillinglaw, a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate, with whom Smith had worked for over 20 years at Mulberry Neckwear. With Shillinglaw’s strong background in textile design, rockflowerpaper expanded into tote bags and casual clothing which highlighted Shillinglaw’s colorful, hand-painted patterns.


Now a lifestyle brand in full bloom, rockflowerpaper works with a dozen small vendors in Asia to produce two collections every year. We carefully select all our factories and form strong relationships with them. Employing an on-site colleague to ensure that our products are made responsibly and to our standards, we continue to stay true to our commitment to offering well-priced, high quality goods.