There’s a proverb that says ‘Once you need less you will have more’. This is typified behind the doors of Saardé, a store offering lifestyle products imported from Turkey, all made with a conscience and made to last.
Founded seven years ago by Verity and Shenol Kizek, they’ve recently moved their business from St. Peters, into their naturally lit and open space in Surry Hills. But to get to this point, you have to return to where their adventure first began. The year was 2000, and Verity was a 19-year-old backpacker travelling with her mother in Turkey. Managing the hostel they were staying in was none other than Verity’s ‘future’ husband, Shenol.
Laughing, Shenol recalls, “I always respected people who travelled with family members. But the day her mother left, I asked Verity out for a beer.” And as they say, the rest is history.
Their love for one another eventually extended to their love for eco-friendly, sustainable and reclaimed Turkish wares. So popular is their brand, that as well as selling directly to customers, Saardé also wholesales to hundreds of boutique stores throughout Australia. Their initial inspiration came from one of their biggest selling products, hand loomed Turkish towels, made from 100% Turkish cotton. The Turkish family that creates these towels hold a special place in Verity and Shenol’s heart.
Verity explains, “The mother and father got sick, so they had to sell their looms. Their community helped support them, and eventually the son restarted the business. With the orders we’ve made, they’ve been able to repay back their community.”
There’s no doubt that Saardé is one Turkish delight you’ll enjoy discovering.