Joy is a first generation Greek-American. This portrait of the village of Chora from the island of Naxos, in the Aegean, was painted by her uncle. This is her mother’s village, and this is the view that people have when arriving from Athens. Joy has taken in this view on visits to Naxos, and has placed this painting above the desk in her office, so it is the first thing she sees at work each morning, and the last thing she sees when she leaves for home each evening.
Jeffrey Jorge Cohen was born in Havana, Cuba, and along with his family, came to the United States in 1960. This porcelain ostrich was first owned by his grandmother. It passed over his mother, who abhored it, and came to Jeff, who adored it as a child. It has a prominent place just inside the front door of his home, where it greets visitors, and holds umbrellas and other objects.
When she moved to the United States from Germany in the early 1980’s, Marikka Green was invited to take one item from her uncle’s incredible selection. She chose a Black Mary and Icon, which she had admired for years, going back to her childhood visits to this favorite uncle’s home.
Manila born Cris Sales received a pair of diamond earrings from her mother just after her 18th birthday. The earrings were purchased for her mother by an aunt, herself a dedicated shopper, and then reset. There’s plenty to this story.
London born Claudia Milne has brought her family’s lease from the house in which she was raised with her to America. The lease is original to the house, and is from the 1870’s. For her, it represents home.
Khurram Malik was born in Pakistan, has lived in Dubai, and now resides in the United States. Since his teen years, he has worn prayer beads presented to him by his grandmother. The beads are intended to protect and assist Khurram, and out of both deference to faith and respect for his grandmother, he wears them daily.
Dieu Le came to the United States in 1975 as a young girl. Along with her family, she was a refugee from Vietnam. After some time at Camp Pendleton, she relocated to the east coast. Fashion and style have always been central elements for Dieu, and she chose to wear a traditional Vietnamese dress, the Ao Dai, to note the sustained relationship she maintains with Vietnam. Dieu has several Ao Dai, collects them, and hopes to continue her family tradition by sharing her interest in the Ao Dai with her daughter.