Temples and Markets is a curated store featuring the best Home Decor, Jewellery and Fashion Accessories from South East Asia. Temples and Markets has been curated by Judith Treanor and is the result of her many years of travel in South East Asia.
Judith is a Sydney based mum who has enjoyed holidaying, shopping and eating her way through South East Asia since 1997.
She is addicted to the buzz of the night markets, the serenity of a resort spa and the heat of the food. She loves the contrasts - a visit to an ancient peaceful temple followed by a ride in a tuk-tuk through noisy bustling streets. She has grown accustomed to the humidity and the afternoon showers; swimming in the crystal clear waters of some of the world's most beautiful beaches always brings cooling relief. She loves the smells of lemongrass and frangipani and the tastes of hot curries and tropical fruit. She loves eating soup for breakfast and satay sticks by a pool.
But most of all she loves the creativity and talent that is inherent in so many of the people she meets on her travels - the artisan who hand stitches his leather handbags or the designer who drills through seeds to make a necklace.
These are the people who have generously shared their stories with her, many of whom have come from very little and have become part of successful enterprises. These are the people who use their local resources and traditional crafts to produce modern and sophisticated designs. These are people who provide employment to the disadvantaged and are improving the lives of their local communities. These are people who amaze Judith time and again with their creativity. Judith believes it is the people you meet who make a holiday. She is thrilled to be able to share their stories and their creations with you.
Originating from the UK I spent several years working in the Buying and Merchandising departments of House of Fraser, Harrods and Debenhams; essentially I’ve been sourcing suppliers and product for over 25 years.
In 1997 I left England as a slightly older than average backpacker to explore the world before settling in Australia for good. It was during those travels that South East Asia found its special place in my heart and has never left.
Fast forward to the present and I am a proud mum to one amazing son and one floppy eared cocker spaniel cross. Callum, the 11 year old often helps out on the I.T side of Temples and Markets and has taught me how to use Instagram!! Lolly, the crazy dog keeps me fit.
In recent years I had my own award winning Interior Design and Renovation Company and have always favoured Asian tropical and resort design over any other form.
When holidaying it seems I can’t go past those destinations in South East Asia that stole my heart all those years ago. Is it the people, the luxurious resorts, the shopping, the beaches, the food, the history and architecture that enthrals me each time? Of course it is a combination of all these things and more.
What struck me during my travel in South East Asia is how many wonderful things I'd stumble upon that I could never find in Australia. Back in Sydney my purchases frequently attracted the question “where did you buy that?”.
What also struck me when I returned from travelling is the affliction I suffered which I have named ‘Buyer Regret’; it’s the feeling that I could have bought so much more and has been left reminiscing about those things I left behind. Temples and Markets was borne out of this Buyer Regret. I very much wants “buyer regret” to be a thing of the past for me and for you.
I am so thrilled that nowadays, when I travel back to the region I love, I am there to bring back my special finds for Temples and Markets.
My love of South East Asia is showcased through Temples and Markets. The E-store's unique items have been personally sourced from designers, artisans or social enterprises that I have met and I hope they evoke the wonder and excitement we all experience when we travel to Asia. Every product has a story and each is as unique as the person who made them.
When browsing Temples and Markets I hope you remember all that is magical about South East Asian travel: the tastes, the smells of lemongrass and lotus; the contradictions that is shopping at a noisy exciting market followed by the relaxation felt at a resort spa. And if you haven't yet experienced the wonder that is travelling in South East Asia I want Temples and Markets to evoke your senses of being there - the sights, sounds and smells - from the comfort of the chair you are sitting on right now.
I want you to be unique.
I want your friends to ask “where did you get that?” and for them and you to become part of the Temples and Markets story.