#WanderableGypset: Rachel and Carly of The Citizenry

Make your home something to talk about with these extraordinary products from The Citizenry 

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We love it when we find like-minded people who believe in the importance of travel and experiences. We caught up with #WanderableGypset, Rachel and Carly, the two travel gurus of The Citizenry, who revealed to us their passions and the concept behind their incredibly unique philosophy and website. These two wanderers have a strong belief that our homes should be a reflection of the journeys that we take, so they travel the world and find the best of the best to sell on their awesome website. They collaborate with local artisans in various countries to combine their modern style with their time-tested techniques to bring you an exclusive collection of home goods. Here is an inside look at our latest #WanderableGypset: Rachel and Carly of The Citizenry.

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Wanderable: Walk me through an average day in your un-average life.

CARLY: Our days in the studio always start with a French press and some time to love on the office dogs. Then we jump into lots of emails and calls with our artisan partners, web team, and graphic designer. It’s a lot of unglamorous hard work, but we have a talented team that makes the day-to-day exciting. The really un-average days are when we’re traveling to visit our artisan partners…

RACHEL: Whether it’s a 20-hour bus ride to visit a rural village in Peru or trekking across Africa, we’ve already accumulated so many great stories. When we’re traveling to visit artisan partners, we constantly have these pinch-yourself moments when we can’t believe we’re lucky enough that this is our job.

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What inspired you to develop this type of business? Was it something you always dreamed of doing or something you just fell into?

RACHEL: The idea came from our own frustrations trying to find beautifully crafted items for our own homes. We were looking for high quality, handcrafted pieces, from a company we could feel good about, at a price that didn’t break the bank. That’s a tough combination to find.

CARLY: We started thinking about the things in our homes that we treasured, and all those items had a story behind them – either the story of the maker or the place where it was from. We wanted to build a brand that celebrates those people and stories behind the products.

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How do you decide where you want to travel?

RACHEL: We choose places for our collections based on their natural resources and product expertise in a certain category.

CARLY: For example, we went to Argentina for the country’s incredible leather, and we targeted Peru for their native alpaca and weaving expertise. Both cultures also have rich histories of craftsmanship, and we were so excited to shine a light on those stories.

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If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,500!) which one would it be and why? (www.wanderable.com)

CARLY: The site is a rabbit hole of experiences I die over, but I’d pick this Cambodia package. It’s a country I haven’t explored,  Angkor Wat is on my bucket list.

RACHEL: I’ll never turn down a chance to go to France. This tour of Champagne has my name written all over it!

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What is your favorite item on the website and why?

CARLY: I’m head over heels in love with our Copper Butterfly Chairs. They are handcrafted in Buenos Aires and are the perfect mix of modern design and old world craftsmanship.

RACHEL: The Estrellas Rug is another one of our favorites. We worked with a small group of weavers outside of Lima to hand dye every color and weave these beauties start to finish. Each one takes six weeks to complete, so they’re true works of art.

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What are you loving right now?

CARLY:  Public Supply Notebooks are my new favorites for scribbling notes and ideas.

RACHEL:  Red velvet macarons and maman coffee cups.

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What are your travel essentials? OR What’s always in your carry-on?

CARLY: Cuyana travel cases and drybar detox dry shampoo.

RACHEL: It may sound like a shameless plug, but I always travel with one of our San Pedro blankets. I’m always cold on flights, and these are the perfect weight for travel.

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What destinations are on your bucket- list?

CARLY: Morocco and Turkey. We’re already dreaming up possibilities in all those places.

RACHEL: Japan would be an incredible collection as well.

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Now you can easily see why we are gushing over The Citizenry. Just wait til you see the other products that are sold on the website–they definitely give Anthro and Urban a run for their money. We cannot wait to see what else Rachel and Carly have in store!

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#WanderableGypset: Kylee & Steve Niederhauser

Travel Tuesday: Kylee Neiderhauser is the latest #WanderableGypset, bohemian tastemaker in this exclusive interview series

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 What is a Gypset?:

A gypset is a gypsy-jetsetter, a free spirit who is young and heart and leads an unconventional career and life, traveling the globe and wandering through life at her own pace, in her own style. For more detail, check out this post, and this one AND this one-  and of course stay tuned here to peek into the lives of Wanderable’s favorite people to follow.

Who is Kylee (and her fellow Wanderer/husband, Steve)

Kylee and Steve are literally professional travelers. After growing up in sunny Palm Springs, California and studying at University of San Diego, Kylee found herself getting married to the love of her life and moving across the world to Germany for Steve’s job.  Now loving her life as a “Hausfrau,” the two of them are all about collecting moments (not things!) as they jet set their way across Europe, Asia, and beyond.  Together, they have been to over 30 countries on 4 continents in 6 years (and have some really fun facts for how to fly first class, every time).  We picked her brain on what its like being an American living abroad, the best thing she’s recently eaten, and whats on her (growing) bucket list.

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Walk me through an average day in your un-average life.

I’m more of a morning person than a night owl, and morning is a great time of day to connect with friends and family back in California. By mid-morning I’m on the U-bahn (subway) and heading to my German language class. My classmates are from all over, and getting to know all of them has been just as enriching as the class itself. Then I usually head to the market and pick up some daily groceries, and the rest of the afternoon I spend catching up on “hausfrau” duties and homework. On nice days, I like to go out and “get lost”. Munich is an incredible city to explore. Evenings mean leisurely dinners with my husband and catching up on each other’s day.

How did you come to lead such a life? Did you always want to be a traveler, or did you just fall into it?

I was lucky to be able to vacation abroad with my family starting at a young age, so I have always enjoyed traveling. When I first started dating my husband, his job took him frequently to Asia and Europe. I joined as often as my work schedule would permit, but the more places we visited, the longer our “bucket list” grew!

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Paris: Obviously

What is the difference between somewhere you’d want to live & somewhere you’d want to visit?

I think the difference comes down to whether or not the place feels like “home.” I knew we had picked the right place when, at the end of a vacation this year, I said “I’m ready to be home” (and we both knew that home was our cozy German apartment). That was definitely a moment.

What are you feeling/loving/reading right now?

Feeling: Chilly! The leaves have fallen and winter has arrived!

Loving : Evening visits to one of Munich’s outdoor Markets and warming up with a glass of Glühwein

Reading: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

What was the best thing you recently ate?

We recently spent some time in Vietnam and couldn’t get enough of the street food! Ten days of Banh mi, Pho coun, Bun cha, Xoi xeo, Banh coun, Ca phe trung and countless bowls of Pho bo. Take me back!

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What pays the bills?

My husband has been the bread-winner of the family since our move.  He works for an American company whose Munich office develops technology to charge electric vehicles. It’s very exciting to see something that he’s worked so hard on starting to come to fruition.

What do you miss about “home?” (Where you’re from.)

Unsurprisingly, not having family and friends with us has been the hardest part. Thank goodness for FaceTime. We’ve also been fortunate to have 20 loving visitors in the past year!

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If you could bring anything/anyone from home, what/who would that be?

My family

Televised football (American football, not “soccer”)

San Diego sunsets

In-N-Out…definitely In-N-Out.

Advice for aspiring Gypsets? Go.

If you’re set on seeing the world, but your travel budget is limited…LOYALTY POINTS! We have planned vacations where our entire international airline fares were covered using points earned. Travel blogs like FlyerTalk can be a great resource. Even small things like sticking to one airline or hotel chain can help out over time.

What location is on your bucket list, and why?

We are really excited to be visiting southern Spain and Morocco in a few weeks! Outside of Europe, Australia and New Zealand are high on our list along with South Africa. We also still have plenty to explore in Germany.

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What are your go-to travel essentials?

Lo&Sons O.G. bag

Kindle

Downy Wrinkle Release

Digital camera

Last, but not least, my hubby!

What has recently taken your breath away?

Recently we did a day-long hike in the Swiss Alps near Lauterbrunnen. The contrast between the lush green valleys and snow-capped mountains is unbelievably beautiful.

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What was the last thing you bought abroad?

A Vietnamese lacquer painting…we walked through a small studio where they were being made, and it was really interesting to watch the artist intricately layer the paint, egg shell and mother of pearl.

What is the best part about traveling with the one you love?

We love looking back on things like that leisurely picnic with a bottle of wine in that cute little park we found in Paris, or that time we wound up lost on a dirt road in a tiny, tin can they called an Italian car!

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What have you learned about each other?

We’ve both found that we enjoy learning about the food culture in the different places we visit, so we try to incorporate that into our travels by taking a local cooking class or exploring markets. I’ve learned that he is better than any map I could bring along with me.

If you guys were to go on a Wanderable experience, witch one would it be?

We think the idea of Wanderable is really cool– and it’s exactly who we are as a couple.  After we got married, we moved pretty quickly to Germany and have been traveling the world together ever since (we didn’t go on a traditional honeymoon, you could say). I think that if we were to pick just one, it would be something in Santorini, Greece, like a sunset jeep tour or exploring their wine caves.

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All photos courtesy of Kylee and Steve