PAPAYA! started in a Los Angeles kitchen where mother daughter team Gina and Anahata Katkin spent their nights hand glittering the first greeting cards designed from Anahata’s personal sketchbooks and art journals. (Alongside one naked toddler who was usually covered head to toe in glitter.) The two went on to hand build the company from those 20 greeting cards into what it is today: sharing hundreds of fine lifestyle and stationery offerings that are celebrated across the United States and distributed in over a dozen countries worldwide. Over the years the independently owned family company has remained true to its roots. All of PAPAYA!’s work is internally generated and the artists are still the heart that drives the company. PAPAYA! products feature original artwork by Anahata and a small team of dedicated in house designers using a special range of paintings, drawings, and mixed media to maintain a beloved, signature aesthetic.
In 2011, PAPAYA! opened a 4,000 square foot flagship boutique in Ashland, OR, PAPAYA! LIVING, which showcases the entire PAPAYA! brand as well as hundreds of other makers and specialty finds. It has become a West Coast retail destination in the heart of the Rogue Valley.
PAPAYA! is proud to be supported by an incredible cast of talented employees, who are not only designers, craftsmen & forward thinkers, but keep the mission of “Creative Abandon” alive and thriving.