Designer Della Slowik returned to the U.S. enraptured with Japanese culture after a 2002 trip to the island. Motivated to translate her newfound inspiration into gifts, Slowik began crafting ornaments shaped like fresh sushi rolls. "I started making sushi ornaments as Christmas presents [for] the family. I found [a distributor] and had instant success with it, so I asked myself: 'What else could I turn into sushi?'" says Slowik.
Slowik soon expanded her line into everyday objects with a sense of humor, like plush slippers shaped like vibrant sushi rolls and oversized fortune-cookies. "I haven't stopped making Japanese items since!"