And How It Came To Be…
When Sue Stranger started Adobe Design in 1994, it was the culmination of a lifetime spent artistically creating and designing “objects d’art”….everything from clothes for her high school peers and teachers, custom bedding for local designers to ads for Sara Lee pastries. So it is no surprise that you can always find things at Adobe Design that you just won’t find anywhere else. It could be one of Sue’s beautiful creations, necklaces and bracelets made with semi-precious stones or freshwater pearls and antique Tibetan beads, or equestrian-themed ceramics she designs and has hand-crafted into tableware in Guanajuato, Mexico. Or maybe one of her greeting cards, highlighting the riding trails of La Cañada Flintridge and the city’s 100 year history, along with one of her custom blessing bottles as a unique and thoughtful gift…one you can call your own.
Sue’s love for designing and creating started when she was a teenager making clothes for her classmates, their parents, Pep Squad and teachers. In her early twenties, life took her to Virginia where she opened her first store, “The Cottage”. She utilized local early American antiques as displays to house a multitude of crafts, and taught locals to knit, crochet, needlepoint, macramé and more. She returned to LA within two years, and opened her second store “The Best of Mexico” in an Artisan Mall in Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Peacock Alley. The focus of the store was the indigenous art she discovered and fell in love with during her high school surfing trips across the border. Several Interior Designers in the area soon discovered Sue and she began designing custom bedding and drapery and eventually clothing for their customers. Life took a turn, she was a single mom with two young boys, and a real job was needed. She took a job in advertising as a secretary and ended her career after 13 years as a Vice President, creating National ads for both Sara Lee and Nestle Foods.
In 1992 she moved to La Cañada, and in 1994 opened her own ad agency, Vlieger & Associates, and her third store, Adobe Design. Then she started helping customers in their homes, evolving from designing and making individual pieces to complete interior design and eventually residential remodels, with landscape design following shortly behind. After a couple of years she closed the ad agency so she could focus solely on her store and interior/exterior design.
Sue’s keen sense of understanding creative design in all elements has enabled her to offer her customers a vast variety of one-of-kind artful, hand-crafted merchandise for all occasions. When she isn’t designing jewelry, or custom furniture, blessing bottles, tiles and trivets or greeting cards…you can be sure she is thinking of something new and different to offer you.
So, whether you are looking for custom jewelry; European home accessories; antiquities from the four corners of the world; Italian ceramic tableware by well noted Vietri and pewter by Match; or want to soothe your skin with 100% natural, hand milled soaps from Provence, Italy and Portugal, at Adobe Design we always have something you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
Even the gift wrap is done in a unique and artful presentation that you can be proud to give.
If you can’t see exactly what you want, just ask.
If Sue can’t make it for you herself, she will find someone who can.