Worth & Stories + ObjectS

Jamie Leilani Pelayo defines luxury differently than most. After leaving an illustrious career in high-end fashion, beauty and lifestyle, she founded Stories + Objects, an immersive storytelling platform that showcases the mastery of creators and cultivators around the world through a series of short films.

For Pelayo, the essence of luxury is captured in the narratives of artisans like Basque craftsman Jean-Jacques Houyou, Cuban tobacco farmer Hirochi Robaina, salt worker Brice Collonier from the French island of Île de Ré and Mathieu Brees, a chocolatero living on the Peninsula de Yucatán in Mexico.

Learn about the stories of these artisans and the exquisite objects they create below and at storiesandobjects.com.

The Stories

A BLACK PEARL
Fakarava, Tuamoto Atolls

Hugo Dariel is a second-generation pearl cultivator on the Tuamotu Atoll of Fakarava in the French Polynesia. The culture of pearling made its way to the atolls just over 30 years ago, with Hugo’s parents serving as the pioneers on Fakarava. Although the pearl produced by the Polynesian black lip oyster, pinctada margaritifera, is relatively new to the pearl cultivation world, it is the only cultured pearl that nature works in mysterious ways to produce in a spectrum of hues, shapes and sizes. (7:46)

A TURKISH ROSE
Isparta, Turkey

Esengül Artisoy is a rose harvester living in the village of Senir, near Isparta, Turkey. The rose harvest, starting in May, is her favorite time of the year. The blooms are plucked before the sun dries the precious oil contained within the Rosa x damascena—one of the two types of roses that produce the oil. Turkish farmers are responsible for some 60 percent of the world’s annual rose harvest. (4:51)

THE NOBLE CACAO
Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

Mathieu Brees is a chocolate maker, living on the Peninsula de Yucatán, Mexico. Originally from Belgium, Brees fell in love with chocolate at an early age and wanted to explore the Central American, Mayan roots of the beloved confection. (4:46)

AN ANCIENT TANNERY
Fès, Morocco

Mohammed Abdullatif is a master tanner from the venerable city of Fès, Morocco. The traditional techniques employed by the craftsmen are a testament to the artisans’ skills and passions, passed down from their forebears. (5:53)

A BASQUE ATELIER
Euskal Herria

Jean-Jacques Houyou is an artisan fabricant, or craftsman, making espadrilles in the French Basque Country. Called espartinak in Basque, the shoes are a style of footwear closely linked to his Basque ancestry and are fashioned from natural cotton, jute and rubber. (7:10)

THE LEGACY OF TOBACCO
Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Hirochi Robaina is a fifth-generation tobacco farmer in Vuelta Abajo, Cuba’s illustrious, tobacco-growing region, situated in San Luis, Pinar del Río. Following the traditions of his ancestors, and most notably of his grandfather Don Alejandro Robaina, Hirochi is at the helm of La Finca El Pinar Robaina, perhaps the most famous tobacco farm in the region, if not the world. (6:02)

THE ART OF SALT
Île De Ré, France

Brice Collonier is a salt worker, or saunier, who collects salt on the French island of Île de Ré in a tradition that dates back to the 12th century when it was introduced by Cistercian monks. (7:15)

THE OBJECTS

The Objects are a collection of exclusive collaborations made by the creators and cultivators featured on Stories+Objects. Each item has been handmade, handcrafted or hand-harvested to the highest standards in each destination and offered by S+O as a souvenir to complement the storytelling experience.

Stories+Objects - Fakarava Pearl Necklace

FAKARAVA PEARL NECKLACE
This pearl necklace features a singular large cultured pearl sourced from the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Fakarava, by a family of pearl farmers using the traditional cultivation techniques introduced to the islands in the ’60s. The pearl is strung on a matte black rubber strand for an understated, modern feel. Available exclusively at Stories + Objects in an edition of twenty necklaces.

Stories+Objects - Persian Rose Water

PERSIAN ROSE WATER
This pure Persian Rose Water was made from Mohammadi roses, the local name for Rosa x damascena. The roses are cultivated near Kashan, Iran by traditional farming and double-fired copper distillation methods, producing the highest quality rose water in the world. This 30ml bottle can be used as both beauty tonic and for culinary purposes. Available only through Stories + Objects in a numbered edition of one hundred.

Stories+Objects - Turkish Rose Oil

TURKISH ROSE OIL
An exclusively formulated Turkish rose oil is made from organically harvested Rosa x damascene (the hybrid Damask rose, known for its fine fragrance) in the Isparta Province. Too potent on its own, the precious rose oil has been expertly blended with other highly beneficial oils of macadamia, apricot kernel, sweet almond and avocado.

Stories+Objects - The Noble Cacao

CRIOLLO CACAO BAR
The Mayan cacao bar was exclusively made to include organic criollo cacao, Mexican vanilla and melipona honey harvested from stingless bees indigenous to the Yucatán region.

Stories+Objects - An Ancient Tannery

Leather Tote
These handmade totes are crafted in the Moroccan city of Fès by leather artisans following exacting methods passed down from generations.

Stories+Objects - Espartinak

ESPARTINAK
Handcrafted in the Mauléon atelier of Basque shoemaker Jean-Jacques Houyou, these striped canvas espadrilles were notably worn by tileworkers but reached iconic status when early 20th century artists and bon vivants adopted the style.

Stories+Objects - Ciggaro Puro Humidor

Cigaro Puro Humidor
The Cigarro Puro Humidor is exclusively designed in fragrant Spanish cedar and stone clay. Each comes with a souvenir cigarro puro hand-rolled in the illustrious tobacco region of Pinar de Río, Cuba.

Stories+Objects - Gros Sel

GROS SEL
Île de Ré Gros Sel, or coarse salt, consists of large crystals and has a subtle flavor and crisp texture that makes it perfect for cooking.

Stories+Objects - Fleur de Sel

FLEUR DE SEL
Île de Ré Fleur de Sel is a pure white salt hand-harvested by sauniers under precise condi-tions in the summer afternoons. The fine granules harbor an explosive taste that make the choice finishing salt.

Learn more at storiesandobjects.com

STORY IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRIAN SOKOL
PRODUCT IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIMITRI NEWMAN