Why is Albion called Albion? It's a question I get almost every day and I love to share it, because it's the story about us, about me and my husband Dave, how we came to be as a couple, and how we came to be as business partners. You see, Dave and I met at work-- actually, in a copy room. Isn't that SO romantic? ;)
We were in college at the University of Utah and we both worked at a law firm in downtown Salt Lake City. Dave caught my eye when he drove up in an old 1985 white Landcruiser with oil paints in the trunk, and a rugby ball in the front seat. I was an English major with aspirations to be an attorney and Dave was in the Graphic Design program. We both loved to work hard, appreciated fine art (Sargeant), good books (Stegner), didn't like going to the movies, and preferred playing tennis and exploring the outdoors. After a long summer of faxing and copying briefs, it became clear that we could always count on one another to get the job at hand done, and done right. We regularly ditched the city after work and headed for the mountains to hike and bike in a gorgeous spot Dave introduced me to, the Albion Basin. I’ll never forget my first time seeing the wild flowers in full bloom and the jagged granite mountains (and holding onto the handle bars of my bike with death grips as I tried to keep up and impress Dave as he charged down the trails)! The Albion Basin is just about a 20 minute drive from where we lived and we'd go up there all the time. It was there where I realized Dave was the man I wanted to spend every single day and minute with for the rest of my life. After 3 (LONG) years of dating, Dave took me up there in the middle of a snow blizzard, got on his knees and asked me to be his wife, and later that summer, we had our wedding reception in the same spot.
To us, Albion represents an inspiring and magnificent place where we enjoy the beauty of our home state, a place where our grandparents and great grandparents visited, a place where our friendship grew and where we fell in love; a place where we can enjoy our surroundings and let our feet take us to explore and be inspired, even 10 years later, with our children in tow. So when the stars aligned and we had an opportunity to create a brand together and open a store just next door to where we met, there was no question what we would call it. Albion is where our love was made and Albion is where we make things for you, with love.
Thank you all for supporting us on this journey; here’s to another year of Albion.
- Liz Findlay