ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Albuquerque women, who met at their kids’ school, have turned their part-time hobby into Kei & Molly Textiles, a national wholesale and online business.
Without backgrounds in fine art, but with plenty of ingenuity and business savvy, Kei (pronounced Kay) Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi found a unique path to success through thousands of cotton and linen tea towels handprinted with whimsical designs in bold colors.
“It’s a for-profit business. We each invested $500 of our money, but now we both draw a modest salary. We also have super, supportive husbands,” Tsuzuki explains one sunny morning at the textile studio in the International District, near San Mateo and Central SE.