- Our Story
Talofa Lava and Welcome,
We are a company of Samoan and Pacific Artists, Designers and Dreamers.
We Love the Pacific and Celebrate the Beauty of Pacific Culture and the Ingenuity of its People through Acts of Creation. We are excited to share these creations with you.
Janet’s was founded in 1989 (originally known as Janet’s Handicrafts) in Apia, Samoa. And our Online Store (janetssamoa.com) first went live in 2012.
Today Janet’s is one of the best known and longest serving stores in Samoa specialising in Made in Samoa and Made in the Pacific Products. Janet’s is known for its Pacific Clothing, Fashion, Jewellery, Arts, Crafts and Cultural products.
Our mission is simple: To design and create for you unique products inspired by our Traditional Samoan and Polynesian Culture.
We focus on 5 areas– Arts, Crafts, Culture, Design and Fashion. We love combining the old traditions with the new. Summoning Pacific Artistry and imagination to express a bold new Pacific vision whilst supporting the age old crafting traditions that have existed for thousands of years.
Our Samoan Made products are designed by Janet’s In-House Team or in partnership with artists. We take a product from design all the way to creation. We focus on quality at every point.
Customers come to Janet’s seeking expertise and detail regarding cultural design. Our brand is built on Trust.
Our featured artists are Pacific and Samoan and their artwork and carvings are made using local material and display Pacific native designs and motifs.
We see our role as safeguarding the physical art and cultural knowledge and skill set of our thousands of years old culture. Through offering you our best and most unique Pacific Art works – traditional communities and art forms are able to thrive and continue.
Committed To Quality and Environment
Our values are enjoying collaboration (with you and with our artist partners), keeping pride in our Samoan and Pacific Culture and Roots, upholding environmental harmony and conservation, and creating for you unique pacific products not found anywhere else.
We source only the best raw material and our products are made sustainably. Many of our suppliers are small rural crafters who take pride in their works.
The Cradle of Polynesia
Our home is Samoa, the Cradle of Polynesia from which we draw inspiration.
Our Main Store is located in Samoa’s Capital Apia. Samoa has cultural connections with all of Polynesia and the Wider South Pacific Region. We are part of a larger movement which has seen the growing expression of Pacific Creativity.
In the 1980’s, Janet Sablan was a Pacific Island Dancer by trade who performed in South Pacific Dancing troupes promoting Pacific Culture around the world. She also worked in corporate finance but decided one day to turn her life towards Cultural Art which was her first passion.
Janet wanted to use her creativity to do something different; to combine her love for design with a Pacific look and aesthetic, and to design her own products in partnership with local Samoan and Pacific artists.
More than 25 years later, having expanded her once small Handicraft shop, creating a bridge for people to experience Polynesia drives Janet’s forward. We have grown as a company, but always, we feel as if it’s just Day One.
Every day we celebrate a renewed Pacific. And focus on brands and Products made of Pacific.