We’re not just monkeying around!
Jane has always been passionate about art, decor, and style. Any of her friends would say she has one of the most ‘cool,’ funky, cozy houses you’ve ever seen— color and art everywhere, yet comfortable and homey. Her fashion sense is the same. When you need to raid someone’s closet for a party… you know who to call! In the late 80’s and early 90’s Jane followed work with Patagonia from California to their new Bozeman, Montana office where she made a life for herself. When Patagonia closed their Bozeman office, Jane, with a rich life of outdoor adventure, chose to stay and make Bozeman her permanent home. She partnered up with three friends and opened a Nepali style tea house. The tea house served lots of masala tea (chai!) of course, and authentic ethnic meals. The store also sold exotic handicrafts in an Asian style bazaar. The idea was to nourish the community with Asian culture while helping to sustain the culture of foreign artisans globally. Many adventures and two sons later Jane partnered with her dear friend Emily to focus the concept even more and start a wholesale trading company. So began Monkey Business! Emily has since moved on to other endeavors, but Jane continued to run the business on the back-burner solo, despite the chaos of life and raising two kids. Motivated by the devastating earthquakes of 2015, Jane is dedicated to getting Monkey Business rocking again. She is headed back to Nepal in 2016 to re-establish relations with artisans with the goal of supporting regeneration of the economy in local communities there! Stay tuned for news and updates, and help Monkey Business support artisans in Nepal by purchasing our fair trade goods!
Monkey Business has always and will continue to donate a minimum of 1% of profits annually to nonprofit artisan groups. 1% for the planet BABY!