The city of New Orleans, steeped in French culture and bathed in the glow of gas lanterns, sparked a kinship with Shaw’s European heritage and became the home of her new business venture, “Tara Shaw Ltd., To-the-Trade.” In 1993, with $14,000 and a plane ticket to Europe, Shaw began her journey to build her new business venture. She returned from Europe with a container full of French and Italian antiques, staging every piece in a warehouse at the Port of New Orleans. Tara called every designer and antique dealer she could find, within fifteen minutes of opening the door every piece was sold. From that humble beginning, Tara Shaw Ltd., To-the-Trade has grown into a multimillion-dollar business. Realizing that one-of-a-kind treasures from Europe were slowly disappearing, Shaw began work in 2004 on building a reproduction line, which she calls Tara Shaw Maison.
Her commitment to reproduce European furniture honoring the authentic finishes and hand carving sets the Maison line apart from all the others in the marketplace. As the Tara Shaw brand continues to provide beauty in the homes it has touched, it will continue to evolve as a lifestyle provider adding new categories including textiles(, lighting, accessories, tabletop, bath and bed, wall art and flooring.)
Her commitment to giving back to her city and communities has helped countless numbers. Be it employing the marginalized of the city, generously contributing time and money to rebuilding New Orleans or putting a new roof on a factory in Asia, Tara knows that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Shaw and her husband, Robby Walsh, live in the New Orleans Uptown area with their running partner, Jack, a 12-year-old whippet and her newest addition Brother Lucca, a 1 year old whippet.
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