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About Sarah's Silks

Sarah has been making toys for 26 years. She was inspired to create Sarah's Silks while raising her 3 sons with imagination play during their Waldorf education.


Sarah's Silks has been woven through decades of love & dedication for what we do and the nourishment of imaginative play in children worldwide.


How we got here

While working for the Peace Corps in Guatemala, Sarah met Mike, her life partner. They started a farm, Frutas Del Mundo ("Fruits of the World"), and spent many years absorbing the rich prism of hand-loomed weaves and tropical fruits. While in Guatemala, Mike and Sarah started their family and decided to move to California.

Bringing it home

As a creative mother, Sarah wanted to celebrate her son Josh’s spirit, which involved wearing costumes and putting on performances. With a friend and neighbor Ann Platz, Sarah dyed her first silks in the kitchen sink. These silks were embraced by the local Waldorf community and before long, Sarah was combining the roles of motherhood, working as a doula and dying silks. “What do you call them?” Sarah McDonald of Magic Cabin asked, and Mike came up with the name, 'Playsilks'.

Respecting our roots

Silk is an ancient product of China. Sarah’s Silks are woven, dyed, and hand-hemmed in a small village near Suzhou, a beautiful city long renowned for its silk culture. Sarah and Mike Lee enjoy this rich connection to exotic China and their family’s ancestral heritage. 


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Across communities, we are working to create jobs for families and build a foundation for positive community transformation.


Empowering diversity

Diversity of all types is extremely important to us, both as a woman-owned company and as a company that serves some of the most diverse parts of the world. As part of our dedication to supporting the healthy families of our partners, Sarah’s Silks hires Chinese seamstresses who work in their homes, offering incentives beyond prevailing wages as well as access to supplemental health insurance. The hand-hemmed and dyed products are shipped to Sonoma County, California where women work in their homes to finish sewing, ironing, and packaging Sarah’s Silks products.

We believe that our commitment to diversity is an enormous strength, and one that is reflected in every one of our team members.

About Us

Meet the Team

Tap on a team member to read more about them!

Sarah Lee

Co-Owner, CEO

Sarah enjoys contra dancing to live music and exploring new beaches. Some of her favorite places to be are:

  • The Sea Ranch in California
  • East Dennis in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Antigua, Guatemala
  • and anywhere in Maui!

Sarah Lee

Co-Owner, CEO

Mike Lee

Co-Owner, CFO

Mike enjoys growing unusual fruit trees, flying his drone, and learning to play the piano. Some of his favorite places to be are:

  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Sundial Bridge, Redding CA
  • Huihang Trail, Jixi, China

Mike Lee

Co-Owner, CFO

Josh Lee

Marketing Manager, Photographer

Josh enjoys acrobatics & balancing, and loves doing photography both for Sarah’s Silks and as a hobby. One of his favorite places to be in the world is Kiev, Ukraine.

Josh Lee

Marketing Manager, Photographer

Kirsten Rickert

Art Director

Kirsten enjoys spending time raising her children, tending her home and garden, dancing, and volunteering in the community. Kirsten's favorite place to be is in a field of wildflowers, or dancing by the sea at dawn.

Kirsten Rickert

Art Director

Elizabeth Wilson

Retail Manager

Elizabeth enjoys spending time in her garden and taking trips to the beach with her family, both of which are some of her favorite places to be.

Elizabeth Wilson

Retail Manager

Aila Fassett

Operations Manager

Aila enjoys listening to podcasts while on really, really long walks. Her favorite place to be is at an elevated spot overlooking a big city - some favorites are: Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Twin Peaks in San Francisco, and Plaza San Nicolas in Granada.

Aila Fassett

Operations Manager

Kim Horton

Wholesale Manager

Kim likes to work in her garden and enjoy the outdoors hiking and paddleboarding with her family. Her favorite place to be in the world is Nantucket, Massachusetts

Kim Horton

Wholesale Manager

Tony Sarg

Web Developer

Tony is an avid photographer, jazz junkie, and coffee aficionado. His favorite place to be is cozied up at home with his loved ones on a quiet rainy morning.

Tony Sarg

Web Developer

Annabelle Barrett

Graphic Designer

Annabelle loves hiking, hanging out in her hammock, and painting large-scale murals in Bellingham, Washington. Her favorite place to be is hiking in the Chuckanut mountains or hanging out on the beach.

Annabelle Barrett

Graphic Designer

Becca Pechbrenner

Production Artist

Becca loves to practice Bikram Yoga and play "Tag, you're it!" with her daughter. Her favorite place to be is strolling along the shoreline of Dillon Beach in California.

Becca Pechbrenner

Production Artist

Alexa Sarhanis

Amazon / Wholesale Specialist

Alexa enjoys reading, ayurvedic cooking, and hiking from castle to castle in Scotland - her favorite place to be.

Alexa Sarhanis

Amazon / Wholesale Specialist

Meshach Ross

Warehouse Manager

Meshach enjoys learning and teaching Earth Skills, making jewelry, and studying the art of Aikido! Most of all, he enjoys spending time with family in his favorite place to be - The Cazadero Coastal Hills in California

Meshach Ross

Warehouse Manager

Reid Carpenter

Customer Service, Warehouse Specialist

Reid enjoys spending time playing and writing music with his friends. His favorite place to be is hiking around in the mountains.

Reid Carpenter

Customer Service, Warehouse Specialist

Erica Kondo

Bookkeeper, Human Resources, Financial Assistant

Erica enjoys knitting and crocheting, origami, playing the piano, and spending time with her family at the beach. Some of her favorite places are Big Sur, Costa Rica, and Barcelona.

Erica Kondo

Bookkeeper, Human Resources, Financial Assistant

Esperanza

Product Assembly Specialist

When she’s not working, Esperanza loves spending time with her family. Some of her favorite places to be are Lake Tahoe and Mexico.

Esperanza Gonzalez

Product Assembly Specialist

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