Caitlin & Samuel Dowe-Sandes, Founders Of Popham Design
American expats Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes only intended to live in Marrakech for one year—and that was 13 years ago. Raised on the east coast (she is from Maine, Samuel was raised in Vermont), the couple lived in New York City before moving to Los Angeles, where Samuel worked in the film industry. By the mid-2000’s, however, they needed to shake things up. "We came to Morocco to change our lives, and we did," says Samuel.
"I think it was important that we came wanting a shock and a change, which probably made us more receptive to the opportunities here," he adds. The biggest "opportunity" turned out to be the couple’s founding of Popham Design, a studio that crafts vibrant, design-forward tiles that marry Moroccan traditions with modern style.