If Rosanna ran the world, everyone would sit down to dinner each evening and enjoy a healthy meal presented on exquisite dishes. She believes that eating together is truly a giving and loving experience. Her desire to celebrate life - from the major milestones to the smallest of moments - is what drives her design. Whether it's for a birthday party for the kids, a glamorous soiree, or simply dining at home, her stylish dishes turn any day into a special occasion.
Rosanna Bowles is a Northwest educated, self-made entrepreneur. She started her successful tableware company out of her Seattle home in 1982. Nearly three decades and millions of dishes later, Rosanna Inc. has grown exponentially. Rosanna has emerged as a trendsetter in the homewares industry and established her product as an internationally acclaimed brand. Rosanna is a star presence in design circle, highly sought after for her expertise on mindful, gracious living.
Rosanna's designs resonate with admirers the world over. Her products are sold in Italy, France, and the UK, not to mention a few exotic locales including Abu Dhabi, Japan, Brazil, Israel, and Kuwait. She has developed proprietary design work for the New York Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Starbucks Coffee. Rosanna has sold to Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel, Sur La Table, Anthropologie, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Her dishes can be found in the Galleries Lafayette and Le Bon Marche in France and Selfridge's, Harrod's, and the Buckingham Palace gift shop in England.
Rosanna has also acquired a remarkable assortment of awards. In both 2002 and 2011, she was a finalist for the Nellie Cashman Women in Business award. Seattle Homes and Lifestyle Magazine has selected Rosanna Inc. as one of the top 100 design companies in the Northwest. In 2005, Rosanna became the first American to win the prestigous Gift of the Year Award from the UK. In 2008, the University of Oregon, Rosanna's alma mater, bestowed her with an alumni fellow award for outstanding career achievement. Rosanna's products have appeared twice on Oprah's "O List," and in 2007, O Magazine included Rosanna in an exclusive feature, "Women Who Make Beautiful Things." Most recently, Rosanna was honored as one of the 2012 Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Coverage of Rosanna product is widespread. Her tableware has been featured in Family Circle, Country Living, Southern Living, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Sunset, Redbook, Cooking Light, People, Brides, Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appetit, Good Housekeeping, Elle, Elle Decor, Vogue, Real Simple, O Magazine, O at Home, and The New York Times.
Rosanna brings a unique sensibility to her tableware. Her work is not only about producing beautiful things; it is about creating a way of life. Rosanna's first book was born out of this philosophy. Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, a division of Abram's Publishing, released Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions in March 2010. In the book, Rosanna guides us through the cultivation of human connections with ideas, recipes, and activities inspired by the four seasons. Coming Home is a testament to Rosanna's range. It has launched her as a lifestyle expert with a vision extending far beyond the table.
In addition to bringing her philosophy to readers, she also does so by working hard for her community. Rosanna supports various charities such as Childhaven, Children's Trust Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Girls Inc., Goodwill, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Harvest, PONCHO, Red Cross, Regina House, Salvation Army, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, The Arboretum Foundation, The Bloedel Reserve, The Nature Conservancy, Treehouse, UW Medicine, and Woodland Park Zoo. In 2012 Rosanna was named the 2013 Go Red For Women Luncheon chairwoman.
Rosanna also maintains Rosanna's Tabletalk, the well-loved blog where she chronicles her life and offers advice about how to live well. She has been a featured blogger on iVillage, appears regularly on ABC, NBC, CBS affiliate programs throught the Pacific Northwest, and as a guest with Martha Stewart Radio. Better Homes & Gardens consulted Rosanna for the 2010 holiday season as a tabletop expert, providing a beautiful showcase for her tablesetting philosophy: "Dress your table as you would yourself."
Rosanna pours her heart into her work. Her product reminds us of what's important: to infuse our lives with ritual, tradition, and community; keeping home and family at the heart.