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Stella Divina & Frank Lowe: Crafting More Than Just Coasters

Stella Divina: Art Meets Recycling

Breathtaking vistas of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, California, are home to Stella Divina’s artisan workshop where discarded objects aren’t just recycled; they are reborn as meticulously crafted home decor. Among the array of artwork, their handcrafted coasters made from recycled tiles stand out, making waves with wineries, festivals, sales organizations, and more.

A Bond Cemented with Cork

Frank Lowe and Stella Divina’s paths converged thanks to Sara Jo Antonucci, Stella Divina’s passionate owner. She was on a quest for superior quality cork backing, and that’s how she found Frank Lowe, a custom manufacturer known for quality and flexibility, even for smaller orders.

Not Just a Supplier, A Companion in Creation

Our approach at Frank Lowe is unique. Customers are more than just invoices; they are partners in creation. Sara Jo discovered this difference firsthand. Working closely with Randy from our team, she was introduced to a range of eco-friendly materials, including cork and recycled tire rubber, offering her a more informed choice tailored to Stella Divina’s ethos.

As Sara Jo fondly recalls, “Despite the vast geographical difference, Frank Lowe bridged the distance with their exceptional customer service.”

The Human Touch in a World of Machines

In the realm of die-cutting, the difference is rarely in the machines. The real distinction lies in the human touch, the willingness to take that extra step, ensuring the final product isn’t just perfect but also meaningful. For Stella Divina, this translated to experimenting with different cork thicknesses and materials, ensuring the backing was as impeccable as the artwork it supported.

Sara Jo commends, “While many manufacturers have a transactional approach, Frank Lowe offered a consultative one. Their proactive approach to understanding and meeting our needs was unmatched.”

Growing, Innovating, and Thriving Together

Throughout our seven-year collaboration, we’ve done more than just supply cork. We’ve collaborated, brainstormed, and engineered. When Sara Jo envisaged hangable coasters, we delved deep, reverse engineering to realize her vision.

Sara Jo expresses her admiration, “Frank Lowe’s dedication to walking the extra mile, to truly understanding what I envisioned, was truly remarkable.”

Streamlining Processes, Amplifying Efficiency

Handmade doesn’t have to mean labor-intensive. With Frank Lowe’s assistance, Sara Jo was able to cut down on manual tasks. By pre-laminating the cork with adhesive, we ensured that the crafting process for Stella Divina remained fluid and efficient, allowing Sara Jo to focus on her art.

Fast-Tracking Dreams

In business, speed can often be the key to unlocking opportunities. Sara Jo needed a partner who could keep pace with the unexpected surges in demand. With our adept team and cutting-edge facility, we ensured Stella Divina never missed a beat.

Sara Jo’s voice resonates with gratitude, “Frank Lowe isn’t just any manufacturer; they are a partner that understands the unpredictable cadence of business, always ready to rise to the occasion.”

Crafting More Than Just Products: Crafting Legacies

Our journey with Stella Divina goes beyond coasters and cork. It’s a testament to what partnerships can achieve when grounded in trust, respect, and a shared commitment to excellence. Together, we’ve embarked on a journey of crafting not just products but legacies, and we look forward to many more chapters in this inspiring story.

About the Author Randy Cohen

Since 2002, Randy Cohen has served as the Senior Vice President of Frank Lowe — leading Sales and Marketing as well as a variety of Administrative operations. Randy has 25 years of experience with a background in sales & marketing, production and business management, serving both government agencies and private industry. He holds a B.A from Syracuse University and a Masters and Professional Diploma from Fordham University. Randy uses his unique set of experiences to help businesses and entities across all sectors explore, pursue, and create better solutions.

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