The daughter of two literature professors, Natalie Pfau was born in Buffalo, NY and moved seven times by age 11. Both sides of her family–German and Colombian–include artists, photographers and writers. Natalie’s travels began early. She regularly visited family in Germany and spent nearly a year living in Venice, Italy, where her mother taught Shakespeare. These early experiences were enormously formative and led to the creation of The Rich & Strange. 

After obtaining her BS in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, Natalie spent her early 20s traveling, living and working in places including Montana, Kauai and Colombia, always dreaming of a way to satisfy her obsession for design, interiors and travel. 

Natalie later moved to Austin, Texas and spent the year working with her aunt Carola, an antique textile collector and dealer. Carola’s influence on Natalie was profound; she fell in love with textiles and, being an independent spirit like her aunt, decided to pursue her own venture.
A few months later Natalie was in Guatemala and Mexico finding pieces to create The Rich & Strange's first collection.

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