Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes, starting with Creative Director Leslie Gignilliat-Day and her husband, Lawson Day, who purchased Amber Lotus in January 2000.
A Little Bit of History from the Owners of Amber Lotus Publishing
Lawson and I were living in New York City where he was an investment banker with Chase Manhattan Bank and I was a graphic designer with my own studio. One day he came home and announced that he wanted out of the banking business. That moment of self-determination took us through several twists and turns and led to the discovery of a boutique publishing company that was for sale. Long story short, we purchased Amber Lotus and moved to San Francisco to take over the reins. Lawson’s role was to run the management side of the business while mine was to run the product design and manufacturing side.
For Lawson, one of the many attractions of ALP was the editorial content. “Mr. Banker” was a voracious reader of Eastern spirituality and considered himself a student of Taoism and Buddhism. As a designer, I was excited to create beautiful products, but the editorial content—Eastern spirituality—was a complete unknown to me. And so for me began a wondrous mind- and heart- expanding education in the great wisdom teachings of the world.
Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. Long hours and unrelenting responsibilities are your constant companions. But at the same time, the fulfillment of owning your own business—the self-determination, the creative inspiration, the nurturing and growing of something that you value—is the reward and fuel that carries you ever onward.
Today, in recognition of Amber Lotus’s 30 years of existence, I am profoundly grateful for all that has transpired since that fated day when Lawson’s desire to leave his “known” changed the direction of our lives. And lastly, a word for the amazing, talented, dedicated, and generally terrific people we work with—staff and contributors, both past and present: I can only say we could not have done any of this without you. We love you. We are blessed.