The Our Place Origin Story
Pakistani woman and immigrant, Shiza, speaks of food and cooking as a powerful tool she uses to connect with her roots. It wasn’t always like this. Growing up, her mother never taught her to cook, fearing her daughter would equate her worth to the amount of time she spent stirring a pot. Ironically enough, home cooking became Shiza’s love language as she found her place in America by cooking and sharing her food with others.
Her homeware line celebrating the multi-ethnic American kitchen didn’t happen overnight. Let’s fast forward. Shiza’s first home of her own in the U.S. was a studio apartment in New York with a tiny cupboard that lacked the room to conceal 15 bulky pots and pans. Acknowledging the need for simplicity, functionality and space—she set out to create one pan that could do it all (and looked good doing it too). Thus, the kitchen magician, Always Pan, was born.