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Siblings share the impact of their Maui jewelry business on those with disabilities

Siblings Tiffany, left, and Chris Chou
Courtesy Tiffany and Chris Chou
Siblings Tiffany, left, and Chris Chou

A Maui jewelry business that employs several adults with autism is making a splash on social media. Depo Market’s TikTok videos have amassed over 3.5 million likes to date. The business was founded by jewelry designer Tiffany Chou and her brother Chris, who is autistic and also designs jewelry.

Chris Chou, right, and Nathan sell jewelry.
Courtesy Depo Market
Chris Chou, right, and Nathan sell jewelry.

Tiffany Chou spent a decade in New York working in fashion and building her signature line. Her pieces have been featured on national television shows and in global magazines. She returned home to the Valley Isle in 2018 to be her brother’s full-time caregiver.

They started Depo Market as a way for Chris Chou to earn money, but it has quickly turned into an opportunity for other professionals with autism to make a living.

The Conversation sat down with Tiffany and Chris Chou to talk about their business and how it impacts those with disabilities. They are working on opening a brick-and-mortar shop in Wailuku.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Nov. 15, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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