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collected from around the world. They are avid gardeners who for decades have composted every inch of their yard. Indoors, too, she never throws anything away. Near her grandfather's big wooden desk, we sat on her parents' carefully restored couch. Over herbal tea, Kubbins told me Pam's Pashminas, her home-based business, began shortly after 9/11 when she was still a Delta flight atten- dant. That November, she said, few people would fly. "I was working on a transcontinental flight that had just 25 passen- gers on a jumbo jet that held 300," she said. "I met a gentleman who had a huge bag of pashmina scarves: John Maguire, the brother of a flight attendant. I upgraded him to first class, and we spent the entire time, six hours, talking about the scarves he sourced in Turkey. I wore one. I sold them to first-class passengers, took them up to the cockpit, and it was the beginning of a wonderful thing because we became friends and he taught me about the business." Later they traveled together to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, a marketplace with 4,000 stalls, where scarves from all over the world are sold. "I brought the scarves back and my friends in Wellesley went crazy," she said. "I started re-selling them. I thought, 'hmmm,' because I just love scarves and have been wearing them my entire life starting when I was just a little child in a Ukrainian babushka." Babushkas are head cov- erings from her grandparents' homeland. They kept her young ears warm, and at the time they were stylish, too. Jackie Kennedy Onassis and movie stars wore babushkas in the 1950s and the '60s. In 2001, pashminas — fine cashmere wool products traditionally made from the Salome posing on the banks of the Seine River wearing the Big Flower Scarf K A Y L A A N D R E W S 142 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 business "beautiful handmade pieces"

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