Alfred Stadler is a Swiss-born artisan who dedicates his life to his passion for craftsmanship and creating beautiful things. Stadler’s bags are hand-crafted from natural materials and are all natural and locally sourced. He couples this natural focus with artisanal stitching techniques he learned at Hermes to create pieces with unparalleled quality and aesthetics.
Belart was founded by Tulliana Garcés, a Columbian native. Every piece of jewelry from design to production carries the mission of a complete collaboration. Working with local artisans in Vietnam and Colombia that have been displaced by violence, each piece, whether it is made of upcycled horn, Wayuu mochilas, vintage lace, eco-resin, fique-agave or the tagua seed plucked from the rainforest, is an impassioned labor of love that has passed through many hands.
A female-artisan, family fair trade business creates these items by hand in Madagascar. Purchasing their pieces helps provide food, education, housing, and healthcare for our artisans and their families, helping to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life within their communities. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items are donated to the Ankizy fund, whose main goal is to build schools and clinics in remote areas for Malagasy children.
Antonio Oliveira is Jussara’s counterpart from Brazil and the brain behind Beyond Fashion. His bags are handmade and hand painted and produced in New York, from canvases sourced from local sources.
Originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa, and currently living in Brooklyn, the artist incorporates various symbols from his culture in his jewelry as he draws inspiration from its history. Oumar and his wife Jahnkoy have been designing and collaborating with Puma and recently had the cutest baby.
Caia grew up in the countryside of Brazil. After moving to New York City, she began creating prints and drawings that retraced her journey back to her childhood. These painstakingly hand drawn originals are available on silk-screened scarves.
Cara Croninger worked in Tribeca and Brooklyn for 59 years and lived in New York’s Hudson Valley for a decade before she passed away in 2019. She was a self taught painter and sculptor and left a legacy with her very distinctive art pieces, alongside with Ted Meuhling and Robert Lee Morris. She dedicated her life to working with plastic, resin and lucite and has earned the reputation of being one of the most innovative designers of the 70’s and 80’s.
A French husband and wife duo who makes jewelry from natural elements such as bone, horn and wood. Everything is handcrafted in India and their horn products come from domestic water buffalo.
She was born in Lovain, Belgium in 1971 but now lives and works in Bogota with her husband and two daughters. She focuses on making Fair Trade accessories that are hand made from steel and 24K gold plate, along with electrostatic paint. They have adopted sustainable practices for a long time before it became popular. “To me, it is more than a mission, it is an obligation. And although we’re not certified, it’s not enough to just say you embrace Fair Trade…you must live it. No certification is a substitute for being a conscientious citizen.”
Papua New Guinea artisans are proud master craftspeople with centuries-old traditional artisan skills including weaving, carving, pottery, textiles, basketery, jewellery, and tapa clothes. They believe in the power of good design and handcraft their bags from natural fibers such as jute, bamboo and straw. Their Bilum bags featured here are a significant and treasured part of Papua New Guinea’s culture. They are made by a process known as looping or knotless netting, or by crocheting
Dharma Door was founded in 2004 by Australian Shannon Sheedy. She spent a year traveling and teaching throughout Vietnam, Nepal & India. Her products focus on good design with ethical production and are made by hand using traditional techniques. The artisans work within Fair Trade groups focusing on providing healthcare, education and fair wages.
Ethic Good is based in Washington, D.C. and most of their items come from social-impact organizations with the mission of empowering women. Their passion lies in helping women across the globe to heal, step into their potential, and leave a great legacy for their kids. The jewelry is made by women in Ethiopia who adopt the process of transforming bullet casings, collected from former conflict areas of east Africa. The shells are dug up from the ground, melted down, and made into beads.
The designer is based in Brooklyn, New York where she makes one of a kind bags out of vintage Peddleton, army blankets and hand woven cottons and wools. Insurance is included on all items and she refuses to mass produce them. Fun fact, the bags were featured in Oprah.
This company was founded in 2003, and it is comprised of women based in Ghana. There are nearly 600 producers from 7 different communities in the Global Mamas network. Their mission is creating prosperity for African women and their families. Each item is hand-crafted using traditional techniques while maintaining local artisanal skills such as batiking, bead-making and Shea butter production. Fair Trade practices ensure that every Global Mama is paid a steady, living wage. They empower their Mamas by inviting them to be a part of organizational decisions and product development.
She is a former aeronautical engineer who utilizes her passion for science and her eye for precision in her designs. Her bags reflect the same craftsmanship that we embrace and strive for in the clothes we make: painstaking attention to details, function, and discreet luxury. Her bags are hand-crafted from the finest materials and her leather comes from the same tannery as Hermes bags.
Ronni Kappos was founded by two twin sisters in LA. Their jewelry is handmade from an evolving collection of vintage German glass. The beads were cast in the 1920's, 30's and 40's by craftsmen whose techniques yielded unusual colors and shapes. Some of the rarer stock was dipped in 24 karat gold and then shaved to create an elegant gold trim around the bead. Most of Ronni's jewelry is strung on nylon cord with 14 karat gold filled findings.
Jenny moved from NY to Israel where she now produces her hand-made products. She combines mixed metals, delicate chains, geometric shapes, and vintage findings for pieces that are simultaneously modern and classic. All pieces are either in sterling silver or 14k gold-fill.
Jess is a textile designer based in Berkeley, CA who hand weaves jewelry on a loom and treats metal like yarn. She draws inspiration from antique textiles, outsider and folk art, and often utilizes unorthodox materials. All items are one of a kind.
Juditha uses textiles from West Africa with their brilliant colors to make the best market bags. They are lined in water repellant material so you can let go of the plastic bags and simply throw your Farmer's Market produce directly into them. She certainly draws inspiration from Africa's rich creative heritage while working at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, her hometown. Juditha adheres to Fair Trade principles such as transparency, accountability and respect for the environment.
Kim Erixon's collections are handmade using glass beads. Each bead is individually selected and woven into a unique design and original pattern. All items are created exclusively by the hands of Balinese artisans with whom she has collaborated since 1989 through a Fair Trade venture of sustainable art-to-wear.
Eric Silva is an LA based jewelry designer and surfer who incorporates a blend of natural and industrial aesthetics in his designs. He uses mostly recycled materials such as shed deer antlers, sterling silver and brass.
Lalela provides educational arts for at-risk youth, age 6 through 12, to spark their creative thinking and awaken their entrepreneurial spirit. The artwork from the students are put onto lofty scarves with messages and images of empowerment and beauty. Proceeds from their sale keep funding their after school art's program and extending the opportunity for vulnerable and abused children to express themselves.
Lorenza Gandaglia is the sister of four children from a Northern Italian family. She learnt how to crochet with her grandmother leading her to form a cooperative of ladies in their 70s and 80s, who utilize the same traditional methods of crocheting. Her magic hands mix burlap with raffia, sequins and anything her heart desires and turn them into totes and clutches of unimaginable color palettes.
Lorina Balteanu had the idea of incorporating glass pearls and semi precious stones into lace tatting to make jewelry. Tatting lace is the interlacing of rings and chains, formed by knots, using fingers and a shuttle. This series of knots creates delicate patterns, some of which can be extremely intricate. Each piece is entirely hand-crafted by artisan lacemakers in her workshop in France.
Love Is Mighty is a Fair Trade company working with artisans in Northern India to support fairly paid wages for weavers while preserving their craft and keeping plastics out of landfills. Their bags are hand woven in manual looms using recycled biscuit wrappers and plastic shopping bags instead of yarn.
Monica Castiglioni creations are entirely casted in Italy and are considered pieces of art. They are mostly made of bronze and silver and are nickel free to prevent allergies. She uses a one piece casting to make them, which is an ancient technic called Lost Wax. As the name describes, the design is created in wax and then melted to capture the shape. Monica is a veteran in the field and has a few tips to share. She recommends we wear her rings on the middle finger because that finger is linked to our self steam and confidence. She also discloses that depending on the PH of your skin, silver and especially bronze may leave blue-green stains on the skin, which will wash off easily. For the big rings, turning the ring sideways will make it easier to put it on or take it off.
Nusantara's Steve Mustukas has traveled to Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Nepal four times a year for the past 35 years. After this long tenure, his mission has remained unchanged: to follow his quest of finding exotic and unusual hand crafted ,one-of-a-kind items, produced and acquired in ways that help the artisans communities rather than exploiting them.
One432 's design philosophy embodies an unprecedented standard of Equality, Transparency and Responsibility. The founder and designer Ammar Belal, who is also a professor at Parsons School of Design, shares 50% of the net profit with his female artisans and educates a child in Pakistan for 3 months. All from the revenue of each pair of slipper sold. The shoes are hand made using 400-year-old craftsmanship from Punjab, a province in the Eastern part of Pakistan. They are fully symmetrical shoes with “No LEFT and No RIGHT” that adapt and mold around the unique shape of every foot.
Roberto Di Castro is a native Brazilian artist, living in New York for over 30 years. He took the role of creative director at FAO Schwartz, a large and prominent children’s company in the 90’s, before launching his eponymous jewelry line. For him the sky is the limit as he applies many mediums to his creations, including filament hand wiring, hand carving of stones, silversmith, while utilizing an infinite list of unorthodox materials. He is a man of many talents and continues to surprise us.
Silk Wool and Bijoux is a couple's operating company, working with companies in Peru, Vietnam and Turkey, mostly women owned and all with fair trade business practices. They visit the artisans at the start of their relationship, to ensure good, healthy and safe working conditions, that they are environmentally sound, there is no child labor and they are paid fair wages. Their hand crocheted jewelry is produced by a 60 women’s co-operative in Cappadocia Turkey. The water buffalo horn jewelry is produced in Vietnam and is a by product of animals that die naturally, of their old age.
Tam Tran's work is fabricated in her NYC studio under environmentally sound conditions: all metals are melted down and re-used to minimize waste, she employs low-tech-handwork ancient techniques to contribute to energy efficiency, she sources local production. Tam works with gold and silver smith. and is often inspired by ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures.
Needless to say, their barrettes and pins are inspired by nature, They are exquisitely hand embroidered using artisanal skills while carrying an illustrative vintage appeal. The choice of materials and colors is mindfully selected, creating organic textures and patterns that reveal a life- like precious quality. The are all hand sewn using cotton, felt, iron, and all kinds of special beads.
Urban Monk's all purpose balm is locally produced by artisans in the Bronx with 100% natural essential oils. You just have to rub your fingers in the balm, apply to soften hands and nails, tame beard and hair, and smell great. Ingredients: raw Shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, aloe vera, lavender essential oil, hemp seed oil, grapefruit essential oil, cedar wood essential oil, clary sage essential oil, geranium essential oil, frankincense essential oil, rosemary essential oil, vitamin E oil.