Artisan & Fox
Artisan & Fox is an online marketplace that takes showcasing extraordinary craftsmanship and the stories behind the products you buy to another level. They currently work with Artisans from Nepal, Kenya, Guatemala, Mexico, Afghanistan and Syria.
Their story begins in the villages and towns of developing nations across the globe. It’s here, that plenty of incredibly talented makers from silversmiths, weavers and others alike, lack the access to the global market – ie. the online world you are reading this from.
It was this realisation that led Jaron and Laura to create Artisan & Fox, an online store highlighting the extraordinary craftsmanship from all corners of the globe. Their goal is for you to really #KnowYourArtisan, and I think it’s an incredibly important thing. I know I now want to know who made my clothes, yet it’s often that things like jewelry and accessories get lost in the process of those questions.
So, in order you to really grasp what it is Artisan & Fox do differently, I’m going to take you through some of the incredible pieces they sell alongside the story of the person who made it. Having this knowledge behind each artisan really blew my mind, especially when you think of this fast fashion world we live in today.
Made in Nepal
This beautiful jewelry is made by Prem, a silversmith living in the Himalayan mountains in the city of Bhaktapur. After the 2015 earthquake, Prem dedicated himself to providing for his family through his craft.
He has been working with Artisan & Fox for the past two years, which has helped him expand his micro-business so he can afford better education and nutrition for his family.
Made in Afghanistan
These beautiful gems are handmade by Saeeda in Afghanistan. Saeeda was born in a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan. Throughout her life, she has persevered through many challenges, including being diagnosed with cerebral meningitis while in Pakistan, a condition that took away her hearing.
After the fall of the Taliban, Saeeda was able to continue with her education in Afghanistan where she enrolled in the Turquoise Mountain Institute, which ultimately helped her fall in love with the art of making jewelry.
Artisan & Fox only collaborate with ethical and responsible individual artisans, small artisan groups and social enterprises. After costs, the artisans receive 50% of the profits from each purchase. Artisan & Fox serve those who seek meaning in what they buy – which is why this incredible business resonated with me so much.
I urge you to go check out their beautifully designed website and discover the extraordinary craftsmanship that’s on offer. It’s definitely somewhere I can get easily lost in. You can check out their website here, and follow along on their journey via their socials via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
*This post is in collaboration with Artisan & Fox