For as long as I can remember I have been a detail oriented person. I take joy in finding the hidden stories, character, purpose, and flaws that are lacking in the abundance of mass produced products. My home and closet are full of pieces that tell a story which might not be apparently obvious at first glance. That's why I was excited to find Artisan & Fox.
*This post is sponsored by Artisan & Fox. All opinions, styling, and feedback are my own and in no way influenced by the company. You know my policy: If I like your brand, believe you are working towards authentic sustainable practices, and actually enjoy your products then I will help to raise brand awareness. If not, we don’t work together.
To be honest it's a bit difficult to know where to start when describing what Artisan & Fox does - there's just so much goodness to this company! Let's try to break it down.
Artisan & Fox was founded with the mission of helping skilled artisans across the world secure a living while also introducing the wider global population to the craftsmanship that is passed down over several centuries.
Artisan & Fox goes further than just providing jewelry, bags, scarves, and other small accessories to the global marketplace. By working closely with the artisans, small groups, and social enterprises they are ensuring sweatshop practices are non-existent in their supply chain while also providing a means for artisans to earn a living wage which not only supports their immediate family but also empowers the local community and economy.
This is an incredibly important point to consider when looking for sustainable fashion and accessories. As many of you know sustainable fashion can be broken down into several different value points including worker's rights which is incredibly important to me. I won't even consider a company that doesn't meet the highest of standards. Artisan & Fox not only upholds these values but provides a model which many companies could learn from.
#knowyourartisan is a concept taken incredibly serious by Artisan & Fox. They want to ensure customers are acquainted with who made their products by not only providing where each piece was made but also by including the name of each artisan with every single product. By partnering with local artisans and communities the company helps those with limited reach access the global market. This is transparency in its highest form. The company further ensures that each artisan receives 50 percent of the profits for each piece sold and reinvesting the remaining 50 percent into social programs.
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The Aram Bracelet is handcrafted in Kabul, Afghanistan by Massouda. Don't let its minimalist design fool you. The bracelet holds its own as an individual piece or when stacked with others. Delicately crafted from brass with gold plating, Artisan & Fox provides a handy cleaning tutorial on their website to help ensure it lasts a lifetime and then some. "To polish your artisan's craft, use a wedge of lemon, and polish along the surface with a small towel." Ethical and environmentally friendly!
The Roya Earrings are also handcrafted in Kabul from Lapis Lazul and gold plated brass by Nusrat. I love their subtlety with the pop of bright blue that doesn't detract from their construction. When looking for jewelry not only do I want to know the story behind each piece but also look for pieces that can I can seamlessly integrate into any outfit and can transition from day to night. The Roya Earrings are this and much more.
The details are important: from where something is made, to who made it, to what materials are used, compensation structure, aesthetics, and those tiny imperfections that make it one of a kind. Artisan & Fox has created a truly unique company that provides so many advantageous opportunities to workers around the world all while preserving centuries old traditions, providing economic empowerment, and allowing the wider world population to find pieces that are truly unique to them. I for one will be a repeat customer.