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Our Model

Artisan & Fox is a social enterprise empowering artisans in developing regions, by connecting them to mindful consumers just like you.


Guided by Ethics, Transparency and Sustainability.

 
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What do we do?

We're redefining ethics in global retail. Working alongside artisans every day, we're help them expand their micro-enterprises through global market access

We do this with a bespoke needs-based approach. For each artisan or community we partner with, we begin with a needs assessment. This tells us whether we need to co-create new products to improve product quality, help artisans boost production capacity, and/or evolve contemporary designs. Our operations are mindful and aim to sustainably increase artisans incomes and quality of life.

Artisans are guaranteed 50% of the gross profits of each item. The artisans are paid in advance so they do not face any liquidity barriers; and when needed, we also cover upfront for material and production costs for less privileged artisans.

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The Problem

Artisan craftsmanship remains the second largest employer in developing countries.

It is one of the main sources of income for both men and women makers who seek a sustainable livelihood.

However, these artisans are also some of the most marginalized: lacking independent access to the global market, socially immobile, and often exploited by unscrupulous middlemen.

We saw that a different approach was needed.

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Our Approach

We only collaborate with independent artisans, small artisan groups, non-profits and local social enterprises.

We do not work with large enterprises that can already scale independently, but rather, work with partners that have never sold internationally or have a very limited global presence.

Our approach combines a focus on both sustainability and transparency: ensuring the ethics of each and every piece on our online marketplace.

Artisans are guaranteed half of the gross profits, and the remaining profits are reinvested into helping more makers. As a social business, we do not pay out dividends. 

When needed, we also provide zero-interest micro-loans, bulk raw materials purchases, operations training and design guidance.

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Materials

We encourage adapting long-standing local artisanal practices to use locally-sourced materials with a low ecological and carbon footprint.

While some of the products in our marketplace include animal-based materials such as by-product leather and upcycled bone, we only support reclaimed materials that would have otherwise been discarded or unused. Learn more about our sustainability focus here.

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Design

Artisan & Fox redefines the modern fashion supply chain, by giving the artisans the upper-hand in the entire product design process.

Each piece on our marketplace is inspired by the cultural landscapes of the regions in which we work in, the product of a curated approach or 1-to-1 design processes with the makers.

With a fusion of contemporary style and traditional techniques, we ensure that traditional craftsmanship is preserved, while also remaining relevant in today's world.


Partnerships

We're privileged to be a part of these organisations and networks, without whom our outreach and collaborations with artisans around the world would not be possible.