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Our Model

Artisan & Fox empowers artisans in developing regions by connecting them to mindful consumers worldwide.


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What do we do?

Artisan & Fox works alongside artisan entrepreneurs every day to help artisans expand their micro-enterprises. 

We do this with a bespoke needs-based approach: we engage in activities to improve the artisans' product quality, production capacity, and co-create contemporary designs to  sustainably increase their incomes and quality of life.

Artisans are guaranteed 50% of the gross profits of each item. They are paid in advance so they do not face any liquidity barriers.

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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 striving for a sustainable livelihood. However, these artisans are also some of the most marginalized, lacking independent access to the global market and often exploited by unscrupulous middlemen. We saw that a different approach was needed.

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Our Approach

We collaborate with independent artisans, small artisan groups, non-profits and local social enterprises to support extraordinary craftsmen and craftswomen.

We do this with a dual focus on 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 wholly reinvested into helping more makers. We also provide micro-loans, bulk raw materials purchases, operations training and design guidance on a needs-based basis.

Discover where your piece is made here.

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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.

Some of the products in the 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 process 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.