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Today at Marlborough House in London, headquarters of the Commonwealth of Nations,  Nest joined our partners at Eco-Age and Swarosvki for the official launch of The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.

For the first time ever, the Commonwealth is coming together to showcase and celebrate the wealth and diversity of fashion design talent and artisanal skill across its 52 nations. We can only imagine the creative beauty that is certain to emerge when designers like Kit Willow (Australia), Shivam Punja (India), and Stella McCartney (United Kingdom) team up with some of the world’s most innovative craftspeople like the artisans of Quazi Designs (Swaziland), current members of the Nest Guild.

To further the project’s ambitions long-term aims, Nest is play its part to ensure that participating artisan enterprises receive ongoing business development support and international market access opportunities through enrollment in the Nest Guild, our growing community of more than 400 artisan businesses across over 50 countries globally. What’s more, Nest will work alongside each participating artisan to collect information on his or her businesses’ social and economic challenges and goals. This will help all of us to make more data-driven decisions about how to best support the global handcraft community.

Where do we go from here? Stay tuned later this month to see the looks created through this program in all their glory at the Buckingham Palace, where our founder, Rebecca van Bergen, will sending us live updates! In the meantime, we send all of our best to the designers and artisans putting the finishing touches on their collaborative works of fash-craft genius.