Shop Handcrafted Products from the Nest Artisan & Maker Guild
Nest connects artisan businesses to our network of brand partners who share a commitment to responsible and creative engagement with the global handcraft community.
The sourcing relationships that result from Nest’s facilitated collaborations provide employment to handworkers at scale while offering retailers the distinct, ethically-produced product that is increasingly sought after by consumers.
The following is just a small selection of products sourced from the Nest Artisan and Maker Guild available for sale at national brands and retailers.
Cohorts of Makers
(photo courtesy of Two Days Off)
WHAT OUR ARTISAN PARTNERS ARE SAYING
“This order with Loeffler Randall enabled us to not only hire more artisans but also provided the opportunity for our artisans to learn new jewelry making skills through using a new material. With these new skills, the artisans are make different jewelry that requires a higher skill levels.”
Tracie Fountain, US Director of Starfish Project
“Each item in Mark and Graham’s collection was woven by weavers in their homes during the global pandemic. In a time when it is difficult to go out to find work, weavers were thankful that there was work from Mark and Graham that allowed them to stay home, and that they were assured of a few months steady work. Through their sizable rattan production order, we were able to train and give production orders to a new weaving community that we had not worked with in the past, and continue our work with ur existing weaving communities as well.”
Jennifer Lo, Owner of Larone Artisans
“The Bolgatanga region in Ghana is a rural area and one of the poorest regions of the country, so large orders, like the Tory Burch order, really help to provide more sustainable income for the artisans. It was also a great learning experience for our team and artisan partners and are hopeful to continue our partnership […] as we believe that a commitment to sourcing from artisans […] provide the greatest impact for the women and their communities.”
Sapna Shah, Director of Director of Brand and Operating Strategy of Indego Africa
“We grew from our collaboration with Mignonne Gavigan and are so grateful to Nest for connecting us! Our sales have gone down dramatically since Covid began, and this production gave women work for 2 months, working from home. This is a huge blessing in a time when we are not receiving many orders for export.”
Cristina Hernandez, Founder of Coquette’s Armoire
“This program changed my world as a maker. I gained exposure and support that I could only have dreamed about prior to this program and the effect on my business has been very noticeable. The resources and team at Nest and Madewell has been absolutely the best thing to happen to my journey as a maker. Thank you so much for everything you do to support, encourage and amplify makers!”
Nest’s sourcing partnerships generate meaningful and ethical work for artisans while highlighting global craftsmanship in the latest fashion and home collections. Particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nest’s brand partnerships have played a critical role in allowing artisans and handworkers to continue to earn an income while working from home. In a sector where millions of handworkers depend on piece-rate—rather than salaried—wages, the importance of providing sustained employment through ongoing orders is crucial to economic resilience in the artisan communities that Nest serves.
BUILD A BETTER INDUSTRY TOGETHER
Nest offers a transparent sourcing solution that connects brand partners directly to artisan and maker businesses in the Nest Guild. We believe that radical transparency together with collaborative partnership will create true opportunity for the informal handwork economy. In addition to providing brands with curated matching based on sourcing specifications, Nest can also train brand’s sourcing and product development staff on best practices and offer storytelling support.
If your brand is interested in working with Nest on incorporating handwork into your next assortment, contact us.