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Artisan Leadership Summit

At the helm of the New Handworker Economy is an inspired and informed class of entrepreneurs equipped with the skills to lead. Nest’s New York Times-acclaimed Artisan Leadership Summit brings a cohort of promising artisan leaders from around the world to New York City for a week-long immersive learning.

Program Features

  • High-level mentorship from top industry professionals
  • Peer-to-peer collaboration with fellow leaders
  • Immersive education in expectations of the exporting market
  • Cultural exploration across NYC

Scenes From the 2017 Summit

Artisan leaders take a walking tour of the Etsy headquarters

PVH employees and artisan leaders sit down together for one-on-one mentorship

An Hermes master leather craftsman talks shop with husband and wife business leaders from India

Marta from Peru shares inspiration in art with the Nicholas K design team at the MoMA


50+ artisan leaders
15+ countries

Since the program’s inception, more than 50 artisan leaders from over 15 countries have made the journey to NYC, where brands like Warby Parker, Facebook, and Hermes, invited them into their headquarters and store floors for immersive learning and unforgettable growth experiences.

World map with lines coming from New York City, reaching many locations around the world.

Artisan Voices

Brand Hosts and Supporters (Since Program Launch)

  • ABC Carpet & Home
  • Alabama Chanin
  • Brand Assembly
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Etsy
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hermes
  • J.Crew
  • Kate Spade
  • Madewell
  • Mara Hoffman
  • PVH
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Warby Parker
  • West Elm
  • Target

Participating Artisan Leaders 2017

  • Alice Freitas
  • Darius Habamenshi
  • Edmond Setiadarma
  • Emily Snider
  • Fidelis Kamene Muia
  • Jamie Alexander
  • Janette Habashi
  • Karaca Murat Erdem
  • Kelly Allen
  • Khitishkumar Pandya
  • Mahmuda Begum
  • Mala Sinha
  • Marta Castañeda Landazuri
  • Miguel Duarte
  • Miriam Dym
  • Pradeep Sinha
  • Prakash Chandra Amatya
  • Raihan Ali
  • Ronald Salmon
  • Sharon Cooper-Murray
  • Sonica Sarna
  • Veronica Rachiedo