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Artisan Summits & Convening

Nest’s annual convening and artisan summits ensure cross-sector collaboration and immersive educational experiences that erase the divides between artisans, industry, and key players in the handworker economy.

The 2019 Convening

December 5, 2019 I New York

Nest’s annual New Handworker Economy Convening brings together experts from outside the niche fashion and home industries to build holistic solutions to the problems impacting today’s supply chains.

At Nest’s 2019 convening, Handwork Rebooted, the notorious debate, technology:  boon or bane?, will get a reboot as Nest, partners, and friends gather to explore technology’s role in building a connected, transparent, globalized handworker economy.

Nest Convening 2019 Partnership


Pictured left: Andrew Morgan, True Cost film Director, Vanessa Friedman, New York Times Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic, Cristiana Falcone Sorrell, and Bandana Tewari, speak at Nest’s 2017 Convening at the United Nations.

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Nest Artisan Leadership Summit

Ensuring that artisan leaders themselves have a vital voice in conversations on the future of handwork, Nest Convenings are designed to dovetail with an annual immersive educational experience hosted for artisan leaders in New York City. These experiences create opportunities for artisans to build market connections, learn from industry experts, and network with fellow social entrepreneurs.

Artisan Leadership Summit 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 Artisan Leadership 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

Partner-Hosted Craft Summits

Bridging the skills and education gap between emerging artisans and industry professionals, Nest joined with international luxury house, Hermès, to launch a 3-day convening hosted for United States-based craftspeople at the brand’s NYC headquarters. The immersive experience engaged 16 artisan leaders in hands-on workshops, panels, and one-on-one sessions spanning marketing and sales all led by Hermès employees.

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