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Nest Sourcing

Nest’s Sourcing is advancing transparency, social wellbeing, and economic opportunity for global artisans and US makers, by facilitating matches between brands and designers and Nest’s network of artists and artisans.

Nest determines thoughtful matches based on design inspiration, production requirements, corporate social commitments, and likelihood for a long-term partnership.

Photo Credit: From Chloé AW22 Collection


We believe that sustainable economic growth for artisans is achieved through transparent sourcing relationships, which is why Nest connects you to artisan vendors or independent makers directly rather than keeping them hidden.

And, we never require exclusivity agreements that may inhibit an artisan business’ ability to grow. We are not a middleman—we are fostering successful long-term relationships between makers and brands.


Nest’s Craft Coalition unites fashion and home decor designers and brands that share a commitment to responsible engagement with the handcraft and maker community.

The Coalition is leading the industry by:

  1. Introducing responsibly-sourced handmade techniques and materials into contemporary collections
  2. Pushing design boundaries to give new life to craft techniques that may be in danger of dying out
  3. Supporting social commitments from the 15% pledge to efforts to expand upcycling and sustainable production

Membership benefits include unlimited access to Nest’s sourcing experts, two custom sourcing reports for your brand, invitations to industry events, and a suite of helpful sourcing tools from transparency solutions to compliance best practices. 

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Nest offers sourcing consultations for brands to discuss specific sourcing and design needs and the delivery of customized sourcing reports.

These reports include craft vendor profiles with beautiful product photos, details on the techniques, as well as contact information, social media handles, and approximate prices and lead times. All of Nest services include an exclusive artisan best practice training for corporate teams and marketing and storytelling support for launches. 

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Nest’s Ethical Handcraft Program and associated Nest Seal of Ethical Handcraft certification mark ensure that artisans and handworkers have a safe and equitable work environments, even as they work from their homes or small workshops.

The Nest Seal currently appears on over 400 SKUs across 2,000+ retailers, including all Target, West Elm, and Pottery Barn locations.

Nest can support sourcing specifically from Seal-eligible businesses.



Nest partners with designers, brands, and retailers of all sizes to provide highly-customized sourcing services and deliver innovative impact solutions which prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and circularity.

Through customized projects like Gee’s Bend Sourcing, Madewell x Nest’s Hometown Heroes Collective, and upcycling solutions, we work alongside brands to build creative programs to support US makers and global artisans that extend beyond sourcing to include impactful social and community investments. 


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