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Design Committee Collaboration + Inspiration

One of the primary goals of Artisans Thrive is to empower women by providing skills training and economic opportunities. Our approach benefits women by allowing them to cultivate their talents and work to become self-sufficient. The impacts go beyond just the individual level. Employed women reinvest around 90% of their income back into their families’ education and health needs.

Our approach includes helping artisans produce ethically-made accessories that align with current trends and appeal to individuals interested in fashion-forward products that empower women and their communities.  

For our most recent spring/summer collection, we put together a design team of creative, talented women to come up with our unique bohemian-chic line.

We collaboration with our partners to ensure our designs are something they can and want to produce. Once the desired level of quality is attained, we establish a price that is fair to compensate the ladies for the materials, their time and talent.

Being a part of the design group is one of the highlights of my work. I get the pleasure of working with founder, Rachel Hartgen- who forever inspires me with her passion and commitment to Artisans Thrive’s mission- as well as our staff and partners made up of extremely talented, amazing women.

So, here are a few of my favorites, including a couple that I helped design. Please check them out and help us continue to help our artisan’s thrive.

The Ajna Boho Cross-body Bag, handmade by Bosnian women part from Bosnian Handicrafts.

The Nomad Tote, m
ade by Briya Bags, supporting education for girls in Pakistan

The Betty Choker, handmade in Eastern Uganda from WIL - Uganda crafts program.

Cianne Pendant NecklaceHandmade in Eastern Uganda from WIL - Uganda crafts program.

Jalo Brass Earrings, Handmade by Haitian artisans from Haiti's Jewels


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