People are often ask what inspired me to start Artisanne and I have shared my story on the website. One of the highlights of Artisanne is meeting other entrepreneurs, often women, and discovering what led them to start their business. One is Jennie Hogg of Lois Avery (www.loisavery.com) who I was introduced to by the lovely Natasha of Wear and Where.
When Jennie and I first met, we talked for hours about beautiful design, travel and the fusion of creativity and practicality that make certain items truly unique.
Jennie, a former lawyer with a love of fashion, designs stunning Italian cashmere shawls...
We are absolutely buzzing having found out that we have won the JADA 20th Anniversary Awards for our Toy Baskets. JADA is a brand new award introduced to celebrate Junior's 20th Anniversary. It aims to showcase the 20 best designed or 'absolutely' best-of-the-best designed product/brands of the year.
The WINNING #JADA's were selected from all the winning brands that were awarded Platinum in the Junior Design Awards. All awards were judged by the Junior editorial team and a host of highly respected judges. The JADA's were then hand-selected by the Junior Editor.
Thank you so much for your support - will be having some bubbles tonight!
We are thrilled to have won Platinum at the Junior Design Awards 2018 for Best Interiors Product Design! This is what Junior said about Artisanne
"There were so many love heart eyes for these bright and beautiful baskets, which are ideal for stowing away clutter and toys. Our judges loved the sturdiness and practicality of this product as well as the simple beautiful design. Comments ranged from "Absolutely amazing!" to "Love, love, love!" Mama and founder of Little Spree, Sarah Clark commented, "Beautiful storage for children’s rooms/spaces." But perhaps the biggest accolade...
October is Fairtrade month and we wanted to share with you some ethical brands that we love and think you will too.
My friend, Kathy, introduced me to Farmdrop and there’s no turning back. The concept is simple: from farmer to your door in 19 hours. Wherever possible your food comes from within 150 miles and local farmers are paid 70% of the retail value.
Artisanne is 3!
Green Days - part of the Bedford Park Festival is happening this weekend and if you are in West London do pop by. It is a quintessentially British Fete and Craft Fair with a great mix of stalls and entertainment for the whole family. Chiswick locals, young and old, help man the stalls - the ones on the BBQ cooking the delicious Mackens burgers deserve a medal. I’ve been going since I was a little girl and I love it. It is where Artisanne 'launched'!
We are excited to tell you about our new initiative “JOURNEY TO LEARNING”,
When I was in Senegal last month, I discovered that children are walking 10 km round trip in up to 40C heat to get to school because the school transport is no longer running. Boys find it easier to get accommodation in the school village, so the girls are suffering most and some are attending school infrequently. They would like to go to school but some days they are simply too tired. Having spoken to key people in the villages we are setting up “Journey to Learning”.
Fair Trade principles are at the heart of Artisanne’s business.
We work directly – without middlemen – with our talented weavers in Senegal to ensure no one else is taking a cut and that we know who is working for us. We are committed to the women’s development and empowerment.