More and more large companies and big name designers are working together to help employ small businesses and artisans from around the world as part of their products’ design. A major factor in allowing this business practice to thrive is technology, which improves transportation and communication, making the world a little smaller and trade easier.
One of these people helping to bridge divides and create a more unified and ethical global marketplace is Kathleen Wright. In 2011 Wright, founded Piece & Co. which commits to providing sustainable employment opportunities to female artisans and has created thousands of jobs for women in more than 30 countries. The company helps them connect their craft with brands who, with one order, can create employment for between 75 and 100 artisans for up to three months.
“When you invest in a woman, you invest in her family and community, too,” said Wright. “On average, women invest 90 percent of their income back into their families. This includes putting healthy food on the table, paying for their children to go school, or buying healthcare. And our artisans are no different. When we employ one artisan woman, we impact many.”
Nordstrom and Piece & Co. are collaborating on a new collection of apparel and accessories that connects style with global impact. Launched on March 9, the capsule collection brings to life the work of women artisans around the world through unique, stylish pieces from eight incredible brands – Alice + Olivia, Current/Elliott, DVF, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff, Theory, The Honest Company, and Tory Burch. Each brand worked closely with Piece & Co. to source handmade materials and fabrics that are then incorporated into their dresses, tops, skirts, shorts and handbags.
By joining forces with Nordstrom, these brands have so far been able to create more than 5,000 jobs through Piece & Co., and the possibilities are endless. From Rebecca Minkoff’s tapestry boho style Mini Mac crossbody to Diane von Furstenberg’s Jadrian silk dress, the collaboration offers many gorgeous pieces that not only make you look good, but feel good as well.
The collection is available at select Nordstrom stores and on nordstrom.com.