7 Artisan Made Home Decor Brands For The Conscious Home

Staff Guide | December 2016

The Citizenry

Ethically Crafted Home Goods & Decor For The Modern Home

There is nothing that makes house feel like a home more than filling it with the people we love and the simple things that tell the story of thoughtful craftsmanship. These 7 brands are pioneering what it means to make globally inspired, expertly designed goods for the home handmade by artisans around the world. Each of these companies is committed to ethical sourcing and production of their products and to giving back to their communities. 


The Citizenry

Based In | Dallas, TX
Ethics |  Artisan Handmade
Best For | Furniture, Rugs, Decor
Price Range | $125 - $1,950

We are pretty big fans of The Citizenry. They’ve set out to build a company that celebrates the people behind their products. Their name, The Citizenry, is a reflection of the collective of individuals – artisans, designers, and dreamers – who rally together across cultures and continents to craft their collections. Each item is handcrafted, hand numbered, and available only in limited quantities to ensure it’s as extraordinary as the culture that inspired it.


Parachute

Based In | Venice, CA
Ethics | Eco-Friendly Textiles, Responsible Manufacturing, Give Back
Best For | Bedding, Bath, Decor
Price Range | $19 - $499

Parachute’s bedding is manufactured by artisans who have been weaving world class linens for over 80 years. By collaborating with expert craftsmen, Parachute is able to deliver a premium quality textiles that uphold the high standards and heritage of that region. We adore their duvet cover sets made by artisans in Portugal and free from harmful substances and chemicals. Parachute also give back through a partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.


Ten Thousand Villages

Based In | Akron, Pennsylvania
Ethics | Fair Trade, Artisan Handmade
Best For | Kitchen & Dinner, Wall Decor, Home Accents
Price Range | $12 - $395

For over 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been a pioneer of the Fair Trade movement laying the groundwork for sustainable change in over 30 developing countries by providing a space for people to take charge of their own lives and build something for themselves. We absolutely love what they stand for and the fact that each piece of jewelry, housewares and decor is created by independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops and are crafted with love using local materials and time-honored skills.


West Elm

Based In | Brooklyn, NY
Ethics | Fair Trade Collections, Local Maker Collections, Organic Collections
Best For | Furniture, Rugs, Lighting, Bedding, Decor
Price Range | $60 - $580

West Elm is one of our favorite go to’s for stylish home design and decor. The company believes in making sustainable products while being mindful of their impact on every level and have committed to sourcing products that are handcrafted, Fair Trade Certified™, organic, sustainably sourced and local. Their handcrafted products are currently sourced from a network of 35+ artisan groups in 15 countries, employing nearly 5,000 makers.


Rose & Fitzgerald

Based In | Kampala, Uganda
Ethics | Artisan Handmade
Best For | Kitchen & Barware, Chairs, Decor
Price Range | $65 - $975

Husband-and-wife duo Courtney Rose and Laren Fitzgerald were provoked by a desire to merge their sense of contemporary fashion with the beauty of indigenous materials and craftspeople in their adopted home of Uganda, where they founded a small design studio in Kampala. Rose & Fitzgerald employs local artisans and craftsmen to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces for the home. At Rose & Fitzgerald they know there’s something truly special about knowing who made your product and also knowing that it was crafted by hand by someone paid fairly for their craft.


Equal Uprise

Based In | Ecuador
Ethics | Artisan Handmade
Best For | Blankets, Hammocks, Pillows, Rugs
Price Range | $60 - $580

Equal Uprise is made up of objects for the modern dweller and accessories for everyday life. In a world of mass production, Equal Uprise supports and celebrates artisans that craft ethically made pieces, incorporating traditional production methods as well as organic materials. The combination of these result in labor rich, one-of-a-kind pieces that are as unique as the person that made them. The name Equal Uprise represents the idea that success is attainable when it is equally shared. In addition to paying artisans fair wages, 10% of profits are directed to business development projects for the artisans that craft each item in the shop.


The Little Market

Based In | Santa Monica, CA
Ethics | Fair Trade, Artisan Handmade
Best For | Dining, Decor, Candles, Baskets
Price Range | $26 - $68

Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla started The Little Market to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. The online marketplace sells beautiful products for the home handmade by artisans around the world. The Little Market has artisan partners practice fair trade principles, and every purchase from The Little Market generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families.