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Jamaican Inspiration: An Inside Story with Dana Baugh of BAUGHaus Design Studio

With a growing demand for handmade products, 2017 Market Readiness Program™ alumni Dana Baugh, of BAUGHaus Design Studio, reflects on her company’s growth over the past two years, and the importance of authenticity. In the U.S., the handmade industry has seen an increase in consumer demand for global handmade goods and authentic brands that empower local artisans. In Jamaica, Dana Baugh has seen first-hand this growth of the handmade sector. Artisans are turning their “side-hustle” business to full-time

Meet MRP Alumni Virginia Bruce

Meet MRP 2018 Alumni Virginia Bruce of REAL Impact and Considered by REAL!   Considered by REAL has been growing substantially since the MRP. The team has successfully been to two trade shows in the last 8 months and are implementing new strategies every day to continue to grow and learn. We spoke to Virginia Bruce and Madison Pease about the organization’s growth since attending the MRP in 2018. How have things progressed for you and Considered by REAL since we last saw you at the August 2018 Market

In a Kingdom far, far away… In a Kingdom far, far away… ATA sends international designers to Lesotho and new styles make their way back to Paris and Las Vegas

Aid to Artisans was front and center as the Kingdom of Lesotho launched Fashion Week in November. An independent mountain kingdom in Southern Africa, Lesotho Fashion Week (LSFW) founder, Mahali Granier, calls LSFW “[an] artistic renaissance driven by the millennial generation.” Few on the continent and in the world at large see the new fashion talent in Lesotho. That’s why the Government of Lesotho through the World Bank financed the Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project and engaged

Manos Vivas Manos Vivas: Better Lives through Handcraft for Artisans in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Highland of Chiapas Mexico

September 2018-2021 Summary Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), Aid to Artisans is implementing the Manos Vivas project to improve income generation of artisan women in the Highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, by providing specialized technical assistance to improve the quality of their products and diversify their access to fair markets. Manos Vivas sees the cultural heritage, skills, and community as assets to improve the lives of artisans and their families. Manos Vivas addresses artisans’

Manos Vivas Manos Vivas: Better Lives through Handcraft for Artisans in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Highland of Chiapas Mexico

September 2018-2021 Summary Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), Aid to Artisans is implementing the Manos Vivas project to improve income generation of artisan women in the Highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, by providing specialized technical assistance to improve the quality of their products and diversify their access to fair markets. Manos Vivas sees the cultural heritage, skills, and community as assets to improve the lives of artisans and their families. Manos Vivas addresses artisans’

Magno Caterino from Finatur Design wins Global Goodness Award at Las Vegas Market

At this week's 2019 Las Vegas Market Winter Show, Creative Learning exhibitor and Finatur Design Founder and Director Magno Caterino received the Global Goodness Award. The Las Vegas Market Global Goodness Awards recognize furniture, home decor, and gift companies who incorporate sustainable practices and social responsibility into their product manufacturing. These companies are honored for the positive impact made on people and communities across the globe. According to Esther Ossei-Anto, Senior Marketing Manager for the International Market Centers, "Las Vegas Market