MARKET ...BIG IMPACT
➤ Imagine having the one-
of-a-kind wares of fanciful markets, street vendors, and open-air souks found in remote corners of the Earth right at your fingertips. Handicrafts from far-off places like Tanzania, Bolivia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Mexico are just a click away, rather than a plane ride away. Welcome to The Little Market.
The website that makes all of this possible is a labor of love by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, friends and once fellow students at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Having traveled the world together and witnessing firsthand both the talent and the hardships of artisans across the globe, the pair committed themselves to bringing the beautiful items handmade by these individuals to a larger audience.
VARIETY GALORE The online marketplace they have carefully constructed—made up of 26 different groups representing 16 countries (and growing!)—is filled with charming, one-of-akind products in a wide range of categories. Browse the gorgeously hued web pages for a gift for that special someone—especially if that someone is yourself! We found accessories ranging from bracelets to luggage tags, plus soy blend candles in delicious scents, unique bottle stoppers, adorable stuffed animals, and bags and totes in every shape, size, and color.
PRETTY WITH A PURPOSE The artists are predominately women from disadvantaged communities. Some have disabilities, while others are living in extreme poverty. The focus of the marketplace is to empower these artisans and give them a way to actively support their families. All products are sourced ethically using fair trade principles—no child labor, fair wages, safe working conditions, and a commitment to gender equality. IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS As you’re shopping, you’ll notice that in addition to a description that lists basic info like the dimensions and composition of the product, there are also details regarding the name of the item’s artisan group, its provenance, the process by which it was made, how proceeds from the item’s sale benefits the people who produced it, and in some cases, an actual photo of the individual responsible for making it. With The Little Market, the joy and excitement we get from purchasing a work of art at our