If you’re passionate about discovering beautifully handmade things imbued with centuries of tradition and technique, Peru is veritable fantasy world. (more…)
Having worked closely with local Nepalese artisans for many years, FROM THE ROAD founder, Susan Easton, was devastated to learn that a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck Nepal this past April. Much to her relief, none of the artisans had sustained serious injuries, but many lost their homes in the tragedy. She knew they would face the subsequent challenge of rebuilding their lives, both literally and figuratively, amidst a world thrown into chaos. (more…)
Renowned furniture designer Tucker Robbins has a vision for world peace. (more…)
Livewell co-founders Claire O’Hare and Susan DiMarco are more than just jewelry designers and business partners— they’re also sisters! We sat down with the stylish duo to find out more about their brand and how they decided to work together. (more…)
George Billard visits Mirena Kim‘s Los Angeles studio to get an inside look at the artisan’s process. (more…)
Textile experts widely acknowledge Bhutanese weaving to be among the most sophisticated and time consuming in the world.
As the former advisor to the first lady of Peru, Marta Castañeda traveled extensively to different areas around the country. Wherever she went, she couldn’t help but marvel at the abundance of highly talented native artisans. Struck by the evident quality of their craftsmanship, Marta left her post to refocus her career on creating a global market for traditional Peruvian artistry. (more…)
Socially conscious lifestyle brand Raven + Lily is one of the latest additions to the DARA family. Dedicated to empowering women around the world through design, co-founders Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin employ marginalized women in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA at fair trade wages.
It is a joy to discover creative individuals who still take the time to savor the beautiful materials and meticulous processes of craft-based design. Eduard Martinez is one such artisan.
Peter Hofmeister got his start designing for Ralph Lauren and now works full-time creating distinctive handmade jewelry in his Manhattan studio. With his keen eye for detail and stunning Bohemian aesthetic, Peter is the kind of artisan we dream about working with at DARA. (more…)